Grappa class at Otto Mezzo Bar, Friday the 25th, 7-8 PM

Grappa Tasting Class – $50 – Otto Mezzo – Tickets Here. Join Brandon Phillips for his second class in a series on fun and educational spirits. Otto Mezzo is offering an interactive Grappa tasting August 25th from 7-8PM. Seats are extremely limited for this interactive class featuring this grape-based Italian spirit. You will start class…

Chicago Reader’s Cocktail Challenge (Sarah Syman’s Kimchi cocktail)

The Chicago Reader’s Cocktail Challenge probably stands as my favorite on-going series in the Chicago booze world. A bartender that recently completed the challenge picks an almost certainly bizarre ingredient, and then challenges another bartender in the city to  whip up something imbibe-able. Recipes get included too, so adventurous at-home bartenders can play a long….

Caffeinated Adventures, Part 1

So before we get to a weekend of booze writing, booze commentary, boozy recipes – yes, all of that in one weekend – let’s talk a bit about coffee. Let’s START a coffee series, because I make coffee from home regularly (almost daily basically), with a Chemex  coffee maker, and I annoy coffee brands on twitter…

A New Era Begins…

I have been lax around here lately. No excuses. It happens here, and I wish it didn’t. But now I have some really cool new motivations to dive into this old blog and this old boozy scene in the form of: New Jobs/Roles: I am now the Chicago area/Illinois state managers for both a Brewery…

Open Letter to Flying Dog/Medium.com

Reprinting this here, as it represents a core belief of The Boozy Beggar, myself, and all things associated with where this blog is going. https://medium.com/@kaleighkdunn/an-open-letter-to-one-mr-jim-caruso-of-flying-dog-brewery-because-actions-speak-louder-cfa2a01f0cc2

Cider Needs a Lexicon

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/ciders-core-curriculum/ Market dictates needs right? That’s what drives a lot of economic theory and probably is one of the forces behind recent efforts to develop a lexicon for cider in the U.S. Market needs – and in my mind, it is a need to diversify, classify, and mature the cider drinker – seem to be…

The Honeyed Homesteader

In my mind, rye and gin have an almost farmstead appeal to them, as parts of the early American distilling tradition, and their ties to the American farm (rye, because so many farmers grew it, gin because the variety of flavors ties to the ingredients on hand).  The name of this cocktail is also partially…