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MAY 7, 2021

And you might even hate me a little. But I hope you get over it because I am definitely on your side here. And that will become clear in time. I’m just some guy. I’m one of the tribe. A magnificent bastard since the early days. So here is the thing that’s going to make you jealous: I’m living at the Wizard Academy right now for this writing project I’m doing.
Friday, May 7th, 2021
All right I’m going to tell you something and you’re going to be jealous probably. And you might even hate me a little. But I hope you get over it because I am definitely on your side here. And that will become clear in time.

I’m just some guy. I’m one of the tribe. A magnificent bastard since the early days. So here is the thing that’s going to make you jealous: I’m living at the Wizard Academy right now for this writing project I’m doing. That’s fine. Whatever. Here’s the important part:

If I live at the Wizard Academy, ipso fatso, I live at the Crowded Barrel. I LIVE at the Crowded Barrel. My mailing address is…whatever the address of the Crowded Barrel is. I don’t know what that is, but I am going to find out. Since I live here now.

That’s plenty cool and enough to get excited about, but it’s not even the best part. A couple of days ago I was talking with Daniel and he casually floats the idea of me writing the intro to the Friday newsletters. You know, as long as I’m HERE and writing anyway….

Daniel is a buddy, so I said, "Sure, no problem. I got this. The Magnificent Bastard can relax. No more Friday newsletter deadlines for now!"

Oh, the look of relief on his face was priceless. He was so happy. And I let him sit in that happiness for a moment or two.

"Now, there are two things I will need if I’m going to do this for you."

Daniel squinted at me just a little. He’s got a damn good poker face, but I caught a little squint there.


"First, my money is no good at the Fang and Feather."

That squint turned into a smile. Free whiskey, that’s nothing.


"But hang on. I want them to say it. Every time I pull out my money to pay for a drink, the bartender says, ‘I’m sorry Gordon, your money is no good here.’"

See, I’ve always wanted to be one of those "Your money is no good here" guys. But usually those guys are war heroes or sports legends and shit like that. I’m just a regular guy.

"No problem. I’ll talk to the staff."

"They’ll say it out loud?"


"Okay. Second, nothing you or Rex read in my newsletter intro is actionable. This will be me talking to the tribe, and you can’t take action on anything you read."

I held my breath. Daniel is a smart cookie. It’s hard to slip much past him. But he agreed.


Do you understand what this means? I live at the Crowded Barrel and anything I do and write about is not actionable.

Oh, this is such a thing of beauty. There will be shenanigans. I will shenanig the shit out of this place. I’ll write about all of it to you, and they can’t do anything but say,

"I’m sorry Gordon, your money is no good here."

~ A Magnificent Bastard

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

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February 5, 2021: Jurassic Park Was Prophetic

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

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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

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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

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

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July 17, 2020: The Bourbon Brigade

July 10, 2020: Special Patreon Livestream TODAY!

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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

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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")

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