Cocktail of the Week - Honey on my Mind

It’s summer! Which means gin & tonics, err, gin and arugulas??

Arugula might not be the first ingredient that comes to mind when making cocktails; however, we promise that it’s peppery green flavor works perfectly in this refreshing summer sipper. 

 
Honey on my Mind

Honey on my Mind

 
Once you taste the sweet honey, you want more of that.
— Garbine Muguruza
 
 

Ingredients:

  • CopperMuse Gin with Hibiscus 

  • Muddled Arugula

  • Lime

  • Honey Simple Syrup

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The rosy color of our gin is from hibiscus flowers. CopperMuse Gin with Hibiscus is a delicate and drinkable gin.

The rosy color of our gin is from hibiscus flowers. CopperMuse Gin with Hibiscus is a delicate and drinkable gin.

 
Star Wars Day Cocktail Ideas!

Yeah, yeah, yeah we know- pretty much EVERY day is Star Wars Day. But, it’s still fun to have one day set aside to nerd out about all things from that galaxy far, far away. "May the 4th be with you." What started as pun warmly shared by fans has become a full-fledged Star Wars holiday. So, come on by Acme Liquor and grab the ingredients for one, or all, of these out-of-this-world cocktails!

 
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The “Drink Me, You Will”

1 1⁄2 oz Calvados

1 oz Apple cider

1⁄2 oz Sage simple syrup*

1⁄2 oz Fresh lemon juice

6 Basil leaves

Garnish: Sage leaves

Add all the ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake.

Strain into Martini glass.

Garnish with 2 fresh sage leaves.

*Sage simple syrup: Heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water together over medium-low heat, stirring often, until dissolved. Allow to cool. Transfer to an airtight container, add 8 sage leaves, cut in half, and steep overnight. Remove in the morning.

 
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The “Death Star”

1 oz Jägermeister

1 oz Gentleman Jack Tennessee whiskey

1 oz Grey Goose vodka

1 oz Triple sec

2 oz Sour mix

2 oz Coca-Cola

Add all the ingredients in a Collins glass over ice and stir.

 
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The “Java the Hutt”

1 1⁄2 oz Cutwater Fugu horchata vodka

2 oz Cold-brew coffee

1⁄2 oz Half-and-half

1⁄4 oz Giffard white crème de cacao liqueur

1⁄2 oz Simple syrup

Garnish: Cinnamon sugar

Add all the ingredients into a shaker and dry-shake (without ice) for 5 seconds.

Add ice, and shake again until well-chilled.

Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice.

Garnish with 1 pinch of cinnamon sugar.

 

We’d love to hear how your Star Wars day was! Did you need to use the Force to make these cocktails?? Or, did you create something new?

(Thanks to the folks at Liquor.com for their stellar ideas!)

 
Cocktail of the Week - Rosemary Ruby

Planning a Spring Fling, or perhaps a May Day or Mother’s Day event?

This recipe is sure to please!

 
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I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade...And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.
— Ron White
 
 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 12 sprigs rosemary

  • 3 cups ruby-red grapefruit juice

  • 1 1/2 cups Prairie Organic Vodka

  • 3/4 teaspoon Fees Grapefruit Bitters

  • ice cubes

Preparation:

In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water, the sugar, and 6 rosemary sprigs to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the liquid is clear, about 5 minutes. Let cool; discard the rosemary.

In a pitcher, combine the grapefruit juice, vodka, bitters and 3/4 cup rosemary-sugar syrup. Pour into 6 rocks glasses filled with ice cubes and garnish each with a rosemary sprig.

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New at Acme! Summertime Brews and so much more!
 
 

We are really excited about all the new offerings from distilleries and breweries all over the country! Today, we’ll highlight a couple “locals”.

We’re bringing you two beers from New Planet Brewery in Boulder, Colorado.

“As avid outdoor enthusiasts, we’re never more “at home” than when we’re exploring old mining trails in Colorado’s high country, fishing the pristine waters of the South Platte, or skinning up Arapahoe Basin under the light of a full moon. We understand how fortunate we are to live in a place like Colorado. We also view it as our responsibility to ensure that the things that make Colorado so special are there for generations to come. So, we Tread Lightly.” Hey- these folks are speaking our Gunnison Valley language!

“At New Planet, we’re big fans of enjoying great beer with close friends, but we also know there is something special about being out in the elements by yourself. These moments of quiet solitude in nature are the inspiration behind Seclusion IPA.”

Whether you choose to enjoy these brews with friends or alone, they’re sure to please! Come check them out!

