About the Brothers

We’re two brothers separated by 2,500 miles of America and united by a love of beer and whiskey.

Jim is the beer geek, with a true passion for big character beers and the brewers with the guts to make them. He also writes about craft beer for the Today Show’s website and FSR Magazine, a glossy restaurant industry publication.

Don is the whiskey guy, with a palate like fine food critic and a love for all things whiskey; the history, the distilling process, and the drinking. Especially the whiskey drinking!  He also has opened the Idaho Hop House, a craft beer mecca in Nampa, Idaho.

Beer & Whiskey Brothers is our chance to celebrate the amazing variety of really special brews and batches that continue to emerge at a wonderfully rapid pace, and to talk about life as beer and whiskey lovers just trying to keep up with it all.

In the mix you will get to know both of us and how we are alike and how we are different.  Quick list of differences:

1) Jim is more liberal, Don is more conservative

2) Jim is on the East Coast in New Jersey, Don is out west in Idaho

3) Jim is more metrosexual, Don is more of a gun totin’, flannel wearin’ redneck

4) Jim is skinny, Don is fat

Beyond that we have the same parents, we’re both married, we both have families and houses with mortgages, and we both pay our taxes.  We can promise you that you will not agree with us all the time, hell we don’t even agree with each other half the time, but we always try to make the site fun and enjoyable, and maybe even a little informative.

Enjoy the blog and feel free to share your opinion. Making new friends is the best part of doing this. Well that and having a good excuse to buy lots of beer and whiskey!


Don & Jim



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150 Comments on “About the Brothers”

  1. Rick Robertson
    October 16, 2009 at 4:16 pm #

    Love the site. Although, I’m not a big whiskey drinker, I’m willing to learn!!

    • Jim
      October 16, 2009 at 4:51 pm #

      I’m not a big whiskey fan, either, and my education has already begun. Don is slowly working his whiskey charms on me. I hope some of my beer snobbery is contagious as well.

    • Don
      October 16, 2009 at 4:58 pm #

      Hey Rick:
      Fancy meeting you here! Whiskey is a love affair of mine(Don’t tell Kathy!). I hope to inspire and educate, and entertain, and not necessarily in that order. I’ve also come to enjoy a lot of the brews too, although Jim has a far broader selection than I do in Idaho, since he is based in Jersey. Enjoy the site and come back often! Love to have regular contributors!


    • Matt Zajechowski
      October 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

      Hello Jim and Don,

      I’m emailing today to suggest some content for your blog. A client of mine Kendall College recently had their hospitality program do a study into craft beer that provides insights into both the growth of the craft beer category as a whole along with food pairing suggestions to go with different types of craft beer. The info-graphic can be seen here (http://blog.kendall.edu/featured/craft-beer-infographic/2555). I was wondering you might be interested in featuring the info-graphic on your blog since your blog focuses on drinking beer. I think your audience might be intrigued with the findings and the information. I would be happy to include a write up that summarizes the content of the infographic to accompany it as well. Please follow up with me if this is something you might be interested in featuring on your site. Thanks for your time and have a wonderful day!

  2. May 5, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    Ha! I love your description of how you guys compare- classic. Keep up the great work, guys!

  3. Martin Peake
    July 16, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

    I’m a beer & whisky, sorry no ‘e’, drinker here in England !
    My tipple of the top shelf is a single malt whisky of the Laphroaig/Tallisker/Lagavullin/Caol Ila/Ardbeg varieties !!
    Plus others I cannae remember !

    • July 16, 2010 at 9:00 pm #

      Welcome, Martin. I’m interested in learning more about Scotch myself. From what I know, you have excellent taste. Cheers!

  4. August 26, 2010 at 5:38 pm #

    Awesome site, hope to see you guys at the GABF

    • Don
      August 26, 2010 at 6:01 pm #

      Glad you liked it. Look for the tee shirts! 😉

  5. September 7, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

    Hi there,

    Nice website.

    I run a Beer Directory called Beer Jumbo, http://www.beerjumbo.com and I have a category called Beer Hubs, Reviews and Blogs.

    I added your company’s link on my directory as well as a profile page.


    I was wondering if you could return the favor and possibly set up a link on your website to my website.

    Thanks a lot and i look forward to hearing from you.



    • September 8, 2010 at 10:30 am #

      Thanks for the link Brian, we’ve added you to our blogroll as well.

  6. September 13, 2010 at 10:52 am #

    Thanks guys for the link to my Beer Directory, Beer Jumbo.

