Big Jones closed for dinner Friday July 18th

July 16th, 2014

Big Jones will be closed for a private party after 6:30pm on Friday July 18th, 2014.

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Clyde May’s Conecuh Ridge Whiskey is our July Whiskey of the Month!

July 2nd, 2014

Clyde Mays Conecuh Ridge WhiskeyWe are pleased to introduce Clyde May’s whiskey as our July Whiskey of the Month. Clyde May was a farmer and WWII veteran who decided to make moonshine to supplement his income, a common pastime in his home territory around the Conecuh Ridge in Southern Alabama. One of the unlucky ones, Clyde found himself doing time in a Federal penitentiary, yet upon his release he did what any moonshiner at heart would do – he went right back to making moonshine.

Clyde May did a couple of things which were unusual for a moonshiner – he aged his whiskey in charred oak barrels, as was common for Bourbon. In the hot climes of Southern Alabama, the whiskey would age relatively quickly.  He also added oven-dried apples to his barrels, to smooth out the whiskey and give it a little extra fruit character.

In 2002, Clyde’s son Kenny May decided to go into the family business, legit this time, and opened a distillery. Since then, they have been making a unique and delicious whiskey according to Clyde’s old formula, which he liked calling “Alabama Style.” Their efforts have been rewarded with many awards and gold medals at prestigious tasting events, and an excellent rating of 93 from the Wine Enthusiast. We encourage you to give it a try, it’s unlike any whiskey you’ve ever tried, and probably the smoothest, in spite of its bottling at 86 proof.

The mash bill consists of corn, rye, and malted barley. On the nose, caramel and coconut leap out of the glass, and on the palate the malty grain flavors are still in the forefront, typical for a 4-year whiskey, but the fruit flavors of dried apple and orange peel take over mid palate, as a rich, boozy cream character envelops the tongue. The finish of black tea, candy apple, and charcoal is as refreshing as it is intriguing. Heady stuff. Bring in your passport for a complimentary pour any time during July!

It’s free to join the Big Jones Bourbon Society, just ask your server or bartender to sign up on your next visit. You’ll receive a passport to forty of our more than sixty whiskeys. On each visit, members are welcome to one complimentary pour of the Whiskey of the Month (WOM) which will usually (but not always) be a straight Kentucky bourbon whiskey. Big Jones Bourbon Society members will also receive invitations to members-only events such as whiskey tastings and whiskey socials.

Of course you’re welcome to enjoy any whiskey on our list at any time. We’ll mark off your passport as you taste each of the forty whiskeys, and once you’ve tasted them all, you will earn the distinction of Master Taster, and win tickets for two to a one-of-a-kind all-out whiskey dinner. As the ranks of Master Tasters grows, we will host a series of dinners for Master Tasters.

 

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June Whiskey of the Month: Medley Brothers!

June 4th, 2014

Medley_Bros_Bourbon-529x1024We are pleased to announce our June Whiskey of the Month is Medley Brothers, a recently revived classic from the Charles Medley Distillery in Owensboro, Kentucky. Originally produced in the 1940′s and 1950′s, Medley Brothers’ production was ceased in 1958 when the label was sold. After a 55-year hiatus, in 2013 Medley Brothers was once again released, produced according to the original recipe and given 4-5 years in charred oak barrels.

Given a high corn mash bill with rye and malted barley, Medley Brothers is medium bodied, gaining a little spice from the rye and heft from the barley malt. Given a moderate amount of barrel aging, the grains are apparent up front on both the nose and the palate, given a lovely toastiness by the barrel aging, which also contributes caramel and butterscotch notes, with a nice waft of vanilla tying everything together. The medium-length finish is given character by the rye’s spice and leather characteristics. Bottled at 102 proof, Medley Brothers is delicious straight with a rock or two, or will contribute mightily to your favorite bourbon cocktail. Bring your Bourbon Society passport in for a complimentary pour early and often this month of June!

It’s free to join the Big Jones Bourbon Society, just ask your server or bartender to sign up on your next visit. You’ll receive a passport to forty of our more than sixty whiskeys. On each visit, members are welcome to one complimentary pour of the Whiskey of the Month (WOM) which will usually (but not always) be a straight Kentucky bourbon whiskey. Big Jones Bourbon Society members will also receive invitations to members-only events such as whiskey tastings and whiskey socials.