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You know and love them for their beers, especially Dale’s Pale Ale, but Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont, Colorado has more tricks up their sleeve!

Enter Wild Basin Boozy Sparkling Water!

“Wild Basin is a lush and unspoiled spot along the St. Vrain River, our backyard playground nestled deep in the mountains of Colorado. It’s Clean, Pristine, and Untamed – just like our Wild Basin Boozy Sparkling Water. Keep Running Wild.”

Oh, and get this- they donate $1 per case of Wild Basin sold to beach and river cleanups around the country! Do you love them or what!?

 

Hoppity hops hops! If you’re an IPA fan, then this beer from Odell Brewing Company’s for you!

“Hammer Chain was born to reinvent our approach to Double IPAs. Named after the spinning blades of our custom-built machine that pulverizes each whole-flower hop, Hammer Chain is brewed with meticulously sourced, vibrant American hop varieties and packed with notes of drippy tropical fruit, radiant peach, and sweet stonefruit.”

We’re eager to hear what you think about our new choices! Come see us soon!

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Cocktail of the Week - Citrus Gin Spritzer

Well, the forecast is a calling for another “bomb cyclone” weather event,

but we’re planning for spring cocktails anyway!

 
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Fortunately there is gin, the sole glimmer in this darkness.
Do you feel the golden, copper-coloured light it kindles in you? I like walking through the city of an evening in the warmth of gin.
— Albert Camus
 
 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves

  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup

  • 3 tablespoons gin

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1/2 cup seltzer

  • Crushed ice

  • Lemon, lime and orange zest strips

Method:

Add mint and agave to a short glass; muddle gently. Stir in gin and lemon juice. Stir in seltzer and fill with ice. Garnish with zest strips.

New at Acme: OZV wines from Oak Ridge Winery

Oak Ridge Winery is the oldest operating winery in Lodi, California, built in 1934.

The wines are made from 7,500 acres of estate vineyards throughout the Lodi American Viticultural Area (AVA). The winery and vineyards are situated between the Sierra Nevada foothills and the San Francisco Bay.

Oak Ridge vineyards, Lodi, California.

Oak Ridge vineyards, Lodi, California.

The area’s uniquely Mediterranean climate, with warm days and coastal evening breezes, is ideal for the cultivation of world-class wine grapes. California’s top varietals thrive here, with zinfandel being a singular phenomenon.

Vines, some over 100 years old, produce small yields of intensely flavored fruit to create wines that are the ultimate expression of the terroir.

 

Won’t you stop by and try some of our new products? DOUBLE ACME POINTS ALL OFF-SEASON! Cheers!

 
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New at Acme: Resilience Beer

We know it’s still feeling like winter (even though it’s actually spring!), and thinking about summer, and fire season, is far from anyone’s mind, but we wanted to share the incredible story behind one of our new items here at Acme.

The Camp Fire as seen from the Landsat 8 satellite on November 8, 2018.

The Camp Fire as seen from the Landsat 8 satellite on November 8, 2018.

Y’all remember the devastating forest fires in California last year, right? It was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season on record in California. One of those fires, the Camp Fire, killed at least 86 people, and destroyed more than 18,000 structures, becoming both California's deadliest and most destructive wildfire on record.

Well, the folks at Sierra Nevada Brewing decided to do something about it. Visit their website to read the full, incredible, inspiring story. Suffice it to say, they crafted a new beer, and also shared the recipe with any and all who were willing to brew and sell it. “More than 1,400 breweries signed up to brew Resilience. Our suppliers donated ingredients to every brewery nationwide. Wholesalers and retailers agreed to carry the beer and donate every dollar they received. All of them agreed to do this for free to benefit people they had never met. Every dollar Sierra Nevada receives will go to those impacted by the Camp Fire.

So, come try the new beer, and know that you’re doing something good for the world! #drinkbeerspreadjoy

 
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Cocktail of the Week - "Deep Cleanse"

This recipe incorporates a healthy dose of cucumber and aloe vera.

It’s perfect for some post-sun hydration.

 
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When making a version of this maritime classic, we distill each component, including juniper, coriander, cardamom, and Bergamot, individually before bringing them together, creating a bold, and aromatic gin that will shine in any mixed drink. The term navy strength was bestowed by the British Royal Navy only on those gins high enough in proof to still render gunpowder flammable should it be drenched by the spirit.
— The Fine Folks @ Leopold Bros. Spirits
 
 

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Leopold Brother's Navy Gin

  • 2 oz aloe vera Juice

  • 1/2 oz simple syrup

  • 3 slices cucumber

  • Squeeze of fresh lime

Method:

  • Muddle cucumber and simple syrup.

