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Caring Spirits: Rogue Ale & Spirits' Hot Tub Scholarship Lager

Not to be Confused with Hot Tub Time Machine

You know those moments when you and your friends are throwing back a few beers, and one of you randomly muses that your group should create your own brew... maybe you even brainstorm names and can designs? Oh, that's strictly a Shoes N Booze Squad thing? Suuuuure. Well just in case you (or someone you know), has a change of mind, Rogue Ales & Spirits is making it easier for future fermenters to learn the art of brewing and distilling.

Rogue will donate 10% of sales from the newly released Hot Tub Scholarship Lager (a classic German pale lager beer with a crisp flavor) to the Jack Joyce Scholarship Fund, which was established in honor of the company's founder to help further the education of aspiring wine and spirits makers.

Since 2014, the Jack Joyce Scholarship has awarded $185, 000 to fifteen recipients at Oregon State University's Fermentation Sciences program (wait... where do we sign up?).

Looking to help spur the future of one of our favorite industries? Click here for Rogue's Beer Finder to see where Hot Tub Scholarship Lager is available near you. Curious about what else Rogue has to offer? Visit

Booze Review: Cockspur Rums

Yes, We Cane

Rum having a bit of a renaissance at the moment, especially dark rums made for sipping. Not only are there more brands (from more countries) making their way to the shelves, but their distillers are taking more care with their flavor profiles. We must admit, our experience with rums made in Barbados has been limited. We were excited, then, when Bajan brand, Cockspur sent us a couple of bottles for review— The Old Gold and VSOR 12.

Bottles of Cockspur Old Gold and VSOR 12 rums

Cockspur was founded in 1884 by Valdemar Hanschel. It was later passed to the Stade brothers, who were able to create a consistent flavor profile by introducing the first continuous column still to Barbados. They now produce a Fine Rum, Old Gold, VSOR 12, Rum Punch, Spiced Rum, Falernum, Overproof, Pineapple Coconu Splash and Green Apple Splash (most of these are only available in the Caribbean and Bermuda). First, we tasted the Old Gold, an 80 proof blend of light-bodied rum and old, full-bodied pot still rum.

Cockspur Old Gold Rum

On the Nose:

Cockspur's website says it presents notes of vanilla, cream and honey. We agree, but we'd also add caramel, light oak and maybe a hint of orange peel.

On the Tongue:

The flavor is smooth deep and sweet with a spicy finish as it reaches the back of the tongue. There are also some grassy notes at the throat. It has a long finish, with a pleasant spice eventually coating the tongue. In laywoman's terms, it's tasty enough to sip on the rocks with (maybe) an orange peel garnish and would taste great in a cocktail or with a simple splash of ginger beer.

Cockspur VSOR 12 Rum

Moving on to the VSOR 12, the 80 proof Very Special Old Reserve—a premium rum blend of the oldest rums kept on reserve at Cockspur's distillery in Barbados.

On the Nose:

The website mentions notes of toffee, vanilla and oak. We also noticed aromas of apricot or peach and orange. Point blank... it's scent is smooth and sexy.

On the Tongue:

There's definitely a creamy mouthfeel and (which basically means the flavor smoothly coats your entire mouth and disperses smoothly, like cream). The flavor is reminiscent of a good bourbon with strong vanilla, oak and spiced fruit notes. This is definitely a rum for solo sipping or creating cocktails that usually contain bourbon. Also, when it gets cold out, this'll be perfect for hot buttered rum.

Overall thoughts:

These are pretty darn good rums. Both are smooth and flavorful with just the right amount of bite. While we enjoy the VSOR 12, we found the Old Gold a little more pleasant because of its lightness (but maybe blame that on the weather in the NY area finally warming up a bit). Would we keep it in our home bar? Yes! Would we bring it to a house party proudly? Totally! We hope you'll try it and let us know your thoughts.

As always, Indulge wisely and responsibly.

Get the Look: YSL Diamante Boots

Rock it like RiRi


Remember that time Anthony Vacarello stopped the world by sending a pair of mesmerizing silver, jeweled slouch boots down the YSL Fall 17 runway? Did you also seethe with envy swoon when Rihanna wore those exact boots less than a week later?

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OK, us, too. While we had zero hopes of securing the $10,000 (yes, you read that right) phenoms of footwear, we have since been wondering who would be first to make a similar style available to the masses. (Because in addition to that price tag, there's also a crazy waiting list.) Well, it looks like British brand, Kandee, is among the leaders of that pack with its aptly named "Bad Girl" boot.

Kandee Jeweled Slouch Boot similar to YSL Diamante Boot
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Though the $550 version doesn't have the structural cone heel (because, uh, hello trademarks), it does have the pointed toe, slouch silhouette and dazzling allover crystals. (That's what matters most, right?) If you're chasing this trend, you'll have to pre-order a pair HERE. They'll take 3-6 weeks to ship— according to Kandee, they're handmade to order. 

As always, indulge responsibly!


Sale Scoop: Ivy Kirzhner NYC Sample Sale

Ivy Kirzhner NYC Sample Sale

Ivy Kirzhner, one of our shoe muses, is having her first ever sample sale in NYC starting tomorrow (you may remember that time we shared our favorites from her Fall 16 collection). The sale will take place at the brand's showroom and flagship location at 750 Greenwich Street, West Village. Shoes will sell for $50- $120. Also, bags from Emm Kuo will be available for $300. Payment must be made by credit card, and all sales will be final (don't say we didnt warn you).

