Archive for August, 2012

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On the Mend

August 30, 2012

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I learned something very interesting this week. My passion for writing about drinking is actually tied quite intensely to my actual consumption of said alcohol. I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised but with some weird version of a summer flu keeping me off the sauce and sweating through the nights, my fervor to wake up and post was non-existent. I did manage to start a batch of fig whiskey (more on that another time) but for the most part I felt like what I would have had to say wouldn’t have been very Nobler-esque. So now I’m on the mend, taking a long weekend away and looking to get back off the wagon.

Enjoy the long weekend and check back next week for some exciting Nobler news and new “summer ain’t over yet” inspired cocktails.

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And the winner is…

August 28, 2012

Mark Alu!

In what seems like one of the most controversial decisions since the infamous 2009 Lights Resolve victory over the Canon Logic, it is true, one of the founding Noblers has indeed won the Cow Thieves Saison prize pack.  But no matter how many of you claim foul, there are two things I know for sure: (1) You can’t argue with the validity of Microsoft Excel’s “randbetween” function” and (2) Mark is one lucky dude. Cause this beer is delicious.

So let this be motivation for you all for the next giveaway. Because they are only getting better from here!

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Cow Thieves Giveaway

August 24, 2012

One of the biggest challenges of making small batch home brew is that when it’s good, you really hate to give the stuff away. So instead, I’ve talked up the Cow Thieves brand, had you buy t-shirts, and made you all loyal supporters, in hopes that you might not realize you’ve never tasted the stuff. Now, I know that isn’t completely true for all of you as I’ve carefully chosen times to bring out a bottle or two. You know, just before you were getting ready to leave, or just after we already opened a bottle of wine. It’s sad, sneaky, and true. I love our beers so much, I haven’t been very good at sharing. But that all changes now!

Because in exchange for a little Nobler support (tweet, FB re-post, comment, t-shirt, request, blank check), you can be eligible for the best Nobler giveaway yet: A 4 pack (all special beer should come in 4 packs) of our Summer Saisons perfect to celebrate the remaining days of August! Your opportunity lasts until Sunday night and I’ll announce the winner Monday morning. Have a great weekend!

 

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The World Must Be Ending

August 22, 2012

It was kind of ironic that on the day I half-joked about drinking as motivation for exercise, I would come across these two examples of just how close the world is to ending….

At the Nobler Experiment, I’ve talked quite a bit about infusion, extraction, and some overall concept of “flavoring”. The intention of course being, to add fresh and interesting ingredients to your liquor loving experiences. For the fruit infusions, there is a little additional motivation, in that the fruit “flavored” alcohols on the market are almost all disgusting. I find Absolut Citron to be one of the few exceptions here, and while I am sure there are more, the smell and taste of these flavored boozes makes me nauseous. And those are the fruit based liquors! Who the hell was asking for glazed donut and buttered popcorn?!!!!

The liquor store owner sort of laughed when he saw me snapping a picture. And maybe that’s part of why he chose to sell it. Maybe there are enough people who would quickly make their way from awe to intrigue but I can’t believe that. Not if I want to think we have a chance as a species.

Okay, that’s a little dramatic. So tell me, anyone willing to try this stuff and let us know if it’s as disgusting as it sounds? Anyone out there want to admit to loving these and other ridiculous flavored alcohols…whipped cream? bubble gum?

 

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High Flying Wine

August 21, 2012

“Using your muscles and then drinking is the best” – Anonymous

Okay, so this was actually said by Emily last night, but doesn’t it seem that quotations are given much more respect with the anonymous tag? Either way, I couldn’t agree more. And it got me thinking about how for a nation struggling with obesity, this in theory could be the next great exercise marketing campaign. No?

