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BACKROOM BOURBON

A BLEND OF STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEYS

•  Alcohol/volume : 48.5% 
•  Blend: #1
•  Bottled: 2016

We scoured the land for the best tasting bourbon barrels we could find. It wasn’t easy, but in the end, it was worth it. Made from a blend of bourbons between 5 and 10 years old with a sturdy  body and nuanced rye spice notes, Backroom is perfect on ice or in your favorite cocktail.


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C&O TRADESMAN WHISKEY

CASK-FINISHED IN PORTER BARRELS

•  Alcohol/volume : 48.9% 
•  Blend: #1
•  Bottled: 2017

A tribute to our founding fathers, C&O Tradesman Whiskey harnesses the strengths of different regional flavors. Our craftsmen blend whiskey from the American Southeast and Midwest, and finish them in the Chesapeake in seasonal barrels from wine, beer and spirit regions throughout the world. Flavors of sweet corn, caramel, vanilla, cocoa and a hint of peppery rye that sips smoothly.


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CHECKERBARK

AMERICAN DRY STYLE GIN

•  Alcohol/volume : 47%
•  Batch: 1
•  Bottled: 2016

Checkerbark is an American take on the traditional London Dry Style Gin. While England’s demure gins are often restrained, Checkerbark is a bolder version of the British classic, and features wild harvested juniper berries. The inclusion of this unique and wild harvested juniper berry delivers a gin with a distinct flavor from a tree with a unique bark (the Checkerbark juniper tree).


Limited Edition: Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout + 120 Minute IPA

Epic Brewing: Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout

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One Big Bad Imperial Stout with Cocoa nibs and Coffee beans. Each season's release uses a different dark roasted coffee.

Glassware: Snifter, Tulip White Wine
Food Pairings: Hard cheeses and dark chocolate desserts


Dogfish Head: 120 Minute IPA

Clocking in at 15-20% ABV, 120 Minute IPA is continuously hopped with a copious amount of high-alpha American hops throughout the boil and whirlpool, and then dry-hopped with another pallet of hops. Unfiltered and abundently hoppy, it's the Holy Grail for hopheads!

We brew 120 Minute IPA a few times a year, but it goes fast. If you find some grab a few bottles -- some to enjoy and some to age.

Reservoir Distillery: Bourbon Whiskey

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Born from a trip with friends and a declaration that we could do tradition one better, our Bourbon is a one of a kind, 100% corn mash bill.  We take that baseline of a great Bourbon and turn it up all the way, producing a big, bright profile.  Though most bourbons add a rye component to the mash bill for additional flavor – or, to a lesser extent, wheat – Reservoir trusts the full force of local corn and deep aging in our small barrels to produce a unique bourbon that is different from any other product available on the market.

Our Bourbon is the most traditional yet unique whiskey in our house expressions.  It’s a beautiful midpoint balance of sweet between the softness of the Wheat and the sharp grain of the Rye.  Appealing to experienced whiskey hunters and the novice alike.

Built to be bigger than the average Bourbon, our expression is bottled at 100 proof/50%ABV so that you can proof the spirit down to your liking and taste. We recommend trying our Bourbon Whiskey neat—to establish a baseline, then adding a touch of water or a single ice cube to temper the proof.

Our Tasting Notes:

Pour neat with a single cube sweating allowing the whiskey to open over the course of time

Nose: Vanilla, chalk, corn and toast

Palate: Char, pencil shavings, coffee and pecan with a medium to full body

Finish: Tobacco leaf transitioning into a sweet cherry finish that lingers

Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2017: 93.5 rating

Individual Awards

2012    Bronze             Small Batch 10ys & Younger San Francisco World Spirits Competition

2013    Double Gold   11+ Years and Older              San Francisco World Spirits Competition

2014    Silver               11+ Years and Older              San Francisco World Spirits Competition

2016    Silver               11+ Years and Older              San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2016         Gold                11+ Years and Older              NY World Wine & Spirits Competition

2016    Silver               Bourbon Whiskey                   New York International Spirits Competition

2016    Virginia Bourbon Distillery of the Year         New York International Spirits Competition

PAM THE BUTCHER'S New Year's Offerings

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PAM THE BUTCHER'S NEW YEAR'S OFFERINGS: Entertaining at its best -- we offer everything from a 12lb. Piglet + Ham Hocks to Crown Roast of Pork + Pork Tenderloin. Don't forget to serve Hoppin' John on New Year's Day -- it's said to bring a prosperous year filled with luck. 

