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Quick Bites: Eastside Distilling Launches New Premium Burnside Black Barrel Strength Rye Whiskey

An award-winning, special release finished in select Oregon white oak barrels

Portland craft distillery, Eastside Distilling, announces the national release of the Burnside Black Barrel Strength Rye Whiskey, a Bourbon Casked Double Barrel Rye. It is the newest, premium product in the Burnside Whiskeys® lineup, and recently won gold at the New York International Spirits Competition. 

As with the other expressions in the Burnside portfolio, Burnside Black was rested in select Oregon white oak (Quercus Garryana) barrels, but it is special because it was also Bourbon Cask-Matured, resulting in a very distinctive flavor profile. Notes of green grass, wildflower honey, toasted hazelnut, leather, and honey caramel with a mellow tannic finish makes the release a stunning representation of Burnside’s meticulously blended whiskeys. As with all the releases, the Burnside Black uses pure Mt. Hood, Oregon water for superior taste and quality.

According to Jason Ericson, Eastside’s Head Distiller, “Oregon oak imparts a deep vanilla and clove flavor that American white oak cannot match. Quercus Garryana has high tannin levels requiring a minimum three-year seasoning period to ensure the bitter and astringent qualities of tannins do not over-influence our whiskey. The longer the staves are seasoned, the more the tannins break down, creating a darker, sweeter, and fruitier flavor than whiskey aged in American oak barrels.”

Eastside has the largest collection of Oregon white oak barrels dedicated to whiskey in the world. Since Oregon oak is a species of conservation concern, Eastside only uses responsibly harvested oak trees to age its Burnside Whiskeys®, reflecting the company’s commitment to sustainability. They have recently partnered with American Forests, the nation’s oldest conservation organization, to help protect and restore the Oregon white oak habitat in the Willamette Valley. They will plant 5,000 oak trees as part of the restoration of the Oak Savannah in the Pacific Northwest. Furthermore, Eastside has joined the One Trillion Trees Initiative with the global goal of one trillion trees conserved, restored or grown by 2030.

“Oregon white oak trees have been an important part of the sustainability, values, and aesthetics of the state for hundreds of years and we are committed to helping Oregonians protect existing trees while growing the next generation of oaks,” says Janet Oak, Chief Brand Officer.

In addition to planting 5,000 Oregon white oak trees in the Willamette Valley, Eastside Distilling is also running an in-store promotion: for every bottle of Burnside Whiskey purchased, they will plant an Oregon white oak tree. Burnside Black Barrel Strength Rye Whiskey ($69) can be found in OR, WA, CA, ID, MT, WY, CO, AZ, and TX. The link to purchase here: https://shop.eastsidedistilling.com/ with nationwide shipping.

Celebrate Ferragosto With Refreshing Italian Cocktails

August 15th is Ferragosto and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate this Italian holiday than with some refreshing Italian cocktails.

Ferragosto is a big national celebration that marks the height of the Italian summer, and includes concerts, outdoor festivals and many feasts with friends and family before they head away on vacation. 

These cocktails will make you feel like you have been transported to Italy to partake in the Ferragosto celebrations this year!

Download both the Italian Spirits and the Italian Spirits Recipe Booklets below the cocktail slideshow at bottom of post.

Ferragosto is a public holiday celebrated on 15 August in all of Italy. It originates from Feriae Augusti, the festival of emperor Augustus, who made the 1st of August a day of rest after weeks of hard work on the agricultural sector. 


Strega Daiquiri


  • .5 ounce Liquore Strega 
  • 1.5 ounces white rum
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • ⅔ ounce brown sugar


Shake, strain, pour over ice

Paloma Bianco


  • 1 ounce Tequila Blanco 
  • 2/3 ounce Luxardo Bitter Bianco 
  • 2/3 ounce Fresh pink grapefruit juice 
  • 1/3 ounce Fresh lime juice 
  • ¼ ounce Luxardo Maraschino Originale 


Shake, strain, pour over ice

Nicola Scattola’s Amaro and Stormy


  • 45 ml. Amaro Nardini
  • 100 ml. Ginger beer
  • 15 ml. Lime juice 
  • 1 fresh mint sprig 


Build in a tall tumbler and mix gently. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Amber Martini


  • 2 cl whitehouse bitter wine
  • 4 cl London Dry Gin 


Stir and strain cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel 

Content provided by
Italian Trade Agency’s Italian Spirits Promotion Project

Beer Everywhere…And Then Some! by Ginger Johnson

Ginger Johnson

Ginger Johnson

Beer, beer, and more beer. With the explosion of breweries opening in America right now it’s a surprise we aren’t floating down the streets in boats buoyed by the beverage. Beer’s wonderful. It’s flavorful, social, herstorical, elegant, and simple. And…we need to zoom out.

Beer is one of the beverages many people around the globe choose after work, for a meal, in a recipe and to share. Wine’s another. Spirits offer another choice. Then there’s a veritably infinite variety of juices, ciders, meads, milks, waters (a confusing category to me at a minimum) and energy drinks (which scare the crap out of me). One look at an industry magazine will boggle the mind and fill the gut.