  • Add other ingredients and shake well.

  • Strain and serve up in a cocktail glass.

  • Garnish with a cucumber slice.

New at Acme: Whiskey (Whisky?) Wednesday

First of all, let’s get this spelling issue taken care of. According to the site, Whisky for Everyone (which should definitely be a bumper sticker), “The Scots spell it whisky and the Irish spell it whiskey, with an extra 'e'. This difference in the spelling comes from the translations of the word from the Scottish and Irish Gaelic forms. Whiskey with the extra 'e' is also used when referring to American whiskies. This 'e' was taken to the United States by the Irish immigrants in the 1700s and has been used ever since.” The distillation processes also differ slightly depending on the country of origin. Cool.

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But Scotland, Ireland, and America aren’t the only ones crafting this malted magic anymore. Have you ever tried Japanese Whisky (no ‘e’- must be using the Scottish process)??

Acme Liquor now carries Kaiyo Whisky, out of Osaka, Japan.

 

You MUST visit their website to read about not only their unique Mizunara oak casks (the most expensive casks in the world!), but also the amazing sea journey they send their whisky on, because, as I’m sure EVERYONE knows, “It is centuries’ old knowledge that the amalgamation of the salt ocean air and a distant sea voyage enriches whisky.” (Did NOT know that.)

 
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Today, let’s focus on a few of the new beers!

“A bourbon barrel stout is, by design, an exercise in collaboration. The profiles of two distinct and celebrated libations come together to form something unique. When Old Elk Bourbon Distillery opened its doors less than a mile from our brewery, back of napkin sketches were traded, and after months of patience, this imperial stout is realized. The freshly emptied bourbon casks contribute hints of sweet vanilla, soft oak, and deep molasses that complement the full body of rich roasted malts. We recommend pairing this beer with a good neighbor.”

Such a great story and collaboration! See our earlier blog post highlighting the boss ladies that concocted this tasty treat.

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One of two new beers from Deschutes Brewery!

“Introducing Fresh Haze IPA, our newest IPA is hazy with a chance of obsession. The flavor explodes in your mouth with notes of orange citrus sweetness and a soft malt body. Carrying both citrus and tropical fruit from Mandarina, Amarillo and Simcoe hops…OJ for days.”

We’re dreaming of spring, even though Mother Nature seems hell-bent on hanging on to winter these days!

 

Brazil’s 1st Artisan brewery is now available in Colorado! Saúde!

“Dado Bier Lager is a light, golden-colored, low fermentation American Lager. Gently bitter, it is a benchmark in the fundamentals of a great Pilsen beer, the most well-known and consumed type in the world. Produced with carefully selected ingredients, it has been developed to please every palate.”

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New at Acme

We have a ton of new products that we are excited to share with you! In honor of Women’s History Month we decided to start with the wine, beer, and spirits that are being created by women across the world!!!

Be sure to check out these new products next time you’re in Acme. We’d love to hear what you think about them all.

Follow us on Instagram to catch more #NewAtAcme

Hedges Family Estate - featuring the Hedges Organic Red Mountain Blend and Winemaker Sarah Hedges Goedhart.

“For those who haven't had the pleasure, Sarah is the kind of person you want to share a long lunch with. She holds three passports, as she was born in Buenos Aires, her mother is from Champagne, France, and her father is from Washington State.

And she is a fermentation wizard.”

To learn more about Sarah, the Hedges Family Estate and their wine making, head to their blog, The Wine Life.

Led by a passion for authenticity and a deep connection to the land they call home, the Hedges Family epitomizes the modern wine estate. A blend of rich cultural upbringings and a shared love for creating beautiful wine converge at the heart of bucolic Red Mountain, fostering a true homegrown approach to farming and viticulture. Hedges Family Estate unites past and present, evolving tradition for generations to come.

The wine: The Organic Red Mountain Blend consistently displays dense color, firm tannins, and well-defined acidity. Always a majority blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this wine is suitable for drinking upon release, but will reward those with the patience to age it.

Because girls make better wine

Images courtesy of Hedge’s Family Estate


Odell Brewing - Bull Proof Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout

Watch this video to learn how Marni, one of the head brewers at Odell’s, and Kate, head distiller at Old Elk came together to create this one-of-a-kind Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout.


Catena Zapata featuring their Cabernet Sauvignon

The Wine: Before the world recognized Catena’s Argentina as “Malbec country”, the winery was known for its old-world style Cabernet Sauvignon born in the clay soils of Agrelo. The family cherishes its historic Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in Agrelo and Tupungato, particularly for their ageability and classic flavors. Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from Lot 3 of the La Pirámide vineyard, Lot 2 of the Domingo vineyard and Lot 2 of the Nicasia Vineyard. Elevage: 18 months in French oak barrels.

