Monthly Archives: January 2017

Pizza, burgers & beer!

My latest piece in FSR Magazine details how the rise of great beer paralleled the same revolutions in pizza and burger restaurants. Read it here.redrobinburgernbeer-copy

Jimmy’s No. 43 Launches Spirit Council

Jimmy’s No. 43, in Manhattan’s East Village, is launching “Jimmy’s Spirit Council,” a series of monthly tastings in support of hand-crafted spirits, artisan foods and the people who talk and write about them.

Every month the bar and eatery will pair a selection of spirits tastings with foods, farmers and/or authors. The events will feature leaders in the spirits industry, with a special emphasis on New York spirits alongside a selection of outstanding domestic brands, as well as international favorites, to create a well-rounded, year-long calendar of tastings.

First up is the launch event on Saturday, Jan. 28th, from 4-6 pm. Upcoming pairings will feature:

  • Jimmy’s Spirit Council Launch Party on Saturday, Jan. 28: with El Buho Mezcal, Catsill Provisions Honey Whiskey and McKenzie Rye Whiskey
  • High West Dinner with Eliza Czander on Thursday, Feb. 9
  • An Irish Spirits St. Patrick’s with Jeff Cioletti—that’s me—(date TBD) in March
  • East Meets South – NY State Bourbon Pairing with Lew Bryson on Tuesday, April 4

Owner Jimmy Carbone has grown the bar’s spirits menu over the past year. “This is a great opportunity to add another amazing offering to the Jimmy’s brand,” he says. “We’re bringing some of my favorite local artisan spirits to our establishment and the experts I enjoy being around.  It’s a win/win for everybody!”

Spirited Brews

Here’s a little piece I did for on beers aged in barrels that held spirits other than the traditional whiskey. Follow the link.

Drink more Fernet Branca (in beer form!)


A few years back, Odell Brewing released Fernet-Aged Porter, a chocolatey, coffee-like brew aged in barrels that once held fernet produced by Denver’s Leopold Bros. Distillery. Now, Chicago’s Forbidden Root restaurant and brewery, known for “botanic beers,” has taken that concept a step further and developed a brew using ingredients based on the flavor profile of the famous digestive. The brewery partnered with the makers iconic amaro Fernet Branca—the first time the latter has ever collaborated with a brewer. The result: Fernectic, an 8.4 percent ABV, a spicy, minty, herbal brew made with ingredients such as rhubarb, wormwood and saffron, pulled right from Fernet Branca’s recipe (which includes a total of 27 botanicals).

Forbidden Root unveils Fernetic at its West Town location on January 19th, offering it on draft and in a limited number of 22-ounce bottles for $14.99.

The Year of Drinking Adventurously shows up on (Really!)

Never thought I’d ever be sharing a link from Playboy‘s website, but I guess there’s a first for everything! Excited to be included in this roundup of boozy books, featuring tomes from esteemed writers such as Kara Newman (“Shake. Stir. Sip.”), Fred Minnick (“Bourbon: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of an American Whiskey”), Andre & Tenaya Darlington (“The New Cocktail Hour”), Philip Greene (“The Manhattan: The Story of the First Modern Cocktail”) and Dan Dunn (“American Wino”). Check out “Resolve to be a better drinker with these new boozy books” by Jason Horn. (Just don’t do it at work, because Playboy.)

Craft Beverage Expo moves to PDX


Craft Beverage Expo (CBExpo) will return for its fourth annual conference in Portland, OR Nov. 7-9, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton. It’s the first time the conference will be held outside of Northern California.

Each year, CBExpo attracts professionals from across the craft beer, wine, cider, mead and spirits market for three days of ducation sessions and presentations from hand-chosen experts. CBExpo also offers networking opportunities, bringing together artisan beverage masters from all segments to connect and collaborate.

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