If I have to identify myself with a specific liquor, it certainly is bourbon. And, I have gone through an evolution of drinking over the years. When I was a young lad I drank bourbon both because I liked it (reasons for that may be told later) and because I thought it was kind of cool to […]

Jeppson’s Malört: Chicago’s Answer to Fernet-Branca

A few weeks ago, I posted my thoughts on Fernet-Branca, a nearly undrinkable bitter Italian liqueur that is a giant hit in San Francisco, where 90% of all Fernet sold in America is consumed. Today, while tooling around the interwebs, I stumbled upon another regional favorite considered nearly undrinkable by all but its most ardent […]

Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Sour Mash

For this tasting the four principle locusts gathered late on spring evening, following a dinner on the lawn, to sample Elmer T. Lee’s Single Barrel Sour Mash. The conditions were not optimal, as we’d all enjoyed more than a few strong drinks, and were feeling the lateness of the night. But, in the interests of […]

The Liquor Locusts

The Liquor Locusts

"The harsh, useful things of the world, from pulling teeth to digging potatoes, are best done by men who are as starkly sober as so many convicts in the death-house, but the lovely and useless things, the charming and exhilarating things, are best done by men with, as the phrase is, a few sheets in the wind." ~H.L. Mencken

The Dangers of Thirst

"Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing." ~Jerome K. Jerome

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The Jug of Empire!

The Jug of Empire!

"How solemn and beautiful is the thought that the earliest pioneer of civilization, the van-leader of civilization, is never the steamboat, never the railroad, never the newspaper, never the Sabbath-school, never the missionary -- but always whiskey!" ~Mark Twain