Fine, fine. Maybe it’s not the greatest thing to start mass advertising, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. All through college I raced road bikes. To be clear, I participated in road races and criteriums, but to say I raced and made an impact would be a little bit of an exaggeration. Okay, I sucked. But I really did enjoy it, mainly because of the long-ass road rides the team did for training. 40-100 miles on a Saturday morning through the near empty upstate roads, chatting it up, escaping the madness, and accomplishing more than most would in the weekend, before most of those same folks even woke up. The  rides were strenuous, warranting mass consumption of food and more often than not, a good nap taking over the rest of the mid-afternoon. But nothing beat that first cold beer on those days. A sense you earned that buzz, and the sense that your effort was truly being rewarded.

Let’s leap to last night, where this soon to be famous quote was conceived. We weren’t on bikes this time around, but rather swinging through the air in our very first trapeze class. You’ll notice how I started with the road racing story so that my participating in trapeze wasn’t enough for you to laugh your way to another blog. But you’ll be happy to hear, for the first time in my life, the descriptors “tall” and “graceful” were thrown my way, either suggesting that I am a trapeze genius or that really anyone can succeed in this first level of schooled acrobatics. I’m going to go with the first one for a second because I’ve already disparaged myself enough (see above: “I sucked”).

The more important thing here of course, is that after a few hours of reaching, jumping, twisting, and falling we actually put in quite a bit of effort. Enough effort to give our post trapeze glasses of wine a head start. And the results, were as usual, just what the doctored ordered.

 

 

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Rocket Fuel Anybody?

August 20, 2012

The second I tasted the Kings Co. chocolate “flavored” whiskey, I knew this cocktail was coming. The thing is, chocolate and booze combined, almost never works. It’s a notoriously awful sign to see a chocolate martini on a menu as the sugar laden, cloyingly sweet, and viscous drink that almost always follows, is part dessert, part drink; that is, if you hate good desserts and good drinks. So what makes the rocket fuel an exception?

Well two things for sure. For one, the chocolate flavored whiskey from Kings Co. is not your average sugar bomb. Using the cocoa pods during the aging process to impart serious aroma and nuance into the final whiskey profile, adds serious character to their already flavorful whiskey without the aforementioned Hershey’s phenomenon. The chocolate component to the booze is way more apparent in the nose which is why it pairs so well with coffee. But if you really want your rocket fuel to be ideal, any old coffee just won’t suffice.

While in Israel a few weeks back I picked up a container of Arabic coffee which was the main contributor to my staying awake in the quick two and half day turnaround. This lightly roasted coffee with cardamom is so wonderfully flavorful and packed with caffeine! I had a cup of this on its own in preparation for the cocktails and my story telling was off the charts. For those of you close to me, you know this is a delicate balance. A few too many cups, and there aren’t many that can stand me. But you might even re-consider this once you have the coffee and whiskey combined.

It may seem counter intuitive that I complained about sugar earlier, and then added some to the final recipe. But in this case, the tiny bit of sweetness helps round out the strong flavors of the other components and helps this guy go down nice and smooth. As a shot, a cocktail, or on your morning commute (just kidding), if you are a coffee or whiskey drinker, you need to try some “rocket fuel”.

Rocket Fuel

2 oz Kings Co. Chocolate Whiskey

4 oz Arabic Coffee (if you don’t have this, use espresso and ground cardamom)

2 tsp sugar

Brew your Arabic coffee and add the sugar to dissolve. Let cool in the refrigerator until you are ready to use. Obviously, the best thing to do here is brew a big batch because one of these won’t be enough (oh and that whole sharing thing). Mix the whiskey and coffee mixture over ice for a cocktail or shake over ice and pour into shot classes for shooters. But whatever you do, do it soon!

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Time to Relax and Grab a T-Shirt

August 17, 2012

Last night I found myself truly relaxing for the first time in a long time. I don’t mean that in the “I’m so busy, feel bad for me” way but rather, I realized recently, I’m just not that great at this relaxing stuff. As I said on the way back from the beach the other day, “relaxing makes me anxious”. That being said, it felt really great to sink into the couch with a Cow Thieves Saison and glass of Kings County Moonshine; a combination I plan on re-visiting soon.

This weekend I’m getting back after it because we’ve got a lot of excited things coming up. New cocktails, new events, and new collaborations are on the horizon! But first, don’t forget to get in on these t-shirts!

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