The Indie Spirits Expo is my favorite series of boozy events in the U.S. Where else are you going to encounter a gathering of small, independent, family owned, handcrafted spirits and the distillers, importers, bottlers, distributors and representative under one roof? The New York edition is next Monday, June 11 at the Penn Club, 30 W. 44th St. in Manhattan. Doors open at 5 p.m. for VIP ticket holders and 6:30 for regular ticket holders. Purchase tickets here.
In the latest video I head to the Netherlands to enjoy a bit of the historically Dutch spirit, genever—a close ancestor of gin. I shot the video back in February, so don’t be alarmed by the fact that I’m in winter clothes. Special thanks to Rosalia’s Menagerie, Rutte Distillery, Olofspoort and Distillery Onder de Boompjes. By the way, it’s the first episode that includes the new theme music by Chmcl Str8jckt, the same themes I use in the podcast.
Some exciting news from Lucas Bols. Folks who’ve read my work will know that I’m quickly becoming quite the genever geek, so this pleases me immensely! But I’d better not get too excited because it’s only in six markets and there will only be 200 cases available.
Lucas Bols announced that for the first time its original-recipe, 100% Malt Spirit expression will be available in select U.S. markets beginning Feb. 1.
Just 200 cases of 750ml bottles of Bols 100% Malt Spirit will ship to New York, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas. Suggested retail price is $69.99. The product is bottled at 47% ABV.
Bols 100% Malt Spirit is made using the original recipe that the brand’s distillers bottled more than 350 years ago as a medicinal product rather than a recreational one. Bols 100% Malt Spirit is distilled from long fermented corn, rye, and wheat with juniper berries. This combination delivers a balance of malty smoothness and complexity on the palate with grainy, grassy notes and sweet honey as well as undertones of green apple and fresh citrus.
Last month I attended Bar Convent Berlin 2017, one of the bar and beverage industry’s largest international trade shows. There was a lot to cram into two days, and even more to try to stuff into a four-and-a-half-minute video. Among the elements that made the cut: The Genever District, Japanese gin and some vodkas that get back to their moonshine-y roots. I also reacquaint myself with some old herbal and bitter favorites that appear in my new book, The Drinkable Globe (Now available! Buy here!)