Rhine Hall Distillery

November 20, 2013 § Leave a comment


The Bixby’s Double cocktail brushed curious palates at my family’s dinner table last weekend, when I introduced them to a bottle of apple brandy soon after the first batch at Rhine Hall distillery. The Double comforts with the flavors of fresh apple cider, bitters, and a garnish of cinnamon shavings served over ice. No surprise at the warm reception from my folks. Given our European roots, the brandy base is often a customary indulgence even in its pure form, but the seasonality of the cocktail really reminds one of the approaching family holidays, for those who tend to forget.

Jenny Solberg, for example, doesn’t need that reminder. Since returning to Chicago just over a year ago, the 25 year-old proprietress of Rhine Hall has been surrounded by her loving family in a collective effort to build – by hand(s) – the beautiful distillery in West Town, which now produces her father’s Austrian brandy recipe and where you’ll often see new cocktails introduced during their Thursday and Saturday hours. It goes without saying, I’ll be a pro at making this cocktail after next week and you still have time to practice. Rhine Hall – 2010 W. Fulton St.

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Sunday Diversion

November 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

The best and latest from The Watcher on Tumblr is your Sunday diversion.


Looking Forward to NYC

November 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

Scheduled for NYC this weekend to satisfy my artistic, gastronomic, and sartorial appetites. Here’s one of my favorite shots from a past visit.IMG_0308


November 3, 2013 § Leave a comment


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Shave the Date Kick-Off Event at Haberdash+Blind Barber

October 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

This Friday, Blind Barber pop-up barbershop is offering free shaves to kick off Movember, a global movement to raise awareness for men’s health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges. Some guidelines:MO13DownloadRules

Friday, November 1 | 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Haberdash at The Roosevelt Collection

150 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL

Northern Grade | Millenium Park

October 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

Be a gentleman. Dress better. Dress local. Start here. This weekend.


The Watcher Mixtape by NORdjs

October 13, 2013 § Leave a comment


Right click on the cover and “save as” to download.

“Who the fuck is NOR?” Their humble beginnings, down to earth attitude, and approachable nature attracts respect from a diverse fan base, including myself. Much like the NORdjs slogan, you might ask, “Who the f***k is NOR?” The kids of NOR first gained their electronic music foundation from a blend of childhoods spent in Europe and sound expertise forged in the birthplace of house music. It was only natural that NOR’s next step would be music production and international touring. Spanning the globe from Chicago to Miami and Eastern Europe, even NOR admits to not knowing what the future will bring. For now, enjoy The Watcher mixtape (also on mixcloud).

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