This Wednesday December 4th, BWG will be hosting a whiskey tasting at Savoy. This is the first of regular monthly whiskey tastings being hosted by BWG.
7pm – 9pm at Savoy, 149 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, NY
Samples of three kinds of whiskies for $10.
The Dalmore 12 – A beautifully smooth highland single malt whisky with a sweet and wonderfully drinkable flavor.
Laphroaig 10 – A super smokey Islay single malt with commanding notes of salt, smoke and brine.
Redbreast 12 – A wonderfully different Irish whisky, with a complex flavor unique to Irish whiskies.
For any additional information email: firstname.lastname@example.org – We hope to see you there, cheers!
This holiday season, a big push is on for New Yorkers to support their neighborhood, county and state economies by buying local. Buying local doesn’t just mean buying from local vendors, (which is most certainly a must) but it also means buying locally produced and manufactured products and goods. The Pride of New York website details this holiday season effort here. BWG has made a pledge to purchase only NYS made craft beer, spirits and wine during the whole month of december and we encourage all of our readers to do the same. Below is a list of several easy to find and locally available New York based beer, spirit and wine companies, as well local places to purchase them.
A full list of every NYS based brewery can be found here.
BUFFALO AREA BEER VENDORS:
The full list of all NYS distilleries can be found here.
- Check out the full list of Niagara Wine Trail Wineries here.
- Check out the full list of Finger Lake Wine Trail Wineries here.
BUFFALO AREA SPIRIT AND WINE VENDORS
At your next holiday party, keep it in NY and buy local. Cheers to all things New York from BWG!
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If you live in the many suburbs of Buffalo – particularly in the towns north and east of the city – and you’re looking for a great place to purchase whiskey, Passport Wine and Spirits on Main St. in Clarence should be your next stop.Passport boasts a large and diverse selection of whiskies, from big brand staples, to small, hard to find, limited edition whiskies, to everything in between. Passport’s Fine Spirits Director, Jason Cretacci, talked with BWG about the whiskey culture Passport is trying to establish out in Clarence, while walking us through Passport’s great collection.
Jason was extremely knowledgable about all things whiskey, talking with us at length about styles, types, regions, companies, distillers and distributors. Beyond whiskey, Passport has a large selection of wines and spirits, as well as a wine tasting room where they hold tastings and educational seminars with distributors and brand officials.If you live in the suburbs and are looking for a good place to get whiskey, check out Passport Wines and Spirits.
Finishing up our posts on the Hurd Orchards dinner tasting, we close with the dessert round whisky pairing. We chose a Speyside whisky which tend to be light, rich and sweet. We thought that combination would coalesce well with the fresh, fruit-heavy desserts on the Hurd Orchards menu. The Balvenie Single Barrel 15 is a scotch whisky made from single fill oak barrels and is bottled at cask strength. The nose is vanilla sweet, with ripe pear and lots of oak. There is a pizza dough, ginger spice and peppery essence on the palate. All these flavors are way too much until you cut them with a rather hefty amount of water. Water smooths out all these strong flavors and creates a fantastic, silky mouth feel. A vanilla pepper finish rides this silky whisky to a long end. This 15 year old scotch was built to be cut with water – and with that water, it pairs well with sweet, fruit-heavy desserts quite nicely… Available at Gates Circle Liquors for $90. Rating: 89/100
Last week, in our Hurd Orchards feature we paired craft beer and whisky with wonderful Thanksgiving themed dishes like pumpkin leek tart with prosciutto and sour cream pear pie with plum pear jam. We paired two different types of Six Point ales with the appetizer portion of the tasting. Six Point is a brewery from Brooklyn that churns out highly rated, authentic style ales who’s packaging and design are neoterically awesome. The first was their core IPA staple, Bengali Tiger. This beer pours a lively bright orange and is equally bright on the nose and palate. Its fresh, dry, hoppy flavor offers mild hints of pine and citrus and it finishes in a tight, crisp little package.Secondly we thought Six Point’s seasonal harvest ale, aptly titled Autumnation would be apropos. This beer is annually released in the fall and varies year by year based on fan’s votes for which kind of hops are to be used in its brewing. This year’s hop choice, Mosaic, created pleasantly bitter, dry and distinct earthy characteristics in this copper colored ale. We preferred this beer over most other harvest style ales we’ve tried this year.Both beers were an excellent choice for pairing with a thanksgiving themed dinner. The Bengali Tiger is available year round, while the Autumnation is available until stores are out of stock. We purchased both of these Six Point beers at the Village Beer Merchant on Elmwood Ave. $10 per four pack of 16oz cans. Bengali Tiger rating: 89/100 Autumnation rating: 91/100.
*Our next post will be a review on the whisky we paired with the Thanksgiving tasting, The Balvenie 15.
Over this past summer friends introduced BWG to a beautiful little place in Holley, NY called Hurd Orchards. Hurd Orchards is a family owned fruit and flower farm and canning company. They operate a road side country-style store and a host all kinds of events including weddings and farm to table dinner tastings. Once we learned of their Thanksgiving themed dinner tastings held every weekend in November – and the fact that Hurd Orchards doesn’t have a liquor license and we could bring our own drinks for the tasting – we made our reservations post-haste.
To say the folks at Hurd Orchards put a lot of time and effort into the design and atmosphere of their facility would be a hideous understatement. Our pictures do not do the place justice. For more detailed information about our evening in Hurd Orchard’s store, barn and their awesome atmosphere, click to link to Buffalo’s lifestyle and fashion blog, Buffalo Dandy.
The Thanksgiving tasting was a 23 course meal that used Hurd Orchard’s all natural produce to prepare an old-world Americana style dinner. The menu included savory courses like lamb curry with green tomato mincemeat and pumpkin leek prosciutto tart, to sweet courses like a sour cream pear pie with plum pear jam and caramel apple cheese cake. Everything was as delectable as it sounds and being able to pair our own picks of beer, wine and whisky with the dinner made the experience absolutely perfect.We paired two different Six Point ales with the appetizer round. Six Point is a brewery based in Brooklyn whose craft beers are bright, tasty and always true to form. We chose their core IPA interpretation called Bengali Tiger, a wonderfully crisp, hoppy and easy drinking beer, along with their seasonal harvest ale aptly titled Autumnation. We loved the dry hoppy character of this beer and it’s style fit very well with the Thanksgiving themed dinner.We paired San Leonardo Villa Gresti 2003, a northern Italian merlot blend with the entrees. Its tart cherry, earthy wood and leathery type flavors were a perfect contrast to the sweet elements in dishes like the ham and apple pie and the roasted turkey with sour cherry conserve.The Balvenie 15 was the after dinner pairing. Its peppery, ginger spice and sweet oaky flavors were a fine compliment to dessert dishes like the apple pear and quince jelly tart and apple pumpkin brown Betty with maple syrup.We can’t recommend The Thanksgiving tasting at Hurd Orchards enough. The food was unique and delicious. The drinks were excellent and fitting. The atmosphere was incredibly beautiful and quaint. And the time spent in the company of good people and great friends made the night most certainly a night to remember. We urge anybody who is able, to check out Hurd Orchards and do the same…*Our next post will be a more detailed feature on the drinks we paired with the dinner, along with their availability and ratings.
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