Brew and Booze News

The St. Paddy’s Day Digest for March 17, 2014

Before we to a few of the more interesting press releases that landed in our inbox over the past week, the Booze Dancing crew wishes all of you a very Happy St. Paddy’s Day. May your pint glass never be empty, and may your designated driver remember to stick with the Club Soda and lime! 

And now for the news…


Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky Partners With Luxury Shirt Brand Thomas Pink To Curate The ‘Perfect Pairings’

New York, NY (March 5, 2014) – Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky has partnered with luxury shirt brand Thomas Pink to present three distinct ‘perfect pairings’ of their Unnecessarily Well Made brands.

Glenmorangie shares many values with Thomas Pink, from a proud history to only using the finest ingredients and a relentless dedication to excellence. It is in celebration of this Unnecessarily Well Made approach to creation that the two brands have partnered to present three unique pairings of Glenmorangie Single Malt and Thomas Pink shirts, each representing a distinct personality and highlighting the rich diversity within the Glenmorangie portfolio.

‘The Classic Gentleman” pairing features Glenmorangie Original, an elegant and floral spirit and the real backbone of the Glenmorangie range. A must have for any Scotch drinker, Glenmorangie Original is paired together with Thomas Pink’s Classic White Shirt, the hero of any gentleman’s wardrobe. This package is tailored to fit a knowledgeable and sophisticated man who is eternally classic, just like the original expression of Glenmorangie’s smooth and complex Single Malt.  

‘The Discerning Adventurer” pairing highlights the spirit of innovation with items which marry the traditional with the unexpected. This set features The Lasanta Sherry Cask Finish, a 12 year old Single Malt extra matured in Oloroso Sherry casks, coupled with Thomas Pink’s Bengal Stripe Shirt collection, a brightly colored line which takes its inspiration from the rare and beautiful fabrics associated with East India. This pairing is perfectly suited for a refined and confident man who indulges in life’s pleasures and enjoys new discoveries. 

‘The Ultimate Perfectionist” pairing celebrates 170 years of dedication to excellence, since Glenmorangie’s founding in 1843. This package joins together Glenmorangie Signet, the masterpiece of the portfolio alongside Thomas Pink’s Imperial Collection, a line of skilfully crafted shirts made from the finest fabric in the company’s range. This exquisite pairing fits the ambitious man who seeks out precious and rare items and goes above and beyond to experience the best that life has to offer. 

Maxime Balay, Glenmorangie’s Brand Director, said, “We are excited to partner with Thomas Pink. Like Glenmorangie, Thomas Pink has a long standing history steeped in tradition. We feel that they share in our relentless dedication to quality and craftsmanship whilst always keeping perfection in mind.” 

Glenmorangie and Thomas Pink will celebrate their partnership with a private shopping event at the Thomas Pink New York Flagship location where guests will be invited to experience these pairings, and taste the featured Glenmorangie expressions with Glenmorangie Master Brand Ambassador, David Blackmore. The three curated parings are available on Reserve Bar until the end of April. (

Additionally, Glenmorangie is giving one lucky winner and a guest a chance to win a trip to the United Kingdom for a custom Thomas Pink & Glenmorangie experience.

The winner will enjoy personalized shopping at the Thomas Pink flagship store on Jermyn St. in London, and fly to Scotland to visit the Glenmorangie Distillery to experience Glenmorangie’s pursuit of perfection first hand.  For more information and to enter please visit


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Salty & Bubbly at Philly Farm & Food Fest

More Shopping, More Support and More Craft Brews, Cocktails & Shellfish at Expanded Show

Philadelphia, PA – March 11, 2014 – Philly Farm & Food Fest (#Fest) is thrilled to introduce Shellfish Salon, a new guided tasting opportunity led by Sam Mink, owner of the legendary Sansom St. Oyster House and the expanded Local Libations Lounge featuring more hourly sessions to sample brilliantly produced local spirits. Philadelphia area residents can shop, taste and enjoy at this family-friendly event with 100+ local farmers, food artisans and sustainable businesses on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Annex.

Experience freshly shucked salty beauties from Cape May Salts and Choptank Oyster Company. Heritage Shellfish Cooperative will be on hand serving up freshly cooked clams. Sam Mink will provide insights into the wonder of these exceptionally delicious east coast oysters and clams. Learn about aquaculture, sustainable seafood collaboratives and how oysters and clams are restoring coastlines and fishing economies at Shellfish Salon sessions. Four Shellfish Salons will be held throughout the event that begins at 11:40 and is held every hour thereafter.  Timed tickets to the Shellfish Salon are $15 each and must be purchased in advance.  Tastings are limited to groups of 30 so don’t delay.