Of course you’re welcome to enjoy any whiskey on our list at any time. We’ll mark off your passport as you taste each of the forty whiskeys, and once you’ve tasted them all, you will earn the distinction of Master Taster, and win tickets for two to a one-of-a-kind all-out whiskey dinner. As the ranks of Master Tasters grows, we will host a series of dinners for Master Tasters.

 

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“Trash Fish” Dinner – a benefit for Chefs Collaborative May 19!

May 7th, 2014

unnamedWe’re excited to announce the menu for our second annual “Trash Fish” Dinner, a benefit for Chefs Collaborative. We have a stunning lineup of chefs who will be cooking up delicious dishes featuring fish that are often discarded because fishermen don’t have a ready market for them. By featuring these fish, we take advantage of an underutilized resource while giving a much-needed break to overfished or unsustainable species such as farmed salmon, Chilean sea bass, or swordfish. Please join us along with sponsors The Monterrey Bay Aquarium, The Shedd Aquarium, and Fortune Fish for a very special evening.

Tickets can be purchased at the Chefs Collaborative web site here.

Monday, May 19 6-9 p.m.

Andres Padilla, Topolobambo

Ceviche Verde in Green Adobo
Lime-Marinated Blue Runner, Baja Olive Oil, Herbs, Serrano Chile, Fresh Garnishes

 

Phillip Foss, ElIdeas

Curried Shad Roe
Fava Beans, Banana, and Tamarind

 

Susan Spicer, Bayona and Mondo

Triple Tail “Cha Ca La Vong” Style
Rice Flour Fried with Tomato Cucumber Salad, Herbs, Pineapple Nuoc Cham

 

Colby Garrelts, Bluestem and Rye

Slow Roasted Spanish Mackerel
Saffron-Braised Fennel and Spring Vegetables a la Grecque

 

Brandon Baltzley, TMIP

Black Walnut-Smoked Great Lakes Smelts
Fermented Green Garlic, Salad Foraged from the Indiana Dunes

 

Paul Fehribach, Big Jones

Barbequed Conger Eel, ca. 1880
Bloody Butcher Corn Hominy, Streak o’ Lean and Crackling, Watercress and Radishes

Rhubarb and Bone Marrow Pudding Pie
Coconut Sorbet, Violets, Mint, and Lime


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May Whiskey of the Month: Tin Cup American Whiskey

May 1st, 2014

Tin CupTin Cup American Whiskey is made with a high-rye mash bill and cut with limestone water from the Rocky Mountains. The name is a nod to Colorado’s first whiskey drinkers – the miners who came to the mountains looking for gold and silver and drank from tin cups.

The high-rye mash bill gives Tin Cup a pronounced spicy and grassy character, softened by the corn which makes up 66% of the mash, and mellowed by aging in #4 char American white oak barrels. The limestone water lends crispness and clarity.

Tin Cup is a feisty and slightly aggressive bourbon-style whiskey, with the spice and pepper leaping out of the glass on the nose, together with sweet corn and caramel aromas from the mash and barrel aging. It bites a little on the tongue like a good rye should, but mellows quickly into a fruity, creamy, almost dulce de leche kind of sweetness, with a long, easygoing finish reminiscent of sweet tea and lightly roasted coffee. Bring in your passport for a complimentary pour any time you visit during May.

It’s free to join the Big Jones Bourbon Society, just ask your server or bartender to sign up on your next visit. You’ll receive a passport to forty of our more than sixty whiskeys. On each visit, members are welcome to one complimentary pour of the Whiskey of the Month (WOM) which will usually (but not always) be a straight Kentucky bourbon whiskey. Big Jones Bourbon Society members will also receive invitations to members-only events such as whiskey tastings and whiskey socials.

Of course you’re welcome to enjoy any whiskey on our list at any time. We’ll mark off your passport as you taste each of the forty whiskeys, and once you’ve tasted them all, you will earn the distinction of Master Taster, and win tickets for two to a one-of-a-kind all-out whiskey dinner. As the ranks of Master Tasters grows, we will host a series of dinners for Master Tasters.

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