Meet Managing Director and Catena Institute of Wine Founder and Board, Laura Catena

Dr. Laura Catena is a fourth generation Argentine vintner, physician, and author. Catena was born in Mendoza and spent her childhood with her grandfather Domingo at the family's winery in the small village of La Libertad. Laura graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1988 and has a Medical Doctor degree from Stanford University. In 1995, Laura joined her father Nicolás Catena Zapata at the family winery and founded the Catena Institute of Wine with the vision of making Argentine wines that could stand with the best of the world.

Dr. Laura Catena has been called "the face of Argentine wine" for her active role in studying and promoting the Mendoza wine region and Argentine Malbec. Laura's life obsession is to learn more about high altitude viticulture, the vineyard soil microbiome and wine ageability.

Images Curtesy of Catena Zapata

Since Laura Catena took over and put her name on the label, the estate series seems to have taken on a bigger, brasher expression. The Catena Zapata wines can stand proudly among the best in the world.
— Catena Zapata
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Cocktail of the Week - Colorado Mule

An authentic Colorado Mule featuring Telluride Whiskey & Infuse Bitters made with Saranac Ginger Beer .

 
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We love Moscow Mules here in Crested Butte, Colorado - but we like to do them just a little bit differently.

At Acme Liquor Store we special order Saranac Ginger Beer out of New York. Once you taste it you’ll understand why!

Legend has it that Ginger Beer heals the soul and cures your ailments . . . Saranac Ginger Beer will make you stand up and take notice! We use “tons of ginger” for an effervescent and slightly tart and snappy taste. Mix it, drink it, do whatever- you’ll love the real “ginger snap” that makes our Saranac Ginger Beer excitingly refreshing.
— The Fine Folks @ Saranac Brewing
 
Photo Credit: Telluride Brewing Company

Photo Credit: Telluride Brewing Company

 

If you prefer your Mules with vodka, we won’t judge. Just be sure to choose Telluride Vodka - it’s worth it! And, don’t forget the bitters. We suggest Infuse’s Ginger Bitters for that extra ginger love!

Photo Credit: Infuse Bitters

Photo Credit: Infuse Bitters

Ingredients:

Method:

  • Garnish with a fresh lime

  • Serve over ice, and enjoy!

Valentine's Day Sale
 

Valentine's Day Sale 💖

15% off certain social lubricants February 11th - 18th

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Social Lubricant according to Urban Dictionary:

Noun: liquor of any form that induces intoxication and social lubrication (i.e., outgoing and gregarious behavior)

gotta hit the social lubricant before kickin' it at the club.

#beer #alcohol #wine #liquor #shots

Whatever you want to call it, we chose a few of our favorites and will have them on sale for you before, during and after Valentine’s Day so you can celebrate with friends, your main squeeze or ignore the holiday and just take advantage of a sale on some good booze!

Beer of the Month, Elevation

Enjoy discounts on Elevation Beer Co brews all month long at Acme!

Elevation Beer Company is a craft brewery in the rural mountain town of Poncha Springs, Colorado. Founded on the principles of hard work, dedication, discipline and of course playing hard, Elevation believes quality beer is the result of living a quality lifestyle. Elevation brews for the craft enthusiast and salt of the earth alike with a handful of easy-drinking classics like 8 Second Kolsch, First Cast IPA, and Little Mo’ Porter. Elevation also offers unique seasonal, specialty, and barrel aged beers. At Elevation, we are more than just a beer company, we are a family, a community, and a collective of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
— Elevation Beer Co

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Bonus- Join us on Friday January 25th 4:00 pm for a complimentary tasting at Acme Liquor Store in Crested Butte, CO.

Basic New Year's Hangover Cure
Lazy persons guide to the perfect bloody mary

Feeling it from last night’s festivities? We have just the cure!

A super basic, no-fail Bloody Mary.

Who wants to mess with all the toppings and garnish when your head is pounding? Not us! But bacon- that’s a necessity. Grease + Protein + Amazing Bloody Mix + A Decent Vodka = Bye Bye Hangover.

We recommend throwing a package of thick cut bacon in the oven at 375 on a foil-lined tray for about 12-15 min (keep an eye on it and check every couple of minutes after 12 min). Once the bacon is as crisp or floppy as you like and has cooled just a a bit, be sure to lay your bacon on a few paper towels to catch the excess grease.

