Good News: There’s Alcohol in Space

Space Booze - Posted by Hammerstone's WhiskeyDisks™ makers of the world's best whiskey stones.

10,000 light years from earth, in a constellation far far away, there’s a huge cloud of alcohol – it’s space booze.

There’s a constellation in outer space named Aquila, it’s a cloud that’s 1000 times larger than the diameter of our solar system. It holds enough alcohol for over 6.4 quadrillion quadrillion shots of whiskey.

Unfortunately for anyone planning an interstellar barhop, Aquila is 58 quadrillion miles away. It’s also a mixed cocktail of over 32 different compounds, some of them as nasty as carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, and ammonia.

The galaxy has an additional cosmic  liquor store in the Sagittarius B2 Cloud (the bright orange spot in the image above), which contains 225 billion billion billion shots of intergalactic hooch.

If you’re wondering what these space spirits may taste like, Sagittarius B2 provides an answer. The cloud contains ethyl formate, an ester that gives raspberries their taste, and reportedly smells like rum. The bad news, it would appear, is that our galaxy may taste like raspberry-flavored rum.

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She Distills Prime Whisky In Her Garage

Overeem Old Hobart Distillery - Posted by Hammerstone's WhiskeyDisks™ makers of the world's best whiskey stones.

For those who seek premium single malt whiskies, travel usually leads to the Scottish Highlands and Speyside region. Or maybe to the Hakushu or Yamazaki distilleries in Japan. But a garage in suburban Tasmania, who would of thought?

At 26, Jane Overeem has been producing whisky since she was 18. She and her father distill some of the world’s finest single malt whisky, and they do it right in the garage of their suburban home in Hobart, Tasmania.

The Overeems have already managed to achieve the distiller’s dream – score above 94 out of 100 in the ranking system used by international critic Jim Murray in his annual Whisky Bible.

Tasmania lays claim to a good share of the world’s highest scoring single malt whiskies due to the island’s deeply flavored barley, pristine water and favorable climate.

 

Overeem Old Hobart Distillery - Posted by Hammerstone's WhiskeyDisks™ makers of the world's best whiskey stones.

 

Success on the global stage for a young woman like Overeem is fitting; given that single malts are no longer solely sought out by men over 50. These days buyers of premium whiskies are just as likely to be young and female.

“When I first started going to whiskey shows eight years ago, usually I was the only female,” says Overeem. “Now it’s more like 50-50 men and women.”

Overeem Old Hobart Distillery, 37 Brightwater Road, Blackmans Bay; +61 04 1839 9077

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Prescription Whiskey

Prescription Whiskey - Posted by Hammerstone's WhiskeyDisks™ makers of the world's best whiskey stones.

Prohibition began in 1920 with the ratification of the 18th Amendment and the related Volstead Act. These new laws banned the manufacture, sale and transportation of intoxicating beverages. Keep in mind that up to this point alcohol had been a widely used, readily available and relatively cheap remedy for thousands of years. Practitioners and doctors in ancient times treated everything from chronic illnesses to migraines with fermented beverages. They were also valued for their antiseptic and analgesic properties. During the American Civil War, field doctors used whiskey and other strong spirits to alleviate pain when they ran out of more powerful opiates.

During Prohibition doctors were allowed to continue prescribing alcohol for anemia, tuberculosis, pneumonia and high blood pressure, along with other common disorders. The new legislation required them to use special prescription pads issued by the U.S. Treasury Department and regulated how much liquor each patient could receive. Typically, adults were allotted 1 ounce every few hours after shelling out $3 (equal to about $40 today) to their practitioner. Records indicate that some physicians defied the AMA’s resolution and prescribed alcohol more frequently than before, quite possibly in an effort to profit from their privileged position. Along with doctors, members of the clergy also were allowed to procure and disseminate liquor under Prohibition, and some are thought to have taken similar advantage of their exemption.