A few styles we hope to find available in our size:

Ivy Kirzhner Alpaca Boot

Ivy Kirzhner Starstruck Ankle Boot

Ivy Kirzhner Swiss Bootie


Go Drink Here NYC: NY Champagne Week

Because Everything's Better with Bubbly

The 4th Annual New York Champagne Week kicks off November 7th (& ends November 13th), and to get you ready for all its sparkling glory, we asked it's founder, Blaine Ashley for some fun facts about everyone's favorite effervescent elixir for yesterday's #TIPsyTuesday posts. If you missed them on our Instagram, twitter and Facebookkeep scrolling down after you've checked out Blaine's picks for five must-attend events (We'll be attending the press events, but we may try and sneak into one of these. Hope to see you there!): 

Champagne Piaff NYC Launch Party

Date: Wednesday, November 9th 7 pm – 10 pm
Location: The Loft Flatiron- 4th Floor, 20 W. 23rd St. New York, NY 10010
Details: Join New York Champagne Week for the official launch party for brand NEW Champagne, Champagne Piaff! Champagne lovers are invited to a night of sipping Champagne Piaff Brut & Rose wines, nosh on an array of sliders catered by East Village biker bar, Pinks NYC, indulge in a sparkling wine infused dessert bar by (Shoes N Booze buddy) Sara Lehman aka ‘Somm in the City’, play games of pool, snap pics on the interactive photo wall and spectate sabrage service led by the Founder of Champagne Piaff! And, all party go-ers will be entered to win bottles of Champagne Piaff. This is one hot ticket to the 4th Annual New York Champagne Week.
Ticket Price: $75

Let’s get Fizzacle

Date: Wednesday, November 9th 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Location: Giulietta’s Cantina Club- 13 Carmine St. New York, NY 10014
Details: Hang out at West Village’s newest hot spot, Giulietta’s Cantina Club during the 4th Annual New York Champagne Week for ‘Let’s Get Fizzacle’. Champagne enthusiasts are invited to break down the basics of the fizz biz covering it all from Champagne the region, a brief history, grape varieties, dosage levels, terroir, the champagne method and how to taste Champagne. We’ll be pouring 5 types of Champagne for attendees which will be perfectly paired with ‘ cicchetti, small snacks, typically served in traditional “bàcari” (cicchetti bars or osterie) in Venice, Italy. Champagne likely served with a side of celeb spotting.
Capacity: 30.
Knowledge level: Beginner
Ticket Price: $60

Back That Glass Up

Date: Thursday, November 10th 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Location: Giulietta’s Cantina Club- 13 Carmine St. New York, NY 10014
Details: Champagne Enthusiasts will be invited to enjoy a comparative tasting seminar highlighting the differences that glassware can make for your bubbly enjoyment. Led by WineSkool’d Founder and Educator, Keith Beavers, guests will be “skooled” on various types of glassware and how the different types play up against fizzes nose, palate and the literal-fizz. All guests will take home New York Champagne Week’s ‘Perfect’ Champagne Glass. Presented by Champagne Lombard, Champagne Bulle de Rêve and Lehmann Glassware’s Philippe Jamesse collection.
Ticket Price: $75

The St. Germain Champagne Garden Brunch

Date: Sunday, November 13th 12 pm – 3 pm
Location: Bobo- 181 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014
Details: Join New York Champagne Week Founder, Blaine Ashley and Madame St. Germain, Camille Vidal Ralph as they collaborate for the official finale event of the 4th Annual New York Champagne Week — The St.Germain Champagne Garden Brunch. Attendees will be greeted with St. Germain Champagne cocktails concocted by Madame St.Germain herself and St.Germain New York Ambassador, Marlo Gamora. The classic St.Germain cocktail, will beautifully blend the French elderflower liqueur with Ashley’s first Champagne label — Champagne Bulle de Reve, served with a lemon twist while the La Rosette will combine Champagne La Caravelle Champagne Rosé with St.Germain. Attendees will be fueled with St. Germain Champagne Cocktails, coupes of Champagne Bulle de Reve and classic brunch bites like Omlettes au Fines Herbes, Tartine au Saumon Fume and Croque Madame. Presented by Champagne Bulle de Reve, Champagne La Caravelle & St. Germain.
Ticket Price: $100

Getting Grower with It

Date: Saturday, November 12th 4 pm – 5:30 pm
Location: 111 W 20th St, New York, NY 10011
Details: Bubbly enthusiasts everywhere are falling in love with Champagne, especially when it’s made by the farmers who grow the grapes. Join David White, the author of But First, Champagne, to dive into the world of grower bubbly. Over two hours, David will detail Champagne’s history along with that of its wines and explain how and why the market is changing. Join us as we dig deep into a magical region that’s witnessed more heartbreak — and helped lubricate more celebrations — than anywhere else in the world.
Included with your registration is a signed copy of David's book, But First, Champagne.
Ticket Price: $85

For the full list of events and ticket prices, click HERE.

Oh yeah, those fun facts we promised... 

Guess what... most of those mimosas you sip at brunch are actually made with procecco or some other sparkling wine, NOT champagne. 

As they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure. Cheers to happy accidents!

Pop bottles with care, folks! Those corks can really fly.

We guess well never know how many licks it takes to get to the center or a Tootsie Roll Pop OR how many bubbles it takes to get to the bottom of a bottle of champagne... We'll keep er researching, though.

Our bubbly buddy, Blaine even filled us in on the inspiration behind the name of her newly-released champagne, Bulle de Rêve.

Now that you're all informed and stuff... go be great (responsibly)! 


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