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“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”
― Isaac Asimov
Ideally, a blog is a place for informed opinions and fresh ideas. And because this is the Dive Bar website, we’re going to have opinions – and share ideas – about the kind of stuff that speaks to good times with good people.
The assumptions expressed herein are mine — Dive Bars owner Lee Seinfeld — and guest bloggers, too. Our goal is to introduce you to our favorite new microbrews, new spirits and new friends.
And like the Dive Bars themselves, we hope you’ll keep coming back for more.
To Thole The Winter’s Sleety Dribble - “Aye, but today's rain is tomorrow's whisky.” ~Scottish proverb I’ve never been to Scotland, but here are a few things I know for certain: Robert Burns, Sean Connery and Annie Lennox rule. Haggis is the soul food cousin of Jewish kishke, and I would probably love it. Golf, bagpipes and Halloween all originated there. I still have the legs for a kilt. And there are World-Class Single Malts, A Long Way From Scotland - “Charm is a product of the unexpected.” ~Jose Marti The practice of distilling fermented grains is said to have begun with either the Babylonians in 2nd Century BC Mesopotamia or the Greeks in the 1st Century AD. What is known for certain is that the technology evolved from the medieval Arabs, with the earliest records discovered in 13th Century Italy. By the 15th Century, the For The Old Kentucky Home Far Away - “The best thing about the Kentucky Derby is that it is only two minutes long. It is the quickest event in sports, except for sumo wrestling & Mike Tyson fights. Maybe drag racing is quicker, but I have never been attracted to it.” ~ Hunter S. Thompson “Kentucky has always said you can't really make bourbon outside of Kentucky because it's a combination of the The Luck Of The Irish, Served By The Glass - “May your glass be ever full, May the roof over your head be always strong, And may you be in heaven Half an hour before the devil knows you're dead.” ~ Traditional Irish Toast So how instrumental are the Irish to the development and evolution of whiskey? For starters, the word ‘whiskey’ itself comes from the Gaelic uisce beatha, meaning ‘water of life’. The Irish The American Whiskey Renaissance: Drinking It In - “There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren’t as good as others.” — Raymond Chandler Everyone from cocktail chemists to casual sippers can tell you that these are exciting times for American whiskey. Across the country, small-batch distilleries are making craft whiskies and blends – often from organic and locally sourced materials – with character and complexities rarely tasted before. In