Bourbon

New Fall Cocktails

Gone are the days filled with summer drinks--new fall cocktails are here! We're focusing on the classics this season, highlighting old-time favorites like the Manhattan, Rob Roy and Hot Toddie. Here are a few of our favorites for fall.

The New G&T: Hendrick's Gin, Q Tonic, and fresh cucumber.

 

 

image_1

 

 

image_2

 

 

Here's a full snapshot of our new fall cocktails lineup, too!

Screen Shot 2013-10-17 at 10.39.00 AM

 

Bourbon Month Maker's Mark Tasting Events

wilsonfotografie-29Join April Gallego from Maker’s Mark here at the pub for a Bourbon Month tasting event. All ticket holders will get a classic Marker's Mark Old Fashioned, plus samples of:

  • Basil Hayden’s Whiskey
  • Maker’s 46 Bourbon
  • Booker’s Whiskey

 

Tickets are just $10, plus processing fees.

 

 

Sacramento location:

Thursday, September 19th at 6:30pm

Tickets: https://sacmakersmarktasting.eventbrite.com/

 

Davis location:

Friday, September 20th at 6:30pm

Tickets: https://davismakersmarktasting.eventbrite.com/

 

Bourbon Month Specials Menu

It's the most wonderful time of the year! National Bourbon Month (September) has arrived, and we're serving up some amazing specials to celebrate! From drinks to eats to beer & bourbon pairings, we're offering you multiple ways to experience some of our favorite bourbons. But be sure to act fast! In a couple of weeks, we'll be swapping out these specials for new Bourbon Month treats.

Which specials will you be trying first?

Bourbon Month

Derby Day 2013

You don't have to be in Kentucky to get lucky! Join us for our Derby Day 2013 celebration on Saturday, May 4th, featuring:

  • Big hat contest
  • $5 Mint Juleps
  • $5 Pimm's Cups
  • $5 Stella Artois
  • $15 bourbon flights
  • BBQ smoked brisket, beans, and hotlinks cookout

 

You'll also be able to buy raffle tickets good for pledges on the winning horse. For the horses come in first, second and third, we'll pull the tickets from their buckets to select the prize winners! Sacramento raffle ticket sales will benefit the Firefighters' Burn Institute and Davis raffle ticket sales will benefit the Firefighters' Turkey Drive.

Come watch the "best two minutes in sports" LIVE at de Vere's Irish Pub! Festivities start at 2pm.

 

5 Fun Facts About Drinking at De Vere’s

As if you need an excuse to come in and have a drink or two...here are five more!

1) We never charge corkage fees…seriously, never!

2) You can get 14 oz of Olympia for just $2…and 20 oz. for just $3! 

3) Whiskey Society memberships will be good at both de Vere’s locations! Get all the details here: http://deverespub.com/whiskey-society/

4) We now have a “Dew and a Brew” special: A shot of Tullamore Dew Whiskey and an Olympia for just $6!

5) Our new Craft Beer Station (in the back bar) hosts 6 rotating craft beers. Choices change as the kegs run out…and once they’re gone, they’re gone. So come in often and prepare for some rare, delicious surprises.

Michter's US 1 Bourbon Review

Michter’s US 1 Four Stars/Highly Recommended F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal: "The rich bronze color sparkles under the lamp; perfect purity. The initial whiffs uncover dry notes of stone-milled grist and dried fruit; following the aeration stage, the bouquet offers peppery/spicy scents that accent the dry graininess. The palate entry is surprisingly sweet and corny, considering how dry the aroma is; the midpalate point is deep, corny sweet, sap-like and a bit syrupy. Ends up well and balanced, with a backnote of dried red fruit (raisins, prunes). A handsome addition to this series."

 

You can try this Whiskey at  de Vere’s Pub in downtown Sacramento.

Join our Whiskey Society to learn more about Whiskey's at a discount!

A note from de Vere’s Irish Pub:

Our management staff at de Vere’s Pub is dedicated to building Sacramento’s largest whiskey list. We add whiskeys to our list as often as possible, in order to offer our guests the best and most comprehensive assortment in Northern California. To further educate our patrons (and ourselves), we like to post reviews of these whiskeys on our blog. This lets our guests read up on the whiskeys we offer before coming to visit our whiskey bar—which we know you’ll fall in love with upon your first visit.