Pictured above is a rare prohibition whiskey prescription form for medicinal whiskey. It guaranteed a man by the name of Paul Barnett one pint of legal liquor. This original white form was to be forwarded by the druggist to the Office of the Supervisor of Permits.

 

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Whisk(e)y Flow Chart

Whisk(e)y Flow Chart - Posted by Hammerstone's WhiskeyDisks™ makers of the world's best whiskey stones.

There’s a lot of wordage used in classifying the world’s different types of whiskey, or whisky. It can be overwhelming. So, take a seat, pour yourself a tipple over one of our handcrafted whiskey stones and give this handy flow chart a look-see. It’ll help make sense of the often perplexing terminology.

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Let’s all try to eat a little more pie.

Bourbon Cherry Pie - Posted by Hammerstone's WhiskeyDisks™ makers of the world's best whiskey stones.

Bourbon Cherry Pie

What’s Thanksgiving without pie? This year, let’s all vow to eat a little more of it. This mouth-watering recipe for Bourbon Cherry Pie is sure to be a hit. It’s always a good idea to have a fruit pie on hand for those guests who aren’t partial to the traditional pumpkin pie. And, it’s also always a good idea to make that fruit pie with booze, if at all possible. We love savoring this pie with a tipple of bourbon poured over one of our handcrafted whiskey stones.

Ingredients

Crumble

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 stick chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Pie

  • nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1 pie crust, homemade or store-bought
  • 6 cups pitted sour cherries in syrup, drained well
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest

Preparation

Crumble

  • Whisk all ingredients except butter in a medium bowl until no lumps of sugar remain. Mix butter into oat mixture with your hands until it’s completely incorporated. If butter begins to soften while mixing, chill mixture to firm it up, about 15 minutes (cold butter ensures a flaky, tender crumble). Cover and chill crumble.

Pie

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil; lightly coat with nonstick spray and set aside. Line pie dish with crust and crimp edges decoratively. Place pie dish on prepared baking sheet.
  • Combine cherries and remaining 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Using a rubber spatula, gently mix until cherries are coated and mixture is even.
  • Pour cherries into pie crust and top evenly with crumble. Bake until pie crust and center of crumble are deep golden brown and juices from cherries are bubbling and look thickened, 75–90 minutes. Let pie cool for at least 2 hours at room temperature to allow filling to set properly.
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Cologne Inspired by Glenlivet Whisky

 

Hylnds Spirit of The Glen - Posted by Hammerstone's WhiskeyDisks™ makers of the world's best whiskey stones.

A new fragrance out this year makes it seem as though marketers think men enjoy smelling like they’ve been drinking as much as they enjoy actually drinking.

D.S. & Durga are a Brooklyn based perfume house, they make perfume and cologne in small batches using premium raw materials. All of their scents are created exclusively in-house. Each scent tells a story.

Hylnds Spirit of The Glen, is inspired by Glenlivet whisky.

The booziness is fairly fleeting, leaving you in a comfortable shroud of familiar, yet appropriately vague smells.

 

Hylnds Spirit of the Glen eau de parfum    $180 for 1.7 oz

hylnds.com

 

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Hammerstone’s Beard Guide

A handy guide to match your facial hair with the appropriate cocktail.

 

Fall is a time for many things – football, raking leaves, and regrettably, turtlenecks. It’s also the best time to grow a beard. Fall is the time when men forsake formality in favor of comfort. Plus, it’s getting cold. And if you’re going to start wearing a sweater on your body, there’s no reason why your face shouldn’t be treated with the same concern. Think of it as letting your face wear sweatpants.

 

Here are some tips on how to grow and care for a beard:

Stubble
Used every day or two, an electric beard trimmer will leave you with the perfect five o’clock shadow. Since you’re getting close to the skin, take a shower first; the heat will open up the pores and soften the facial hair. Dry your face with a towel before starting. And remember, use a moisturizer. Just cause you’re covering your face with hair doesn’t mean you can mistreat it.

