Beer is Proof the God Loves Us

And wants us to be happy. – Benjamin Franklin. However, after some research it seems the quote had wine instead of beer. That would make more sense, but still.

This past weekend a few friends and I headed downtown to the Nashville Beer Fest.  Over 100 beers, mostly craft to try all for 35 bucks! I wish I had wrote down some of my favorites because I do not remember the names of most of them. Darn beer. There were lots of local brewers around, like Yazoo, Jackalope, Blackstone,  Mayday, Turtle Anarchy and not so locals such as Abita, Sweetwater, and Duck Rabbit. Pumpkin beer was very popular to sample with it being the first weekend in October and all. Unfortunately it was not a nice fall day, it was more like a summer day in early August. It might have gone up to 80. Hooters and others were selling pretzel necklaces and I went through two of them. I got hungry, what can I say. This festival benefited the Nashville Humane Association so it was really okay by me to keep buying them. My friends and I had a great time and ran into some people along the way and also made some new friends. After we left around 5, we went over to Soulshine Pizza and chowed down. Now for some pictures.

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The one and only Jamie Clayton. He is kind of a big deal.

The night ended early for me since I had to work the next day. Oh yes, I finally have a part time job. More on that later.

Until next time.

Lately: Bourbon

I have been reading a ton of books. They have mostly been books about the south since I miss it oh so much. I came across a booked called But Always Fine Bourbon, about the Van Winkle Company. It is not necessarily an educated historical book that would be used in paper, but it is a great read, mostly because they talk about bourbon and horses and how they are big Kentucky fans. Prohibition almost put them out of business due to the rum runners and moonshiners that could deliver the alcohol faster than most, but sometimes death came faster than it could be finished.

It got me thinking about bourbon yesterday while I was at the pool and wondering why there was no pool boy to bring me one to sip on. Rough life. I may not be the best bourbon connoisseur, but I do enjoy it. I can thank my Kentucky time for developing this love. I still need to do some tours and figure out if my barrel is done at Makers yet.

So here is a list of some of my favorite bourbon drinks. I like lists.

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The Mint Julep

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Bourbon and Ginger

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Bourbon and Coke

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Bourbon Eggnog, it’ll warn you right up

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Bourbon Highball

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The bourbon slush punch is one of my all time favorites that I found in Garden & Gun. So I will give you the recipe. Bourbon Slush
Serves 16–18

6 cups water
2 cups strong tea
2 cups bourbon
1 cup sugar
One 6-ounce container frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
One 6-ounce container frozen lemon juice concentrate, thawed
Garnish: Mint sprigs or lemon slices (optional)

Combine the water, tea, bourbon, sugar, orange and lemon juice concentrate in a large container or bowl, and mix until sugar dissolves. Pour into two gallon-size freezer bags. Freeze until an hour before serving. Place the frozen punch in a large bowl and let thaw, breaking up every 15 minutes. When punch is melted, add more ice or water as desired. Serve in punch cups. Garnish, if desired.

Strong Tea
2 cups water
1 family-size or 4 regular tea bags

Boil the water. Add the tea bag(s) and let steep until cool. Discard the tea bag(s) and set aside.

Cheers.