Mike Dobbs http://www.chattanoogapulse.com/topics/mike_dobbs/index.rss en-us © 2014 The Pulse and Brewer Media. All rights reserved. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Oh, Blue Agave, We Love You Our man on the barstool takes the fear out of tequila, one sip at a time.

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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.

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Time for a Little Country Rum Our man on the barstool mixes up Kenny Chesney’s Blue Chair Bay

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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.

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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.

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Conversation With The New Captain 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.

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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

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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.

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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?

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Whiskey on the Actual Auld Sod 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...

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In the Spirit of Pumpkin Pie 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.

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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.

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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.

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A Wee Dram or Two from the Bonnie Soil 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.

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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.

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My Old Kentucky Bourbon Home This bourbon was created by the recently late Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson. Angel’s Envy is worth coveting. Aged up to 6 years in charred white oak barrels and finished in ruby port wine casks, it has a deep, rich flavor.

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Vodka, My Vodka As I entered the bar, I was greeted by Megan and Jeff, who were tending to a tall metal tree-looking device with little bowls full of limes, cherries, olives and raspberries. I only assume that cocktails can get excited early over Christmas, too.

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The Company Gin Keeps Before my fingertips assumed room temperature again, there was "Justin on the Spot" sliding over a spooky-looking number called Aviation. My first thought was, “This would look really boss under a black light!”

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