I’m REALLY Late getting this out today (Simon will know why – it started around NOON) – but I know there are people that look forward to this, so here we go.
First and foremost – Tomorrow Night is the first Beer Pairing dinner at 44Stone. To those who will be there (Looking at you Debi), I am extremely jealous. Of course this doesn’t mean you can’t stop by and enjoy the first Triple-T (Total Tap Takeover) by Schlafly. Check out the beer list to get you motivated -
From Beer we go to Whiskey, as in a New distillery to open in Gatlinburg. This. appears to be an expansion of the Ole Smoky Distillery - and of course, anytime you get another distillery in the world, it’s a good thing.
Ole Smoky Distillery opened in Gatlinburg in 2010. The distillery's website shows off mason jars of spirits, labeled Original Unaged Corn Whiskey, Moonshine Cherries and Apple Pie Moonshine.
I’ve had a couple of bottles here I have been working through, so expect a review soon.
From Whiskey we go to Whisky – We learn that Booze and Politics never mix.
Scotland’s most famous export will be hit by a Foreign Office ban if the country breaks away from the UK, says William Hague.
The Foreign Secretary says Britain’s 140 embassies and high commissions will stop promoting whisky and other products if Scotland becomes independent.
Many UK diplomatic missions help to promote whisky for free. Last year, whisky exports earned Scotland £3billion, equal to £125 a second and more than 20 per cent up on 2010.
Personally, I think this is complete and utter Bullshit. You cannot use threats like this, and if nothing else – it will solidify the Scottish stance. In fact, there is a movement afoot to start a Whisky Ambassador plan being launched to help bolster bar knowledge in Scotland and promote tourism there. Could this be a preemptive counterstrike? It wouldn’t surprise me, and I hope they do it more.
Finally – two unusual stories to wrap this Monday -
Collection of rare miniature bottles stolen – Who steals 450 Mini Bottles? Really – next they will be stealing Grandma’s walker.
If the above theft makes you wonder about humanity….all I have to say is WHO lets their Mom/Wife/Girlfriend go out dressed like this? Seriously, I actually applaud the town bars for coming together and Banning her.
You can thank me later for the nightmares.