While the bacon is cooking, grab some ice and fill nearly to the rim, and pour in your vodka of choice. Next, be sure to shake your mix really well before opening, then pour ‘til about 3/4 full (to leave room for the bacon!). Don’t forget to mix or stir. If you’re feeling extra lazy, just grab a butter knife and give it a swirl.

For this recipe we went with Monopolowa Vodka and Michelada and Bloody Maria Mix. The Bloody Maria Mix has just the right amount of spice for most and brings a thick, homemade feel to your Bloody. Add pepper and hot sauce of choice if you need more kick.

Once the bacon is finished and the grease has been patted off, chop a few slices into bits and add to your mix along with a strip or two and enjoy!

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Cocktail of the Week: The Classic Manhattan

A Classic Manhattan featuring Knob Creek Rye

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Knob Creek Rye whiskey

  • 1 oz. Boissiere Sweet vermouth

  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

  • 1 dash of Fee's Grapefruit bitters

  • Lemon peel

  • Garnish: Two Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

Directions:

Pour the whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters into a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir well and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist and discard lemon peel. Garnish and serve. Cheers!

Knob Creek Classic Manhattan, Crested Butte Liquor Store

Photos from Knob Creek

 
 
September Beer of the Month
Telluride Brewing Co at Acme in Crested Butte, beer of the month

Guys, this is a steal!!!!

Telluride Brewing Co. is our Beer of the Month!

Enjoy $1.00 off 6 packs and $2.00 off 12 packs all month long!!!

From Telluride Brewing Co, here is some history of how this mountain town beer got its start:

Telluride. Skiing. Rafting. Grateful Dead.
But most of all, BEER brought best friends Chris Fish
and Tommy Thacher together.

The pair first met at a local bar in Telluride. Fish was the brewmaster, and Tommy the bartender. At night, they spent long hours discussing their quest for the perfect beer and their ultimate dream of opening a brewery.

Over time, Fish’s beers began attracting attention – winning gold and bronze medals at the Great American Beer Festival and developing a dedicated following throughout Colorado. Tommy, meanwhile, went on to become a middle school history teacher. He and Fish remained close, however – seeing music, going on rafting and ski adventures, arguing over their favorite football teams, and, always, talking about their quest for the perfect beer.

Now, more than a decade in the making, Fish and Tommy made their quest for that perfect beer a reality. In May 2011, Fish and Tommy partnered with Telluride real estate broker Brian Gavin and local graphic artist John Lehman to form the Telluride Brewing Company. The team spent much of 2011 working to build their brewery and fine tune their brewing process.

The result is a variety of beers that come straight from Rocky Mountain snow-melt, which are made with premium malts and worthy hops. Since the first beer was poured in 2012, Telluride Brewing has been on a tear. Telluride Brewing has undergone four different expansions, which has allowed production to roughly double each year. The brewery also took home Gold medals for their Face Down Brown at World Beer Cup (2012), Great American Beer Festival (2012), and Great American Beer Festival (2014), and Bronze at the Great American Beer Festival (2016). In addition to Face Down Brown’s accolades, Telluride Brewing also won hardware for the Whacked Out Wheat at Great American Beer Festival (2015) and World Beer Cup (2016).  Over the last five years, Telluride Brewing has also expanded distribution of its kegs and cans throughout the great state of Colorado and has no plans of distributing outside of Colorado.  Fish and Tommy are always scheming to fine tune their quest for the perfect beer, but it is a safe assumption that their dream continues to come true!

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Rub & Rye featuring Vermont Sticky Maple Syrup & Jamie's Jerky
Photo Credit: Vermont Sticky

Photo Credit: Vermont Sticky

Fall is here in the mountains, and it’s the perfect time to slow down and whip up a Craft Cocktail at home! Let us know what you think about this Rub & Rye featuring some of Crested Butte’s favorite ingredients.

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5 oz Bulleit Rye Whiskey

  • .5 oz Lemon Juice

  • .5 oz Vermont Sticky Maple Syrup

  • 1 oz Egg Whites

  • 5 oz Peach Fruit Beer

  • 5 drops of bitters

  • 1 strip of Jamie’s Jerky

  • Dry Rub (mixture of dried spices, often with salt and sugar)

  • Ice

  • Shaker / Strainer

Method:
Rim your pint glass with your favorite Dry Rub, fill halfway with ice and set aside

Add: Whiskey, Lemon Juice, Maple Syrup to a shaker and top with ice

Shake vigorously and strain into pint glass, top with beer & bitters, garnish with a slice of Jamie’s Jerky!

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