It’s only fitting that we’re serving up a list of boozy drinks for one of the most fun days of the year – hell, it’s just worth toasting that it’s on a Saturday! Enjoy Halloween while you can, because once this holiday’s over, the Christmas push arrives. Heaven help us all!
If you’ve ever popped by for a meal at The Second Floor – Gina and Scott Gottlich’s low-lit, sexy restaurant inside the Westin Galleria hotel – you may have missed that the modern American cuisine destination has a killer whiskey collection. In fact, it’s one of the more extensive sets you’ll find in Dallas, with nearly 200 whiskies on hand, so whether you’re a spirit newbie or an old pro, you’re bound to find something that’s endlessly sippable.
Ed. Note: Our intrepid contibutor, Patrick St. Jean, ventured out to Savor Restaurant in Dallas last week to check out Guinness’ latest iteration.
By Patrick St. Jean
Last Tuesday evening, we headed down to Savor Gastropub near Klyde Warren Park in Dallas for the introduction of Guinness’ new Nitro IPA. We got there a little bit early and spent some time talking to Ian Colgan, Guinness’ Beer Ambassador, as well as the American staff helping him out. Our group was seated outside, much to the delight of the folks from Guinness, as they were enjoying our lovely local weather.
Just in time for National Vodka Day, I received notice of a vodka that’s something of a novelty in the market. BiVi Vodka is a premium spirit that’s the “first-of-its-kind 100% Sicilian vodka” available in the States. Added bonus (to this cinephile, anyway)? The brand has as its celebrity partner Chazz Palminteri. Love him! But more on the spirit …
Kicking off this Friday night, Park & Palate is a spankin’-new food festival bringing not just eats from some of the best chefs in Texas, but a bevy of beverages to Klyde Warren Park. We’re talking craft beer, spirits from the likes of Absolut Elyx and Jameson, wine from around 30 wineries, and cocktails aplenty!
Handling the latter during the two-day food festival will be our friends Matt Orth of Lark on the Park and Michael Martensen of Proof + Pantry and the new Madrina (he’s pictured above, between his restaurant teammates Jeremy Hargrove and chef Julio Peraza).
Hungry for more info? Read all about the inaugural event at The Dallas Diva, where you can learn 5 vital tidbits that’ll convince you that you NEED to be at KWP this Friday and Saturday nights. Cheers!
[Disclosure: Park & Palate has provided us with press passes to the event. These opinions are my own.]
One of the most interesting things about being a spirits writer is that people always want to know about the most interesting thing is that they’ve never heard of. Some little thing that is really special but that nobody has heard of. However, unlike restaurants or beer, most of the really large liquor companies actually do a pretty decent job of making a good, distinctive product. A beer snob will certainly scoff at a Bud Light. A whiskey drinker is normally fine with Jack Daniels Old No. 7 or a glass of The Glenlivet.
But sometimes there is something really special being done in small batches that the whole world doesn’t know about yet. That is surely true of IronRoot Republic Distilling in Denison, Texas.
Austin-born craft burger chainlet Hopdoddy Burger Bar is offering a doozy of a house special. Until Sept. 20, the Triple B — which stands for bacon, bourbon, blue cheese — is available to rock your world, with a Texas-style Kobe beef patty topped with blue Jack cheese, fried onion strings and warm bourbon bacon onion jam, all nestled onto a bed of arugula and tucked into the restaurant’s perfect egg bun. Bacon and a little liquor on top of a burger? Sign me up … and don’t forget to pair this with one of Hopdoddy’s many craft beers on tap. I just have to remember to high-tail it to Hopdoddy before the 20th; this month is flying by so quickly!
This Sunday is National Rum Day, which officially means this weekend can’t possibly rock any harder. We’ve got you covered on drinks for this cocktail holiday. Click through to find a handful of great rum-based beverages and cap this weekend off deliciously …
Back for another year of fanciful drinks-slinging and food face-offs, the Chefs for Farmers Mix Off will unite some of the city’s top bartenders and sous chefs in a competition this Sunday at DEC on Dragon.
Ed. note from Farah: While Swine & Swill is a labor of love for Jerry and I, we’re all about opening the doors to those who want to share their love of all things boozy and porky in this forum. So we’re happy to welcome our friend and very experienced spirits writer Patrick Gary to do some occasional contributing to the blog. Check out his review of San Antonio distiller (and brewer!) Ranger Creek’s single-malt Rimfire whiskey.