Ardbeg, the legendary peat forward scotch off the western coast of Scotland had a humble re-beginning. The distillery was revitalized after a becoming a ghost town for 20 years pillaged by neighborhood distilleries on the island.
In 1997 the first drips of goodness oozed out of the stills at Arbeg for the first time in over 20 years. Its great to see this revitalization of all these heritage distilleries in Scotland. Read the rest of the story at http://www.scotchwhiskey.com. See the link below!
Tasting Whiskey: An Insider’s Guide to the Unique Pleasures of the World’s Finest Spirits:
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Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan’s Food Culture
The world of the east is a constant fascination for people my generation. This book guides you, wonderfully by narrative and location, through Japans rich culinary history.
Enter Vermont. The land of Wendell Berry and Ben and Jerry’s. Yes, also home to a larger number of hippys. Also, Vermont is home to a bar in the town of Waterbury called, The Prohibition Pig. This bar was created in the old space of the Alchemist Brewery after a flood a few years back and has created a reputation of having Vermont’s, ehhhemmm, Americas best beers on tap, smoked meat that makes the Carolina’s salivate, and one of the finest whiskey selections on the market.
One of the unique aspects to this bar is its proximity to two of Americas best breweries: The Alchemist and Hill Farmstead. Both of these breweries are exclusive to Vermont and do not distribute outside of this little area of which The Pig is located in the middle. Hill Farmstead however does send kegs frequently to the Pig and The Alchemist is usually on tap. So if you want the best of Vermont beer and a one stop shop this is the place.
Now the service was decent, but not until we had left the bar did we get real customer service. The bartender was busy talking to her “friends” at the other end of the bar, and hence we experienced some “northern hospitality” (pssst! Thats not a real thing! They only have good hospitality in the South!). But the waiters at our table were more than helpful and even pointed out to us their homemade BBQ sauces and helped deliver to us their excellent food! Hence the waiters saved the day and the date at the Pig.
Overall a wonderful bar that ranks as high as anything else in America. Vermont should be on your radar for Beercations!