One of Those Summary Posts

Darcy O'Neil :: May 20, 2007 11:14 AM

The Art of DrinkThere are lots of topics worthy of being posted on The Art of Drink, but many times there just isn’t enough content to make a post long enough to be interesting. So all those little pieces of information get squirrel away and lost. Some of these things are genuinely interesting, so I figured that combining them into one post would make sense. In this summary we’ll look at Tales of the Cocktail, some interesting new products from Forty Creek and some general blog happening and other worthy news bits.

Tales of the Cocktail, in New Orleans, is quickly approaching (July 17 to 22) and Paul Clarke, Rick Stutz, Chuck Taggert and myself will be hosting the “Cocktails and the Blogosphere” event. This event will take a look at how blogs have come to influence the way cocktails are perceived and created. If you are attending Tales of the Cocktail please feel free to register for this event, I assure you we will make it informative and entertaining.

In an email from the Spirit of Toronto, which was held on May 12, they mentioned that John Hall, of Forty Creek whisky, would be providing samples to three new single grain whiskies. The three whiskies are a 7 year old 100% rye whisky, aged in lightly toasted American white oak casks. A “single malt” barley grain whisky, similar to a 10 year old scotch, aged in medium charred American oak. And finally the Forty Creek Single Indian Corn whisky, which would be bourbon if it was made in the US. Also there is a John K. Hall Small Batch Reserve whisky that should be available soon. Forty Creek will only be releasing about 600 bottles per year of the Small Batch whisky. It is unknown if the single grain whiskies will be released in any quantity. 

On Thursday I participated, as a speaker, in an LCBO tutored tasting / life style event. The event looked a cocktails in some classic books including The Great Gatsby and Gone With the Wind (Mint Julep), Fear and Loathing (Singapore Sling), The Long Goodbye (Gimlet) and the ubiquitous martini which seems to be the stand-in cocktail in many books, but mostly in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. We also discussed a few great others and their inspiration from cocktails, or more so, the alcohol content of the cocktails. Earnest Hemingway was an obvious choice. One author I forgot was Mark Twain. Thanks to everyone on The Webtender forum for providing some cocktails and authors for the presentation.

It seems major Canadian owned beer makers are become a rare creature these days. Labatt’s and Molson have been foreign owned for a few years (Labatt’s since the mid 1990’s) and they account for roughly 90% of the Canadian beer market. Sleeman’s was recently purchased by Sapporo, reducing even further the Canadian ownership of it’s beer. Brick Brewing has announced that it is looking for a buyer “to increase share holder value”, which means they want a quick cash pay-out. That pretty much leaves Moosehead and Big Rock Brewing as the only major Canadian owned beer makers. But I’m not too concerned, I drink mostly micro-brews from Steam Whistle, Black Oak, Mill Street and all the other craft brewers. Its just odd how the global beer world is consolidating into a few major players, with all those beers tasting about the same.

Well that’s it for this summary. Let’s see what happens next week.


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