Based on last year’s popularity, Philly Farm & Food Fest has expanded the Local Libations Lounge to include more unique producers. Limited to groups of 60, Libations sessions will take place every hour from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. This year attendees will experience guided tastings from 5 producers in each session. Featured beverages include: Frecon Farm Cider, Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey, Philadelphia Distilling’s Bluecoat Gin, Sly Fox Brewing, Subarashii Kudamono Asian pear liqueur, Stonekeep Meadery, Paradocx Vineyard, and Victory Brewing Company. Tickets are $15 per person, you must be 21 to take part and advance purchase is necessary.

For $50 advance purchase, enjoy all Philly Farm & Food Fest has to offer–entrance to Shellfish Salon and Local Libations Lounge as well as general admission. General admission tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at

About Philly Farm & Food Fest

Philly Farm & Food Fest was co-founded by Ann Karlen, and Marilyn Anthony and is a project of Fair Food and PASA (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture), dedicated to showcasing local, sustainable foods and businesses to consumers.

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Master Distiller Night at Louisville’s Haymarket Whiskey Bar – Monday March 17th

The third Monday of every month is Master Distiller Night at Haymarket Whiskey Bar, 331 E. Market St. in Louisville, Ky., when the bar hosts a different Master Distiller for meet and greets, bottle signings, special tastings, discussions, and more. This month’s event is scheduled for Monday, March 17th, and the Haymarket is particularly excited to host a rare appearance by the legendary Jimmy Russell of Wild Turkey.

Master Distiller Night is always free and kicks off at 9 p.m. If you find yourself in the area, we would love to invite you out next Monday night to check it out and try some of the more rarer pours that often come out these nights.


Master Distiller James C. Russell, or Jimmy to anyone who has ever shaken his hand, has been making bourbon in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky at the Austin Nichols Distillery for 54 years. Growing up just five miles from the distillery, Jimmy followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, learning time-honored traditions and techniques uniquely suited to the heart of bourbon country. He trained under Bill Hughes, Wild Turkey Bourbon’s second master distiller, and Ernest W. Ripy, Jr., the son of the original owners. It’s a small community of men who have mastered bourbon, and within this brotherhood, Jimmy Russell has gained a reputation as “the master distillers’ master distiller” and the “Buddha of Bourbon.” Jimmy Russell is considered the longest tenured, active Master Distiller in North America.


Haymarket Whiskey Bar is open Monday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 4 a.m., and Sundays at 7 p.m. Located at 331 E. Market Street between the NuLu district and downtown, Haymarket boasts more than 100 unique bourbons, nearly 200 whiskeys, 50 craft beers, 7 rotating taps, and artisan coffee drinks. A proud member of the Urban Bourbon Trail and named one of the best whiskey bars in the nation by Thrillist.


Dr. Seuss Birthday Dinner

Lafayette Hill, PA – This upcoming Wednesday, March 19, Barren Hill Tavern and Brewery will host a five-course dinner inspired-by Dr. Seuss’s 110th Birthday {which was earlier this month} featuring Ballast Point Brewing and Chef Paul Trowbridge’s One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish -themed menu that includes the following:

Amuse-bouche & Welcome Beer
“From there to here, from here to there,
funny things are everywhere”
Sesame Seaweed Salad
Ballast Yellowtail Pale Ale

“One Fish”
Sashimi of Tuna with chili jam, ponzu & scallions
Firkin of Ballast Sculpin dry hopped with wai-iti hops

“Two Fish”
Seared Scallop with Tobiko, lemon butter, roasted gold beets
Ballast Wahoo Wheat

“Red Fish”
Blacked Red Snapper, dirty rice
Ballast Calico Amber

“New Fish”
Grilled Chilean Sea Bass, tamarindo sauce, sea beans
Ballast Longfin Lager in cans (new format)

Dessert Surprise
It’s a surprise. But we promise this: it’s super-cool.
From Daytime Sous Chef & Pastry Chef Melissa Stout-Greiner
Ballast Sea Monster Imperial Stout

“Then I say, ‘I wish for fish!’ And I get fish right on my dish.”

646 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill, PA
484-344-5438 * Website coming soon!
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