 

The whiskey bar is located in the back room of our Irish Pub in downtown Sacramento, which is owned and operated by an Irish family. We understand that you have a lot of choices in the bars and restaurants that you frequent in the Sacramento area, and we hope that we can earn your patronage by providing you with a one-of-a-kind experience. Our goal is to provide you with the best place in town to eat, drink, and socialize with your family and friends. So, grab a friend and come down for an incredible whiskey and dining experience!

 

 

 

GET MORE PUB UPDATES HERE:

Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter View our videos on YouTube Visit our blog View our profile on LinkedIn

 

Bacon Infused Bourbon

In honor of national Bourbon month, de Vere's Irish Pub will be  posting some of our Favorite Bourbon blog posts from around the web for you to enjoy!

"Bacon Infused Bourbon

Every once in a while something that sounds crazy in a cocktail actually works, if you are open to the idea. One such concept is Bacon Infused Bourbon. It’s seems ridiculous at first, but when you consider sweet caramel and maple syrup flavors sometimes characterize a good bourbon, you start to think about breakfast and how a side of bacon tastes so good next to your pancakes! Does it still sound silly? Well, maybe if I break it down a bit, it will make a little more sense. What we are talking about is neither sweet nor sour, not salty or bitter—it’s the fifth fundamental flavor that the Japanese call umami.

Umami, or savoriness, is considered by eastern cultures as an important component of taste in their cuisine. It is the flavor produced by amino acids such as glutamate that we normally associate with beef, mushrooms or that “rich” character found in stews and some fermented foods. Although it isn’t often discussed in regular western culture, umami is widely recognized as a flavor descriptor in the culinary world. Naturally, ideas born in the kitchen can be carried over to the bar, and that’s what we are doing here.

In addition to capturing rich meaty flavors, the smokiness that typifies cured bacon is equally important in our infusion. That is why I recommend finding an extremely smokey bacon to start out. You can pick any bacon that you like, but the stronger the flavors the better. Benton’s Smoked Country Bacon is supposed to be very good for this. I used a delicious smoke house bacon I found at our local farmers market. It’s a thick-cut, organic product that is absolutely wonderful as a breakfast side, in an egg casserole or sprinkled over fresh salad greens. Whatever you use, plan to eat a good, healthy portion of bacon, because all we need is the fat!

That’s right, the process of infusing umami into bourbon is called fat-washing. The idea is simple. Cook your bacon as you normally would and reserve the rendered fat. You need about a third of a cup of fat for the process. Place it into a jar while it’s still hot, and fill the jar with bourbon. Let it cool, then freeze it for 24 hours. Filter it and you are done. It’s that simple.

Bacon Infused Bourbon .33 cup of rendered bacon fat 3 cups of bourbon

Cook a pound of bacon and reserve the rendered fat. Add .33 cup of hot fat to a jar and fill with bourbon. Seal and allow to stand until it reaches room temperature. Place the jar in the freezer for 24 hours. The fat will solidify but the bourbon will remain in a liquid state. Open the jar and pour off the bourbon, straining through a coffee filter or cheesecloth to remove any loose fat particles. Bottle it and slap on a cool label.

If you’ve done other infusions with vodka, the basic principles are the same. The high-proof spirit draws flavors from the fat into the alcohol. Over the course of a few hours, the cooling fat solidifies and allows complete separation from the booze. Using the freezer is a neat trick because the alcohol works as an anti-freeze for the bourbon making the separating process even easier. There are a few tricks I learned that can streamline the process.

First, don’t shake the jar while the fat is cooling. This will create an emulsion and the fat will have trouble coagulating. It will separate eventually, but there will be microscopic droplets that will make the bourbon cloudy, and even freezing and filtration will have a hard time clearing them out. Second, it can help to tip the jar on its side. This will make it easier to pour off the bourbon later so you don’t have to break through a solid fat cap. Finally, don’t worry so much about the proportions. You can use as much fat as you like. In fact, if the flavor isn’t strong enough or you picked a mild-flavored bacon, you can run the bourbon through the process multiple times to improve it.

So, what can you do with this stuff? Jim Meehan from PDT in New York serves a great riff on the Old Fashioned using Benton’s bacon for the infusion:

Benton’s Old Fashioned 2 oz bacon-infused bourbon .25 oz maple syrup 2 dashes Angostura bitters orange twist

In a mixing glass filled halfway with ice, combine all ingredients. Stir, then strain into a tumbler with one large ice cube. Garnish with a twist of orange.