    If there is anything I can do for you guys, please don’t hesitate to ask.



  7. September 24, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

    Hi – I am wanting to send you an mp3 and email which I would like you to view without public show – nothing dodgy just good manners. Is there anyway of doing this?

    • September 24, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

      I just shot you an email with my contact info, Jim. I’m interested to see what you’re sending!

  8. Matt
    October 7, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    Is it possible for me to change my picture on here?

    • Don
      October 7, 2010 at 11:27 am #

      I know it can be done Matt, but Jim will have to give you instruction.

  9. November 6, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    Oh my GOD – I know what my beloved husband will say in a minute when I show him this blog. He’ll say “Thank you! Beer and whiskey…together at last!” We’ll be subscribing to your feed directly!

    • Don
      November 6, 2010 at 4:29 pm #

      Thanks for the kind words. We truly love both Beer and Whiskey and it seemed to us like a great combo when we discussed putting this blog together almost 18 months ago. Glad you like it, and we look forward to you and your husband being regular contributors.


  10. November 13, 2010 at 4:33 am #

    I follow your site occasionally, and I felt compelled to post here. I had my first Scotch lesson this evening. A friend lined up 4 different bottles and basically explained the difference between blended and single malt (we had 2 of each) and being a beer guy I had a little trouble with them all at first but began to see the differences. JW black, Green and two SMs (one I forget and the last was a glenlivit 16yr I think) anyway, roughly ordered by price. Interesting, I must say and if it wasnt so expensive, I could get into it more. I will be following your blog a bit more closely now that I understand the genre a bit more.

    • November 13, 2010 at 9:54 am #

      Sounds like a fun time, Ken. A little knowledge can turn into an expensive hobby. Cheers! 🙂

  11. Ray
    November 18, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    Hey Guys-
    I got some great timely responses from you about the Infinium a few weeks back (that I really appreciated) and wanted to touch base again about a new topic.
    I’m new to your site (which I love- big whiskey and craft beer fan) so I’m not sure if a post of this nature is coming out in the near future, but could you let us know some of your favorite winter seasonal brews to look forward to for the upcoming holiday season?
    Thanks a lot!

    • November 18, 2010 at 11:34 am #

      Sure thing Ray. But my hands down favorite this time golf year is Troegs Mad Elf – I love that stuff. It gets snapped up pretty quick by beer hoarders (like me) so I suggest you pounce on any you see.

      We’ll be writing about Winter seasonals soon enough, but I’d hate for you to miss out on Mad Elf in the meantime.

  12. November 30, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    Hey Guys,

    I just put a post up on my blog about label art, and referenced your post on Witches’ Wit. Must admit, I loved reading the comments. Anyways, check it out if you get the chance – http://www.theblager.com.

    Also, I enjoy reading your writings very much 🙂

    • November 30, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

      Thanks, Kelly!

  13. December 14, 2010 at 7:45 pm #

    My Grandfather left me 3 bottler of Glenlivet 12 yr old single malt scotch whiskey. My Grandfather had these bottles forever sitting in his liquor cabinet, from what my Grandmother said. Any way of telling how old this whiskey is? He has been dead for 4 yrs. I know it is at least 16yrs old if he bought it right before he died at 94.


    • Don
      December 15, 2010 at 10:30 am #

      Rusty, on the bottom of the bottle there should be a number that corresponds to the year the bottle was made. So if there is an 87 on the bottom of the bottle it means the bottle was manufactured in 1987. Typically bottles are filled within the years they are made. You might be off by a vintage year if it was bottled early in that year and the bottles were purchased late in the previous year, but by and large you can estimate that the year on the bottom of the bottle corresponds pretty closely with the vintage of the whisky within. So look at your bottles, they might have some pretty interesting Whisky inside!

  14. December 17, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    Any interest in sampling small-batch whiskeys from artisan distilleries? If so, shoot me an email sometime. We have lots of goodies ready to ship!

    • December 17, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

      That might have been the quickest email I’ve ever sent. 🙂

    • Don
      December 17, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

      Rich, we would love to. I’ll reply on e-mail.

  15. Matt S
    January 6, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    I just want you all to know (Don & Jim) that you have now ruined my night, having found that YOUR show will be taking the place of a masterpiece… that is all

    • January 6, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

      We’re bummed by the news, too Matt. It’s bad for craft beer and it’s bad for our hopes of ever getting a show of our own. If Brew Master was a hit, there’d be demand for more booze shows (think cakes or loggers), but that didn’t happen.

