Now here’s a pretty pioneering move for a craft spirits outfit.
New York City’s Kings County Distillery has become one of the rare craft distillers to join the exclusive Bottled-in-Bond club with the release of its own Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon, available in allocated quantities in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, DC, Delaware, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Each year, the cocktail bar Mace, in Manhattan’s East Village, transforms into a winter wonderland known as Miracle on 9th St. In the past couple of years, the concept has expanded to other cities (and countries), including Miracle on 7th St. in Washington, D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood. The D.C. version takes over three bars, Southern Efficiency, Eat the Rich and Mockingbird Hill. Eat the Rich is particularly noteworthy, as its decor takes more than a few cues from a certain retro Netflix series that became a pop cultural phenomenon in the summer of 2016.
Can’t believe it’s almost here! My book, The Year of Drinking Adventurously (52 Ways to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone) officially hits the street on Nov. 24, but the adventure starts a few days early. And, instead of a typical launch party, it’ll be a launch BAR CRAWL! What better way to reflect the diversity of beverages showcased in the book than to hit an array of venues that specialize in some of those specific drinks/styles? It’ll begin in the afternoon of Saturday Nov. 21, and continue into the evening. You’re all invited to come to as many or as few of the stops as you’d like. I’m still ironing out the exact itinerary (frequent updates will follow) but the most likely starting point will be Jimmy’s No. 43 on E. 7th St. at 2 pm. And, if you plan on showing up for some of the later stops, don’t worry about not being able to find us. We’ll adhere pretty closely to a schedule and will have frequent social media updates throughout the day detailing our whereabouts. (I’ll also be hauling copies of the book in both hardcover and paperback formats for sale and signing). The official hashtag is #Drinking52.
Feeling like a bit of a human yo-yo this week. Just returned from Japan a day and a half ago and now I’m heading about two-thirds of the way back in that direction to Hawaii tomorrow. Not that I’m complaining (Nor is my MileagePlus account)!
In honor of my trek to state No. 50, here’s a nod to the mainland tiki bar culture that the Pacific archipelago inspired. No, these are not from Hawaii itself, but from San Francisco’s iconic Tonga Room (top) and New York’s East Village tiki hideaway, Otto’s Shrunken Head.