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Stagg Jr. Bourbon Review

December 8th, 2013|

Stag Jr.


Stagg Jr. Bourbon Review

By: Fork & Stave

Proof: 134.4 Proof (67.2% ABV) – Cask Strength / Non-Chill Filtered

Rating:  3 Barrels(3 out of 5)

For fans of George T. Stagg, Buffalo Trace released a “sibling” this Fall called Stagg Jr.  This bourbon is not aged as long as GTS and hit the market with much anticipation from the drinking public.  It was difficult to find in my area until just before Thanksgiving based [...]

Belle Meade Bourbon Dinner – Birmingham, AL 1/12/2014

December 1st, 2013|

Belle Meade Bourbon Dinner

Join the Nelson brothers of Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery on Sunday, January 12th, 2014, at Octane in Homewood for a four-course dinner paired with Belle Meade bourbon and hand crafted cocktails.  This event will be limited to 40 guests and will feature local chefs and bartenders from the Birmingham area.  Representatives from Nelson’s Green Brier will be on hand to answer your questions about the resurrection of their Great-Great-Great Grandfather’s brand and to [...]

Pumpkin Old Fashioned Doughnut Recipe

November 14th, 2013|

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 Doughnut 2

   Pumpkin Old Fashioned Doughnut Recipe 

By: Fork & Stave


 There aren’t many breakfast foods that go better with a nice hot cup of coffee than an old fashioned cake-style doughnut.  I’ve taken it a step further in this recipe, which incorporates pumpkin and, if you desire, bourbon glaze icing.  Try them once and you’ll be hooked. 



  • 2.5 Cups flour, plus [...]

Blind Twitter Whisky Tasting – Live tonight at 8pm EST #USATT

October 29th, 2013|


What whisky could be inside these mystery containers?  We shall find out!

Blind Twitter Whisky Tasting – Live tonight at 8pm EST

Please join me tonight as I sample 4 whisky samples blind along with a panel of experts.  You can follow the action using the hashtag USATT. 

My partners in crime will be:

Johanne McInnis (@whiskylassie)

The Casks (@The_Casks)

Eric Burke (@arok)

Josh Feldman (@cooperdtot)

Bozkurt Karasu (@bozkurtkarasu)


Smoky Beast (@SmokyBeast)


We were mailed 4 Scotch Whisky samples that we will taste blind.  At the end of the [...]

The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch 12 Year Single Barrel Review

October 23rd, 2013|


The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch 12 Year Single Barrel Review

By: Fork & Stave

Proof: 95.6 Proof (47.8% ABV)

Cask Number: 12745   Bottle Number: 27

Rating:  4 Barrels(4 out of 5)

While I was in London this past Spring for work, I visited a local liquor store, looking for something unique.  After explaining my love for American whiskey to the shop owner and describing the taste profiles I enjoy in a great dram, he pointed me [...]

Fork & Stave Pretzel Bun Recipe

October 10th, 2013|



Pretzel Bun Recipe


By: Fork & Stave


I’ve been looking for a good recipe for a pretzel bun that I could use when I’m making hamburgers or grilled chicken sandwiches.  It took some research along with several test batches, but I’ve put together a really easy recipe.


  • 1 Package active dry yeast (easy to find in the baking aisle)
  • 1 ½ Cup warm water [...]

Pumpkin Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

September 24th, 2013|

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Pumpkin Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

By: Fork & Stave

Fall is upon us and what better way to get in the Autumn spirit than with a unique cocktail?  For this play on the Old Fashioned cocktail, I infused some W.L. Weller bourbon with Libby’s pure pumpkin mash.  Pumpkin blends very well with the caramel and vanilla flavors of the Weller.  I wanted to incorporate brown sugar as well, so I made some brown sugar cubes.  I included that recipe below, but [...]

Chicken Honey Sriracha Jalapeño Meatball Recipe

September 21st, 2013|

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Chicken Honey Sriracha Jalapeño Meatball Recipe

By: Fork & Stave

Y’all know that I love spicy things, so when this recipe formulated in my mind, I had to try it out.  The results are delicious…Sweet, Spicy, and Savory.


  • 1 Pound Ground Chicken
  • 1 Egg Yolk, Beaten
  • 3 Tablespoons of Honey
  • 2 Tablespoons of Sriracha Sauce
  • 1.5 Cups of Italian Bread Crumbs
  • 3 Tablespoons of Red Pepper Flake
  • 3 Jalapeños, Stems Removed, Puréed with 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil (I like to use [...]

Hirsch Small Batch Reserve Bourbon Review

September 21st, 2013|

Hirsch Bourbon

Hirsch Small Batch Reserve Bourbon Review

By: Fork & Stave

Proof: 92 Proof (46% ABV)

Rating: 3 Barrels (3 out of 5)

I ran across this bottle at my local retailer last weekend and I thought I would give it a shot.  I’ve read good things about the Hirsch label, but it’s usually about their older expressions that are well into the triple digit price range.  This particular product from Anchor Distilling Company in San Francisco, California, has numerous accolades [...]

Fork & Stave Spicy Jalapeño Potato Gnocchi Recipe

September 11th, 2013|



 Jalapeño gnocchi in progress (top) and a serving option finished in a skillet with shaved parmesan and Benton’s bacon crumble (bottom).

Jalapeño Potato Gnocchi Recipe

By: Fork & Stave

I grew up with a grandmother that made the most outstanding gnocchi.  They weren’t too heavy or chewy or too light and flimsy…They were just right!  I would think [...]