So how do you choose your beverages? When do you select which drink and why? There are so many facets to our selections, so many considerations that if you think about it a lot – and I do professionally – it can fairly overwhelm you. So let’s zoom back out and take a sip.

Ginger VIFour main ingredients are in beer: water, grain, hops and yeast. Within that list and then well beyond, beer can be whatever one wants it to be. Beer’s been made almost as long as humanity has. Fermenting and boiling, using readily available ingredients of an endless variety, consumed by children, women and men. The boiling stage of beer renders previously unsafe water safe to drink, so reserve judgment of kids drinking unless you can identify with that context.

Most likely a bit younger than beer and a single ingredient product. Some may argue that different grapes equal a multi ingredient product. Go for it if you prefer that. Basically though wine is a single plant proposition. And deliciously so with wines of grape and other fruit origins the world over.

Spirits. In some ways a wholly different beverage category. Spirits (vs. the terms booze or liquor) encompasses an enormous array of flavors in a distillation-focused process. From scotch neat to a 10 ingredient cocktail, spirits are fun, playful and potent. Again, as beer and wine, people have been distilling for eons. We’re the lucky ones in modern times to enjoy an unparalleled variety to sample.

Ginger IIIMead. Thank the bees for mead. Mead is another single product beverage reliant on our fine buzzing friends who’ve been experienced catastrophic changes in recent years. Do what you can to support and not kill bees. Call a bee specialist (like Sarah) with questions before extermination. They’re trying to simply go about their work and we must respect the enormity of positive impact bees afford planet life. 

Cider. Cider is apple. Perry is pear. Neither is classified as “Juice” – that’s the unfermented stuff. Similar though different, these two beverages offer an assortment of flavors that previously were either in decline or unknown. The cider revolution and Perry makers of the world are putting forth a massive effort to resurrect these drinks and educate about the wonders of orchards and the deliciousness they can give us. Here’s a radio interview with Jennie of WA based Tieton Ciders.

Everything else. To list all the beverages of the world would be a fool’s errand. I’d rather invest my time learning, tasting, sharing, and researching. 

To you I say taste, sample, try, ask, inquire, investigate, visit and sip. Moderation is our friend, and our brains should be more engaged. Support your local brewer, vintner, cider maker, and meadery. Find out who’s in your neighborhood and see what you can do to support them.

Ginger I Sepia WomanLike my company name, Women Enjoying Beer: it’s not about the drinking. It’s about the community surrounding, developing and supporting neighborhood entities and community businesses. Cheers to that!

Till the next glass ~


Go Here: Search online for “Cider Festivals 2014” to locate a new experience just awaiting your arrival. Pack a lunch pack some friends, and have at it!

Try This: Enjoy samples and small tastes of various beverages side by side. I conduct Beer & Wine tastings with regularity and the comparisons are fun, enlightening and delicious.

If you have questions about the beer industry, food pairings, speaking engagements and events, you can find Ginger at WomenEnjoyingBeer.com or Ginger@WomenEnjoyingBeer.com



Super Festive Bowl Snacks

We are getting down to “crunch” time here in the kitchen for our Super Snacks for Game Day.  Quite a bit of planning goes into the list, deciding how much food to put in front of your crew and how much brew to stock in the fridge are always the top questions.   Answer:  There is no such thing as too much.

As I am making my lists and checking them numerous times I am sharing a few snacks with you that will hit our sofa and coffee tables this weekend.  I have pulled the recipes from my favs and I hope if you make one or a few of these, you will let me know how you and your crew liked them.

Guacamole is always on the list ~ seriously,   I could slather this stuff on everything.  There are quite a few variations of the recipe, I am printing the basic from Martha Stewart ~ where all good things begin.  

Game Day Guacamole



One more from Martha to add  an additional touch of festivity is the Tequila Touchdown ~ I love the layered look and this recipe serves 8.

Tequila Touchdown



Can you go wrong with ribs?   Oh, never.  Country Living has an incredible recipe that is begging to sit on a platter in front of the boys this weekend. 

Glazed Country Ribs





Popping in and around Food Network is always a favorite of mine.  There are so many great chefs and talent that this site shifts around consistently that the recipes are ever changing and they stay in season and are up to the minute at all times.  I have pulled two that look too good to leave on the computer screen ~ they have to be served.

Philly Cheesesteaks with Melted Fontina and Sauteed Red Onions

Nachos seem to be a staple for almost every Game Day menu and I believe I would be skewered if I even thought of leaving them out.  This is a bit of a variation as it calls for ranch flavored tortilla chips and blue cheese as well as cheddar.  I cannot wait to devour this plate of flavor.

Buffalo Chicken Nachos

To kick it all up a notch I am thinking I will add a pitcher of Double-Rum Green Dragon.  Country Living added this recipe to their line-up which they in turn pulled from Redbook.  This one is sheeeer delight and serves 8.

Double-Rum Green Dragon

Well, there you have it…the beginning of my Game Day Starter Menu.  For more ideas, tips and tricks ~ find me on FB as well.