GSN Week in Review: Sept. 11-17, 2011

Editorial: I just got back from several days in sunny San Juan, hanging out with fellow bloggers Camper English, Chris Milligan, Chris Carlsson and several other writers, photographers and rum experts from around the world. We were all invited to attend an awards ceremony for the Serrallés Distillery and go on a private tour of their facility hosted by Vice President of Don Q rum Roberto Serrallés (pictured at left) .  I’ll be posting an article about the trip next week, but in the meantime, I want to let you know about an important issue that we were made aware of during our stay.  You probably have never heard about the Rum Cover-Over Bill, but it’s an important piece of legislation which will affect the livelihoods of hundreds, if not thousands of U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico starting in 2012.

As people who enjoy spirits and support the “little guy” (i.e. independent distillers) you need to inform yourself on this important issue and make your voice heard by letting your Senators and Representatives know how you feel.  The bills are S. 986 & H.R. 1883.

Here are some articles to get you started:



Winners of the week: Bryan Dayton, Tim Philips

New trends: Spirit Competitions, Moonshine, Water

Upcoming events: Kentucky Bourbon Festival, San Francisco Cocktail Week, U.K. Boutique Bar Show, London Cocktail Week

New spirit of note: Malibu Black

Cocktail of the week: Oxley Refuge & Tonic by Duggan McDonnell, Cantina, San Francisco

Cool barware: Yarai Mixing Glass

Bar of the week: Floridita

Book of the week: Tavern League: Portraits of Wisconsin Bars

Website of note: Patricia Richards

Video of the Week: Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition:

Photo of the week

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