What Goes into a Blood Oath?

The Whiskey Gentlemen of Chicago made this April’s outing an occasion to sample Blood Oath Kentucky Straight Bourbon at The Berkshire Room located at 15 E. Ohio Street in Chicago. Creator John Rempe’s hand-blended and bottled bourbon enjoyed a lively launch in the comfortable and classy lounge, where we were able to learn how this very limited release was conceived. We were pleased to accept the invitation to attend the tasting event and for the complimentary samples provided on which to base our review.

Rempe is the Director of Corporate Research and Development at Luxco, a company based in St. Louis that produces, imports and markets a variety of spirits. And while vodka, tequila and cordials are part of Luxco’s portfolio, it should come as no surprise that the Gents were primarily interested in the never-to-be-repeated Blood Oath release, Continue reading

Hop, Skip, Jump to HopScotch!

Leading into the close of 2013, the winter was just getting started when the Whiskey Gentlemen headed out to explore a bar with a tantalizingly playful moniker in Franklin Park, a stone’s throw from O’Hare Airport and Rosemont.

Selected Spirits:

  • Lagavulin 16 year
  • Oban and Glenmorangie Signet – revisited

Winter’s arctic blasts were not yet on the Chicago doorstep when the Gents crossed the threshold into one of Franklin Park’s newest bars.  Situated at 9743 Franklin Ave just two minutes’ walk from the town’s Metra station, HopScotch offers what its name implies: a selection of craft beers (hops) and a generously stocked menu of Scotch, among other choices of bourbon and whiskey.  Beer fanatics will keep coming back for a rotating selection of 100 wonderfully unique brews, two dozen on tap at any time, not to mention a kitchen with an outstanding selection of better than average burgers, pasta and “sharables” – single or double servings of homemade appetizers.

We, however, were primarily in it for – you guessed it – the whiskey, and HopScotch did not disappoint.  In fact, HopScotch may quite possibly become the Whiskey Gentlemen of Chicago’s new home bar and/or meeting place of choice.  Continue reading

Summer hiatus is over

Thanks to Bridge House Tavern, Emporium Arcade Bar and Rockit Burger Bar for the invitations for tastings and other events! The Gents had an informal reunion in October after a summer hiatus and we’re getting back into the rhythm of whiskey events. We’re pleased to receive the invites via twitter and our blog page, and we look forward to attending events all around the city. We can’t make them all, but we love to know what’s happening. Check our twitter @WGchicago for tweets about events and tastings!

Inside the Mind of a Dragon

The Gents head to Dragon Ranch and speak with Arturo Gomez, president of Rockit Ranch Productions for their December 2012 outing.

Selected Spirits:

  • Dragon Whip Wheat Whiskey
  • White Dragon Moonshine

With a flair for fusion and an eye on emergent trends, Arturo Gomez, along with partners Billy Dec & Brad Young of Rockit Ranch Productions, launched Dragon Ranch Moonshine & BBQ five months ago and has since seen his innovative restaurant idea boom.

Gomez has cooked up a unique dining and drinking experience by merging ingredients from diverse sources such as Southern barbeque, Chicago nightlife, Asian cuisine, and his own whiskey palate – and he chose an excellent location to fire up the grill.

Sitting just a few blocks north of the Chicago River at 441 N Clark Street, the Dragon Ranch is in the company of high-quality restaurants, nightclubs and lounges of River North. Inside the venue’s doors, the décor blends the feel of a barbeque picnic with that of a refined sushi bar. How?

Exposed brick interior walls and neutral colors provide a warm, inviting atmosphere. The bench-style seating at the dining tables have a “talk-to-your-neighbor” friendliness, but the wood of the benches and bar stools is polished smooth, adding class and sophistication.

We (four Gents) arrived just prior to our prescribed time, and after only a moment we were seated at a table near the middle of the restaurant. We perused the menus for a few minutes when a whiskey bento box appeared at our table. Our waiter described its contents and then introduced us to Gomez, who sat down and went into greater detail as he discussed the development of this relatively new establishment.

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Win 2 Tickets to the Food Film Fest in Chicago!

This Saturday the 17th at Kendall College, the Gents will be attending the “Malt Whisky: The Islay 8 And The Chicago Food Film Festival Awards Ceremony” Hosted by NBC’s Cat Greenleaf. Full event info available at www.thefoodfilmfestival.com

Featuring the Chicago Premiere of Whiskey: The Islay Edition, a tasting of whiskey from all 8 distilleries on the Isle of Islay in Scotland. Also featuring a Scottish-inspired menu by chef Art Jackson and Pleasant House Bakery, hosted by Benefiting the Good Food Project.

As guests of the event, we’ve been asked to help promote the event by giving away 2 free tickets! Tickets are currently on sale for $65, but you get a chance to win them FREE!

To participate and get a chance to win the ticket giveaway, simply tweet or e-mail the Gents gents@whiskeygentlemen.com your favorite whiskey photo! Our favorite photo will win BOTH tickets!  If you are particularly creative about your photo, we may post it on our site along with your twitter name.

We are Gentlemen, but we are not above flattery, so including comments about our blog postings may earn extra favor in considering your response!

All submissions to @WGchicago and gents@whiskeygentlemen.com will be evaluated by Friday, Nov 16th Midnight, and the winner(s) will be selected.  You will be contacted to provide a valid e-mail address to receive your tickets – failure to do so by Saturday at 12PM (noon) will result in forfeiture of the tickets.

About the Event:
7:30 pm – General Doors Open
Featuring the Chicago Premiere of Whisky: The Islay Edition, a tasting of whisky from all 8 distilleries on the Isle of Islay in Scotland, which is renowned for its single malt whiskies, a Scottish-inspired tasting menu from Chef Art Jackson and Pleasant House Bakery, and a special dish from New York City Chef Amanda Cohen and Dirt Candy. Plus, a decadent dessert experience featuring Chef Chelsea Kalberloh Jackson’s signature Tea Time Treats from Pleasant House Bakery, Seattle’s handforged Top Pot Doughnuts, and Food Porn Star Larry Cauldwell’s Sweet n’ Salty Nuts.

Tickets are now on sale for the 3rd Annual Chicago Food Film Festival, returning to Kendall College November 15th-17th, 2012 and benefiting the Good Food Project. The Food Film Festival™ is the only Festival in the world where guests get to Taste What They See on the Screen…sometimes right in their seats.

Films: Benevolent Butcher: Bacon, Food Porn, Pie Royalty, Vegetables: Friend or Foe?, Whisky: The Islay Edition.


We hope to see you there!