Spooky spirits to celebrate Halloween

Few holiday cocktails are as festive as a good old fashioned witches brew. Get inspired by these ghoulish delights this Halloween.


Red Moon Over Manhattan



  • 2 oz Apothic Red
  • 1/2 oz Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1 Large Ice Sphere
  • Orange Peel
  • 3 Maraschino Cherries

How to Mix

  1. Shake all of the ingredients with ice for 20 seconds
  2. Rub the orange peel around the rim of the glass
  3. Add the ice sphere to the glass and strain the cocktail over the sphere
  4. Scoop one cherry to place inside the drink and add two more on a twig or cocktail stirrer to garnish the glass



Red Sangria Recipe
1 bottle Apothic Red
1/2 cup brandy
1 cup red raspberries
2 cups sliced strawberries
1/4 cup real maraschino cherries (about 10-15 cherries)
1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
1 sliced red pear
1/4 simple syrup (1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar boiled for 10 minutes until sugar melts, then cooled)
1 cup club soda

Add all of the ingredients into a pitcher and refrigerate for 2 hours or more. When you’re ready to serve, add in the club soda and give it a good stir. Add in ice if you prefer.

Angry Orchard Halloween Punch – Spirit Halloween


Hair of the Three-Headed Dog


1.5 oz tequila
1/2 cup tomato juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Tabasco
1 12-oz bottle Mexican beer
 (like Corona or Modelo)

2 tablespoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1 celery stalk, washed, root end trimmed (optional)

Mix tequila, tomato juice, lime juice, Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces. Mix salt and chili powder together in a small bowl or saucer. Rub the rim of a pint glass with a slice of lime and roll the outside of the glass rim in the chili salt to coat it. Fill glass halfway with ice, add tomato mixture, stir well, and top with beer. Garnish with celery if you like.

Happy Halloween!


Dark Chocolate Guinness Mug Cake, Vegan, Gluten Free


May I present you with a 5-minute Dark Chocolate Guinness Mug Cake that is vegan, gluten Free and oil free for St. Patrick’s Day. Making a whole cake can be exhausting. Some days you want a single serving cake that literally comes together in five minute or less. Moist, fluffy textured, dark chocolatey spoonable goodness with a bitter malty background flavor […]

via Dark Chocolate Guinness Mug Cake, Vegan, Gluten Free — SunnysideHanne

Enter to win this sweet cooler

Enter to win this awesome vintage style Coors Banquet cooler

About the cooler:

Quality craftsmanship and an age-old design. The Coors Banquet Vintage Ice Chest Cooler is the ideal way to store your favorite beer. With friends at home or in the great outdoors, this retro designed ice chest is a must-have. The 13 l capacity keeps up to 18 cans ice cold and ready to enjoy, and the thick durable liner make this cooler easy to clean.


  • Official Coors banquet design
  • Holds up to 18 cans or 12 bottles
  • 13 l capacity
  • Thick and durable liner keeps the contents cold and is easy to clean
  • Metal exterior with paint finish
  • Polished chrome exterior accents
  • Locking handle with lid to keep contents secured
  • Built-in bottle opener
  • Retails for around $70

Check it out here

Click here to enter

Super Bowl Party @ The Rock 2/4

For those that like to party for the Super Bowl but don’t necessarily care to watch the game. Well… we got ya covered.
Pregame Party with Meal and Band “The Push”
Meal of 1/2 lb steamed shrimp, Smoked Pit Beef, Meatballs, Mac & Cheese, Coleslaw, Mac Salad and snacks from 1-3 Then Band Entertainment from 3-6. Super Bowl to be aired once the band is finished. Only $15 per person.

Click here for the facebook event page

Wine tasting @Taylor’s Farm Market 1-6

Out with the Old & In with the New!

Help us welcome 2018 with a New Year West Virginia Wine Tasting //Saturday, January 6th from 11am-5pm// We’ll be sampling a few amazing wines crafted right here in the West Virginia hills! Start the new year off right with a new favorite wine!

Wine Tasting is FREE!

Must be 21 or over to taste and purchase alcohol. Valid ID required.

check out the facebook event here

The ultimate list of Xmas beers

The best Christmas beer includes a wide range of domestic and imported beers. Many breweries are making special seasonal beers to appeal to holiday drinkers. Some of these brews combine various Christmastime flavors like vanilla, ginger and cinnamon to give the beer a nice, high-quality flavor. Others are just dark and stout, offering up a classic winter beer to please even the pickiest beer connoisseur. This list includes some of the best beers offered during the holiday season, so be sure to vote for the ones you’ve tried and loved (and vote down the beers you don’t think even Drunk Santa would imbibe).

Great Lakes Christmas Ale comes in at number 2 on the list, but any of our fine beers made Santa’s nice list this year including: Sam Adams Holiday Porter, Old Fezziwig  and White Christmas, Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale and Coors Winterfest.

One thing to note about many of these Christmas beers: The alcohol content may be slightly higher than a traditional, domestic beer. Keep that in mind, because once you find the perfect Christmas brew, it’s quite easy to overdo things. Nothing squelches a great holiday gathering among friends and family like a killer Christmas hangover. Ho ho ho!

Click here to check out who made the shirt list.