I have also used Urban Moonshine’s Maple Bitters in this drink to good effect, but Angostura has a wonderful clove-like component that makes me think of glazed ham. If an Old Fashioned is not your thing, don’t be afraid to experiment. It’s hard to separate the idea of salt in your mind when you ponder ideas with bacon, but think about how well ham pairs with spices—or with sweet flavors like honey and brown sugar—and you will start to see its potential. Perhaps a variation on the Manhattan is more to your liking. This one is especially good if you used a very smokey bacon in your infusion. It also contains Pimento (allspice) Dram, which is a liqueur made from allspice berries (not red pimentos!). The liqueur used to be impossible to find without making a drip to Jamaica, but thankfully, St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram is becoming more readily available. If you have a choice, buy the small bottle. The spicy flavor is potent, so most recipes call for small amounts.

Smoked Manhattan 2 oz bacon-infused bourbon 1 oz sweet red italian vermouth 2 dashes Angostura bitters 1 dash pimento (allspice) dram

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice until chilled (30 seconds). Strain into chilled cocktail glass and serve.

For another version of a bacon Manhattan, check out the one Nick Kosevich created for the Town Talk Diner."

Check out the Original Article is from Summit Sips these folks know their Coctails!

 

 

National Bourbon Month

Bourbon on the Rocks "Thanks to our friends over at Small Screen Network, we discovered that the month of September is also National Bourbon Heritage Month.

National Bourbon Heritage Month is an observance in the United States that calls for celebration of bourbon as America’s “Native Spirit”. On August 2, 2007, the US Senate declared September as “National Bourbon Heritage Month.” The bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky, passed by unanimous consent. (Source: Wikipedia)

In observance of National Bourbon Heritage Month, Mutineer is celebrating the history and art of distilling bourbon whisky by featuring a list of pretty rad blog posts about this amazing spirit.

Cooking with Bourbon During National Bourbon Heritage Month (BlogHer)
“I am a verified Whiskey Girl. I love brown liquor in all its forms: I’m a huge fan of rye, have been known to keep a variety of bottles of single malt scotch on hand, and simply adore bourbon… In honor of September, which has been named National Bourbon Heritage Month by the U.S. Senate, here are some recipes that celebrate this very American whiskey.”
The Laws of Bourbon (Carnal Nation)
“Although Bourbon is commonly associated with Kentucky and is, in this Boozy Jew’s opinion, where the best Bourbon comes from, it actually does not need to be made in Bourbon County, or even in Kentucky to be a Bourbon. In 1964, the same year our congress signed the Civil Rights Act into law, our great law-makers also sought to define what actually makes a Bourbon, Bourbon.”
Bacon Infused Bourbon (Summit Sips)
“Every once in a while something that sounds crazy in a cocktail actually works, if you are open to the idea. One such concept is Bacon Infused Bourbon. It’s seems ridiculous at first, but when you consider sweet caramel and maple syrup flavors sometimes characterize a good bourbon, you start to think about breakfast and how a side of bacon tastes so good next to your pancakes!”
What I’m Drinking Now: Labor Day Refreshers (SideDish)
“September is National Bourbon Month so if you need a special reason to open a bottle of Jim Beam, enjoy a dose of Knob Creek or sip a Wild Turkey, here are a few ideas for mixing:”

We also encourage you to visit Small Screen Network’s website and dig through their extensive archive of Bourbon videos, which includes mixology lessons from Mutineer Magazine contributorRobert Hess, an interview with Bill Samuels Jr. of Maker’s Mark, and even a recipe cooking with Bourbon.

Find Small Screen Network on Twitter and Facebook.

Related Posts

  1. Woodford Reserve Bourbon Releases 2011 Kentucky Derby Bottle Louisville, KY – Woodford Reserve, the Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby is honoring the country’s favorite horse race with the release of the 2011...
  2. The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess: The Mint Julep The Kentucky Derby is just a day away and that means it’s time to bust out some Mint Juleps. The Mint Julep has been associated...
  3. Distributors Push Bill In U.S. House To Block Interstate Sales Source: OpenSecrets.Org There is currently a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would give states more authority to regulate alcohol, which in turn...
  4. The Happening: Seattle Muscadet (and Oysters) Month The Loire Valley Wine Bureau is hosting an all out Muscadet Month in the city of Seattle. Muscadet, originates from the city of Nantes in...
  5. Torani Bacon Syrup Sure to Replace Galliano as the Bottle Behind the Bar That Will Never Need to be Replenished Torani Bacon Syrup. I dunno, maybe there’s a market for this? I do know that the Mutineers were as excited as could be to receive..."

