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Mike Dobbs

An Apple Whiskey A Day…

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

Agave, Agave, the Desert Delight

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

Bartender, Make Mine Gezellig

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

Sugarland and FIFA: Gooooaaaal!

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

Fire in the Pie Hole!

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

How to Stuff a Wild Home Barkini

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

My Old Kentucky Bourbon

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

Some Mo So-Co in N’awlins

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

From Cinerator to RumChata

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

This Ain’t Frou-Frou

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

Meet the Jack Daniels Family

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

Yo Ho Ho and A Cocktail With Rum

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