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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bluecoat Barrel Finished is BACK!

GREAT NEWS BITCHES! We've made HISTORY, we have been Revolutionary! The one time buy of Philadelphia Distilling's Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin was a sell out and because of your support the product has earned it's place on the shelves of over 100 PLCB locations throughout the state. What does this mean? That you can have the best goddamned negroni all of the time (I paused here to make a Barrel aged Negroni, can't help myself). No more rationing your last bottle of this beautiful spirit, because come mid-month you can just buy more, assuming I've left any on the shelves.

I figured it wouldn't be long before Barrel finished made it's return, because as soon as I fell in love with it, it was sold out at all of the stores I could get to. Which was why our visit to their location filled me with so much glee, I stocked up...then sold Tara a bottle, but whatever, Bitches have to help each other out. It was difficult to let that bottle go.

Philadelphia Distilling really knows how to whet a Bitch's whistle and I'm so excited for them to move into their new location on the waterfront. We're going to be neighbors, and best friends.

I really can't say enough great things about this gin, it's so complex and beautiful. Aged in new American oak barrels for at least 3 months, it has an amber color and a well rounded flavor with hints of caramel and whiskey. For you small batch snobs - it's made six barrels at a time, so no fucking excuses.

 Not a gin lover, you say? Well, you're wrong. Go fuck yourself.**

**Gina (@thisdrunkphoto) - 'Even I liked it, and I'm not a gin lover. It's a gin for whiskey lovers, is what it is."

Monday, August 3, 2015

Atlantic City's Inaugural Cider Social event!

If you need another excuse to get your ass down the shore this weekend, I have one - Cider Social. Mmmm fermented apple juice...I fucking love cider.

Though this event is in it's first year I expect some great things because the line up is pretty great. Some old loves, Woodchuck cider, Commonwealth, Strongbow (though I hate the new recipe), Original Sin, Magners and so many more!

Cider events are great for those of us who don't love beer, but want to drink our faces off at hours long events. What do they call it when it's beer? Sessions. Ah yes, Ciders are session drinks.

There will also be some food, entertainment and other fun. Tickets are on sale for just $45 or if you're the sober bitch you can get your ticket for just $15. They are holding two session times one from 12pm-4pm and another from 7pm-11pm.

Start or end your beach day at the Cider Social in Atlantic City.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

At the Dog Wash - an event to benefit PAWS!

You're probably familiar with This Drunk Bitch's love of cats, but what you may not know is that This Drunk Photographer is a dog lover. Yes, that's right folks - I'm a dog person surrounded by cat people, and I'm holding my silence no longer. I'm doing a post for pooches!

This Saturday, August 1st, bring your dog down to The Trestle Inn at the corner of 11th and Callowhill for a bath! The Trestle Inn is teaming up with Philly Pet Hotel and holding a dog wash to benefit Philly PAWS. From noon to 5pm, enjoy 70s tunes, Croydon Cream Ale, The Grill Cheese & Phoebe's BBQ Veggie food trucks, and quality time with the four-legged Fido you love. If you don't have a dog, don't panic - there's plenty of puppy love for you too! Eat, drink, and be merry with friends on two and four legs. Tickets are $35 with a dog, $20 without - buy those here

I know what you're thinking - you live in the city, in an apartment, so your dog is sparkling clean. You know what else your dog is? Hot. Boiling, in fact. This week has been sweltering, and dogs don't sweat. As someone who just enjoyed a refreshing romp through a neighborhood sprinkler, I can attest to the magnificence of a cold spray on a hot day. Your dog will thank you!

Just so you don't forget to come to The Trestle Inn this Saturday between noon and 5pm, I give you the gift of this ear worm, to be sung to the tune of "Car Wash":

Your dog's been rollin' in a ditch?
Let me tell you we'll clean 'em up in a stitch.
There ain't no tellin' who you might meet.
A Pit Bull. A Poodle. Or even a Pekinese.

