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Using The Luck Of The Irish To Find The Perfect Boilermaker

This is second attempt with Bulleit Bourbon to find a beer that will make the perfect Boilermaker. This time I needed to find something that would pair well with the Bulleit Rye. Before I tell you which beer I chose let me educate you on how the Boilermaker came to be.

Most of you know that a Boilermaker is created when you combine a cold beer with a shot of whiskey. There are few theories on when the Boilermaker was created. Some say that Boilermaker came to be in the 1800s when blue collar workers headed to the bar after a long shift and it is believed that the drink was named after the workers who built and maintained steam locomotives during that same time period.

Another idea is that the first Boilermaker was created when Richard Trevitchick and his friends celebrated after his steam powered vehicle made its first successful climb up his village’s steepest hill on Christmas Eve in 1801.

No matter how the Boilermaker came to be the popularity of the Boilermaker is making a comeback. So with that notion Bulleit is asking for my help and yours as long as you are 21 years old or older to find the beer that when paired with any variety of Bulleit Bourbon will create the best Boilermaker.

Since we are a few days away from St. Patrick’s Day I thought that it would be very appropriate if I use the a beer from the Guinness line. Recently Guinness came out with a Milk Stout. The stout has a roasted malt taste that is offset by a cream-like sweetness flavor to it. The aroma has hints of chocolate and coffee. I was curious to see how it would pair with the Bulleit Rye. It did not disappoint.

Just like the last month I enjoyed this version of the Boilermaker with the Bulleit Rye. The mixture was a good blend of beer and bourbon. I could see myself making this a St. Patrick’s Day tradition. I would say that this one had a score of 8.0 out of ten. So far between the two I gave this combination a slightly higher score that my first attempt.

What beer would you choose to go with a Bulleit variety? Below is the recipe you can use. Let me know which beer you used with Bulleit. I’m always looking for some good suggestions.

Boilermaker

1 oz. Bulleit (Bourbon, Rye or 10-Year-Old)

6 oz. Beer

Hilhaven Lodge Gets The Hollywood Treatment

Last week Hilhaven Lodge partner and famed Hollywood director Brett Ratner was in attendance, introducing the brand to its fifth market with a nice speech. Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed three The Hilhaven Lodge cocktails – The Hilhaven Lodge Old Fashioned, Highball and Smash – as well as guided tastings led by National Whiskey Educator Doug Kragel.

If you are a fan of Hilhaven Lodge you should definitely check out these cocktails.

The Hilhaven Lodge Old Fashioned

1.5 oz. of The Hilhaven Lodge Blended Straight American Whiskey

Sugar Cube

3 Dashes of Angostura Bitters

Orange Peel

The Hilhaven Lodge Highball

1.5 oz. of The Hilhaven Lodge Blended Straight American Whiskey

Sparkling water

Lime wedge

The Hilhaven Lodge Smash

1.5 oz. of The Hilhaven Lodge Blended Straight American Whiskey

.75 oz. of Simple Syrup

.25 oz. of Lemon Juice

3 Lemon Wedges

5-6 Mint Leaves

Club Soda

Reebok Releases Two New Kicks

Earlier this week Reebok announced two very cool product collabs, including the wider release of the recent collab with the rapper Curren$y, the Reebok Classic x Jet Life Club C 85, as well as the launch of the Reebok Classic x Mita Workout Low Clean.

Reebok Classic x Jet Life Club C 85:

Originally launched during an intimate Curren$y performance at Sneaker Politics in New Orleans for the recent annual basketball festivities, the Reebok Classic x Jet Life Club C 85 will be available for a wider release on Reebok.com starting today.

Reebok Classic x Jet Life Club C 85 is inspired by the legacy Curren$y has built, both in and out of studio. The shoe features several design elements special to him, including both “Jet Life” branding at the heel and “Andretti OG” logo on the insole, a premium hairy green suede upper with GUM bottom, and a hidden stash pocket behind the tongue label.