Enjoy these recipes:

CUBAN-STYLE ROAST SUCKLING PIG

"In Cuba, this dish is traditionally served on New Year's Day. In this tradition, as in the Hawaiian luau, the pig is usually covered with banana leaves and cooked over a coal fire in a pit that's dug in the backyard. Because this method is not easy to do at home, the recipe below uses a small suckling pig that will fit in the oven, yet deliver the same delicious flavor. Ask your butcher to split the pig for you. Don't be afraid to give this recipe a try — cooking a whole small pig is like cooking a whole turkey." ~ Douglas Rodriguez, Epicurious

CROWN ROAST OF PORK WITH ONION AND BREAD-CRUMB STUFFING:

"Nothing is more majestic than this regal cut of meat — and nothing makes your house smell better while it roasts. Here, pork's natural sweetness is coaxed forward by the herbs and onions in the stuffing. And the crispy, savory bones are a delightful bonus. You will have to special-order this cut of meat (the rib portions of the loins are joined to form a circle) from your butcher." ~ Gourmet

HOPPIN'S JOHN

"I’m not a big believer in superstition, but for some reason I’ve always eaten black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. I figure starting the new year by indulging in a juicy superstition can’t hurt." ~ The Pioneer Woman

SMOKED HAM HOCK WITH ROASTED POTATOES

"It’s rustic, smoky, melting succulent pork with roasted potatoes…mmm…I promise you will be addicted!" ~ Lily and Dmitriy, GastroSenses

TOULOUSE-STYLE CASSOULET

"Although there are innumerable versions of cassoulet, most are based on a stew of white beans and various forms of pork. The dish gets its name from the pot it's traditionally baked in, the cassole (see Note), which is often shaped like a wide inverted cone to insure the greatest amount of luscious crust. This version includes duck confit and the French garlic sausages that are a specialty of Toulouse." ~ Paula Wolfert, Food and Wine

Shrub District Cocktail Vinegars: Made in DC

The perfect stocking stuffers for the cocktail enthusiasts on your list!

Why “shrub?”

Before refrigeration, farmers used vinegar to preserve excess fruit during harvest. Wait a bit, then add some sugar and you’ve got “shrub.” Like the word alcohol itself, the term “shrub” originated in the Middle East. It’s an old art and we’re bringing it back and into the bar.

Shrub District cocktail vinegars are the purest expression of fruit you can find. From nose to lingering finish, our flavors capture the season in a bottle. Why? Because we use only  fresh whole fruit, herbs, and spices. Shrub District Cocktail Vinegars (aka “shrubs”) are proudly #MadeinDC.


JUST GRAPEFRUIT

Pure, unadulterated grapefruit flavor in a bottle. We use the juice, the pith, and the peel from organic grapefruits to give you layer-on-layer of delicious citrus. Kicking off with a hit of fruit, this shrub is tart and not-too-sweet as you sip. It finishes with a soft bitterness that lingers on the tongue and cuts through any cocktail. Trust me, you’ll know it’s there.

JUST GRAPEFRUIT pairs well with gin, Tequila, and Bourbon. Try it in the Move over Tonic, as a Grapefruit Old Fashioned, or in the Perfect Paloma. Embrace the bitter, brighten your spirits!


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OLD FASHION

(8 oz) Don’s Old Fashioned is the perfect balance of bitter and sweet. Make the classic cocktail in under 10 seconds. Non-alcoholic. Makes 16 to 24 drinks


LIME

This is your go-to bar mix. Perfect for Margaritas, Daiquiris, Mojitos, Gimlets, Whiskey Sours, you name it. It also makes a great Punch base. If you need sour, reach for Shrub District LIME.

