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JULY 16, 2021

It's no accident that Daniel and Zac chose Whiskey Level One as the first class to reopen the Wizard Academy. Let's be honest here. You know there's going to be a glitch or two when you open a school after so many months. And whiskey people are just cool about that kind of thing, you know?
Friday, July 16th, 2021
BIG NEWS this week on campus. We had our first in-person class since things closed down for Covid well over a year ago. It's no accident that Daniel and Zac chose Whiskey Level One as the first class to reopen the Wizard Academy. Let's be honest here. You know there's going to be a glitch or two when you open a school after so many months. And whiskey people are just cool about that kind of thing, you know?

Also they're drinking whiskey all day in these classes, which doesn't hurt.

If there were glitches, they didn't show. Classes went smoothly and graduation ROCKED, as always. Then we hit the vault and spent the evening sharing whiskey and stories and welcoming nine newly minted sommeliers into the world with their shiny medallions hanging from their necks.

The Wizard Academy, like the rest of our nation, is coming back to life again.

And it feels damn good.

I've posted photos from graduation evening at

~ A Magnificent Bastard

Let's Face it - You're A Bastard.
I Know It, You Know It.

But are you a Magnificent Bastard?

In this video, Rex and Daniel talk about The Whiskey Tribe - a big, salty and ridiculous community of whisk(e)y loving MB's. They've raised a whiskey freak-flag...

Is your inner bastard Magnificent enough to salute?

Just watch this video (all the way):

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Coffee beans aged in whiskey barrels? Hell yeah. You're welcome to Send Nubes. This collaboration with Project Buna imported our coffee from Las Nubes, Nicaragua. The Willett Bourbon barrels rested the beans just long enough to give them a kiss of muddled berry, roasted nut, and hint of tangerine notes.

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[+] Tequila maker to open Texan whiskey distillery
The site, set across 117 acres, will comprise a 28,000-square-foot facility, a tasting room, and a store called Little Peach. There is room for additional amenities on the land in the future, Frontier Spirits said.


[+] In the male world of whiskey, more women are calling the shots
Women have long played an underappreciated role, but in the past few years, they have started to take on leadership roles in distilling and blending.


[+] Johnnie Walker and RSPB join forces for peat’s sake
Vital investment from Johnnie Walker means that a crucial area of peatland in Abernethy Nature Reserve can be preserved.


Where We're Going
+ How We'll Get There

There's a Magnificent Future being prepared for your Whiskey Tribe. We're aiming for piles of glory, meetups, quests, and a... sshh...


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Tribe Newsletter Archive

July 9, 2021: I'm Getting That Feeling. You Know the One I'm Talking About

July 2, 2021: I Exited the Rear of the Distillery a Few Days Ago

June 25, 2021: Daniel Walked in on Wednesday and Sat a Bottle on the Table

June 18, 2021: It's Been a Slow Week Here at the Distillery

June 11, 2021: Hey You Bastards. I Ran Into John at the Barrel House

June 4, 2021: Hey You Magnificent Bastards. I'm Feeling a Little Philosophical

May 28, 2021: Man, I Really Pulled Off a SWEET Little Moochy Deal Yesterday

May 21, 2021: Big Day at the Crowded Barrel, You Magnificent Bastards, and Here's the Inside Scoop 

May 14, 2021: Turns Out It's 200 Steps From Where I'm Living to the Crowded Barrel Distillery

May 7, 2021: Alright, I'm Going to Tell You Something...

April 30, 2021: Don't You Hate it When Someone's Vague and Unhelpful

April 23, 2021: I'll Just Get Out The Way and Say It

April 16, 2021: Have You Ever Revved Up an Engine in 1st Gear?

April 9, 2021: This is a Little Embarrassing, But Mostly Exciting

April 2, 2021: Sometimes It's Nice to be Recognized, Ya Know

March 26, 2021: It Was an Evening Worth Remembering at Crowded Barrel

March 19, 2021: I Thought He Was Just a Random Truck Driver

March 12, 2021: On the Southern Edge of Austin, TX, There is a Room

March 5, 2021: We Usually Don't Put a Spotlight on Magnificent Bastards in the Tribe, But...

