Kermit Lynch was raised in San Luis Obispo, but his name has become synonymous with French and Italian wines. In 1972, with a $5,000 loan and maybe a bit of gumption, this writer/musician opened Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant with thirty-five cases of wine stacked on the floor. Attracted by the Old World wine cultures of Europe, Kermit became a retailer, distributor, and national importer for authentic wines that express their terroir. Much like his close friends, the late food writer Richard Olney and Chez Panisse’s founder Alice Waters, Kermit’s influence has been enduring. He has had so much success shining the spotlight on small, artisan producers that he has won two James Beard awards and was knighted by the French government with their prestigious “Legion d’Honneur.”
Jeppson’s Malört is Chicago’s local beskbrännvin — a style of bitter, wormwood-based, Swedish schnapps. First developed during medieval times for its supposed medicinal benefits, it’s traditionally associated with the farms of Skåne, in Sweden, where wormwood grows wild. In the early 1900s, it was the most ubiquitous drink in Sweden and accompanied the nearly 1 million Swedes who immigrated to the U.S. during that period. One of those immigrants was a man from Ystad, Skåne named Carl Jeppson. During Prohibition, Mr. Jeppson was into the business of producing legal “medicinal alcohol,” and sold his brand of besk bar-to-bar. After repeal, Malört was a staple of every Swedish bar on Clark St and by that time he had sold his recipe to Bielzoff Products Co., a Chicago distillery. George Brode, Bielzoff owner, helped push Jeppson’s Malört beyond its Swedish origins by introducing it to Chicago’s Polish population, who in turn introduced it to the rest of Chicago. Through the decades, Jeppson’s Malört has been thought of as a rite of passage and even a purported hangover cure. But we think it is more than that — Jeppson’s Malört is a drink that has helped define the Chicago bar experience. So, join us for a shot, or a cocktail! As George Brode used to say- “You may not like the first, but after the second shot, you’ll be ours forever!” Skål!
We build our handcrafted spirits from the ground up right here in central Texas because we know you cannot fake genuine quality. It takes better ingredients and small batches. It requires commitment to doing things the right way rather than the popular way. It means having not only the passion but the patience to personally own every single step of the spirit-making process. Fire Oak Distillery is a family effort and a true labor of love. Our family embodies a deep love and respect for not only Texas and our community, but that of fine beverages and our customers. We started with the intention to start a business in our own community that presented an agriculturally based, non-perishable consumer product. Our business would support our local community, and be sold across the state as well as enjoyed by our extensive and ever-flowing tourism base. Why a high-end spirits? Simply, we like to indulge in the finer things in life, and the ingredients were at our fingertips. We start with natural whole grains to produce a smooth, crisp, and clean product.
Importers of Premium Mezcal - Rey Campero, Mezcal Real Minero and Mezcalosfera by Mezcaloteca.
Olé Imports began in 1999 with just 3 wines. Our unique portfolio of Spanish wines has now grown to over 100 wines today. My dear friend and partner Alberto Orte and I have searched the Spanish peninsula for wines that share four fundamental elements: terroir, quality fruit, exceptional winemaking and last but not least, wines that present an exceptional value.
Leopold Bros. is a family owned and operated distillery in Denver, Colorado. We create award-winning whiskies, gins, vodka, liqueurs, fernet, absinthe and aperitivo. We malt our barley. We mill our grains. We ferment our mash. We distill everything onsite. We never add artificial ingredients. We barrel and bottle everything by hand. And we invite you to enjoy our spirits responsibly.
Distiller Carlos Camarena has developed cult like status with Tequila lovers with the quality and integrity of his hard to obtain Tapatio brand. It stands alone with its pure classic flavor profile of 100% Blue Agave Tequila from the highlands.
From estates rich in history and tradition to innovative newcomers, Craft + Estate represents a unique portfolio that is uninhibited by boundaries. Our fresh and contemporary approach is deeply rooted in such convictions as demystifying the world of Bordeaux, showcasing the distinctiveness of Austria, and championing the craft distilling movement. The Craft + Estate collection celebrates the compelling stories of dedicated and passionate producers, with the utmost consideration to exceptional quality and value.
The producers of Armagnac, Cognac and Calvados that you'll read about here create some of the most natural brandies available, made without the usage of boisé, sugar, or caramel. They are hand-bottled directly from cask in extremely limited quantities.
Raising the Bar for Aperitif Imports FASEL SHENSTONE is an importer dedicated to sourcing quality and authentic aperitif wines and spirits to improve the American drinking experience. We work exclusively with producers committed to using only the highest-quality ingredients and traditional production methods.
Paolo Marolo is the inspired orchestrator of grappa distillation, arranging harmonies of aroma and flavor through a sensitive balancing of technique and passion. Using his nose, his hands and his palate, he creates elegant variations on the theme of grappa, ensuring that each bottling-- from each year's harvests of grapes from various renowned wine regions of italy--is original and unique. The grappas of Paolo Marolo are essentially the fruit of his great love for his work as a "Mestro Grappaiolo".
Emily and Forrest have been making Royal Rose syrups since 2010. The company grew out of a love for cooking and a passion for delicious food and drinks. We believe that using the best-quality, whole ingredients in our syrups makes the difference between an ordinary drink and a superior cocktail or soda.
Great drinks start with great ingredients. Along with many bartenders and chefs, we’re passionate about bringing shrubs back to your glass. It is simply an amazing way to deliver flavor to cocktails or sodas. We craft our shrubs from their most basic elements – organic fruit, sugar, vinegar and aromatics. Achieving balance and bright flavor with minimal ingredients is a challenge we embrace, so we don’t use concentrates or artificial ingredients. With the exception of our locally sourced wildflower honey, all of our ingredients are certified organic.