We capture that pure lime essence in the bottle. In fact, we think it’s actually more lime than lime. Why? Because we juice only whole fresh organic limes, pull out the essential oils from their peels, and balance everything perfectly between sour and sweet. This is your one step cocktail mixer.


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CRANBERRY JUNIPER

CRANBERRY JUNIPER, our Winter Seasonal, offers the perfect balance of tart cranberries and aromatic juniper. This shrub is full of firm tannins and body from the cranberries’ natural pectin. The classic flavor screams “holidays.” Our cranberries come from the finest bogs in New Jersey. We’re laying down what we can to get us through the cold winter months ahead. Like the holidays, this flavor won’t be around for long.

Pick up a bottle of CRANBERRY JUNIPER and make an incredible Cosmopolitan. Or, if you’re a whiskey drinker, pair with ginger ale or ginger beer for a holiday highball like no other.

$50 Gift Card for Only $40: Limited Time

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TIS THE SEASON TO SPREAD YOUR LOVE OF FOOD TO OTHERS.  FOR A LIMITED TIME WE WILL BE SELLING OUR $50 GIFT CARDS FOR JUST $40.  

KEEP IN MIND THIS IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME.  SO COME IN TO ANY WAGSHAL'S LOCATION AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS DEAL BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.

While supplies last.  No rain checks.  These gift cards may not be returned for the $50 value, only $40.  Purchase and use of these gift cards means you agree to our terms and restrictions.

 

The Abyss Beer 2017 Reserve

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A deep, dark Imperial Stout, The Abyss has almost immeasurable depth and complexity. Hints of molasses, licorice and other alluring flavors make it something not just to quaff, but contemplate.

As for the great “drink it now or let it age” debate, we stand clearly on the fence. Distinct and delicious on release, the flavors meld and fuse into an entirely different pleasure after a year or more in the cellar.

*2017 release date at our Pubs and Tasting Room in Oregon: November 17th
(Released every Nov/Dec: 2006-present)

The “remarkably limited” 100% barrel-aged variants of 2017:  The Abyss Rum and The Abyss Tequila, will be released at the above locations on December 1st.

Source: DESCHUTES BREWERY


 
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DECEMBER DELI SPECIALS + FEATURES

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Wensleydale with Cranberries

Wensleydale with Cranberries is a hand-made Yorkshire cheese that is sold fresh & young at only three weeks old. The cheese has a sweet flavor of the fruity succulence of juicy cranberries with honeyed undertones.


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Smithfield Ham

The flavor of southern hospitality. America's original artisan ham can only be cured within the Smithfield town limits (as decreed by law)! And the traditional handcrafting process has never changed – resulting in a superior lean ham, rich in color and robust in flavor. 


Copper & King American Brandy

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A blend of superb exclusively copper pot-distilled brandy with real character and depth of flavor mingled in a unique, modern American style. Small batch distillation of superior, highly aromatic wine selected for exceptional quality.


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Dogfish Pennsylvania Tuxedo

A spruce-infused pale ale, Pennsylvania Tuxedo pays homage to the flannel-suited hunters and gatherers who dwell deep in the backcountry of north-central PA.

Brewed in collaboration with family-run outdoor clothing company Woolrich, Pennsylvania Tuxedo is a sessionable concoction with a grassy citrus kick complemented by the resinous conifer notes of fresh green spruce tips. We went into the forests of north-central Pennsylvania and Georgetown, Del., to pick these fresh tips ourselves.

A dry yet doughy malt backbone lets the hops and spruce shine while still balancing out the bitterness, making this one an easy sipper.

GET CREATIVE: HOLIDAY OPTIONS

This holiday season get creative and try something new.


CHRISTMAS GOOSE

Make this year an old-fashioned Christmas feast with this festive bird. 

