Spirits

  1. Barrel to Bottle Episode 73: The GlenAllachie is Finally Here

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 73: The GlenAllachie is Finally Here

    Despite being constructed in the 1960’s, the only way to get a taste of GlenAllachie over the last half-century was through rare independent bottlings or as a component in favorite blended Scotch. That’s all changing with new ownership, and Binny’s is excited to share the new OB GlenAllachie bottlings. Noted Distillery personality David Keir offers the Barrel to Bottle team an insider’s view of the distillery and offers a taste of the new GlenAllachie lineup. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when the team answers your question about how tariffs affect the whiskey trade, both locally and internationally.

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  2. Barrel to Bottle Episode 71: Far North Spirits

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 71: Far North Spirits

    It's easy to get caught up in local craft spirits, especially living in an area like Chicagoland that's home to an incredible collection of craft options. Just don't miss out on highlights from far away, including insanely remote places such as Hallock, Minnesota, home of Far North Spirits. This week, Johny Barbosa of Far North shares shares his incredible portfolio of criminally underappreciated craft spirits, from vodka to gin, rum to rye, plus a surprise or two. And of course, the team covers which spirits best pairing with hot dish. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when the Barrel to Bottle team takes on the question of best beverages for cooking.

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  3. Barrel to Bottle Episode 68: Fred Noe Pt II

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 68: Fred Noe Pt II

    We're back with Part II of Brett Pontoni's interview with Jim Beam Master Distiller Fred Noe. This distilling industry legend shares keeping the family tradition going as he brings his son into the fold and offers some insights into how the business has changed over the years after growth and merging with international partnerships. Plus, Fred tackles your questions in our Q&A segment, and powers through a lightning round Q&A.

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  4. Barrel to Bottle Episode 67: Fred Noe Pt I

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 67: Fred Noe Pt I

    Spirits industry history runs deep for Fred Noe. The Master Distiller of Jim Beam Distillery, Fred is the seventh in his family to hold the position over the last two hundred years. Brett Pontoni from the Whiskey Hotline chats with this industry veteran, covering topics from how to taste whiskey and favorite flavor descriptors, to the Fred keeping the tradition going with the next generation. Plus some dishing about other industry giants. Keep an eye out for Part II, coming next week.

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  5. Barrel to Bottle Episode 66: J. Rieger Distillery

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 66: J. Rieger Distillery

    Kansas City Whiskey? Not only is it a thing, but Kansas City, Missouri's J. Rieger distillery was once the largest mail-order whiskey producer in the US. This week, the the Barrel to Bottle team is joined by Brett and Joe from The Whiskey Hotline to interview Ryan Maybee, who in 2014 resurrected this historic brand along with some help from industry icons like Tom Nichols and Dave Pickerell. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when the team gets technical about charred barrels.

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  6. Confessions of a Mixologist: Rudolph's Cranberry Cocktail

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Rudolph's Cranberry Cocktail

    WGN Radio asked us to create a holiday cocktail to share with their listeners. We had a lot of fun putting together a mix of flavors we thought fully embodied the holiday spirit. We went with our latest batch of Buffalo Trace handpicks as the base and added in ingredients you may have available on your bar cart for an easy, but delightfully tasteful cocktail that even Rudolph would be proud to have his name on.

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  7. Barrel to Bottle Bonus Episode: Game of Thrones Single Malts

    Barrel to Bottle Bonus Episode: Game of Thrones Single Malts

    Brace yourselves, Game of Thrones Scotch is coming. In the middle of recording the recent two-part “All the Islay” podcast, the Whiskey Hotline’s Brett Pontoni wandered off. And when he wandered back into the room, he had news about the upcoming Game of Thrones single malt releases. Listen as the Barrel to Bottle crew reacts to the news and shares specifics about each bottling. Game of Thrones Scotches are coming, and you won’t have to pay the iron price.

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  8. Barrel to Bottle Episode 57: All the Islay Part 2

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 57: All the Islay Part 2

    Picking up from last week, the Barrel to Bottle crew is joined by the Whiskey Hotline to taste through all eight active distilleries in Scotland's Islay region. Part II covers the more peaty distilleries: Lagavulin, Caol Ila, Laphroaig and Ardbeg. Also silly hats. And stick around for our customer Q&A segment, when the Whiskey Hotline discuss what it takes for a distillery to get into the Binny's Handpicked Casks program.

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  9. Barrel to Bottle Episode 56: All the Islay Part 1

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 56: All the Islay Part 1

    Scotland's Islay makes some of the most distinctive and immediately recognizable whisky in the world, from graceful and honeyed to richly peated, smoky and briny. The Barrel to Bottle crew teams up with the Whiskey Hotline in a guided tasting of all eight active distilleries on the Island, with lots of fun facts and Islay info along the way. Part I covers the less peaty distilleries: Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Bowmore and Kilchoman. Keep an eye out for Part II coming next week!

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  10. Confessions of a Mixologist: Caffè Romano

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Caffè Romano
    This is a guest blog post written by JD W., a mixologist at the Binny's Lincoln Park Tasting Room.

    The cocktail we're featuring this time is of my own creation. The goal was to create a drink that does justice to the flavor profile of a lesser-known coffee drink, the Caffé Romano — espresso served with lemon peel. In putting it together, I played off of the proportions used in one of my favorite old classics, the Vieux Carré.

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