      • Matt S
        January 6, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

        thanks Jim, your a genuine guy! Just a little bummed my show got canceled, I am a fellow home brewer, and am a huge Dogfish Head fan and have been well before their show, if you guys have a show of your own I wish you the best of luck.. just keep me updated

        • January 6, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

          Thanks Matt. We’ll keep you posted if we get a show, trust me on that! 🙂

  16. Matt S
    January 6, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

    where are you guys out of? im in MI, and (Jim) are you a beer collector?

    • January 6, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

      Lucky devil! Michigan makes good beer! I’m in New Jersey and Don is in Idaho. It’s for the best that we’re 2000 miles apart. 😉

      I don’t collect beer precisely, I just buy more than I drink and have a garage full of surplus brews, most good stuff. I’m not even sure what’s out there anymore. So I guess you could say I’m an accidental collector.

      • Matt S
        January 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

        thats awsome! and sorry to hear about the distance between you and Don, im sure its hard on you both haha 😉 Have you by chance had the oppurtunity to get your hands on any vintage dogfish bottles of 120? And yes, gotta love MI for its breweries.. from Arbor Brewing to North Peak theyre all delicious. Im an avid traveler and always looking for someone to show me a good pint, maybe in the future we’ll have one together. Until then, Cheers!

  17. January 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    Hi guys, love the website !
    I’m planning to put a link to your site on ours (www.maltteasers.com) – any chance you might return the favour ?

    Keep up the good work – spread the love !!

    Malt Teasers Whiskey Club

    • Don
      January 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

      Sure thing PJ. Happy to oblige.

  18. Mikon
    January 30, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    Hey guys, I’ve been looking at your blog and share the disappointment of Brewmasters being cancelled. I’m a beer lover myself and produced a show I’ve been shopping around a bit. I’d love to send you a link to it. I just didn’t want to be rude and post it on a comment on your site.



    • January 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

      Hey Mikon – post the link!!

  19. Zuri Hadi
    February 10, 2011 at 9:53 am #

    Hi There,

    Hope all is well. I represent wine and spirits clients and would love to send you more information on them. Can I please be provided with an email address?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.



  20. February 11, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    Hey guys,
    Love your candid writing styles. Excellent. Informative yet fun. What we are trying to do to. While I had heard of you before I hadn’t come to your site, until today. I actually saw it on the Lakefront Breweries website in your review for Bridgeburner. Loved it! If you ever get bored and want to talk beer with us, let me know. Also would love to have you on as a guest sometime on our live webcast. Shoot me an email or find me on facebook Beer Buffalo Lodge. Have a great day and hoppy drinking!

    • February 12, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

      Thanks for the kind words. We’d love to hook up to talk, we cast, guest post, whatever. I’d love someone else to talk to besides Don. 😉

  21. April 13, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    Hey Jim, I snapped a photo of the new label of Northern Brewers ‘Three Hearted Ale’, do you want it? if so let me know where i can send/text it.


    • April 13, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

      You got mail. 🙂

  22. May 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    Ever since John King introduced me to this site it has become part of my daily internet reading. I’m a big craft beer guy but my alcohol roots are in bourbon (I do live in KY.. what do you expect) and love a nice glass of bourbon as much as a great craft beer. Keep up the good work!


    • May 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

      Thanks, Beau. Glad your here and sorry we aren’t better at this. 🙂

      • May 12, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

        Nothing at all to be sorry for. This site is great!

  23. June 2, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    I love the website guys, it is an everyday read for me. You guys are hilarious and put out quality content. I was inspired to start my own site a while back over at FatCatKC.blogspot.com. I like getting feedback from other bloggers so let me know what you guys think.


    • June 2, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

      Thanks, Josh. I’ve read your blog before (was just checking it out today actually) and think it’s good stuff. I think what you do is harder and more important than our drivel – being a local resource for beer nerds is a great service to provide. I love how you localized the results of the World Beer Cup, showing the beers that are available in the KC area. I also think it’s hilarious that Colt 45 won bronze!!

  24. The Frank Man
    July 20, 2011 at 7:48 am #

    Really amazing site.

    The Frank Man

  25. July 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    I’m just getting into whiskey! So far the one I can stomach the most is Wild Turkey Rare Breed. I even crave it now! My boyfriend got me into it. Other than that, beer (and the occasional glass of red wine) is the only alcohol I drink. I nice punch-you-in-the-gut IPA just makes my belly happy (despite, or perhaps because of, the gut-punching)!

