The Fourth of July festivities have come to an end, so now it’s time to get ready for the summer and beyond as we plan the upcoming WoW Austin 2012 and San Francisco 2013 Expos.
We work and we play: on our 4th of July, we engaged in every traditional routine: eating hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, and watching fireworks displays and parades. But as there are no defined traditions when it comes to what you drink on Independence Day, we decided to set up our own traditions and called it “celebrating whisky independence.”
Blissfully, American bourbon, rye and grain all enjoyed widespread revivals, with major brands and micro-distilleries alike making new, exceptional bottlings in recent years. So, in keeping with the spirit of the day, we called for small and independent brands.
One such gem was Clyde May’s, a recreation of the legendary Conecuh Ridge Alabama Style Whiskey, produced in Alabama during the mid- to late-20th century (as a true child of its time, not quite legal). The spirit was originated by World War II veteran, Clyde May, who followed the “speakeasy” trends to provide for his family and later released the inner talent and passion for distilling the quality liquor. The quality was recognized enough for the whiskey to be given the official “State Spirit” of Alabama when Mr. May’s son took over. The whiskey itself is a mash bill of corn, rye, and malted barley aged in new caramel-charred white oak barrels, following the moonshine recipe known as Mr. Clyde’s Special Reserve. Thus far available only in Alabama, this gold-winning small-batch whiskey is planning a triumphant expansion to other states. Be among the first to sample it at our upcoming WoW Austin!
Another product that we picked to mark our celebration will not only be present at the Texas show, it’s also made right in the heart of Texas. Ranger Creek .36 Texas Bourbon Whiskey (meaning a Texas Ranger .36 caliber pistol) is traditional and bold, just as the inspired name suggests. The distillers’ goal was not to replicate Kentucky bourbon in Texas, but to make Texas Bourbon, and to us they succeeded. The Texas climate brings out a rich sweetness with hints of vanilla, brown sugar, and maple syrup. And the rye they use provides an undertone of cinnamon spiciness. The result is an interesting, unique bourbon that we believe does justice to Texas and to the palate of the devout bourbon drinker. The Expo presents a fantastic opportunity to get to know the geniuses behind this true creation of American craft distillation.