What We’re Reading: Gadgets to Help the Party Host, Bourbon Heist, Paris’s Beer Craze, Booze Heist, Beyond Bourbon, The Five Biggest Absinthe Myths, Best New Scotches: 2013
Gadgets to Help the Party Host, 10/16/2013 – New York Times
Case in point: the Bartendro. Basically, the Bartendro is a robotic bartender. It combines a Wi-Fi interface, a digital brain based on a kind of minicomputer called Raspberry Pi and a rack of pumps in a tabletop machine that will mix drinks from an array of user-supplied liquor and mixers. Plus, it has a special cycle to clean and sanitize the pumps so your vodka tube, for example, does not taste like the whiskey you had running through it last time you used the Bartendro. Bartendro comes in several sizes, with 1, 3, 7 or 15 dispensers. The largest model can mix about 45 different drinks, said Pierre Michael, who created the Bartendro with Robert Kaye. It works this way: The host enters the names of the liquids on a screen and Bartendro populates its menu with mixed drink possibilities. Partygoers use any device connected to Wi-Fi to order from the drink menu. From there, they can adjust the drink size and strength before the pour. Read the rest here!
Bourbon Heist: Who Stole the Pappy Van Winkle?, 10/17/2013 – Wall Street Journal
Fans Buzzing After Batch Worth About $25,000 Taken From Kentucky Distillery
Pappy Van Winkle has long been hard to find. This fall could prove even harder. Roughly 200 bottles of the rare and wildly popular small-batch bourbon have vanished from the Frankfort, Ky., distillery. The bottles were waiting to be shipped across the country after aging in charred oak barrels for two decades. Sazerac Co.’s Buffalo Trace Distillery alerted authorities this week after an inventory check came up short. The stash of Pappy Van Winkle’s 20-Year Family Reserve—worth a combined $25,000 at retail—had been in a locked area inside a locked warehouse. Read the rest here!
Paris’s Beer Craze, 10/10/2013 – Wall Street Journal
From watering holes like Peoples Drugstore to Le Supercoin, Paris is having a beer boom
The global craft-beer revolution has infiltrated the City of Light, where wine has served as its lifeblood for centuries. Spearheaded by well-traveled youths who’ve gained a taste for small-batch hops abroad, the movement has given rise to a slew of beer-bar openings across the capital. Parisians’ sudden penchant for brews has even led to a new coinage: bièrologues, or beer sommeliers. Below, five of the best boîtes to say salut to suds. Read the rest here!
Booze heist: $26,000 worth of Kentucky bourbon stolen, 10/17/2013 – Los Angeles Times
Thieves stole $26,000 worth of prized Kentucky bourbon from a distillery in Frankfort, Ky., almost 65 cases of 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, which sell for $130 a bottle. Detectives are trying to track down the missing cases, which are believed to have been taken over the last couple months at the Buffalo Trace Distillery. There are no suspects at this time. In addition to the 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, the thieves also stole $675 worth of 13-year-old Van Winkle Family Reserve rye. Read the rest here!
Beyond Bourbon: Woodford Reserve Releases Kentucky Malt Whiskies, 10/18/2013 – Forbes
On November 1, whiskey fans will have an exciting new product to try. That’s the day respected small-batch bourbon maker Woodford Reserve releases its Double Malt Selections – which it claims are the first fully matured malt whiskies made in Kentucky since Prohibition (bourbon is made primarily from corn, while Scotch is made from malt). The two bottle lineup includes Straight Malt Whiskey and Classic Malt, both triple distilled in traditional copper pot stills. The big difference is that the Straight is aged in new oak barrels, traditional in New World whiskies and required by law for bourbon, while the Classic is aged in re-used barrels, more typical of Old World production, for two different side by side takes on the spirit. Both will be bottled at 90.4 proof and sold in a limited release of individually numbered bottles for a suggested retail of $100 each, available at higher quality liquor stores nationwide. This is the latest limited edition offering in the Woodford Reserve Master’s Collections Series, and like the preceding ones, is a one-time affair with a single bottling run. When it’s gone, it will be gone. Read the rest here!
The Five Biggest Absinthe Myths, 10/16/2013 – Liquor.com
The Green Fairy. La Fée Verte. The Green Goddess. Absinthe has as many nicknames as it does legends. But the truth is that the high-proof spirit is an important and historic elixir. From the traditional Absinthe Drip to the classic Sazerac, it’s been inspiring artists, writers and, yes, bartenders for more than 200 years. To help you figure out this misunderstood liquor, we turned to one of the world’s leading absinthe experts, Ted A. Breaux. The professional scientist and researcher has been studying the Green Fairy for decades and was instrumental in getting absinthe back on store shelves in America. He also created Lucid Absinthe and founded Jade Liqueurs. Here are the five most common myths he hears about the spirit. Cheers! Read the rest here!
Best New Scotches: 2013, 10/14/2013 – Liquor.com
While we drink Scotch year-round, the fall and winter pair most perfectly with rich and warming whisky. And fortunately, brands across Scotland are releasing a range of new bottlings that you need to try. Sláinte! Read the rest here!