Hello all! After an extremely hectic, but awesome, holiday season we are back in action here at The Wandering Willey! We are going to revamping everything in our life over the beginning of the year from our apartment to our jobs, and hopefully our schedules! First in a line of changes is the addition of the Scotch Library page which can be accessed at the top of this page. I am going to start chronicling my travels through single malts as I start to work my way through the world of distilling. So follow along, and please offer insight and suggestions about anything that I have tried or should try!
Booze Booze Booze! It is all about the nation changing water of life around here! Sometimes I worry we live to alcohol centered… but then I have a drink.
Work at the distillery is heading full steam ahead, as I can not turn a corner with out seeing Kings County Distillery mentioned. Hopefully we will be able to keep up with production, I can’t wait for the day when we make the jump to a larger space and larger stills. I just received 75 lbs of peated malted barley from the UK which we are going to start experimenting with, so watch out for an original T Willey Single Malt (yet to be named, maybe the Big Willey Malt???) In case you guys have missed it, here is some info on us and what we do: Our Web Site, NY Times Article, AMNY, Newsweek, Facebook.
Dad and I started brewing a batch of English Ale at his house while I was back in New Mexico for the holiday season which has really kicked up my desire to begin brewing. This has always been something that I wanted to dive into but for some reason never actually followed through with. After going through the process of brewing up the batch at my dad’s house and walking through all of the fairly simple steps it has confirmed my love for creating things from scratch. Soon enough our apartment will be a field of glass carboys and 5 gallon buckets all bubbling away creating what could be the seeds of a micro brewery. Once the bottling begins feel free to swing by to be seduced with enchanting (possibly horrendous) elixirs. T-Minus 5-8 weeks.
What a wonderful thing it was to be back in New Mexico for awhile. Upon arriving in ABQ it was immediately noticeable how crisp and clean the air was, and who would have thought that it would feel like an escape returning to altitude, like the air was a normal thickness again! Blue skies, quiet nights, driving… it was an incredible vacation from the insanity of the city. It was so radically different that on returning to the city was equally exciting. Fortunately the giant buildings, and busy streets was almost as welcome of site… who would have thought. Entering back into the city was also a new experience due to the 4 feet of snow that had closed down all of the businesses and brought travel to a screeching halt, fortunately we made it home, and everything is always better when you get to hunker down with a good book and a bottle of single malt. All in all my travels between NM and NY were extremely reassuring, they answered my critical question, I love both of them.
Shannon and I ushered in the New Years with a wonderful party at her bar. Death & Co closed its doors to the outside world for a night inviting only ticket holders to enter through their fortress like doors. Luckily I know someone who knows someone. It was an amazing night of debauchery with the staff of D & Co with cocktails flowing and empty champagne bottles gathering in piles like it’s their duty. Unfortunately when you add up everything that was going on it could lead to no other result than an early night and a rough next day, but considering our current occupations I wouldn’t have wanted to start out our new year with anything less.
So we reach a starting point. From here it is only up! We have a lot of things to look forwards to as we breach our second year in the big city: Shannon graduating from FCI, big plans for the distillery, school decisions, trips to see friends, new business opportunities??? Who knows what could be coming just around the bend of each week! I hope you all will continue to follow the blog and stay in touch. There is much more to come.