Scruff
For a slightly longer look – something that shows you’re capable of a full beard, you just choose not to go there – trim every three or four days. The most important element here is your neckline. You want your beard to end in a way that looks natural. Tapered. A definitive line will help you look like you know what you’re doing.

Full Beard
For longer, thicker beards, you want to use a trimmer with a heavy-duty motor once or twice a week. Before you shave, comb your beard down to get rid of tangles, then comb against the growth to fluff it and make it easier to cut. And you might want to start washing your beard with something that leaves little or no residue.

Feral Beard
Once you let your beard grow longer than a few inches, pretty much anything goes. You might want to think about conditioning every once in a while, but other than that, your main goal should be to keep your beard free of tangles and leftover food. For maintenance, try whatever you can find in your garden shed.

So this Autumn, whether it’s a full beard or just some scruff, grow something on your face. Even if it’s only for a short while, your face will appreciate the break.

 

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Bourbon Whisky 101

Did you know? All bourbon is whisky, but not all whisky is bourbon.

Thank you to our friends at Maker’s Mark® and NowSourcing Inc.

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Whiskey Library has 1,500 Offerings

The Multnomah Whiskey Library in Portland, Oregon features an obsessively curated archive of spirits, tableside whiskey service, and a full curriculum of booze education.

The Multnomah Whiskey Library in Portland, Oregon features an obsessively curated archive of spirits, tableside whiskey service, and a full curriculum of booze education.

Time to dig out your old library card and do some drinking. With 1,500 bottles of liquor, the Multnomah Whiskey Library is a whiskey lover’s paradise. It’s a 2,200 square foot clubhouse with 25-foot high ceilings, brick walls, aged wood, and two skylights ornamented with stained glass. Seventeen bookshelves hold a treasure trove of bottles, with an emphasis on whiskeys from around the world. Each 12-foot-tall shelf is organized categorically by region, ingredient, and distilleries’ production practices.

The library’s a place you can go and have a conversation. It’s an intimate environment that’s extremely comfortable and which borrows design details from university libraries. There are large study tables with desk lamps, a masculine fireplace and leather chairs. Unlike most bars, the Library offers tableside service, with cocktails and neat pours poured for the drinker at the table.

Although the Multnomah Whiskey Library is not a speakeasy, it’s kind of a secret. To find the place, enter a doorway on Alder between the English Department and Lille Boutique, walk down a 20-foot corridor, and up a flight of stairs to a door with minimal signage.

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Old Forester – The Original Innovator

Old Forester - The Original Innovator    Posted by Hammerstone's WhiskeyDisks™ makers of the world's best whiskey stones.

Old Forester  has been sold continuously for over 140 years, longer than any other brand of bourbon on the market.

When Old Forester was first introduced in 1873, it was the first bourbon sold exclusively in sealed bottles. Available initially in pharmacies as a medicinal product, bottles of Old Forester were sealed to safeguard against adulteration and substitution of their contents. This exclusive packaging provided a greater level of assurance of quality relative to other products on the market. The sealed bottle approach was popular with doctors and with the pharmacists that sold the product, and their approval was touted in its advertisements. During the Prohibition era from 1920 to 1933, it was one of only 10 brands authorized for lawful medicinal production.

The marketing genius behind such cutting-edge packaging was a former pharmaceutical salesman named George Garvin Brown, the founder of the Brown-Forman Corporation. Mr. Brown’s descendants still manage the company to this day. Originally the product name was spelled “Old Forrester”, after Dr. William Forrester, a physician who endorsed its consumption and who was a financial backer of Brown’s. The bourbon brand was renamed in later years as a way to avoid direct reference to the physician’s name.

So here’s to you Mr. George Garvin Brown, we raise a glass of your bourbon poured over one of our handcrafted whiskey stones and toast to the spirit of innovation.

Manufacturer     Brown-Forman
Country of origin     Kentucky, United States
Alcohol by volume     43.00%
Proof     86

 

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