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  • Wet Your Whistle with Whistle Pig Rye and a Special Dinner

    WhistlePig-10yr-frame Whistle Pig Straight Rye Whiskey has rightfully earned a cult status among whiskey lovers across the US, but until recently was not available in the Nashville market. Well, that’s finally changed! Whistle Pig is a 100-proof, Read More

    Whistle Pig Straight Rye Whiskey has rightfully earned a cult status among whiskey lovers across the US, but until recently was not available in the Nashville market. Well, that’s finally changed!

    Whistle Pig is a 100-proof, straight rye whiskey, aged for at least ten years through a unique double-barrel process at the distillery in Shoreham, Vermont. Owner Raj Bhakta and Master Distiller Dave Pickerell have created a product that “embodies the perfect combination of proof, purity, and age — hitting the sweet spot in all three categories,” and you should be looking out for it on liquor store and bar shelves. If you see it, buy it!

    To celebrate the arrival to Nashville, Whistle Pig is throwing a launch party dinner/tasting at The Farm House downtown on Tuesday April 22. Bhakta and Pickerell will be in attendance, and Farm House chef Trey Cioccia has planed a four-course dinner to pair with Whistle Pig products and cocktails. (We’ve even heard that there may be an opportunity to taste The Boss Hog, and extremely rare 12-year old barrel-street rye product that you probably won’t find anywhere else in the state.)

    Since The Farm House was already planning to participate in the Dining Out for Life charity event that evening, they have graciously set aside their private dining room for the event and will donate a portion of the dinner’s proceeds to Nashville Cares.

    Here is the menu and the details of the dinner:

    Course 1

    two-year aged ham over red fife toast topped with smoked blueberries and house made mustard and garnished with shaved, house cured egg yolks

    Course 2

    pickled shrimp over a salad of pea tendrils, radicchio, blood orange and green tomato with cheese curds and dehydrated olive

    Course 3

    roasted lamb loin over house made ricotta, gnocchi with a spring pea and mushroom ragout

    Dessert
    TN stack cake
    ode to the mint julep

    Dinner will begin with a cocktail at 6:30 and service start before 7, there will be a tasting of Whistle Pig with each course and a specialty cocktail with dessert.

    Tickets are $50 + applicable tax and 20% gratuity.

    Please call the restaurant or email: info@thefarmhousetn.com to guarantee your seat.

    Hope to see you there!


  • So You Want Some Pappy Van Winkle …

    PVW Sure, we’d all like to get our hands on a bottle of the virtually unattainable elixir of the gods, Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. In truth, it’s only released once a year now instead of twice, and the Read More

    Sure, we’d all like to get our hands on a bottle of the virtually unattainable elixir of the gods, Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. In truth, it’s only released once a year now instead of twice, and the allocation per market is painfully small. Pappy is indeed some delicious stuff, and if you get a chance to buy some, do it! (And call me immediately.)

    But we need to face facts about how difficult it is to do. Fortunately if you’re really determined, we here at Drink Music City have discovered a handy-dandy guide to the hunt for Pappy. Check it out here, and then come back to this page. Go ahead, we’ll wait.

    Sorry to depress you, but maybe with the flash of acceptance you’re finally ready to consider some genuinely fantastic alternatives. Our friends at Esquire magazine have put together what they’re calling “The Idiot’s Guide to Not Drinking Pappy Van Winkle.” Not that you’re an idiot or anything…seriously, call me if you happen to find a bottle of PVW.

    But until that happens, what do you think of these proposed alternatives? What’s your favorite Pappy analog?


  • Black Magic Rum Puts You Under a Spell

    Black Magic Trust me, spring is actually coming. Even though the mercury in the thermometer seems to be jumping up and down like a teenager on a trampoline, the time will soon arrive when you’ll want to stop Read More

    Trust me, spring is actually coming. Even though the mercury in the thermometer seems to be jumping up and down like a teenager on a trampoline, the time will soon arrive when you’ll want to stop wearing socks and get outside for some serious porch-sitting and drinking.

    Black Magic Rum, the latest release from Sazerac may be just the impetus to get your wooly butt outdoors for some fun. Even the label on the bottle screams “fun,” with a picture of an old pirate ship named the “Sea Czar” (rearrange the letters to get “Sazerac”) and the advice “Time flies when you’re having rum.” But it’s what’s inside the bottle which will really get you going.

    A dark spiced rum, Black Magic drinks smoothly straight up or as the key component in a cocktail. A quick caveat: there’s also an aftershave named “Black Magic Bay Rum,” and while it does smell delightful, it really isn’t worth drinking unless you’re really hard up. The real deal has a lovely aroma that will send you straight to the beach in your mind. Essences of coconut and butter waft up from a snifter, and it’s a perfect pairing with a nice spicy cigar or some tropical fruit dishes like scallops topped with mango chutney.