Original Article from Mutineer Magazine Blog

 

Makers Mark Review

Maker’s Mark

Maker’s Mark is produced at Loretto in Kentucky, where distilling has been taking place on the Star Hill Farm site since to 1805. The present brand was developed by Bill Samuels Snr, who bought Star Hill in 1953, and the Scottish spelling of ‘whisky’ has been employed since the outset in recognition of Samuels’ Scottish ancestry. Since 2005 maker’s Mark has been owned by Fortune Brands, who are also responsible for Jim Beam. Samuels chose to create a Bourbon using a proportion of red winter wheat instead of the more common rye, in order to reduce the ‘burn’ left by many Bourbons of the time. The result is a comparatively soft and gentle spirit, which becomes very mellow as it matures. A subtle, complex, clean nose, with vanilla and spice, a delicate floral note of roses, plus lime and cocoa beans. Medium in body, Maker’s Mark offers a palate of fresh fruit, spices, eucalyptus and ginger cake. The finish features more spices, fresh oak with a hint of smoke, and a final flash of peach cheesecake. A delicate and circumspect Bourbon compared to some of its more redneck cousins. Very drinkable. 45.0% ABV

Maker’s Mark 46

Maker’s 46 has an unmistakable spice on the nose, yet not strong. This next generation bourbon is smooth and forward tasting on the palate yet retains a pleasant bite. On the backend, like the original Maker’s Mark, there is none of harness sometimes associated with Rye, but nice honey finish. Other notes present include vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg and other sweet spices. Being a bourbon man myself, I liked it! Marker’s 46 is a fine sipping bourbon and has the potential to become a potent ingredient in the bar arsenal. I will report back once I whip up an Old Fashioned or Manhattan with the 46.

A note from de Vere’s Irish Pub:

Our management staff at de Vere’s Pub is dedicated to building Sacramento’s largest whiskey list. We add whiskeys to our list as often as possible, in order to offer our guests the best and most comprehensive assortment in Northern California. To further educate our patrons (and ourselves), we like to post reviews of these whiskeys on our blog. This lets our guests read up on the whiskeys we offer before coming to visit our whiskey bar—which we know you’ll fall in love with upon your first visit.

The whiskey bar is located in the back room of our Irish Pub in downtown Sacramento, which is owned and operated by an Irish family. We understand that you have a lot of choices in the bars and restaurants that you frequent in the Sacramento area, and we hope that we can earn your patronage by providing you with a one-of-a-kind experience. Our goal is to provide you with the best place in town to eat, drink, and socialize with your family and friends. So, grab a friend and come down for an incredible whiskey and dining experience!

You can try these Whiskeys at  de Vere’s Pub in downtown Sacramento.

Join our Whiskey Society to learn more about Whiskey's at a discount!

GET MORE PUB UPDATES HERE:

Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter View our videos on YouTube Visit our blog View our profile on LinkedIn

 

George T. Stagg a big whiskey at de Vere's!

George T. Stagg

de Vere's Pub carries amazing Bourbons and this happens to be one of our favorites!  Part of the annually updated Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, ‘George T Stagg’ takes its name from the one-time owner of what is now Buffalo Trace distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky. During the early 1880s the distillery was in the hands of Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr, who obtained a loan from his friend George T Stagg during difficult economic times. Stagg subsequently foreclosed on Taylor, taking over his company in the process! Distilled in the spring of 1993, the nose of this imposing, high-strength 15-year-old whiskey presents caramel, vanilla, sweet oak and glance cherries. Full-bodied, with plump corn, butterscotch, spicy oak and pipe tobacco on the palate. The long finish featuring oak, toffee, ginger and cherries. 70.3% ABV

 

A note from de Vere’s Irish Pub:

Our management staff at de Vere’s Pub is dedicated to building Sacramento’s largest whiskey list. We add whiskeys to our list as often as possible, in order to offer our guests the best and most comprehensive assortment in Northern California. To further educate our patrons (and ourselves), we like to post reviews of these whiskeys on our blog. This lets our guests read up on the whiskeys we offer before coming to visit our whiskey bar—which we know you’ll fall in love with upon your first visit.

The whiskey bar is located in the back room of our Irish Pub in downtown Sacramento, which is owned and operated by an Irish family. We understand that you have a lot of choices in the bars and restaurants that you frequent in the Sacramento area, and we hope that we can earn your patronage by providing you with a one-of-a-kind experience. Our goal is to provide you with the best place in town to eat, drink, and socialize with your family and friends. So, grab a friend and come down for an incredible whiskey and dining experience!

