Spirits Close-Up: Bitters, The Liquid Spice Rack

The long fence of tiny bottles between you and the bartender at your favorite cocktail spot can be intimidating. Most imbibers know the basics of bitters—the potent infusions of herbal elements and flavor extracts—but for those who aren’t regularly making cocktails for themselves, there’s still a lot of confusion about them. Thankfully, using bitters doesn’t … [ Read more]

Craft Cocktail: Jackalope at The Velveteen

On a quiet side street in downtown Stillwater, leaves skitter across the pavement through the orange glow of the few street lamps shining onto the sidewalk. Around the corner, in the lobby of an event center, a Rorschachian pair of rabbits etched on the floor lead through a nondescript door and downstairs to The Velveteen’s … [ Read more]

Dashfire Bitters gain national distribution and distiller’s permit, spirits coming in 2018

Lee Egbert has a row of gorgeous copper stills arrayed against one wall of a Minnetonka warehouse. His bitters company, Dashfire LLC, has received its Distilled Spirits Permit (DSP) and, while many would start making spirits the moment the paperwork came through, Egbert’s stills aren’t even hooked up. “The distillation is exciting, but I’ve done … [ Read more]

New From Dashfire: Orange, Spiced Apple, J. Thomas Bitters

You may have seen the shelf displays from Dashfire Bitters growing ever-larger in recent months. Lee Egbert is adding new tinctures and bitters faster than we can shake a daiquiri. Here are three of his latest releases for all your autumn imbibing: Orange: The flavor of these new orange bitters are completely different from his bourbon barrel-aged flagship … [ Read more]

Bitters, Hoodies and Winterwear: The October-November Beer Gear Roundup

The latest Growler Beer Gear roundup comes just in time for cooler weather and the start — yep — of the holiday shopping season. by Megan Parker Make Your Own Bitters Kit / $46 http://easyandoskey.com/   Are you an aspiring mixologist?  Now, in addition to crafting your own cocktails, you can make your own small batch … [ Read more]

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