Monday, August 31, 2015

Rum Reader.. What do we have here?

 I have moved into the third rum book, or spirits book if you may called: Closing Time by Daniel Francis. I say Spirits book because, this one is generally about Prohibition and booze running etc. In general though it (I hope) will give me a feel for how the alcohol industry weathered and recovered from that period, and perhaps some background into where we are now. As  get through it I will, again -- hoping -- try to pass on some nuggets of information to you.

Closing Time

Prohibition, Rum-runners and Border Wars

Buy Now: 
Canadians have long associated prohibition with the colourful history of the Jazz Age in the United States. But even before the American ban that was in place from 1920 to 1933, Canada had initiated its own prohibition of alcohol. Closing Time tells the fascinating story of the attempt by both provincial and federal governments to control the drinking habits of Canadians. It began as a popular crusade to cleanse society of a widespread evil -- alcohol abuse -- but instead became an opportunity for larceny, public corruption and violence on a grand scale. This was the age of liquor smugglers and rum-runners: gangsters like Hamilton's Rocco Perri, bootleggers like Alberta's Emilio Picariello and border runners like the young Bronfman brothers.
The story of prohibition is illustrated in full colour with hundreds of photographs, paintings and artifacts that make Closing Time a visual feast as well as a rivetting adventure story.


Arrr! Avast ye matey! There be somethin' off the port side bow...its...its Fair Game's 1st Annual Pirate Bash! On September 19th, in celebration of National Talk Like A Pirate Day and great reasons to drink, we'll be unfurling the sails and setting off to the land of treasure hunts, delicious food trucks, and barrels upon barrels of grog (just to clarify, "grog" means the good stuff!) We'll be throwing down from 5-10pm, with live music featuring the rowdy Tan & Sober Gentlemen and The Affectionates. They'll have you dancing all night till we're talking like pirates and scallywags for the rest of the year! $10 advance/$12 day of.

You can get your tickets here!

That looks fun and dangerous... Great group of people out there, will be a PARTY.

Got a Tweet follow from Panama Pacific Rum. Their location reads "San Franscisco, CA" so we will check and report on that.

In other news, I have decided to follow up on what became one of the most popular things I've done here and that is -- Explore a state. Last time it was Oregon, and we found lots of new distillers, new rums and even some great tasting. So I will look at our "Place You Should Visit" column which helps guide you to distillers in the USA by state. I think I will concentrate on states with no listings, just to see if we cant get a representative distiller in each of the fifty states and Puerto Rico.... I like a challenge so this could be fun. Not sure where I'll start, but keep checking us out for more info and stuff to read...

I'll get back to you all!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

After reading RUM:

After reading RUM: The Epic Story of the Drink that Conquered the World, I have such a better understanding of where rum came from, how it grew – how it exploded upon the world and how it edged back, behind so many spirits we now enjoy. I also think I understand its resurgence. Articles like this one in Forbes. Or this one in The Chicagoist, MarketWatch and even The New Your Times, tell us Rum is getting hot (Hot Buttered Rum mmmmmmmmmmm). So reading this book appreciating the history and getting to some of the GREAT recipes (both drink and non-drink) is an adventure in itself.

The book covers geographically, the world of rum. It details its importance in the USA, the Triangle Trade, Piracy and even its value as one of the first international currencies.

I invite you to read the book and find out about this fascinating spirit from sugar. As in spirits of the unworldly, there goods things and bad things, but all make them intriguing.

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Here (since it's still summer), is a great Christmas Drink that I found tasty:

Puerto Rican Coconut Milk-Rum; Christmas Drink (Coquito)
Makes 6 cups

1 – 12 oz can of evaporated milk
1 – 14 oz can of condensed milk
2 – egg yolks
2 – cups of fresh coconut milk or a 15 oz can
¼ teasp true Ceylon cinnamon (sold as “Mexican cinnamon” or “canela” in Hispanic markets)
1 – cup Puerto Rican white rum
A pinch of salt
Ground cinnamon (top garnish)

Place all ingredients in a blender – process for 3 min at high speed to make frothy. Serve chilled – Dust with a bit of cinnamon. Can be stored in a covered glass container in the refrigerator.

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There ya go!!!
Now you can substitute the Puerto Rican Run with your favorite. Have not tried it with an aged rum (please let me know if you do and how you liked it) but – Why the Hell not???!?!?

Until next time I continue to be ---

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Back from Rounding the Lake

We have spent the last week or so RTRR has been traveling. We managed to go from Chicago - to West-Central Wisconsin (Mauston) to UP Michigan, down to Traverse City Via the Mackinaw Bridge. Over all - FUN. We did get caught in a 2.5 hour line to cross the bridge.... Also as we drove into Traverse city - we needed to pull over an sit out the worst storm in over 30 years! 

I only visited two Distilleries.

We visited Grand Traverse Distillery's new tasting room in Downtown Traverse. It is nice. A great place to have a cocktail amidst the shopping a sight seeing that TC offers. I was able to taste their Rum; finally in the bottle and open for tasting!
Here is what they say:
Silver Reserve Rum
"Our first foray into Rum! Distilled from fancy dark Caribbean sugar cane molasses this rum is nicely sweet with notes of vanilla and butter scotch. Perfect on the rocks or in your favorite silver rum cocktail this one is sure to please."
After tasting it -- I agree. The vanilla stands out -- the butterscotch catches your tongue. This is one of those silver, or clear Rums that stands up well to "neat" tasting and mixing.

We also stopped at Northern Latitudes Distillery. We stocked up (love their Limoncello) and tasted, talked Rum and "The Storm" as well. The Leelanau Peninsula was pretty hard hit and was actually out of business for a day or so. Everything we say was back or nicely recovering when we went by. For those of you that have never tasted their Rum:

Manitou Passage Rum

Distilled from black strap molasses, this rum's robust flavor harkens back to tall ships and sunny days. Unlike its namesake, this rum is a gentle breeze and a calm sea.

My comments to add is I find a pleasant and unexpected peppery taste. Robust flavor for sure and a great mixer.
While on vacation, I have finished the book Rum - The Drink That Conquered The World  [Charles A. Coulombe]. I was very impressed learned a lot and will report in the next posting here -- so stay tuned!
Until then -- remember I travel, I drink and I write about it!!