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Mike Dobbs

As the long dark winter sets in and the inevitable chill fills the air, nothing warms the cockles like a neat glass of the Dwight Yoakam State’s finest. more

Dec 24, 2014 11:25 AM Spirits Within 1 Comments

They say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” With the cold and flu season coming into full swing, I’m not really sure it’s such a grand plan to go it alone with just a piece of fruit that’s usually reserved for still-life paintings... more

Nov 26, 2014 4:52 PM Spirits Within

It’s time to close the lid on summer 2014. Put away your floaties and noodles. Stash the cabana wear. The pool is closed. If you’ve not taken the time to go outside lately—it’s autumn. more

Oct 30, 2014 12:00 AM Spirits Within

There’s a saying: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Here in the South, that quaint little saying gets a lot of use. Sitting on the front porch with a glass of lemonade is a proper way to celebrate a fine afternoon ... more

Sep 25, 2014 12:00 AM Spirits Within

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to travel a little bit. And one of the places that I inevitably end up visiting is Amsterdam. The reason for this is that it’s a lot like Atlanta when traveling in the States. more

Aug 28, 2014 12:00 AM Spirits Within 1 Comments

Our man on the barstool takes the fear out of tequila, one sip at a time. more

Jul 31, 2014 12:00 AM Spirits Within

But anyone that’s actually been to Rio usually comes away with one thought: “It could use a fresh coat of paint.” This is very much like the barn that houses the soon-to-be-famous Sugarland Distillery in Gatlinburg, TN. more

Jun 26, 2014 12:00 AM Spirits Within

Our man on the barstool mixes up Kenny Chesney’s Blue Chair Bay more

May 29, 2014 12:00 AM Spirits Within

The advantages of this are not limited to tasting the rainbow of flavor choices available. There’s also the added bonus of being able to expand the possibilities of mixed cocktails…or just having them straight up. more

Apr 24, 2014 12:00 AM Spirits Within 1 Comments

Some little kid would be on the playground screaming, “My swing is a rocket ship!” or “I’m Evel Knievel on the slide!” We were having none of that. We turned the monkey bars into an actual working bar. Of course there wasn’t any of the hard stuff. more

Mar 27, 2014 12:00 AM Spirits Within

Oh yeah, he’s way too sly to sit slothily by and play the same ol’ tune. Some of his many personas are Black, Private Stock, Lime, Silver, Coconut and now the new kid on deck...White. more

Feb 27, 2014 12:00 AM Spirits Within

This week, we’re into a trio from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, located on the outskirts of the second-oldest city in the state, Bardstown. Also known as Willett Distilling Company, it’s a family-owned distillery that’s been boiling up mash since 1936 more

Jan 23, 2014 12:00 AM Spirits Within 1 Comments

Many a folk are apt to tip this one back all by its lonesome, which is perfectly acceptable and darn tasty. However in The City that Care Forgot, you’re more likely to see signature cocktails on the bar top. more

Jan 16, 2014 12:00 AM Spirits Within

That said, a couple of Jim Dandies were recently sent to my rescue. There in front of me are two bottles of relief. One is white in color the other has flames crawling up the side. H'mm, which do I choose first? more

Jan 2, 2014 12:00 AM Spirits Within

Now I shouldn’t even really be talking about what I had first because (tease!), you can’t get it here. Actually, you can’t get it anywhere except at the distillery... more

Dec 26, 2013 12:00 AM Spirits Within

By the time you read this, your belly is already full and you’re probably staring at a pile of leftovers. But I can’t wait that long right now, and I’m not much of a baker. more

Nov 28, 2013 12:00 AM Spirits Within

It’s not anything new to us down here in the South, though. For hundreds of years fellas have been up in them thar hills cooking up high-octane squeezins only leaving the pot still long enough to fight a war or two or to run from the revenuers. more

Nov 21, 2013 12:00 AM Spirits Within

I visited Urban Stack in downtown Chattanooga to have a gander at their very impressive menu of whiskeys. They currently stock more than 120 different selections at their bar. But this week, I’m concentrating on four of Lynchburg’s finest. more

Nov 14, 2013 12:00 AM Spirits Within

From the middle, I pulled the glass containing the offering from Ardbeg from the Isle of Islay, Argyll and Bute. Ardbeg distillery has been producing whisky since 1798, and began commercial production in 1815. more

Nov 7, 2013 12:00 AM Spirits Within

Being that this is a pub, you can’t just sit there and not have a beer so, Goran picked up a glass and made a classic Cuba Libre and then layered it up with a fine, black stout which caught the attention of more than a couple of onlookers. more

Oct 31, 2013 12:00 AM Spirits Within

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