What is an OPELIKA

What is an OPELIKA

What’s an Opelika?  And do I need one?

Your life is hectic so don’t bother trying to find Opelika Alabama – wait – unless you are all about FUN WITH FABULOUSLY FRIENDLY FOLKS AND WONDERFUL WHISKEY IN A TREMENDOUS TOWN. 

Allow me to explain. I discovered Opelika AL/ with Consultant Ron, researching the whiskey distilled at John Emerald Distillery on Railroad Ave. My recent trip turned a boring road trip into a delightful experience. By the way, just down the road from the University of Auburn, the town of Opelika is referred to as the classy area of Auburn. (See the previous post about John Emerald making history in Alabama while distilling some extraordinary whiskey) I was greeted by David behind the bar and immediately convinced that I need to taste their recently released Beer Back Single Malt. The champions of Alabama whiskey are driving over to Fair hope for some beer barrels then aging the single malt for 15 months in the beer barrels. Great smokey flavor. (I am pretty sure this is  correct, remember I was caught in the ambiance of the bar and tasting sufficiently for a proper review)                  

Since I have a bit of a love affair with the John Emerald Single Malt that required my first taste testing. (Morgan and Pierre were already at the bar so I asked to join me for a taste of the single malt.  Not only friendly and fun verst smart.  I convinced them, if a marriage proposal is in the near future, JE single malt should be included, it is that smooth) 

Now the Beer Back Single Malt received rave reviews with a bit of licorice and smokey flavor.

        Take a moment to talk with the charming manager, mixologist, event planner and purveyor of fun  Jill Sanderson.  Jill can provide an update on new releases and even sale you a bottle. Or send Jill an email if you want to arrange an event or wedding reception [email protected].  By the way, Buckaroobob is a Universal Life Church Pastor (Friar) if your tasting leads to a marriage proposal.  Really. I can recommend the appropriate bourbon for the reception. [email protected]. 

Just to keep the fun rolling, I was coaxed by the music to drop in next door to Red Dirt Brewing Company. Ryan Schmudlach, Brand Ambassador, continued the Opelika genuine friendliness by welcoming me to try their whiskeyish barrel age microbrewed craft beer. The Scottish beer was worth the trip. Just stop stroll Railroad for some tasting grab a bite to eat while meeting friendly folks and ask

about upcoming concerts and events. —- well that is unless you would rather be bored around stuffy people.  An Opelika is a cure.

THANK YOU AND THANK YOU Washington Whiskey

FIRST: Allow me to extend my gracious gratitude for the numerous favorable comments about the BBBB blog. You are very encouraging and kind to take the time to jot a post. To answer a couple of questions,  yes, I originated the blog and design.  I am a complete neophyte concerning techy stuff so I bounce around until something works. OK my techy son, Rowdy, helped me, via phone calls and emails, get started.  Why waste time being smart if your kids are smart!  If your kids don’t drink bourbon it can still be a family affair. (Family home evening with bourbon, no, ok not all my ideas are good ideas) Anyway, thank you and keep them coming. I always enjoy the comments and your ideas.  Need to send a personal note [email protected] So much for the gushy stuff.

Now Bourbon Business. Thankfully Washington DC restaurants and bars recognize the desperate need for a plentiful supply of whiskey to get us through what is going on or not going on in the White House and Congress.  (As mentioned in a previous post, we can not endure a tariff on whiskey and a war with Canada at the same time)

Speaking of a family affair,  during my recent trip to DC, my daughter, Nichole, son-in-law Donald and grandchildren took me to a wonderful establishment in the Adams/Morgan District (NWDC)  simplify referred to as “Bourbon.” The food is casual and very good. The Knowles family joined with their children and everyone had a great time. Now, the Saturday night highlight was an excellent list of Half Priced Reserve Whiskey. The regular list of Bourbon/Whiskeys included a selection of a million bourbons and whiskeys from throughout the Nation of tasting. OK maybe not a million but close to it, I lost count on the second taste.   Oh, how political, we even tasted a shot of Rodham.  Yes, that is the name and the bottle defines a tribute to women and equality and political fortitude..  I will post a picture when I figure it out.   Drop in , to relieve DC frustration or just to witness the impressive whiskey list.

FARMERS AND DISTILLERS ON MASS AVE. IN DC deserves another comment or two. As a family,  we made a reservation for dinner and well, of course, a taste. Kevin Connelly commands a highly efficient and delightful bar.  He will serve your guests a gourmet selection of cocktails but for us Whiskey Enthusiasts, start with a shot of their home distilled FOUNDING SPIRITS WHISKEY. Smooth oak and well worth the taste free of any additions, with the exceptions of their famous giant ice cube. Kevin will cut you in on upcoming distillery tours and that allows time to move to a taste of the homegrown Rye.  Actually, I am enjoying a couple of tastes of Founding Spirit and I have a whole new appreciation for the Bill of Rights.  Melissa, a high-level manager,  will advise you on the specials and help with reservations. [email protected] for big party reservations. The fried chicken will give you the feeling you are in a scene of “Gone With the Wind”.  A good scene. At least there is Farmers and Distillers after a frustrating day in DC.  Thanks  for the Grandpa welcome.

More to follow, this is blending into tasting time.   Photos,  to follow.




What is happening, whiskey is spreading all over Utah like it was a Brigham Young revolution! OK as we all understand, this whiskey is mainly a medical resource for all types of healing.  Jane Perkins and her husband rekindled the revolution with High West Distillery, which in 2008 became the first legal distillery since Brigham Young’s brew in 1870. Bless you.   More on the role of whiskey in Utah’s early settlement from Jane’and Shery Monahan’s delightful book “The Golden Elixir of the West”.   

Buckaroo Bob & the gang at Dented Brick

Speaking of history, Consultants Lenorad Hawes and Buckaroo Bob were informed, by astute Advisor Anne Oswald, of a new distillery in South Salt Lake rich in Utah history. DENTED BRICK DISTILLERYFounder Marc Christensen and COO Steve Stanko provided us a private tour of the historic facility in South Salt Lake City Utah. The distillery is centered on an artisan stream on the grounds of previous distiller Hugh Moon from the 1800’s.  The original house was riddled with bullet holes and marks from the old days. (Ask Marc for the complete details, since the Consultants started drinking and the facts got hazy or as they say trumpish, sorry, Marc has the complete details when you take a tour no fake news will be printed]   Dented Brick is distilling Rum and Vodka while they are aging the whiskey. Check out a bottle of Antelope Island  Rum. If the whiskey is as delightful as the Rum and Vodka we are in for a treat that will rival the Snelgroves Ice Cream. (Ask a local to explain, Snelgrove was also considered foreplay) And speaking of delightful, Jan Stephenson the beautiful professional golfer and model is tieing in with Dented Brick to bottle incredibly delightful fruit enriched after dinner or after golf signature cordials.

Now the Whiskey report.  The barley,  rye and red winter wheat are mainly from Utah and Idaho and aged in the traditional oak barrels. This is well worth a return trip.

By the way, Utah is rich is Whiskey history which will follow shortly, but I am off to Washington DC for what I understand will include a little bourbon tasting.