    • July 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

      Love Rare Breed. Also try Four Roses Small Batch – very tasty – it’s the only whiskey I crave (and that’s why I don’t keep it in the house!)

  26. liberalcynic
    July 22, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    I love wheat beers and scotch. So I guess I’m a beer and whiskey kinda guy too.

    • July 22, 2011 at 8:04 am #

      Yes, you’ll fit right in here, LC!

  27. Colin
    August 24, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    Hey guys,

    I just did a search for Booker’s Bourbon to see if you had done a review on it and nothing came back. Have you heard of it?


    I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.


  28. August 24, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    Jim & Don,

    Been reading your blog for a while and really enjoy it… I’m sure you realize I have a home brew related site and wanted to know if you’re interested in exchanging links…

    I already added you to my blogroll…


    • August 24, 2011 at 12:20 pm #


  29. August 24, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    Awesome… thx!!

  30. September 12, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    Beer, whiskey & food make life worth living; they also can serve as ‘rainy day women” for confirmed bachelors, like myself. I thoroughly enjoy ur website – keep up the good work – Cheers gentlemen….

    • September 12, 2011 at 10:38 am #

      Thanks Jeff. Glad to see you made the leap from Facebook!

  31. October 14, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    Hey Don, hey Jim, just wanted to say hello, and tell you how great you blog is. Whether it’s beer, whiskey, or any other topics, I just love to read it. Keep up the good work!

    • October 14, 2011 at 9:43 am #

      Thanks, Roger! Keep reading it and we’ll keep rambling on…

  32. Chris
    December 28, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    You guys need to do a show where you travel the united states drinking/collecting/educating beer and whiskey. You might have to have some side competition or goal going to keep the general public invested, but I would love to watch a show like that.

  33. Benjamin
    December 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    Hey guys, I just found your blog recently, so I am not sure if this is a topic you may have already covered, but on the whiskey side of things, I was wondering if Don knew of any large conventions/conferences/events where vendors show up and talk about products, have minis to give out, etc. Any info would be a big help. Thank you!
    All the best

  34. December 31, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    Boys, I demand a New Year’s Eve Beer & Whiskey post!
    I want a nice wrap up for the year.

    Additionally, I expect to see a New Year’s Day Beer & Whiskey “2012 opener”,

    Get to it!

    • December 31, 2011 at 11:48 am #

      Wanna do a guest post? We’re lazy! 🙂

  35. December 31, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    I’d love to but I’m working trying to get to the point where we can send you beer!

    • December 31, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

      Understood – Stay the course!!

  36. January 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    My name is Kristian Day and I am the director of the documentary, Capone’s Whiskey: The Story of Templeton Rye. I was wondering if you would be interested in seeing an online screener for the movie? We are going to be playing the film in Chicago for the week of Whiskey Fest (March 23rd) and we want to create a nice buzz for the film ahead of time. We had two screenings of the film in Des Moines, IA at the Fleur Cinema & Cafe. The premiere was on December 4th (eve of the repeal of prohibition) with 160 attendees. We had an encore screening on December 18th with 110 attendees.

    The movie tells the story of the farmers who made Templeton Rye during prohibition and the depression in order to save their farms. It also shows the world that the illegal whiskey is still being made today and can live side by side the legal product.

    Youtube Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZcYKWkYhvs&hd=1

    We have a couple of options for watching the film.

    A) DVDr that can be mailed

    B)Private Youtube screener – We can add your email address to the authorized users. We prefer this method as it cuts costs and you can few it instantly.

    Let me know you guys are interested 🙂

    • Don
      January 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

      This sounds great Kristian. I’ll reply directly to your gmail account.


  37. January 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    I snuck in an watched that trailer. While you can’t fully tell content from a trailer, you can judge quality and the overall tone of the piece. From what I saw I’ll be buying a copy for myself and the tap room.

    • January 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

      please add a “d” to the end of the fourth word above.

      I’m blaming the fecking keyboard.

  38. Jordan
    January 7, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    I have a beer challenge for Jim! I call it the black bastard. It’s half arrogant bastard and half old Rasputin russian imperial stout. If you like beers with character you’d live this!

    • February 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

      I’d prefer arrogant russian, but then again I’m the sensitive type!

  39. January 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

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  40. January 27, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    Hi Jim! I’m the food editor over at the TODAY Show website. I’m reaching out to see if you might be intereste din contributing to our food blog with your beer knowledge. Send me a note and hopefully we can chat. Thanks!

