Thanksgiving Cocktail Round-Up

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means plenty of time with friends and family, as well as plenty of food.  In our estimation that’s a good thing. Of course, that isn’t always the case.  Friends can overstay their welcome, family can bicker and too much food doesn’t always sit well.Fortunately, whiskey can be something of a jack-of-all-trades fix-it this time of year.  Whether it’s a friendly peacemaker, a patience regenerator or a simple diges...
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Brewing beer is great, but distilling your own Moonshine is better. And more difficult. There are a lot of different flavors you can create depending on what you are looking to serve up. The images below are from a friend of Brooks Grain (FOBG) from Minnesota that turned out, well, great.As you can see from our photo there a few steps to the process and decided to capture a few of them. You will see the mashing, distilling and obviously the end product depicted here. Not quite like Otis and...
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New Year’s Breakfast a la Winston Churchill

Let us be the first to wish you a happy and healthy 2015.  You’re no doubt counting down the hours until you can begin ringing in the new year with friends and family.  As you gear up for a great night, we ask that you remember to drink responsibly and to plan your safe ride home before the night’s events begin to unfold.  After all, any idea can sound good after a few drinks – it’s the plans made while still sober that should control the conclusi...
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Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Before reaching the market, grain – like all consumables – must pass inspection by the US Department of Agriculture.  The process takes place in order to stabilize fair and competitive trade practices by ensuring standards for the type and quality of the grains bought and sold.  Uniform standard bearing is nearly as old as trade itself, and while we’ve dramatically sharpened our ability to measure over time, it may come as a surprise to learn that, in the age of ...
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On Pairing Whiskey With Food

When it comes to booze and food pairings, wine has long reigned as a meal’s complimentary beverage of choice.  Whether you’re enjoying a well-rounded cabernet sauvignon and a heavy blue cheese or washing down fish with a refreshing pinot noir, the combinations are both satisfying and, at this point, well known.  Likewise, no longer are beer makers settling for simply washing down burgers and brats or pretzels, craft beer is making a strong push for recognition as a hou...
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Cocktail: Old Whistler

Old WhistlerMakes: 1 Drink2 oz. Rye2 dashes orange bitters1 tsp Vermont maple syrup1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir.2. Strain into a martini glass.3. Garnish with a cherry. Photo and cocktail courtesy of Tart Restaurant in LAClick here to see the full article featuring Maple syrup in these 4 cocktails
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Reflections on the MSP Business Journal’s Craft Spirits Forum

I had a fantastic opportunity this week to participate in MSP Business Journal’s Craft Spirits forum…a few thoughts.As a supplier to the industry and a native Minnesotan, I am proud to be able to purchase alcohol made in my home state by folks who believe in the hard-working, can-do spirit that we all share.The craft spirits boom – already vibrant in many states – shows no signs of slowing down, especially as state laws, particularly in Minnesota, relax, making it e...
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Best Book Roundup of 2015

Best Book Roundup of 2015There is nothing better than learning more about the things you love. If all things rye and delicious drinks come in at the top of your list, these fun, informative books from 2015 are definitely worth a look.Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s WhiskeyIf you are curious to know how bourbon came into existence and why it is rising in popularity, this is the book for you. Bourbon Empire, written by Reid Mitenbuler, takes readers on a journey th...
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5 Surprising Rye Whiskey’s Health Benefits

Rye is a crop that shows up in so many of our products today. It is an essential ingredient for cereals, breads and of course, whiskey. It has been around since ancient times, and still today helps to feed the world. Rye grain suppliers in the U.S. want to provide quality grain services in order to keep the production of food and beverage moving forward. Whiskey is made primarily from rye grains and as a whiskey connoisseur, most would want to be aware of the health benefits that come from consu...
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3 Awesome Rye Recipes for Summer

Rye is one of the healthiest grains on the planet offering a number of great benefits for the body such as aiding in digestion, weight control, and reducing the risks of high blood pressure and heart attacks. Rye may not be the first ingredient people think of when creating tasty recipes, but these recipes are sure to please even the toughest of critics. Rye Berry Salad with Orange Vinaigrette   This refreshing rye berry salad is a great addition to any summer cookout.Ingredients3...
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