Archive for October 23rd, 2013

HAL7The folks at Knob Creek Metal Arts make it easy to create the perfect jack-o-lantern with their line of great metal stands like this Cowboy Pumpkin Stand.

About the Cowboy Pumpkin Stand from Knob Creek Metal Arts: “This pumpkin cowboy set is handmade and designed by Knob Creek Metal Arts. Made from solid steel and finished in hammered black, this set is great for decorating your Jack-o-lantern. The hat is approx 7″ long and 7″ wide. Hat has a 2″ serrated stake to mount into the pumpkin. The arms are designed to fit most carving sized pumpkins. The hole in the boot stand is approx 6 1/2″ diameter which captures the bottom of most carving sized pumpkins.”

See all the pumpkin art designs of Knob Creek Metal Arts here.

WRMOONBest.

Book.

Ever!

OK, that is some of my usual hyperbole, but the new book, The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining: How to Make and Drink Whiskey by David Haskell and Colin Spoelman, is a milestone in the resurgence of small batch whiskey in recent years, and the perfect guide to help you navigate through it.

I have featured Kings County Distillery here in the past. Now, the founders of the New York boutique distillery share their experience in making homegrown spirits and provide great information about the history of whiskey and “moonshine” and tips on the current spirits culture that is gripping America.

About The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining: How to Make and Drink Whiskey by David Haskell and Colin Spoelman: “A new generation of urban bootleggers is distilling whiskey at home, and cocktail enthusiasts have embraced the nuances of brown liquors. Written by the founders of Kings County Distillery, New York City’s first distillery since Prohibition, this spirited illustrated book explores America’s age-old love affair with whiskey. It begins with chapters on whiskey’s history and culture from 1640 to today, when the DIY trend and the classic cocktail craze have conspired to make it the next big thing. For those thirsty for practical information, the book next provides a detailed, easy-to-follow guide to safe home distilling, complete with a list of supplies, step-by-step instructions, and helpful pictures, anecdotes, and tips. The final section focuses on the contemporary whiskey scene, featuring a list of microdistillers, cocktail and food recipes from the country’s hottest mixologists and chefs, and an opinionated guide to building your own whiskey collection.”

The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining has a distinctly hipster vibe to it, but in the best possible way. Add the renewed interest in the fine art of home distilleries to the long list of everything old is new again – and for me the best yet.

The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining: How to Make and Drink Whiskey by David Haskell and Colin Spoelman is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.