You really have to search to find the oldest bar on the Las Vegas Strip. The oldest bar in Las Vegas is different, that’s Atomic Liquors down on Fremont Street, but the Strip presents a problem.

You see the Strip changes almost daily. Buildings are built and then knocked down, sometimes even before completion. If a building isn’t knocked down it’s remodeled. All of this to keep up with the newest trend, the latest look, the current feel. Add a comment

I first went to a bar in Juarez, Mexico when I was 17 years old. Every Thursday night the bar and nightclubs that lined Juarez Avenue (called “the strip”) would host what they called, Drink and Drown nights. For less than $5 you could enter, dance and drink all you wanted – shots or beer – all night long. Add a comment

President's Day was established in 1885 to celebrate the birth of the USA's first President, George Washington.

It makes sense considering Washington's many accomplishments, all of which make him one of the most important figures in our country's history.

But Derek and I like to focus on some of his other accomplishments, mainly those involving booze, so without further ado, here's 10 great moments in Drunken History that celebrate George Washington on President's Day!

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Los Angeles is a bastion of the new cocktail movement. Just about every place in the area to get a drink is trendy with glowing lights and very expensive (but typically delicious) cocktails. But hidden in the concrete jungle are some genuine throwbacks – places that have seen the cities grow up and evolve.

Here are the five oldest bars in the area. These places are definitely worth your time to stop in and have a drink – you’ll be soaking up more than just booze, you’ll be soaking up the history of America’s most dynamic city!

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BB Bottle Neat GlassWe went into tasting Berentzen’s Bushel & Barrel after having tried a number of other whiskey-apple combinations. Unfortunately, that was the wrong approach, as the spiced-apple spirit Berentzen has made is completely unlike any other brand out there.

For starters, it’s much stronger than some. While Jack Daniel’s Winter Jack – billed as a Tennessee cider – ranks at about 15% ABV, Bushel & Barrel rings in at 30%. This is also substantially less than others, like Jim Beam’s Red Stag Hardcore Cider and its cough-inducing 40% ABV.

The small difference – more than one but less than the other - actually lends to Bushel & Barrel’s drinkability. Winter Jack can stands on its own with ice or warmed up because It IS a cider and there’s little alcohol to note. Red Stag on the other hand tastes like a flavored whiskey (which is what it is), the apple is only the supporting character and even then its role is minimal.

But Bushel & Barrel splits the combination right down the middle. On first sip you get huge apple flavors that compete immediately with Kentucky Bourbon. It’s a really flavorful combination that seems to wrestle at the outset, but then the two flavors make peace and the result is a great, edgy drink that is perhaps more flexible as a result.

Unlike Winter Jack for example, Bushel & Barrel can be added to warmed apple cider on a cold night. Winter Jack would simply get lost – it’s so much more apple than anything else that you couldn’t tell it’s even there. And Red Stag, while great to sip, really overpowers the delicate cider it’s added to – little cinnamon or clove will come through, just whiskey with an afterthought of apple.

Bushel & Barrel, on the other hand, is just strong enough to remind you it’s there. Added to warmed cider it cuts the winter air and quickly warms you up. On ice it’s strong enough to sip as a decent stand alone. Mix it with something like ginger ale, and you have a great tasting apple fizz (even better, use it in your next Washington Apple).

Of the three we have to say that Berentzen’s creation is probably the best all-around whiskey cider we’ve tried. And really that’s no surprise considering the age and history of the maker (Berentzen’s been around for a couple of centuries now and is known for their liqueurs).

Any of these three choices would be great selections for a cold night this winter, but the next time the snow's falling we’ll probably reach for the Berentzen Bushel & Barrel.

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