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Off the Shelf: Beers of October

Off the Shelf: Beers of October

I’m finally getting the October beer tastings up. Brands we tasted are Solemn Oath, Pipeworks, Spiteful Brewing, Highland Brewery, Lazy Magnolia, Smoky Mountain Brewery and Avery. October is the month when all of the pumpkin and pumpkin spice brews come out. I’m not really a hater, but I do find it mildly annoying that every […]

Off the Shelf: Beers of September

Off the Shelf:  Beers of September

Not only do the lovely Ms. Kathleen and I try numerous exquisite beers from Avery, Une Anee, Smoky Mountain Brewery, Solemn Oath, Lost Abbey and, of course, Pipeworks but we also chat a little about our trip to the Smoky Mountains and all of the moonshine we did not have. If you like our tastings […]

A little cocktail history video we th...

A little cocktail history video we threw together

So after a year and a half of trying classic cocktails and hearing the stories around how they came to be, we decided to tell the story as we’ve pieced it together (with some help from people who know what they’re talking about)

Off the Shelf — Beers of August

Off the Shelf — Beers of August

I do in fact know that it is now October. Hand-Eye Media HQ has been a working hard to make the donuts as well as planning some special things for the BLP. The lovely Mrs. Kathleen and I sampled more beers through August, including some regional beers from Appalachia, in particular, the Smoky Mountain Brewery. […]

Alcohol 101: Yeast Food

Alcohol 101: Yeast Food

Sreedhar Yedavalli, Matt Mayes and I have our third discussion in a series detailing what alcohol is and how we get variations of intoxicating liquids. In this episode we discuss how the food that the yeast consumes, primarily types of sugars, produces variations in the kinds of excretions that are added to the alcohol mix. […]

Off the Shelf: The Beers of July

Off the Shelf: The Beers of July

July was a busy month for us…house guests, road trips, extended stays in small Tennessee towns with no internet…the sampled beers this month were a little light and featured only Pipeworks.  No, no, I am not a product rep for Pipeworks (though maybe I should be), but I’m just being brand focused and it seems […]

Off the Shelf: The Beers of June

Off the Shelf: The Beers of June

The lovely Ms. Kathleen and I taste another bunch of beers, one by Solemn Oath and the rest by Pipeworks.  It is hard to keep up with Pipeworks.  But I’ve gotta say, they make the most interesting beers and even if they aren’t all for me, I really enjoy what seems to be their mission […]

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 […]

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, […]

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