  41. February 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Greetings Jim & Don-
    I am a huge beer and whiskey (and whisky) fan myself, which works out well in my role managing the food and beverage program at Frontier Airlines. I’d love to get your thoughts on the selections we’ve made recently. I posted the web-link with my contact info.

    • February 21, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

      Well, I’ll leave the booze to Don, but the beer selection is a little weak, Brian, ESPECIALLY for an airline out of Colorado! I understand you have to please middle America, but do you really need Coors Light and Miller Light? Where’s the Dales?!! 🙂

    • Don
      February 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

      Brian, I must concur with my Brother Jim, the Beer selection is four light lagers and Fat Tire, which defies categorization but is generally not too great. You have a lot of great canned beers to choose from, Dales, Joes Pilsner, Ellie’s Brown Ale, Ten Fidy! Spice it up a bit and you’ll make a lot of geeks happy. As for your spirits, your whiskey selections are pretty solid. I love the fact that you have JD single Barrel, and Glenlivet, and Jameson’s. Those are great. Canadian Club is an inferior whiskey. If you want Canadian, I’d recommend a Pendleton or even a Crown Royal. As for your Bourbon, Makers is a pretty safe bet, but I’d much prefer something with some flavor like Wild Turkey 101, or even Rare Breed is sold in 50 ml bottles. That would amp things up quite a bit from my perspective. You might want to try something like Horizon Air does too and have a revolving beer and wine of the month where they promote a local wine or beer made in the Northwest. Good luck.

      • February 22, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

        Appreciate your feedback- all very good points. The Dale’s was actually an item that was on board at one time prior to Frontier’s merger with Midwest. When we combined the onbaord offerings, we eliminated items that were performing below average from a sales perspective. Dale’s always ran at a distant 3rd place (of 4) on Frontier and with a network growing beyond Denver that appeared unlikely to improve. Similarly, Leinenkugel’s did great out of Milwaukee, but virtually never sold anywhere in the western US. As a result, both of these items were eliminated from the lineup. To give you an idea of the customer preferences we have today, the popularity of our beers skews heavily towards the light lagers- Coors Light and Miller Lite make up almost 50% by themselves. Fat Tire would be next, at times displacing one of the light lagers that would drop to 3rd. The two remaining selections come in at the rear, but vary from month to month as passenger demographics change. One of the biggest challenges we have is maintaining availability of the product nationwide. While we are based in Colorado, there are some pretty large bases of operation in the midwest and eastern US, without nationwide distribution maintaining a supply of true craft beers on board is a real challenge. We certainly wanted to have the best lineup out there for an airline- while admittedly that may leave a little to be desired for a true conessiour.

  42. splat8391
    February 23, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    Hi Jim –

    I really enjoyed your video on Noble Rot – it was my first introduction to your blog (via DFH’s Twitter feed, in case you’re interested in the back stories of how people find you!) and I’ll be a regular reader.

    I’m a craft beer guy myself and keep a few beers in a cellar at home … Every so often I’ll open one up an blog about it (my blog is at matttoll.wordpress.com, although it’s not a beer blog per se) just for kicks. Not sure how much you discuss cellaring here but I’ve enjoyed letting some beers mature for a few years – creates some really interesting new characteristics over time. (Also suspense.)

    Anyway, just wanted to say hello – glad I found you guys! Also glad I live just outside Philly so there’s a decent chance I can track down the Noble Rot …


    • February 23, 2012 at 11:26 am #

      Happy hunting, Matt – Noble Rot is a fun beer for sure.

      I like the idea of other people cellaring, and then sharing their old beers with me – I have no patience for it otherwise! I’ll drink what I have on hand usually, unless I forget about it, but that’s usually stuff I wasn’t excited about in the first place. So my “aged” beer are mostly lame old crap I didn’t wat to drink.

      Anywho, welcome to the fold – glad to hear you’ll be reading.

  43. L. Bigelow
    February 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    I work for the Fordham and Dominion Brewery in Dover, Delaware, and we would love to send you both some of our beers. Your site is one of our favorites to read, and we would love to get your opinion on our beer.

    • Don
      February 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

      We love to do that! I’ll tell you what I tell all who send us stuff. We will say exactly what we think, and it could be good or bad. But, what you will get is honesty and critical feedback that may be useful (or not) going forward. So I’ll send you our addresses via e-mail. Looking forward to it.

