Widmer Brothers Barrel-Aged Brrrbon ‘11


We try to space out these bourbon beer posts, but it’s summer and it’s hot and sometimes a beer is necessary to chill the fudge out and cool off.  We’ve already tried the Widmer Brothers Barrel-Aged Brrrbon 2010 and 2012 releases, so we’re filling the gap with the 2011 release here.  We were especially stoked to find a 2011 because it’s already been bottled for 3 years.  This means we don’t have to cellar it and can drink it right away.

We’ve said in a previous post that the Widmer Brrrbon’s are a can’t-miss every year.  This is no exception.  It’s smooth, balanced, and delicious.  Rachel says it smells like vanilla and leather.  She could not confirm that it tastes like leather, as she hasn’t chewed on leather before.  Patrick, on the other hand, has chewed on many a baseball mitt during his baseball days, and this beer does not taste like baseball mitt.  The only criticism is Rachel wished for slightly more carbonation because she likes carbonation. 

July 23, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

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Happy weekending!

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July 18, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

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Attorney Privilege

We recently made orgeat and continue to find new ways to enjoy it.  With the weather being super hot here in Portland, we figured now would be a good time put our orgeat to good use.  This cocktail is a simple bourbon drink from Erick Castro of Polite Provisions


Attorney Privilege
2 oz. Bourbon
½ oz. Orgeat
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir.  Strain into a coupe and garnish with a lemon peel.


This may be our favorite orgeat cocktail to date because it has every element in perfect balance: spicy (we intentionally chose a spicier bourbon), sweet and floral (orgeat), bitters, and just a hint of citrus from the garnish.  Also, it is dead simple to make, which is wonderful in hot weather when it feels like everything is in slow motion.

July 15, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

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Congress (Bar Tab)
for The New Yorker

I made a little spot illo for a bar review in The New Yorker. Much of the work was already done for me—Congress has gorgeous custom-designed wallpaper which inspired my final piece. Thanks AD Jordan Awan.

July 11, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

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Breakside Brewery Bourbon Woody

Hot weather calls for cold beer.  We call for beer that’s been aged in bourbon barrels and Breakside Brewery answers.

This beer is heavy on the vanilla and cherry flavors, but manages to retain some lightness due to its sparkly carbonation.  This was a limited-release beer that we managed to score several months ago because the brewery is local (in Portland).  According to Breakside, “it is 80% English old ale aged in Bourbon barrels for seven months and 20% freshly brewed English strong ale.”

We thought this beer was good but not great.  Its flavor profile is familiar territory for anyone who regularly drinks bourbon-barrel aged beer, which is not a bad thing, but it is less interesting than we had hoped.  It reminded us vaguely of root beer.  It’s a dark amber color with a loose head when freshly poured.

July 10, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

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Texas Single

We’ve been enjoying the Texas Grapefruit Shrub from Liber & Co.  This cocktail is another take on the Texas Mingle but it comes on a little stronger.

Texas Single
2 oz. Bourbon
½ oz. Liber & Co. Texas Grapefruit Shrub
Muddled cucumber

Thoroughly muddle the cucumber pieces in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.  Add ice, bourbon, and grapefruit shrub and shake vigorously to combine.  Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with mint and another cucumber slice.

We love the cooling effect of the cucumber on an otherwise strong blend of flavors.  Make sure to use a cucumber at the peak of freshness, and the mint garnish is important for the palate as well.  You can slap it against your palm before placing in the glass to release its oils.

July 8, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

Tags: bourbon Rowan's Creek Cocktails recipes Liber & Co grapefruit whiskey cocktail syrup 

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Happy long weekending!

(photos by Cameron Carnes)

July 3, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

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Texas Mingle Cocktail

We recently got a chance to sample some cocktail syrups from Liber & Co., a small business out of Austin, Texas.  We love the opportunity to experiment with new ingredients, and cocktail syrups are always a fun element. We’ve been most excited about their Texas Grapefruit flavor because grapefruit and bourbon complement each other so well.  Today was also 99 degrees in Portland, which made it the perfect day to mix up a summery cocktail.


Texas Mingle
2 oz. Bourbon
¾ oz. Liber & Co. Texas Grapefruit Shrub
2 oz. Sparkling wine
Muddled cucumber

Thoroughly muddle cucumber in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add ice, bourbon, and grapefruit shrub and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a mint sprig and cucumber.


Dreamed up by Rachel while commuting in the 95+ degree weather, this cocktail helped us combat the heat.  The grapefruit and bourbon are wonderful summer flavors, and the cucumber and sparkling wine add a refreshing and smooth quality to the drink.  We can’t wait to try out more of Liber & Co.’s cocktail syrups.

*Even though this nightcap was on Liber & Co.’s tab, we will always review products honestly.  Contrary to popular belief, free drinks don’t automatically taste better.

July 2, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

Tags: cocktails bourbon whiskey Liber & Co cocktail syrup rowan's creek grapefruit recipes Ravenhead 

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Happy weekending!

Happy weekending!

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June 27, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

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This cocktail recipe was conceived on the bus on the way home from work.  What, you don’t think about making cocktails during your commute?

3 oz. Stumptown cold brew
2 oz. Bourbon
1 oz. Orgeat

Stir ingredients together with ice and strain into a highball glass with more ice.  Garnish with an orange twist.

This drink is like a sweet iced coffee without the syrupy texture that can creep into flavored coffee.  The orgeat has such a light floral and nutty balance complemented by the whiskey’s depth.  We recommend using Stumptown cold brew coffee for its strong but smooth punch.  This is an excellent summer day or evening drink.

June 25, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

Tags: bourbon whiskey Cocktails recipe Ravenhead orgeat stumptown coffee Iced coffee woodinville 

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