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Spirits Review: Kilbeggan Single Grain Irish Whiskey

August 19, 2017
Spirits Review: Kilbeggan Single Grain Irish Whiskey | SwineAndSwill.com

By Patrick Gary, Contributor

I have been told that every Irishman in the world is a storyteller, and that every story told by an Irishman is true. That said, I’ve also been told about Cuchulain and Fin McCool, so at least in the realms of absolute veracity, there are some “true” stories that are, at the very least, embellished.

A story that I was told recently, that seems to be more truth than legend, concerns the oldest licensed distillery in Ireland. That would be Kilbeggan Distilling Company, in Kilbeggan, County Westmeath. The original distillery made its spirits for 200 years before shuttering the business. However, 50 years later, in 2007, Kilbeggan was able to dust off its small-pot copper stills and start sharing their variety of Irish whiskey.

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Spice Up Your Shots with Himalayan Salt Glasses

June 29, 2017
Spice Up Your Shots with Salt Glasses! | SwineAndSwill.com
By Patrick Gary, Contributor

Most of what I review is the liquid that goes into glasses. In this case, I had the novel opportunity to review the container itself. Root7 is making shot glasses from pure Himalayan pink rock salt, which both is a lovely way to present the drink and provides the salty taste that completes a tequila shot.

It does require careful care, as these are not machine-washable, nor are they supposed to have liquid kept in them for long. Salt is a natural preservative and antibacterial agent, though, so the glassware should be fine for continued home use as long as it is stored correctly.

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Spirits Review: Kimo Sabe Mezcal

June 25, 2017
Spirits Review: Kimo Sabe Mezcal | SwineAndSwill.com
By Patrick Gary, Contributor

A couple of things to start off with if you aren’t familiar with the basics of mezcal: Mezcal is a distilled spirit made from the pina of any one of the 30 varieties of the agave cactus. Tequila is a specific type of mezcal made in a specific region of Mexico from only the blue agave. Therefore, tequila and mezcal are related, but mezcal is not generally designed to be either shot or mixed into cocktails, is consumed generally without salt or lime; is generally meant to be sipped neat; and when it is well made, it is very smooth. That said, Americans like cocktails, and there are mezcals that cater to that taste. There, if you didn’t know exactly what we were talking about, now you know enough.

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Spirits Review: Rum Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva

June 19, 2017
Spirits Review: Rum Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva | SwineAndSwill.com
By Patrick Gary, Contributor

I must admit that when I was asked to review Rum Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva that I was not familiar with the history of rum production in South America. I had always thought of rum as being a Caribbean spirit, with some lovely offerings from Guatemala or the Philippines being worthy outliers. However, as I started researching the distillery, I learned that while Venezuelan rum is new to me, it is not new to the market.

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Give This Coconutty Rum Blend a Shot

May 27, 2017
New Liqueur Goes Nuts with Coconut | SwineAndSwill.com
By Patrick Gary, Contributor

Summer is approaching, and with it comes a craving for a different, more tropical flavor with your food and beverages. Captain Morgan recently released a new creamy coconut-rum blend to enhance your party atmosphere. It is called LocoNut, and it is easily spotted in its coconut-shaped and decorated bottle.

For those who are interested in this as an alternative to Malibu or some other coconut rum, first note that this is something different. It functions fine as a replacement for Malibu, but it really stands up like Amarula or Bailey’s Irish Cream as a very nice drink on its own merits, especially if chilled. More than just the coconut milk, there are hints of cinnamon, cloves and allspice. It has a thicker texture and a fuller mouthfeel. Malibu is a rum that tastes of coconut. LocoNut is closer to a fermented coconut milk that has been sweetened and lightly spiced.

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Kona Brewing Brings Island-Fruity IPA to Dallas

May 25, 2017
Island-Fruity IPA Hits Dallas | SwineAndSwill.com
By Patrick Gary, Contributor

After more than a year of waiting, Kona Brewing Co. has finally rolled its tribute to Kauai out to the U.S. mainland. Hanalei Island IPA is a smooth, sessionable IPA with mild fruity notes that come from the POG (passionfruit, orange and guava) mash. For those who have not traveled to Hawaii, POG is omnipresent on the islands but practically unheard of once you leave.

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Fire up Cinco de Mayo with hot new Ancho Reyes Verde

May 1, 2017
Fire up Cinco de Mayo with hot new Ancho Reyes Verde | SwineAndSwill.com
By Valerie Jarvie, Contributor

May 5 is Cinco de Mayo, the anniversary of the 1861 Battle of Puebla, in which the 3-to-1 outnumbered Mexican army defeated Napoleon’s troops attempting to capture Puebla de Los Angeles, an east-central Mexico town. The victory provided a much-needed morale boost to our southern neighbors. It’s now a day when Mexican culture and heritage is celebrated in the U.S. with festivals and parties. As such, it calls for regional libations. Margaritas? In this age of craft cocktails, a plain-Jane version seems, well frankly, boring.

Here’s a spirit to add some tasty style to your Cinco de Mayo celebration: Ancho Reyes Verde, a chile liqueur made with poblano chiles picked while green, and fire-roasted. The spirit became available in Texas just this spring.

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It’s Big Texas Beer Fest Time Again!

March 19, 2017
Big Texas Beer Fest 2017 Is On! | SwineAndSwill.com

Late March/early April are heading our way quick, which means … so is this year’s Big Texas Beer Fest! Yeehaw and bottoms up!

The annual beer-sipping extravaganza is coming back to Fair Park and bringing its usual super-extensive slate of craft beers from Dallas, Texas, the US and the world over. Beginning last year, BTBF became a two-day affair, and it seems that format was popular enough to be repeated this month. The Friday and Saturday sessions are the same, except for the live-band lineup. So whichever day you go, you’ll be sure to enjoy brews aplenty.

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Cheer Texas Independence in Dallas with Gin!

March 1, 2017
Toast Texas Independence with Gin! | SwineAndSwill.com

Jettison, the hot West Dallas cocktail bar brought to us from the brains behind Houndstooth Coffee, is toasting Thursday’s Texas Independence Day holiday in high style. Calling it “Gindependence” Day, the bar at Sylvan Thirty is offering $2 off their regular gin-based craft creations like the High Tea Gimlet and coffee-tinged Double Up, and the venue is also unveiling three gin specialties just for the special day. The Republic of Texas (pictured) features sweet vermouth and maraschino liquor; the Bees Kumquat Knees highlights — what else? — kumquat and honey; and the TX GT adds fresh grapefruit and peach to the fizzy classic.

Each of the specials is $9 and up for grabs tomorrow at Jettison from 4 to 11 p.m. Celebrate your gindependence!

Jettison, 1878 Sylvan Ave., Suite E150, Dallas. 214-238-2643

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Dallas Bars Whip Up Cheery Holiday Cocktails

December 22, 2016
Dallas Bars Whip Up Holiday Cocktails | TheDallasDiva.com

The holidays are a prime time to bust out all the best festive seasonal cocktails, and this year, we’ve got a roundup with local flair! Voila, some cocktail recipes from some of our favorite Dallas bars, just waiting to spice up your holidays, whether you’re partying with friends or family, or whipping something just for you at your home bar. So break out the nice glassware and get ready for a celebration in a glass. And happy holidays!

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