Last weekend, the 2013 Manhattan Cocktail Classic roared into town like a well-dressed, well-fueled, steam train. Second in scope only to Tales of the Cocktail (held every year in New Orleans), it is New York’s stamp on the spirits world. Now in its third year, the MCC kicked off the four-day festivities by holding its Gala at the New York Public Library (yes, Ghostbusters fans, that library. And yes, at night).
But this year, the Gala was ratcheted up to a new level of greatness by the addition of one aspect: the NY Spirits Room. For the first time, amongst what is an inevitable crush of huge liquor brands, the state of NY paid for a room to feature 24 established, as well as newly launched, New York craft distillers. To read more, check out my piece for The New York Cork Report: “New York Spirits Steal the Show at the 2013 Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala.”
Below are some pics I took from the gala. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to document the Library Ghost floating amongst the stacks…but don’t you doubt, she’s there…
In what must go down as one of the wildest weeks in recent memory for news events, there is one that I strongly feel must be highlighted. On April 18, 2013, Adolphus A. Busch IV, heir to the Anheuser-Busch beer empire (aka the Death Star), made a bold move: he resigned from the National Rifle Association.
One day previously, the US Senate voted down the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey amendment, a proposal which would have expanded basic background checks for gun sales, and in doing so, effectively scuttled the chances of any meaningful legislative action on gun control. This was a shameful act, and a sad day for America. Just as a point of reference, this proposal was supported by 90% of Americans, and in a move that shows the true colors of our current politicians, the fear of losing their financial pipelines from the NRA was greater than the wishes of the people they were put in office to represent. And so, it was with great elation, that I read Mr. Busch’s resignation letter the following day. I’ve posted his entire letter below.
From a staunch advocate of craft beer, who is incredibly reticent to see a single dollar of mine go to support the AB InBev monstrosity, I say to you, sir, well done! Let’s all raise a glass of Bud to Adolphus, and his brave move. Lord only knows the percentage of NRA members he may have lost with his bold statement; but he followed his beliefs over his financial concerns…something our fair Senators didn’t have the balls to do.
April 18, 2013
Mr. David A. Keene
National Rifle Association of America
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
This letter shall serve as formal resignation of my life membership in the NRA. I ask that you immediately remove my name from your membership roles and provide me an acknowledgement of this action.
I was fortunate, and very flattered, to be featured in the 2013 Edible Manhattan “Alcohol Issue.” Huge thanks to the Edible team for including me, and especially toJoshua David Stein, who wrote such a great piece.
(And, yes, I really was slapped by Liev Schreiber every night on stage for a summer…but JDS left that part out…thankfully)
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