At the Dog Wash.
Working at the Dog Wash, yeah!
Come on y'all and bring your puppies.
Dog Wash, whoa, whoa, whoa.
Dog Wash, yeah!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

National Scotch Day is upon us!!

Nowadays, I feel like there's a "National _____ Day" for basically everything in existence. We've got National Doughnut Day, National Left Hander's Day, and even a National Rubber Eraser Day (it's a real thing, look it up).

But tomorrow, July 27th, is quite possibly the best made up holiday of the year: National Scotch Day!

Most of you should know by now that I love scotch. Like, a lot. On a scale of 1 to Ron Burgundy, well...let's just say that scotch definitely takes me to Pleasure Town.

Scotch is really wonderful because it's like whiskey's older, more refined cousin. It also varies widely in flavor, so there's really a scotch for everyone. It can range from the light and floral young 12 year olds, to the fruity and spicy adolescent 15 year olds, and all the way to deep, smoky, voting, lottery-playing 18 year old full grown adult scotches.

Personally, I like them all, and I think my scotch preference depends on the occasion. My go-to every day scotch is the old reliable 12 year by The Macallan, but I've been known to get fancy with some Johnny Walker Blue, and I've even slummed it with his often rejected little brother, Johnny Walker Red. Finding what you like is a very personal journey, so get to tasting!

Where can you sample some lovely scotches in honor of this glorious holiday? Here are some suggestions:

Village Whiskey - With a sprawling whiskey selection, you will find pretty much any scotch you've ever heard of (and plenty you've never heard of) here. Also, obviously delicious burgers.

1 Tippling Place - The singular scotch cocktail on the menu, Penicillin, consists of scotch, lemon, and honey ginger. This delicious cocktail alone is worth the trip, but you can also pick the brains of the incredibly knowledgeable staff, or sit at the bar and have their talented mixologists craft you a scotch cocktail all your own.

Ashton Cigar Bar - Because obviously, the best pairing for scotch is a damn good cigar. Go there and class it the fuck up. For my Macallan 12, my favorite cigar pairing is the Liga Privada #9, thanks to the on-point recommendation of Sip Smoke Savor.

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse - This is the big one. If you really want to go hard, Del Frisco's has the only bottle in Pennsylvania of the coveted Macallan M.

This is the holy fucking grail of scotch. It's crafted from some of Macallan's rarest, highest quality whiskies, and, at $4,500 a bottle, it is the most expensive scotch ever sold. And this is no smoke and mirrors folks, some of the whiskies blended into this bad boy are as old as 73 years! You can order two ounces for $600 or one ounce for $400, but think of it as a once in a lifetime opportunity to try one of the best damn scotches on the planet. Or, if you're ballin' like that, just go and order it and impress the hell out of your poor ass friends.

So, whether you're out on the town or sipping at home, make sure you have a dram for this, the holiest of holidays.

Go fuck yourself, San Diego...I mean, Stay drunk bitches!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Screw CCD Sips - It's not even worth it.

A long time ago, in the city of Philadelphia some restaurant owners were brainstorming on how they could get people from the suburbs to come into the city and spend their money. They got together with CCD and planned a week long event that became known as Restaurant week. For awhile this program was wonderful, mostly because the food scene in the city of Philadelphia hadn't quite hit it's stride and the event allowed these establishments to highlight the best they had to offer to a new audience. Then the food scene took off and world wide magazines caught on and EVERYONE from far and wide started coming into the city to eat, and the event turned into a way for cheap bastards to visit restaurants they won't pay the same prices to eat at on normal days. As the industry boomed they just kept adding weeks to this event, until eventually it ran for two weeks and several times a year and became the biggest joke in the industry as servers are pushed to their limits and work for nearly no tips while the kitchen pumps out dishes from a prix fixe menu that are about speed and not quality. Of course, this isn't a food blog and I'm not going to tell you how fucking stupid Restaurant week is because if you're reading this, you already fucking know.