  44. February 28, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    Great blog guys! I just started my own blog that includes my reviews of beer and whisky (mostly Scotch); I’d be honored to become a “Friend of B&WB” if you find it worthy!

  45. February 28, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    Oh, duh, meant to add the link. http://beerwhiskyfood.blogspot.com/

  46. March 15, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    Do you guys know how businesses are able to send beer to consumers?

    Reading through several beer-of-the-month club websites, the Brewforia website and some others – they all claim to be using UPS & FedEx, though both couriers’ Terms of Use say that they won’t ship beer to consumers (just wine).

    Is it just a matter of staying under the radar? Is there a way to ship beer to consumers that is legal and safe for a business?

    • March 15, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

      Try Brewforua, Dustin. I think it’s a matter of what state you live in.

      • March 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

        I’ve sent Brewforia an e-mail asking how they ship beer but I’m not really looking to receive any myself. I’m working with a local bottle shop on expanding to selling some brews online and I’m not sure how safe it is for a business to ship beer.

        I know some states don’t allow consumers to receive alcohol but it seems that is superseded by the policies of UPS & FedEx that states that they won’t ship beer direct to consumers, at all. They’ll ship wine but both courier companies claim they won’t ship beer or spirits. All of the places I’ve found online say they ship via UPS & FedEx, so I was just wondering if you guys had any insight on that.

        Are you suggesting that the couriers possibly alter that policy state-by-state?

        • March 15, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

          I think you can find a carrier to ship it for you (especially if you aren’t explicit about contents). I get samples and beer of the month club shipments from the big boys in a state that’s not beer-in-the-mail friendly, but as the consumer, I don’t assume legal risk.

          In other words, your question is best answered by a lawyer, not a beer blogger. 🙂

        • March 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

          Haha yeah I’m working my way up to that, just seeing what I can piece together initially. Thanks for the reply.

  47. March 15, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    My two favorites. Wished I discovered this blog sooner! 🙂 cheers!

    • March 15, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

      Well you’re here now, Amy. Can’t wait until we disappoint you! 🙂

  48. Walt
    March 16, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    Thanks guys for putting this site together. I am not a whiskey guy at all, I am much more the home brewer and discoverer of amazing beers. I have a craving for aroma, flavor, color and community. I am very happy to have come across your blog, am signed up and ready to learn even more. Cheers!

    • March 16, 2012 at 11:24 am #

      Welcome aboard, Walt! Stick around and Don will get you into Bourbon – he certainly did that to me!

      • Walt
        March 16, 2012 at 11:50 am #

        Thank you Jim! Not likely on the Bourbon side, but I shall keep an open mind. Micro beers are the way to go for me. Oddly I am the beer-vangelist for my family and I was the one who did not partake when younger. bring on the flavors and more.

  49. Ray
    March 22, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    Hey Guys-
    Haven’t talked to you in a while, but read the site daily- can’t go w/o a quick browse daily!
    Quick question (for everyone out there too).. ..Bro-in-law just got engaged and we’ll be rounding up the crew for a camping trip over the summer. It’s a tough find so I figured I’d start early.. ..his fav scotch ale is Mcewan’s. Now as far as I can tell it’s not available anywhere anymore. Is this true?
    Thanks guys and keep up the great work!

    • March 23, 2012 at 11:49 am #

      Hey Ray, I think it’s still out there, but I’m not 100% sure where you can find it. Here’s a link to Tap Hunter which may help: http://www.beermenus.com/beers/mcewans-scotch-ale

      Also, Google is your friend! Also, also, there’s always Oskar Blues’ Old Chub, which is a Scotch Ale I LOVE!

      Good luck and thanks for keeping an eye on us!

  50. March 29, 2012 at 1:20 pm #


    I saw your article on Gluten-Free beer on MSNBC.com today. I work with Omission beer which is a new brand of gluten-free beer made with barley. Send me an email and i would be happy to send you some additional information and some samples.



    • March 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

      Will do, Ted, but I’m not sure I want more gluten-free beers!