Reebok Classic x Mita Sneakers Workout Low Clean:

The second announcement release today features a collab with Reebok Classic and Tokyo’s mita sneakers to update its classic cross-trainer with a military-inspired vibe, called the Reebok Classic x Mita Sneakers Workout Low Clean. The new collab splices two Reebok models together, flaunting ‘Coyote Brown’ suede and rugged canvas lifted directly from the Reebok Hyper Velocity boot combat boot, with grab-handle heel tabs that add an extra layer of military-spec fashion influence, and is capped off with dual-branded insoles that display mita sneakers’ famous chain-link fence.

The new Reebok Classic x Mita Sneakers Workout Low Clean is the first official partnership in Reebok Classics’ “Year of Fitness” campaign that will run throughout 2017.

The Reebok x Mita Sneakers Workout Low Clean is $119.99 and will be released on Saturday, March 11th at mita sneakers and additional Reebok retailers worldwide.

Sleep Is Power

Some say sleep is overrated. Others, like 17 year Navy SEAL Andy Stumpf will disagree. He as teamed up with Tempur-Pedic by going to extremes to demonstrate the power of life-changing sleep.

Out of the 6,000+ skydives Stumpf has achieved throughout his career, he has never attempted to land on a queen size mattress in the middle of the drop zone from 13,000 feet in the air…until now. Performing at that level requires a unique focus that’s only possible with consistent, restful sleep.

When faced with that challenge from Tempur-Pedic to help raise awareness for the power of sleep, Stumpf gladly accepted and managed to precisely hit the target’s bullseye in a tandem skydive stunt. As a result, Tempur-Pedic – as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting our nation’s heroes – pledged to donate 500 mattresses to a military organization to help special ops fighters get great sleep.

Leading up to Daylight Saving Time and throughout 2017, Tempur-Pedic is shining light on the positive effects that great sleep can have on everyday life by showcasing stories of extraordinary people who have harnessed the power of life-changing sleep. Andy’s remarkable story is featured in Tempur-Pedic’s “This Sleep Is Power” ad campaign.

Reebok Releases The Pump Supreme Jacquard Tape

There is a new Reebok Pump sneaker to hit stores this year. The Reebok Pump Supreme Jacquard Tape is the last unisex iteration of the Reebok Pump Supreme, where contemporary running meets high end style.

Originally introduced in partnership with Vetements, the silhouette is quickly gaining attention in fashion circles for its clean look and innovative style that features a forward-thinking slip-on upper and iconic Reebok Pump technology.  The latest iteration – the Pump Supreme Jacquard Tape – gives a nod to the past while remaining firmly planted in the present. Referencing details from Reebok’s signature piece from the 90’s, the tracksuit, the “Jacquard Tape” pack features Reebok-branded tape down the middle of the silhouette, combined with tracksuit inspired mesh.

Reebok’s distinguished Pump technology is exposed on the tongue, adjusting the shape of the upper to deliver a customized fit. The re-engineered fit sleeve brings the Pump technology closer to foot, enhancing the feel.

The Pump Supreme Jacquard Tape is available now in unisex sizing for $180 on Reebok.com.

Bulleit Bourbon Gets Local Artists To Showcase Fantastic Tattoo Art

Bulliet Bourbon is bringing some cool artwork to Los Angeles. Now the city of L.A. will have a little more ink following the introduction of a new tattoo art installation at 3921 W Sunset Blvd. & Hyperion Ave. to kick off the Bulleit Frontier Works project. This is the first piece in a series of projects Bulleit will commission to celebrate and unite the thriving creative collaborator community in Los Angeles and beyond.

The tattoo, which features Bulleit Frontier Whiskey’s iconic label alongside dozens of LA-inspired tattoo designs, was crafted by 24 tattoo artists who are locals of the Los Angeles area. The artists who contributed are people who have made a serious impact on the LA tattoo community, including Kim Saigh, Charles Belñavis, Henry Lewis, Shawn Barber and Jason Schroder. Each artist was given a section of the installation’s canvas to design and as a result every illustration carefully portrays Los Angeles in a way that is unique and personal to each artist. The tattooists selected to be part of this collaboration have collectively been in the industry for more than 100 years and have drawn thousands of tattoos that have adorned the people who roam the streets of Los Angeles and cross the globe.

