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Apricot and Star Anise Bitters Giveaway

May 14, 2013

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I’ve been itching to try a new batch of bitters for a while now, particularly after how much I loved my first attempt. I really enjoyed the orange bitters I made a number of months back, with only a few complaints on my end. While the bittering agents did their trick, I never felt the “orange” hit home as much as I was hoping. Which is why I went back and forth for some time on what to make next. I wanted to marry flavors that were bright and interesting, but were also something I could see myself (and ultimately you all) using often. Enter some culinary inspiration…

I’ve been finding ways to incorporate star anise into just about anything I cook these days. I love it to add flavor to a simple broth or sauce and it does amazing things in marinades for meat. And nothing balances the vibrant flavor of star anise like a little sweetness and acidity. Now enter the apricot…

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These apricot and star anise bitters are friggin’ awesome. So pumped with how these turned out and thrilled to be able to offer the second Nobler bitters giveaway to let you in on all the enjoyment. You know the drill, simply comment, re-post on Facebook, or re-tweet and you are in the running for one of three free bottles. I’ll announce the winners tomorrow! Good Luck!

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It’s Spring, Ignore the Crappy Weather

April 12, 2013

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We had a glimpse of spring earlier this week so despite the crappy weather outside, I’m rolling with sunny evenings filled with refreshing cocktails for now on. I don’t care if it’s pouring outside either, it’s outdoor drinking season in my mind, so who’s with me?

So with the season swapping agreed upon, I’m eying up a few new purchases to refresh our liquor collection a bit. And I’m asking you all for some help. I’ve got room for one more bottle (yes, we have a seriously intense liquor collection) so I’m leaving it up to you all to decide what I buy. Of course, with that comes a series of spring related cocktail recipes coming soon so it’s like choose your own adventure…and who doesn’t love a little choose your own adventure.

Oh, and you need another reason to spend that little extra clicking energy to cast your vote. If you get in on the action, you are automatically qualified for the next Nobler giveaway contest starting next week with a bottle of my latest batch of bitters as the winner’s prize! Happy Spring everyone!

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And the mustard winner is…

October 26, 2012

Despite a valiant attempt by Nobler Mark Alu to continue his winning streak, it was simply not meant to be. Because after hours of algorithm data mashing and wild blogosphere forecasting of who would be the winner of the third Nobler giveaway, one name remained, carefully chosen by Microsoft excel’s RANDBETWEEN function. Congrats to Mike Mangone, you may now collect your mustard. I hope you’ve prepared your speech!

As for the rest of the Cow Thievery taking place these days, this weekend marks the unveiling of our new set of labels for the two delicious wheat beers we bottled just a few weeks ago. I’m looking forward to tasting both now that they are fully carbonated!

For those of you dressing up like sexy pirates or styling like Gangnam for Halloween, I hope you have a great time and drink well. And by drink well, I mean hopefully you avoid the candy corn vodka. If you have better drinks in mind and are looking to continue the pumpkin beer theme but are getting a little sick of the typical offerings, here is a great post from Serious Drinks on a few unusual spins on this fall favorite.

Have a great weekend and congrats again to Mike!

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Nobler Giveaway #3: Saison Mustard!

October 24, 2012

For the latest Nobler Giveaway, I’ve created my best batch of Cow Thieves mustard to date. Of course being ranked 1 of 2, isn’t all that impressive but this Saison Beer Mustard will probably remain one of my favorites for many batches to come. Our crisp Saison style ale balances with the apple cider vinegar and coarse mustard seeds as if these three were destined for the perfect mustard relations. (Mustard relations?)

But in all honestly, for a simple re-post, like, or comment, you’d be foolish not to get in on this little competition! This mustard is damn delicious.

Also, an important reminder that the Night Cap tickets are available here, and we’re starting to reach the home stretch. Only 11 tickets left for sale and after reviewing the tasting list with the guys this morning, you are not going to want to miss this. Let’s just say you all are in for a special night! So give in to your FOMO and get your ticket now, before they are all gone…

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