  51. hotrod
    March 30, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    Nice chart on Beer Snobery. I’ve noticed a dramatic uptick in young hipsters drinking strong 9% double ips and sours. This kind of bothers me as they seem willing to pay any price to buy the next unknown special bottle of unobtainium. all said

    I do like quality beers and often pour buffalo trace bourbon…nice stuff

  52. jf1smith
    April 1, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    What I love about the South… We may have antiquated and restrictive laws but some very creative beer folks…


    And yet, I’ve never seen ANY Pappy Van Winkle on a shelf in a store down here. In a few bars, but never in a store… Arrggghhh…

  53. Carol
    April 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    I just read Jim’s column on gluten-free beers.
    My husband was recently asked by his doctor to try a gluten free diet, so we’ve been experimenting with products (btw, you can be sensitive to gluten without having full-blown celiac disease — I’ve read that it’s the most common food allergy. Also, oats are ok if they’re not milled on the same machinery as wheat, barley or rye).

    So far, we’ve only tried 2 beers. One was as forgettable as most you tried. The other was Green’s Amber Ale from Gent, Belgium, which we voted good enough to drink even if you didn’t have to. It’s made from millet, buckwheat, rice, and sorghum. (Of course, if you didn’t have to, there are so many even more interesting choices.)

    • April 9, 2012 at 11:06 am #

      I think that’s the standard for a gluten-free beer: It’s good enough to drink even if you don’t have to. Unfortunately, few qualify.

  54. Carol
    April 7, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    PS, My husband was thrilled to find out that distilled spirits (whiskey and whisky) are ok!

    • April 9, 2012 at 11:07 am #


  55. michael
    May 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    I have fond memories of spending a couple of hours before a flkight out of Tampa at Cigar City Brewery. It’s really small, two overhead garage doors but they have a tasting room worth the visit. JaiAli is still one of my favorites and I am an IOPA fan. Love your blog.

    • May 3, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

      Thanks, Michael. After sampling the Jai Alai and hearing rumors of oaked aged varieties, I’d love to visit their taproom!

  56. splat8391
    May 9, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    Guys – not sure of the best way to share with you (you’re probably following BA on Twitter anyway) … but did you see THIS??


    Troubling if true and interesting in context of your recent thoughts on big beer vs. craft …


  57. May 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Hey guys- been a while. Don, this one’s for you. While Maker’s does not top my whiskey list, the thought/idea is intriguing.
    Let me know what you think!

  58. Al
    May 19, 2012 at 4:41 am #

    Hey fellas and hello from a whiskey and beer drinker from downunder!

    Accidentally stumbled across this site and new I was onto a good thing when I read “Top 5 Beer, Whiskey and TV Pairings” a list of quite my favourite TV shows paired with references to my favourite type of liquor – you had me at whiskey!

    Cheers and keep up the good work

  59. MD
    May 29, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    Hi, Jim.
    I’d love to add you to our press list – we represent Philly Beer Week and work a lot with local Philly breweries – hope to hear from you!

  60. Dan
    May 30, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    Hey Don,

    Any word on that venture in Nampa? I keep my ear to the ground for any news, but haven’t heard anything in a couple months. How’s the process going?

    • Don
      May 30, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

      No news yet. First negotiation fell through. We are negotiating on an alternate space now. Once we get in somewhere I’ll make an announcement on the blog.

  61. June 9, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    Fellow Galligans, My name is Pat Galligan and I live in Asheville NC (recently crowned Beer City) I go to all the Beer events here and as I’m sure you’ve heard we’ve recently acquired an Oskar Blue brewery (Dales Pale is my favorite in a can as well), a Fat Tire East Coast Brewery and a Sierra Nevada East Coast operation. I wouldd like to invite you down to Asheville in the near future for a beer drinking Beernanza. I just heard about your site and have joined as dawgdXXXX. Please drop me a line! Pat
    PS: I also drink whiskey (small batch evan is my fav!)

    • June 9, 2012 at 10:34 am #

      The lost brother! Welcome, Pat – you have a cool last name!!

  62. July 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    I know how much you loved our old website.. but we had to get a new one.

  63. July 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Hey guys! Big fan.

    I’m preparing to launch a whiskey of the month club and would love to try to get your perspectives on it. Think I can get your emails and we can take this offline? Would be much appreciated!


  64. July 28, 2012 at 3:16 am #

    Cool site guys. Carlsberg Black – What’s the point? Dire, flavourless, no aroma. Enough.

  65. August 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Hey guys, cool local event coming up. Late august group ride to visit over hald of Vermont’s breweries by bike. Maybe you guys could post for your other readers? Thanks http://www.mountmajor.com/itinerary.html

  66. Manny
    September 1, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    So now that the White House has released its beer recipes (http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/09/drink-up-the-white-house-releases-its-secret-beer-recipe/261870/), you think you fellas will give it a try?