The Bulleit Frontier Works sign, located in the Silverlake neighborhood, is an incredible mix of design and artistic ability that took the tattooists more than 90 hours to design and create. Flanking Bulleit’s bourbon logo are more than 24 separate etchings that were inspired by the Los Angeles vibe including favorite local food trucks, views of the LA skyline, depictions of the beach scene and tributes to the Los Angeles movie industry.

Guinness Needs Your Help This St. Patrick’s Day

We are now in the month of March. People are looking forward to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Guinness is making that famous holiday even better. The Guinness brand is synonymous with this holiday, and now more than ever, it’s up to us to help start great conversations, and to show that St. Patrick’s Day can bring out the best in all of us.

It’s no secret that each pint of Guinness stout, when enjoyed slowly, leaves behind a foam mustache after the first sip. This year, the ‘Stache will be the brewer’s overarching symbol for building the bonds between us, encouraging all of us to come together, no matter our backgrounds, beliefs or political leanings. In that spirit, from now through March 19, 2017, adult beer lovers can share photos of their ‘Staches – self-grown and groomed, drawn-on, or Guinness-enhanced – on social media. For each photo tagging @GuinnessUS and using #StacheForCharity, Guinness will donate $1 (up to $100,000) to the Guinness Gives Back Fund*, which supports nonprofits that contribute to the common good in our communities.

“Let’s face it, now’s as good a time as any to raise a pint,” said Guinness Brand Director Emma Giles. “We need to reconnect with what can bring us together as family, friends, coworkers, Americans, and most basically, human beings. St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and few, if any, holidays are as unifying or as celebratory.”

To keep an eye on everything the Guinness brand is doing and to get in on the ‘Stache action, follow @GuinnessUS on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Whether you’re having a Guinness Draught and getting your ‘Stache, or ordering up any other Guinness beer this St. Patrick’s Day, please respect the beer and drink sensibly.

Awesome Chili Recipes You Need To Try

No matter what time of the year it is there is always a great recipe for chili. We have four new takes on chili that you will love trying out for dinner, lunch or even breakfast. That is right I said breakfast. Which one will you try first?

Chicken Chili Pot Pie

Makes 4 servings

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ cup chopped carrots

½ cup chopped onion

½ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

2 (15-ounce) cans HORMEL® chicken chili with beans

1 (14-ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 tablespoon water

Directions: Heat oven to 375°F. In medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté onion and carrot 10 minutes. Stir in chili and cilantro; cook until heated. Transfer mixture to baking dish or to individual baking dishes. Either cut circles to fit with slits to vent or cut strips to make a lattice pattern over chili mixture. In small bowl, whisk together egg and water. Brush pie crust with egg mixture. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until crust is golden and filling is bubbly.

Vegetable Chili With Kale And Quinoa

Makes 8 to 10 servings

2 tablespoons olive oil

½ medium onion, chopped

1 carrot, peeled and chopped

2 celery ribs, chopped

1 medium zucchini, chopped

1 small yellow squash, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

4 ounces sliced mushrooms

3 (15-ounce) cans HORMEL® chili

½ cup quinoa

2 cups chopped fresh kale

Directions: In large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-low heat. Sauté onion, carrot and celery 10 minutes. Stir in zucchini and next 3 ingredients and sauté 8 minutes. Stir in chili, quinoa and kale and simmer 15 minutes.

Chili Avocado Breakfast Toast

Makes 1 serving

2 slices whole grain bread, toasted

2 (1-ounce) packages WHOLLY GUACAMOLE® minis

1 cup HORMEL® chili, heated

1 large egg, fried

Garnish: Spread avocado on each toasted bread slice. Spoon chili over avocado and top with fried egg. Garnish with jalepeno slices, tomatoes, cilantro leaves and cheese, if desired.