 

You can try this Whiskey at  de Vere’s Pub in downtown Sacramento.

Join our Whiskey Society to learn more about Whiskey's at a discount!

GET MORE PUB UPDATES HERE:

Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter View our videos on YouTube Visit our blog View our profile on LinkedIn

DERBY DAY AT DE VERE'S IRISH PUB

Each year, in Louisville, Kentucky, a two week long festival culminates in an epic thoroughbred horse race that is watched the world over. The Kentucky Derby, a Grade I stakes race, is ten furlongs or one and a quarter miles in length, and involves the fastest, top competing colts, geldings and fillies in the United States. Also touted the “Run for the Roses” since the winner is draped in a rosy blanket, this competition garners more spectators and bets than any other stakes race of its kind. This year, watch the “fastest two minutes in sports” at de Vere's Irish Pub, which will be hosting an unprecedented Derby Day event this year on Saturday, May 7th beginning at noon. The pre-race festivities will include specials on Mint Juleps and Pimms Cups, which will start at only $5, as well as a big hat contest for the ladies!

You may have seen photographs of the old days when high society attended horse races as a matter of course, and all the well-to-do women would don extravagant lids, hoop skirts, and frilly dresses. So, classy gals, wear your hat that takes up the most real estate possible, and contend for to-be-announced prizes and glory! Don't have a big hat already? Try Sacramento City Dry Goods or the Village Hat Shop in Old Sacramento in an effort to support local businesses, something that de Vere's endeavors to do as well at every possible turn!

Mint Juleps proffered will be made with Woodford or Pure Kentucky bourbon, and our bartenders have been gearing up to make the best ones you've ever tasted. For more on the making of these drinks, check out these youtube.com

videos:

Mint Julep: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lP2VQ9eiUo&feature=related

Pimms Cup: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjXuBbs3wlk&feature=fvwrel

The race itself will commence at 3pm and suspense will fill the pub as our patrons gather to witness history in the making. All will be on the edge of their bar stools, and from under the rim of their big hats, as they sip a well-constructed cocktail and cheer for their favorite thoroughbred, a new contender will strive ahead to become the new victor of the Kentucky Derby. De Vere's extends an invite to you, your friends and family to enjoy this annual race within the warmth of our family's pub.

For more information or to RSVP to this event, please visit the event page at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=154826847910731

 

Pappy Van Winkle 20yr VS. Pappy Van Winkle 23yr

It is not often that I am left speechless....enough said!

"LIMITED EDITION

This is the only 23 year old Kentucky Bourbon sold in the country today. There are only 3,000 bottles of this very rare 23 year old bourbon. It takes generations of distilling know-how to produce a rare, well-aged bourbon like this. Only the most careful and expensive distilling method can be used to create a whiskey as special as this one.

These barrels were carefully placed in the heart of the warehouse to receive the most benefit from the variable Kentucky seasons. Each season, the whiskey passes through the thin, caramel layer of the charred white oak barrels, picking up an enormous amount of color and flavor.

This fine old whiskey should be enjoyed neat or over ice. "Pappy" used to say, "why ship water all over the country." In keeping with his theory and practice, Julian Van Winkle has chosen to offer this whiskey at a higher than usual 95.6 proof. This higher proof allows all the incredible flavors to come out with each tasting. This truly is an older and wiser "Pappy."" Bandit Review:

 

I recommend drinking this Pappy before the 23 year so you will be able to enjoy this one for all it has to offer. This Pappy although sophisticated is very light on the palate and rich with the Carmel goodness of any great bourbon. There is an earthy corn character to this one that can catch one off guard. A pleasure to drink and not completely overshadowed by his big brother the 23 year old. Cognac not needed for an enjoyable cigar after a great meal, Pappy is all you will need! "This is the #1 Rated Bourbon Whiskey in the World Rated 99 out of 100 by the World's Spirits Championships

The 'Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve' is aged an unheard of 20 years, and bottled at 90.4 proof. This whiskey is wonderfully smooth and rich. No other bourbon today can stand 20 years of aging, but this bourbon does it with style. 'Pappy Van Winkle' was a true character. This bourbon, like 'Pappy', is full of the character that makes it a very special whiskey. It, too, has been put in a class of a fine after dinner cognac. "