    • September 1, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

      Saw that tonight Manny. Trying to figure out what to do with the info – brew it or screw it?

  67. Doug
    October 17, 2012 at 6:27 am #

    Hi guys,

    Been doing some research for a project recently and have been enjoying all the banter on the blog.

    I’m working with Bowmore whisky at the moment and would really like to get in contact with you.

    If you’re interested, send me an email at the address provided.

    Thanks for your time guys,

  68. Rick
    October 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm #


    Three of my favorite things in one article!
    1. Christine Hendricks
    2. Whiskey
    3. Mad Men
    “Christina Hendricks Tastes Whiskey and Talks Mad Men”

  69. Michael Levine
    November 9, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

    Hi Guys, I’d love to send you some info about a bourbon event I’m working on coming up in NYC – would you be able to send me your contact info?

    Thanks so much,

  70. Mark S.
    November 9, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

    Hey guys – not sure if you saw this recent article in BusinessWeek. Scary stuff!


    • Rick
      November 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

      Holy Crap, Goose Island 312 is now 315! Thanks for exposing this evil!

  71. April 4, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    Hey guys! I’ve been following your blog for a while now and I have question for you. My husband’s 50th birthday is coming up and I thought a good present would be something aged 50 years. Any reccommendations? Thanks and keep up the good work!

  72. Rick
    April 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Marissa, try here:

  73. June 20, 2013 at 8:25 am #


    We have recently launched a new magazine called Craft Beer Magazine:

    Any way I could reach you?


  74. thirstyrob
    December 1, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    Do you guys ever get to Sweden?

  75. January 8, 2014 at 9:13 am #

    Hey brothers. Big whiskey drinker – Love this site. I am actually interning at a bourbon distillery right now and as I complete my research, I have a question for ya. Do y’all have a blog email I can send it to? Thanks!

  76. Dave
    February 5, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    Hey Jim – wanted to drop you a line about hopefully getting you some samples of a new India Pale Lager. Could you shoot me an email with a non-PO Box address? Just for your consideration, of course! Thanks.

    • February 5, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

      Just emailed you…

      • Dave
        February 12, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

        Hallo Jim,
        Wanted to invite you to an exclusive craft beer launch event coming up. Would you mind shooting me an email so I can properly invite you out?

  77. March 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    Great site! Keep on keeping on! Love reading your posts! I live in NYC and have a food blog if you’d like to check it out! 🙂

  78. March 28, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    what do you know about “Klingon Warnog”? Just saw it on GMA this morning.

    • March 28, 2014 at 10:50 am #

      It’s a cute offering contract brewed in Indiana and licensed by Star Trek. I think it’s a rye lager, and is supposed to be a decent beer. Mostly it’s a marketing thing, a follow up to their Vulcan Ale that was released last year in Canada. The guy behind it is a Canadian dentist who’s a Star Trek fan – very nice fella.


  79. Andrew Grabelsky
    May 7, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    Hi Don & Jim,
    My name is Andrew Grabelsky and I work with William Grant & Sons and their brands Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Tullamore D.E.W., Hudson and Monkey Shoulder. After visiting your site and based on the topics you cover, along with your knowledge and influence in the whisk(e)y and spirits world, we think you’d be a perfect candidate for our exclusive network, The Whisk(e)y Circle.

    The Whisk(e)y Circle is an interactive community for whisk(e)y fans and influencers. By becoming a member you will receive invitations to whisk(e)y tastings and whisk(e)y related events, as well as first-hand information and knowledge on products from many of the William Grant & Sons brands. You will also have the ability to share news and exclusive product information with your readers.

    Please tell us a little more about yourselves and we can get started: https://whiskeycircle.com/

    Let me know if you have any questions. Looking forward to welcoming you into the Circle!


  80. October 4, 2014 at 6:03 am #

    Love the page guys, keep up the good work! And I do understand that drinking things like vodka mixers isn’t the most manly thing around, but I’ve heard there is a bit a community starting up that tells men that it’s ok to order a vodka cranberry once in a while. Check it out! http://vodkamanberry.wordpress.com/ https://www.facebook.com/vodkamanberry?ref=bookmarks

  81. November 5, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

    Jim –
    Love the blog…very interested in sending you some information on a new craft can related product. What’s the best way to PM you? Hope all is well…thanks

  82. February 3, 2015 at 4:27 pm #

    Y’all’s posts crack me up! Here’s to beer and whiskey! 🙂

    • February 3, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

      Thanks, Katy!


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