    In a cocktail, Black Magic plays well with citrus or just cut with a little cola or soda water. The classic “Dark & Stormy” cocktail demands a particular brand of rum (Gosling’s if you are concerned about trademark issues), but a variation made with Black Magic is quite delicious. Try this recipe for a springtime treat:

    Black Magic Stormy Sea
    INGREDIENTS
    Ice
    1/4 lime, cut into two thick slices, one for garnish, one to squeeze into the drink
    2 1/2 oz. Black Magic Spiced Rum (Yeah, that seems like a lot, but don’t skimp. Pirates wouldn’t!)
    3 oz. Barrit’s ginger beer (Gosling’s makes one just for this purpose)
    4 drops Bittermens Boston Bittahs (A lovely citrusy and floral addition to any tropical cocktail)

    PROCEDURE
    Fill a highball glass with ice. Squeeze one of the lime slices over the ice. Add the Black Magic rum. Add the ginger beer and bitters and stir. Garnish the edge of the glass with the other lime slice. Repeat until the winter blues are eliminated.

    For another fun variation of the Dark and Stormy, Carey Bringle of Peg Leg Porker fame is whipping up a delicious “Pork and Stormy” at his Nashville barbecue joint. He uses his excellent Peg Leg Porker Tennessee Bourbon as the base of the cocktail, and it pairs wonderfully with a plate of his smoky barbecue nachos. Especially if enjoyed on the large front patio of the restaurant. Again, trust me!


  • Fat Tuesday’s Gonna Be Phat at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar

    BSB At last check, a round-trip ticket to New Orleans for next week is running about $600 on Southwest, so if you haven’t already made plans, you’re probably gonna spend Fat Tuesday in Music City. Fret not, because Read More

    At last check, a round-trip ticket to New Orleans for next week is running about $600 on Southwest, so if you haven’t already made plans, you’re probably gonna spend Fat Tuesday in Music City. Fret not, because the honorary coon-asses at Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar in Printer’s Alley have got your Mardi Gras plans covered.

    They’ve got a big party planned for next Tuesday March 4, with everything you need for an authentic Big Easy experience. They’re working on menu specials like Shrimp & Crawfish Étouffée, Red Beans & Rice, Gumbo, Jambalaya and King Cake for dessert to transport you on a culinary tour of NOLA. Plus there will also be a crawfish boil planned for your USRDA of mudbugs.

    The bar will be slinging New Orleans classics like Hurricanes, Hand Grenades and “Big Ass” beers plus other drink specials all day and night. Live music will keep the party pumping, and there will be door prizes and giveaways for attendees. In case you need a record of just how much fun you had, there will also be a photo booth to remind you what you were wiling to do for some beads.

    Stacy Mitchart kicks off at 9:00, and he’s been known to pin back the ears of listeners to his brand of scorching blues, so be sure not to miss out!


  • Mary Had a Little Lamb…and A Lot of Wine

    SR2 Regular readers of Drink Music City probably think I only drink booze, but that’s not true. I also really like wine. Y’know…like the vermouth in my Manhattan. Just kidding, the recycling bin at the Dipsomaniac house does have Read More

    Regular readers of Drink Music City probably think I only drink booze, but that’s not true. I also really like wine. Y’know…like the vermouth in my Manhattan.

    Just kidding, the recycling bin at the Dipsomaniac house does have some green and brown bottles to accompany all the clear whiskey ones.

    That’s why I’m excited about the upcoming Shannon Ridge Wine Extravaganza Dinner coming up next Wednesday February 5 at Lockeland Table. Check out the menu:

    Snack: Sweet Grass camembert, caramelized onions, apple, cracker
    Wine Pairing-Shannon Ridge Sauvignon Blanc
    Course 1: Grilled GA Quail with sweet potato puree, apple, celeriac, sorghum
    Wine Pairing-Shannon Ridge Barbera
    Course 2: Five Onion Soup with crispy shallots and chives
    Wine Pairing-Vigilance Chardonnay
    Course 3: Wood-fired Shannon Ridge Lamb Poerterhouse with lentils, root vegetables and arugula
    Wine Pairing-Shannon Ridge Home Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
    Course 4: Flourless Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Cake with blood orange
    Wine Pairing-Shannon Ridge Betsy Vineyard Malbec

    In addition to growing some great grapes, Shannon Ridge also raised the lambs that will make it to the table for course #3. The flock is so small they can probably tell you the name of your plate, if you’re into that kind of thing. Seriously, Shannon Ridge is very respectful of their flock, and the sheep play a valuable role in the raising of the grapes. For more info, check out this YouTube video.

    Shannon Ridge Wine Extravaganza
    Date: February 5, 2014
    Time: 6:30
    Location: Lockeland Table
    Cost: $65 per person
    Call (615) 228-4864 for reservations.

    See you there!