Alcohol Drinks Restaurants

This Vermont Bar Makes Rare Booze Available For All

Prohibition Pig might want to think about changing its name to Proletariat Pig because of its new Liquor Society menu. It offers flights in various liquor categories from around the world. 

With thirty flights available on the menu, customers are encouraged to keep a log and notes of their experiences. Each threesome highlights producers, styles, climates and production and aging strategies. Thanks to an approachable price and format, members can choose a flight featuring local favorites such as Caledonia Spirits’ Barr Hill Gin or Shelburne Orchard Dead Bird Brandy. Some might seek the chance to try a prestigious Fire and Ice Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky from Highland Park or a rare El Jolgorio mezcal showcasing different species of agave plants.

“Something you know, something you don’t, and something you’ll never see again,” said Jackson Strayer-Benton, Prohibition Pig’s Beverage Director, certified sommelier and Executive Bourbon Steward from Stave and Thief Society, of the offering. “You won’t find a menu like this anywhere in the Northeast. There are only a handful of tasting selections this exclusive in the U.S.” 

Ten flights qualify members as a “Sea Bird,” named for the boat that would transport illegal booze from the “Rum Row” ships during Prohibition. “Malahat” members boast 20 different flights, named for a large ship that transported liquor from British Columbia to the West Coast of the United States. Completing the program with 30 different flights, “Tomoka” is named for William McCoy’s rum-running ship made famous for only carrying pure product, not watered down or polluted, as well as an intimidating machine gun installed on the top deck. These customers are rewarded with a private tasting for four and a complimentary dinner.

“Jackson is preparing the Prohibition Pig team to speak knowledgeably and with first-hand experience about each flight, conducting weekly tastings and on-site trips to local distilleries to understand the process, culture, and history of each liquor,” said Eric Warnsted, Prohibition Pig Chef and Owner.

“Eric changed the nature of restaurants. He understands that it’s all about relationships, whether that is with farmers, distillers, brewers, and especially staff and customers,” Strayer-Benton adds. “Together we looked at Prohibition Pig’s impressive wall of liquor and knew that this was another chance to create a destination experience and sense of belonging.”

Head to Waterbury, Vermont to check out Prohibition Pig’s new Liquor Society menu for yourself.


This ‘Handlebar Minibar’ Stores Booze In Your Bike’s Handlebars


You ever push your non-prescription Ray-Bans up your nose with one hand, scrolling through your iPhone 5 to find the new Pitchfork-recommended single with your other, while guiding your ten-speed (fixie?) through Brooklyn foot traffic with your knees and think, “Hey, I could really use a drink, like, right now?”

Yeah? Well, then, my multi-tasking friend, bear witness to the strange genius that is the Handlebar Minibar, compliments of Kickstarter Yannick Read (who also did this thing with this guy and put a train whistle on a bike). Two vials, tucked into the hollow ends of your bicycle handlebars (though apparently, it’s a one-size-fits-most deal), hold 5mL each of your favorite booze. FYI, altogether, that’s about a fourth of a short. But that’s not the point. The point is that you have booze in the handlebars of your bike.


And Yannick says it’s not just for booze. Use it for “banknotes” or “a rolled cigarette,” or as one Internet reader added (but this particular writer cannot publicly encourage), “coke and weed.”

Check it out on Kickstarter.

P.S. — Don’t drink and bike, man.

H/T Geekologie

Cravings Sweets

Warm Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cakes with Calvados

Any type of cake is good in my book, but these  Warm Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cakes with Calvados are gonna have to take the icing! These babies have all the necessities to be winners: Calvados (French Apple Brandy) and Golden Yellow Sugar (light brown sugar with a buttery taste)!  Check out some more shots after the jump. JUMP: