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24 September, 2015

Sampling Coastal Spirits and the Gin Farallon Kickstarter

Sampling Coastal Spirits and the Gin Farallon Kickstarter
Comments : 1 Posted in : Distillery, Events, Gin, Liqueurs, Spirits, Vodka on by : becca
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  Recently, I was invited by Justin of the Grapevine Consulting to come and check out Coastal Spirits distillery and their new Gin Farallon.  Pretty much everything about Coastal Spirits is new; Brad Plummer launched his first spirit, Vodka Farallon, last September. It’s already picked up a medal from the American Distilling Institute and is
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5 August, 2015

St. George Spirits Tasting Room

St. George Spirits Tasting Room
Comments : 4 Posted in : Absinthe, Bars and Tasting Rooms, Brandy, Distillery, Gin, Liqueurs, Other Spirits, Spirits, Vodka on by : becca
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Since I moved to the Bay Area two years ago, I’ve heard countless admonitions that I hadn’t been to St. George Spirits (2601 Monarch St., Alameda Point), one of the first craft distilleries in the US. Even more recently, that’s shifted to countless admonitions to check out Faction Brewing, housed next door, as beer appeals
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19 February, 2015

Sipping Stones, TOPO Eight Oak Carolina Whiskey, and the Strawberry Glades 

Sipping Stones, TOPO Eight Oak Carolina Whiskey, and the Strawberry Glades 
Posted in : Beverage, Cocktail Recipes, Product Reviews, Spirits, Whiskey / Whisky on by : becca
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I’m doing two reviews in one today! My friends over at TOPO Distillery have debuted their organic Eight Oak Whiskey, and they were kind enough to send me a bottle for review. This fortuitous gift also provided me with the perfect opportunity to test out a set of Sipping Stones, soapstone cubes designed to provide a
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24 July, 2013

Fire in the Triangle: Battle Market vs. New Southern Kitchen

Posted in : Events, Restaurants, Spirits, Vodka on by : becca
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I was thrilled to again judge a Fire in the Triangle battle, having judged my first last year when NC Competition Dining premiered in the Research Triangle. If you love food and live in the area, then you simply must make next year’s series—it’s too late for this year’s. All the battles have been sold
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19 July, 2013

Broadslab Legacy Reserve Hand-Crafted Liquor

Posted in : Moonshine, Whiskey / Whisky on by : becca
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Broadslab Legacy Reserve Hand-Crafted Liquor Johnston County, North Carolina 45% BV This Broadslab liquor comes from a legacy of moonshiners according to the label. It’s corn heavy for a whiskey, but that moonshine history likely plays into that. Yellow corn is the coloring and it smells like corn, too, which either means that corn dominates
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26 June, 2013

Bloggers’ Night at TOPO Distillery

Comments : 6 Posted in : Distillery, Events, Gin, Travel Sponsored Stays and Tours, Vodka, Whiskey / Whisky on by : becca
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Back in the fall, I spent a few days at TOPO Distillery’s facilities as part of the Terra VITA Sustainable Classroom. It was a strange sort of torture being so close to their organic, 99.6% local (more on that later) array of spirits that includes white whiskey, vodka, and gin. So I asked Esteban McMahan,
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