RECIPE: Mustard and Garlic Roast Goose

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Crown Roast of Pork

"Once you’ve got the two racks tied together (and the lady apples halved), making this crown pork recipe is as simple as any other roast." - Bon Appétit

RECIPE: Crown Roast of Pork with Lady Apples and Shallots


Crown Roast of Lamb

Crown roast of lamb is one of the most impressive centerpieces for the holiday table. Wow your guests.

RECIPE: Crown Roast of Lamb with Rosemary and Oregano

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Standing Dry-Aged Prime Rib

"If you like, after carving this standing rib roast, separate the bones into individual ribs and pop them back in the oven to crisp up. Serve it with Aioli, then fight over them with your guests." - Bon Appétit

RECIPE: Standing Rib Roast with Aioli

 

A Midwinter Night's Dram

A limited release of High West Rendezvous Rye finished in French oak port barrels. 

How to Enjoy

We recommend that you enjoy this special spirit neat, due to its many layers of complexity, next to a warm fire as the snow piles up on the window sill. Also pairs beautifully with Fig Newtons!

The Name

Named after "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" by William Shakespeare.

Back Label Story

"Are you sure That we are awake? It seems to me That yet we sleep, we dream." - Demetrius, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 4, Scene 1 - Wm. Shakespeare
Greetings good gentles and ladies. At High West, we consider whiskey an indispensable part of making it through the long cold winter. One taste of A Midwinter Night’s Dram alongside a cozy fire will surely transport you to a dreamlike state. This limited release whiskey is a sumptuous marriage of our Rendezvous Rye finished in both port and French oak barrels. The rye forms a beautiful base of vanilla, caramel and cinnamon; the port barrels enhance with plums and dried fruits; the French oak provides a spice accent. For us, A Midwinter Night’s Dram tastes like a proper Christmas plum pudding with lovely mulling spices, dried fruits, and crème anglaise. 
So join us good ladies and gents. Gather ‘mongst thy family and friends, and raise thy glass to winters that are "Swift as a shadow, short as any dream; Brief as the lightning in the collied night." - Lysander, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 1, Scene 1, Wm. Shakespeare
Lysander describes how quickly true love can vanish. This is how we feel about a dram of this whiskey. However, if you savor it slowly, we can attest that A Midwinter Night’s Dram will help you through the coldest night. 
Fare thee well, David Perkins

*Label designed in collaboration with Aucutt Design

Technical Details

Ratio of whiskeys: top secret!
Filtration: not chill-filtered, or carbon treated.

TTB Designation

Class & Type: A blend of straight rye whiskeys, finished in port and French oak barrels.

Proof & ABV

ABV: 49.3%
98.6 Proof

Age(s), Distilled by & Mashbill(s)

Straight Rye Whiskey: 95% rye, 5% barley malt from MGP; 53% rye, 37% corn, 10% barley malt from Barton Distillery; 80% rye, 10% corn, 10% barley malt from Barton Distillery

Barrel Type(s)

Aged in new, charred, white American oak and finished in French oak port barrels

Sensory Notes

"Nose: Black current, dried dates, sugar plums, maple candied pecans, marzipan, vanilla caramel, and toasted French oak spice
Taste: Rich and full bodied with dried fruits, fig syrup, and candied ginger
Finish: Abounding with spiced blackberries, clove, and cinnamon"

Product Reviews & Awards

98 Points - Wine Enthusiast, Kara Newman
90 Points - Whiskey Advocate, John Hansell. "Beautifully spiced,...Nicely balanced, very distinctive."

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Trickling Springs Egg Nog

Egg Nog “Seasonal”

Trickling Springs Creamery’s FarmFriend EggNog is the drink of new legends! Using only milk from grass fed cows and the best natural ingredients. Trickling Springs Creamery’s eggnog is produced seasonally, starting around the end of October and being produced till December 31 or they run out of ingredients. FarmFriend Egg Nog contains no artificial additives or flavors and all of the natural spices used are clearly listed on the ingredient label. Early in 2013, Trickling Springs Creamery’s started working on their recipe to remove the carageenan while maintaining the same classic natural flavor and thickness that has become the signature of their Egg Nog.