Labor day recipes from Sam Adams

Sam-Adams-Burgers-300x200Every year it comes too soon – the “official” end of summer and all the great activities (or not) that make the season so enjoyable.  We wanted to give it send off that would be one for the record book.  The record book in our case being a little book where we note who the guests were, the menu we served from nibbles to nuts, and what we offered in the way of drinks, wine, etc.  It has proved an invaluable reference over the years.

So we were delighted to find some recipes courtesy of Samuel Adams Boston Lager that looked intriguing.  The burger and dipping sauce were created by none other than Kurt Dammeier, famous for restaurants serving super fresh foods and also for being the purveyor of same. His love of fresh, natural foods has been reflected in his restaurants and it was a natural progression to take the next step and become the manufacturer of foods for consumers to enjoy.  In 2002 he opened a handmade cheese facility in Seattle’s historic and famous Pike Place Market.  A cheese lover since childhood, he named it Beecher’s after his great-grandfather who used to purchase Stilton by the wheel.  Beecher is also his middle name.  Beecher’s Handmade Cheese has become so successful that after expanding to New York’s Flatiron District in 2011, it is now being made in Monroe, Wisconsin also.

KurtDammeierWe made the burger and the dipping sauce last weekend and can vouch for both.  The burgers were the best looking we’ve ever managed to cook!  They held their shape and each side had a lovely crusty finish due to the cheese curds.

The sauce recipe is easy and delicious.  At first taste, it is slightly sweet, the tomato flavor comes through then the spicy heat kicks in. We didn’t have any Lapsang Souchong tea on hand so we substituted a half a teaspoon of liquid smoke.  You could add more if you like a smoky flavor.  This recipe makes a lot of sauce, even when reduced by about half.  It goes well on other grilled meat and we know a few spoonfuls will spice up any stew or soup.  We’re thinking of dinner on cold winter nights being spiced up with leftovers from the freezer.

We haven’t made the Boston Lager Potato Salad yet but anything cooked in beer is always a winner.  If you make it, let us know how it turned out.

Beecher’s Cheese Curd Pork and Beef Burgers with Boston Lager Serrano Chili BBQ Dipping Sauce

Recipe by Kurt Dammeier

Yield: 4 burgers

For the Sauce

2 Lapsang Souchong teabags (approximately one tbsp. of loose leaf tea)
1 tbsp. neutral-flavored oil (i.e. canola oil)
1 ½ lbs. yellow onions, chopped (3 onions)
4 serrano chilies, chopped
12 garlic cloves, minced
12 oz. Samuel Adams Boston Lager
28 oz. canned crushed tomatoes
1 ¼ cup cider vinegar
3 cups pineapple juice
2/3 cup molasses
1 tbsp. chipotle powder
1 tbsp. red pepper flakes
1 tbsp. kosher salt

For the Burgers

1 lb. ground beef chuck
1 lb. ground pork
6 oz. Beecher’s cheese curds, chopped
¼ cup chopped parsley
2 tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
1 red onion, sliced into ¼-inch rings
1 tsp. neutral-flavored oil (i.e. canola oil)


For the Sauce

Cut open the teabags and pour the tea leaves into a small bowl, then discard the tea bags and set the leaves aside.

Preheat a large saucepan over medium high heat, then add oil, followed by the onion and chilies. Sauté, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes until softened and browned. Add the garlic and cook about 2 minutes until fragrant.

Add the tea and remaining ingredients, and bring to a boil. Stirring occasionally, cook for approximately 50 minutes, until the mixture is reduced by half. Puree the mixture using an immersion blender and keep warm until ready to serve.

For the Burgers

In a large bowl, lightly mix all ingredients until they are evenly combined. Divide the mixture into 4 balls, and toss each ball between your hands until they are uniformly but lightly packed. Gently flatten the balls into ¾ inch-thick patties and use your fingers to make a ¼ inch thick depression in the center of each patty – this will help keep the burgers flat when they are grilled. Set aside in the refrigerator until ready to grill.

Toss the onion rings with 1 tsp. of oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Preheat a grill on high for 15 minutes and grill the onions until slightly charred, then set aside.

Grill the burgers for 5-10 minutes per side, or to desired doneness. Serve the burgers on lightly toasted buns, topped with grilled onions and with the warm sauce on the side.

Boston Lager Potato Salad

Sam Adams Potato Salad

Yield: 6 servings

36 ounces Samuel Adams Boston Lager
1 ½ pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes
¼ cup diced Red Bell Pepper
¼ cups diced Celery
2 tablespoons chopped Scallion, white and light green parts
2 tablespoons diced Red Onion
2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
1 teaspoon drained capers


In a large pot, bring the lager to a boil over high heat. Immediately reduce the heat to medium so that the beer simmers. Add the whole potatoes, let the beer return to a simmer, and cook for 20 to 22 minutes or until fork tender. Drain and set aside to cool for about 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle, but still hot.

Peel the cooked potatoes and cut into 1-inch-thick cubes. Transfer the potatoes to a mixing bowl. Add the peppers, celery, scallions, onions, mustard and capers and toss to mix. Let the potato salad rest for about 15 minutes for the flavors to develop and then serve while still warm.

Reblogged from http://www.wineandspirits.com; written by  Priscilla Felton