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Monthly archives for June, 2014

Alcohol 101: What is Yeast?

Alcohol 101: What is Yeast?

In an attempt to better understand many of the cocktails and topics we discuss here at the Black Liver Project, we went back to the beginning of it all to really get a grasp on what is going on here.  We started with the most basic and direct question we needed to begin the store, […]

Monster Summoning V: Southern Dandy

Monster Summoning V: Southern Dandy

  It’s another Monster Summoning episode!  Bobby introduced me to a regular drink offering at Fion called the Southern Dandy.  It was really damned good! Tasted like a bourbon ice cream float. 1/4 muddled peach 2 dashes peach bitters 1/4 oz egg white 1/4 oz cream 2 oz bourbon dash of genepi A little simple […]

Episode 42: A Fiery Blonde – Mi...

Episode 42: A Fiery Blonde – Michelada

It was Cinco de Mayo, a much celebrated date in Chicago, and Bobby decided to introduce me to my first beer cocktail, the Michelada. I did the research and the images of the Michelada concerned me.  It looked a lot like a Bloody Mary.  If you recall the Bloody Mary episode, I was not a […]

Monster Summoning IV: King Creole

Monster Summoning IV: King Creole

  Not a classic cocktail, this one is an original from Bobby at Fion that appears on the menu and can be ordered by any ole person off the street.  Ingredients: Rye Absinthe Aveze Coffee Bitters Has a largely nutty and roasty flavor imparted by the coffee bitters.  Aveze is a strong and divisive flavor, […]

Off the Shelf: The Beers of May

Off the Shelf: The Beers of May

The lovely Kathleen and I tasted many beers from four brewers: Avery, Pipeworks, Solemn Oath, and The Lost Abbey.   Notice how often our tastes diverged.  I’ve said this many times but I can say it again:  I don’t like rating systems because everybody likes different things.  So instead of placing it on a scale […]

Episode 40: Jockeying for Position &#...

Episode 40: Jockeying for Position – Mint Julep

It was Kentucky Derby week when we  recorded episode #40 so we had Mint Juleps and I’ve gotta say, not only are mint juleps refreshing, but they also are one of the more historied cocktails and one with a lot to talk about. The first written reference to a mint julep was 1784 and it […]

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