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17 November, 2016

Azzurre Spirits Vodka and Gin

Azzurre Spirits Vodka and Gin
Posted in : Cocktail Recipes, Gin, Spirits, Vodka on by : becca
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Obligatory disclaimer: The Azzurre Spirits I’m about to review for you were provided to me for sampling. Vodka and gin made with apples, grapes, and sugar cane instead of potato or corn or wheat? Why go against the grain, so to speak? Because Azzurre Spirits founder Dan Pettit found the liquor industry trend toward numerous
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26 February, 2016

The Bessie Coleman Gin Cocktail

The Bessie Coleman Gin Cocktail
Comments : 6 Posted in : Cocktail Recipes, Gin, Liqueurs on by : becca
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If you’re a longtime reader of the Gourmez, you’re familiar with my tenuous relationship with gin. The verdurous herbs, with that alcoholic kick, often prove too much for my palate. Last spring, on a visit to their Alameda distillery, I discovered St. George’s Terroir gin, only the second gin I’ve ever truly enjoyed (TOPO’s Piedmont
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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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26 October, 2013

Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder at the Great American Music Hall

Posted in : Absinthe, Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in San Francisco - CA, Champagne / Champenoise Style, Gin, Spirits on by : becca
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I tried this intriguing cocktail during my first show at the Great American Music Hall, which is an intimate space for a concert. Even the back of the venue doesn’t feel far removed from the musicians. Plus, the gorgeous architecture is worth a visit all on its own — if only they allowed SLRs into
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17 October, 2013

TOPO Piedmont Gin

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TOPO Piedmont Gin Chapel Hill, NC ABV 46% I have mentioned this gin before on this blog, when I took a tour of the distillery. But this is the first TOPO spirit I’ve had my hands on a bottle of and thanks go to Esteban, TOPO’s spirit guide, for the parting gift at my farewell
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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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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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18 March, 2013

Alley 26

Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in Durham - NC, Bourbon, Gin, Rye, Spirits on by : becca
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Alley 26 320 East Chapel Hill St. Downtown Durham Website $9 to $12 per drink 4 pm to 2 am (May I take this moment to say I love a bar that posts a closing time?) To my disappointment, Alley 26, Durham’s newest upscale bar, is not located in an alley. It takes up actual
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18 January, 2013

Elements

Posted in : Dining in Chapel Hill - NC, Gin, Restaurants, Spirits on by : becca
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elements 2110 Environ Way East Highway 54 Chapel Hill Website Entrees: $18 — $26 Opened in the fall of 2012, elements is a farm-to-table focused venture of Chef Michael Chuong’s. He opened ăn in Cary in 2006. I have never made it to ăn, but it’s always been high on my must-dine list, so I
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19 December, 2011

Philadelphia: Food and Drink, Part 1

Comments : 3 Posted in : Bars in Philadelphia - PA, Dining in Philadelphia - PA, Gin, Restaurants, Spirits, Travel Guide for Philadelphia - PA on by : becca
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    Our very short trip to Philly last month was filled with lots of food and drink—probably too much of the later, but you’ll have to ask me for the full story. In one and a half days, we managed loads of cocktails, mussels, lobster pudding, Indian, and of course, a cheesesteak. I hope
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