February 26, 2021: Back in the Saddle

February 19, 2021: Everything is Frozen—Except the Whiskey

February 12, 2021: When I Began Working at This Joint, I Was a Complete Novice in the World of Whiskey

February 5, 2021: Jurassic Park Was Prophetic

January 29, 2021: It's Whiskey Weather in Texas

January 22, 2021: Heads Up! We're About to do a Bottle Shipping Experiment!

January 15, 2021: Let's Get This Out of the Way

January 8, 2021: I Was Late for Work Today

January 1, 2021: Just Sitting Here, Wondering What to Write About, Like I Do

December 25, 2020: Two Things: One Big, the Other Small, But it Feels Big

December 18, 2020: A Marine, an Author, and a Franciscan Friar Were Sitting at a Bar

December 11, 2020: I'm Wearing a Dead Man's Belt

December 4, 2020: The MBs in Patreon Named an Upcoming Release

November 27, 2020: (Not) Home for the Holidays

November 20, 2020: Rex Just Turned 40

November 13, 2020: I Had Turkey and Whiskey for Lunch

November 6, 2020: We Just Figured Out a Way to Hack the Whisk(e)y Matrix

October 30, 2020: Okay. Whiskey. What's New in Whiskey?

October 23, 2020: Whiskey Was Poured, Glasses Were Raised, Good Times Were Had

October 16, 2020: The Whiskey Tribe's Distillery Is Open!

October 9, 2020: A Dose of Whisk(e)y and Ridiculum

October 2, 2020: So It Begins

September 25, 2020: Life Is Messy

September 18, 2020: Getting Accidentally Fancy

September 11, 2020: Big Changes Seem to Be in Season

September 4, 2020: Crowded Barrel Has Been Making Bigger Strides Than Anticipated

August 28, 2020: 125 Gallons of Whiskey Making Glory

August 21, 2020: Holy Balls! Time Travel is Real

August 14, 2020: The Next Bastard's Ball is Coming

August 7, 2020: Important: Are YOU With Us?

July 31, 2020: Interesting Developments in the Texas Whiskey World

July 24, 2020: Today's the Day

July 17, 2020: The Bourbon Brigade

July 10, 2020: Special Patreon Livestream TODAY!

July 3, 2020: We're About to Pop the Bunghole

June 26, 2020: Sometimes I Get Stuck

June 19, 2020: It's Time to Make it Official

June 12, 2020: The "Pweeble" Have Spoken

June 5, 2020: It's About Damn Time

May 28, 2020: It Started Innocently Enough

May 22, 2020: So This is Tricky

May 15, 2020: Blending Some Upcoming Releases at Ironroot

May 8, 2020: This Weekend's Episode Will Be an Interesting Experiment

May 1, 2020: It's Been a Little Weird Writing This Tribe Newsletter 

April 24, 2020: Heads Up, MB

April 17, 2020: I've Got Three Things for You

April 10, 2020: I Was Asked to Write a Description of the Distillery

April 3, 2020: Rex and Daniel Recorded a Video Podcast

March 27, 2020: Three Things

March 20, 2020: Here's the Deal (I'll Try to Not Make a Habit of Referencing "The Situation")

March 13, 2020: Went to the Texas Whiskey Festival Last Week

March 6, 2020: Went to My Kid's Viola Recital This Week

February 28, 2020: It'll Either be the World's Best Or Worst Label Design for a Bottled Spirit

February 21, 2020: OMG... We're in a Cult

February 14, 2020: I've Been Developing the New Whiskey Tribe Website with Rex

February 7, 2020: Brace Yourself, MB

January 31, 2020: In Other (Weird) News, Rex & Daniel Were Nominated for This Year's Icons of Whiskey Award

January 24, 2020: Barrels Can Be Tricky

January 17, 2020: My Shoes Have Holes In Them

January 10, 2020: It's a Whisk(e)y Wonderland

January 3, 2020: We're Definitely Getting a New (Bigger) Still