Born of the same sort of idea we now have RW's best friend, CCD SIPS! A bar program to keep those suburbanites who work in the city downtown for at least a drink or so, so every Wednesday through the summer months a bunch of asshats run to bars and order $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and bar snacks at no specific price. The thing is, these specials are bullshit. Most of the time if you hit up a bar for happy hour you're going to get similar pricing, more selection and a better quality drink! It won't even have to be

Thursday, July 16, 2015

I am Miss Hannigan: The Homemade Gin Kit review.

Growing up my favorite movie was Annie, and my favorite character was, the unlikely, Miss Hannigan. The thigh highs, garters, boa and baths in night clothes, she was a fabulous dream! Except, she wasn't taking a bath in water, that old bitch was bathing in gin. Sweet delicious bathtub gin, which makes sense when you watch the movie as an adult and realize it would have been prohibition and she's essentially drunk for her entire screen time in the film. This just makes her more appealing to me, because I love gin, and if I could take a bath in a bathtub full of gin, I goddamned would!


That was sort of how I felt playing with The Homemade Gin Kit, a little bit like a bootlegger. Of course, I don't have enough with this kit to make a bathtub full of gin, only a 750ML puddle, though I'm not ruling out buying enough to make that whole bathing in booze thing happen.

The kit itself is gorgeous, packaged perfectly and upon opening it I immediately saw the potential as a beautiful gift. What a great set up, right?! An any occasion gift, wedding present, birthday present, you pissed off your girlfriend and want to make her happy...well you get the idea.

Each one of The Homemade Gin Kits include the following, Two 375ml Glass Bottles, one fine stainless steel strainer, one stainless steel funnel, one tin of juniper berries and one tin of the secret botanical blend. Word of warning, check your funnel - these are beautifully hand crafted, but my funnel had a bit of excess metal around the bottom, I removed it before using it so be careful! You provide your own bottle of neutral spirits (vodka, unflavored and in a 750ml bottle) and you're in business! This starter kit retails for $49.95 and makes a 750ml bottle of homemade gin.

The process is easy peasy, puddin pie...just add your juniper berries to any 750 midrange vodka (I found one called "Bitch Vodka" and couldn't help myself), wait 24 hours and add the botanicals...give it 12 more hours and strain. TA-DA! Gin time!

I found that the flavor of this gin has a heavy nose of cardamom and a strong coriander profile. I didn't get much of the juniper, which for some is going to make this amazing, but for me means I won't be replacing my favorite gins in favor of mixing my own batches for every cocktail. I can't see this working out as the base for a dirty martini, for example, but it's got amazing potential as a conversation piece in sweeter profile cocktail like a Gin-Gin Mule. Serve up something sweet that you made with gin you just made in your kitchen, and now you've got something to drink to!

The bottom line: I loved it. I thought the package was great, I was excited through each step, and even tasting it was great. I got together with friends to taste the final product, discuss the process, talk about booze, potential cocktails and it was perfect.

This is me with the final product.

Now, go buy yourself The Homemade Gin Kit - available online, and if I'm not mistaken Art In the Age in Old City had them for sale when I strolled through on First Friday.

Stay drunk, Bitches! 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Philadelphia Distilling and Capogiro, a love story - or - When booze met gelato.

Were you looking for a reason to look forward to Monday? I may have you covered, Monday July 13th is the official launch of one truly sweet collaboration - Philadelphia Distilling and Capogiro are teaming up to cool us all down this summer! The collaboration launches with a Bluecoat American Dry Gin paring called Bluecoat + Blueberries, it's sure to be a refreshing treat, but wait, THERE'S MORE! We're also going to see parings from Philadelphia Distilling's Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin, Vieux Carre Absinthe Superieure, THE BAY Seasoned Vodka and PENN 1681 Vodka. These spirits