A new homegrown festival celebrating some of our favorite things — craft spirits and beer — will sprout in Miami and we hope, grow roots, thanks to support from the right folks. Charles K. Cowdery is one of those folks, an internationally renowned whiskey writer, specializing in American whiskey. Not only is he a Kentucky Colonel (Patton, 206) and a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame (2009,) he is the author of many books including BOURBON, STRAIGHT: The Uncut and Unfiltered Story of American Whiskey (2004) and is editor and publisher of The Bourbon Country Reader, the only publication dedicated exclusively to American whiskey. So it should be no surprise that CRAFT Spirits & Beer founder Jennifer Massolo tapped Cowdery to participate in her inaugural festival, and likewise that he accepted.
We are thrilled to welcome Cowdery into our flagship restaurant in the Design District for a private pairings dinner kicking off what looks to be a weekend full of fun and learning, the genuine way. Paired with the menu above, Cowdery has selected a thoughtful, well-rounded tour of American whisky from east to west coast, as well as its tender middle where it all began. A High West Silver Western Oat Margarita with half salt rim will start things off, followed by Palm Ridge (Florida,) Koval 100% Rye (Chicago,) Balcones Single Malt (Texas,) and finally Dry Fly Bourbon 101 (Washington.) As a primer to CRAFT and our menu, we hooked up with Cowdery to get his take on Miami as a whisky town and much more. We can’t wait to meet and taste with him in person. Click here for your ticket. Continue reading