Walking Taco

Makes 2 servings

1 (9 1/4-ounce) bag corn chips

1 cup HORMEL® chili, heated

Toppings: shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, chopped  avocado or quacamole, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, sliced green onions, sliced fresh jalapeños or pickled jalapeño slices, sliced ripened olives, pico de gallo, sliced radishes, and chopped fresh cilantro

Directions: Cut slit in front side of bag or cut top of bag off. Spoon chili over chips. Top with desired toppings.

Three Great Ways To Celebrate The Moscow Mule

Did you know that March 3rd is National Moscow Mule Day? Well now you do. Plus we are giving you more info on the Moscow Mule. It was invented in 1941 by Smirnoff, the Moscow Mule has been making a comeback in recent years. March 3 (or 3-3) is significant as there were three people involved in the cocktail’s creation, three ingredients in The Original Mule and when turned counterclockwise the numbers become an M-M.

So now it’s the perfect time to celebrate with a classic Moscow Mule (easily made with 1.5 oz Smirnoff vodka, 4 oz of ginger beer and a lime wedge or with one of the fun twists below.

Strawberry Moscow Mule Float (courtesy of Megan Marlowe from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen)

1.5 oz Smirnoff No. 21 vodka

Juice from 1 lime

4 ounces ginger beer

Scoop of strawberry sorbet

Into the bottom of a copper mug, add vodka, lime juice and ice.  Top with ginger beer and a scoop of sorbet.

Cherry Lime Moscow Mule (courtesy of Kendra Darr of Simply Darrling)

3 oz Smirnoff No. 21 vodka

1 bottle Cherry Ginger Beer

5 oz Cherry Limeade

Cherries and sliced lime for garnish

(Serves 2)

In a cocktail shaker, mix ice, Smirnoff No. 21, Cherry Ginger Beer and Cherry Limeade. Stir until combined and strain into copper mug over ice. Garnish with cherries and sliced limes.

Sunrise Over Moscow Mule (courtesy of Jay and Leah from The Gastronom)

Cocktail:

1.5 oz Smirnoff No. 21 vodka

2 oz Fresh squeezed orange juice

.5 oz fresh squeezed lime juice

4 oz ginger beer

Fill copper mug with crushed ice. Add vodka, orange juice and lime juice into the mug. Stir and top with ginger beer. Garnish with candied ginger.

Ice pops:

1.5 oz Smirnoff No. 21 vodka

4 oz orange juice

.5 oz simple syrup

.5 oz lime juice

4 oz ginger beer

Add all ingredients into a bowl and whisk to mix completely. Pour mixture into ice pop molds and place into freezer. After about 90 minutes, insert sticks into the molds. Allow ice pops to freeze overnight.

Reebok Classic Teams Up With Curren$y For Some Hot Kicks

We are getting to see some fantastic kicks this NBA All-Star Weekend. So as we see players and fans descend into New Orleans for an action packed weekend, Reebok Classic along with Curren$y hosted a special event last night at the Sneaker Politics powered by Reebok Classic and Mitchell & Ness store to launch Curren$y’s new collaboration with Reebok: the Reebok Classic x Jet Life Club C 85.

Curren$y (aka Spitta) has repped New Orleans rap since the early 2000s, starting out with No Limit, followed by Young Money, and finally now as an independent rapper, known for his love for sneakers and vintage cars.  Curren$y in his signature laid back style strolled into the store and kicked off the party surrounded by his friends, family and fans.  He signed the iridescent greens shoe boxes and custom basketballs fir fans, and then hopped onto the stage for an energetic set to cap off the night.

The Reebok Classic x Jet Life Club C 85 is inspired by the legacy Curren$y has built, both in and out of studio. The shoe features several design elements special to him, including both “Jet Life” branding at the heel and “Andretti OG” logo on the insole, a premium hairy green suede upper with GUM bottom, and a hidden stash pocket behind the tongue label.

The Reebok Classic x Jet Life Club C 85 is now available at the Sneaker Politics powered by Reebok Classic and Mitchell & Ness store at 216 Chartres Street, New Orleans, as well as www.sneakerpolitics.com for $100 available in Kids and Men’s sizing.  The Club C will have a wider release in mid March on Reebok.com and additional retailers in mid March.