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Brooks Grain Exhibiting at ADI Conference & Vendor Expo

Brooks Grain, LLC will be exhibiting at the American Distilling Institute’s (ADI) Annual Craft Spirits Conference & Vendor Expo. The event will take place April 3-6, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland at the Baltimore Convention Center.

The Craft Spirits Conference is one of the oldest and most successful conferences in the craft spirits industry. Baltimore is an interesting city packed full of intrigue, patriotism, and important history. To top it off, Baltimore and Washington DC are home to some excellent distilleries that will be offering attendees quite the experience this year at the conference.

This years event will offer attendees the opportunity to attend breakout sessions, hands-on distilling workshops, and listen to some of the greatest leaders in the industry speak on various topics. From marketing and social media to chemistry and starting a brand new craft distillery, no subject will be left untouched. In addition, there will be a Women in Distilling Luncheon, full and half day tours, and the much anticipated ADI Awards Gala.

Throughout the event, attendees will be able to meet a number of excellent vendors and check out the latest and greatest services and products in the industry. Brooks Grain, a provider of high quality grain services to the craft distilling industry, will be sharing more than 50 years of experience and knowledge at the expo.

Want to learn more about the Annual Craft spirits Conference & Vendor Expo? Click here for more details.



Whole grains today are all the rage for those who still consume grain (we’re looking at you, gluten free folks). This trend is a good one and is hopefully here to stay due to its health benefits. The question becomes for many people: how do we get enough whole grains in our diet? How do we make the switch from refined grains to the good stuff? It’s first helpful to know what makes the whole grains list, but after that, follow these pointers to enhance your diet.


The Whole Grains List

Get acquainted with the list. The following grains make the cut:


  • whole-grain barley
  • whole-grain corn
  • whole-grain sorghum
  • whole-grain triticale
  • whole oats
  • whole rye
  • whole wheat
  • wild rice
  • brown rice
  • buckwheat
  • bulgur
  • millet
  • oatmeal
  • popcorn
  • quinoa
  • rolled oats



Switch out your white rice for brown rice. Use whole wheat pasta instead of white pasta. When you’re making dishes like casseroles, hot dishes, and soups add in members of the whole grains list like barley, quinoa, or wild rice. When you’re whipping up a batch of pancakes for breakfast, sub out your white, refined flour for some of the whole wheat variety. Just make sure you’re substituting these grains rather than adding them (although that might be a great way to slowly acclimate your tastebuds to the new flavors and textures).


At the Ready

Have whole grain snacks readily available to make incorporating them into your diet simpler. When making cookies or bars, try using whole grain flour or oats. Popcorn is also an excellent source of whole grain and is low calorie to boot (hold the butter though!). Make it easier on yourself by having these items on hand so you don’t have to think about it.


Marketing Savvy

Remember, just because something looks whole grain, doesn’t mean that is necessary makes the whole grains list. Look on your nutrition labels for ingredients found on this list and grab items that are high in fiber, which is a good indicator that the item is full of whole grains. Don’t let marketing gimmicks like “100% wheat”, “stone-ground”, or “multi-grain” trick you into believing those items are whole grain. Be smarter than the marketers and check out the label.


Whole Grains Flour List

It is with great pleasure that CGB and Brooks Grain, LLC announce the hiring of Nicholas Nessan to be a part of the Brooks Grain, LLC team.

Nick has been in the grain and futures trading business for 9 years with experience on the trading floors in Minneapolis and Chicago.  Nick spent the previous 6 years as a cash grain trader, in both the US and Canada.  Nick brings a strong trading background to Brooks Grain and is excited to continue on the legacy of his Grandfather, the company’s namesake, Brooks Fields.  He will office briefly in Minneapolis before the entire Brooks Grain, LLC group moves to Jeffersonville IN where their business partners, CGB Enterprises, are located.

Orange Manhattan

Christmas Burwell Manhattan

These are great…actually one of the house fav’s.

Here is what you will need

  • cocktail shaker
  • ice
  • dash of sweet vermouth
  • 1.5 oz bourbon whiskey
  • 1.5 oz Cointreau
  • dash orange bitters
  • dash maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 maraschino cherry, to garnish – well, make it 2

Mitch Morgan


The Mitch Morgan

-One shot of bourbon;

-One-half slice of cooked bacon;

-Combine ingredients, enjoy.

Yep.  That’s it.  The smoky bacon pairs wonderfully with the wood in the bourbon and makes a delicious garnish, and its fat cuts the bite of the alcohol with ease.  Put them together and you’ve found the perfect way to stay warm this winter.

The drink originates from Telluride, Colorado, specifically a BBQ and Bourbon joint called “Oak…The New Fat Alley.”  Telluride makes sense for this cocktails’ birthplace: know for cold, snow and mountains, the one-time silver mining camp has emerged as a destination ski resort town.  The Mitch Morgan speaks to the town’s hardscrabble roots (it’s easy to see a drink like this counting as breakfast for a miner) and it’s foodie/ski resort present.

One thing, however, is certain: The Mitch Morgan will warm your belly and put a smile on your face at the same time.  Time to stock up on ingredients before the snow cuts you off from the store.

Mint Julep

Mint julep

4 cups bourbon
2 bunches fresh spearmint
1 cup distilled water
1 cup granulated sugar
Powdered sugar

To prepare mint extract, remove about 40 small mint leaves. Wash and place in a small bowl. Cover with 3 ounces bourbon. Allow the leaves to soak for 15 minutes. Then gather the leaves in paper toweling. Thoroughly wring the mint over the bowl of whisky. Dip the bundle again and repeat the process several times.

To prepare simple syrup, mix 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of distilled water in a small saucepan. Heat to dissolve sugar. Stir constantly so the sugar does not burn. Set aside to cool.

To prepare mint julep mixture, pour 3 1/2 cups of bourbon into a large glass bowl or glass pitcher. Add 1 cup of the simple syrup to the bourbon.

Now begin adding the mint extract 1 tablespoon at a time to the julep mixture. Each batch of mint extract is different, so you must taste and smell after each tablespoon is added. You are looking for a soft mint aroma and taste-generally about 3 tablespoons. When you think it’s right, pour the whole mixture back into the empty liter bottle and refrigerate it for at least 24 hours to “marry” the flavors.

To serve the julep, fill each glass (preferably a silver mint julep cup) 1/2 full with shaved ice. Insert a spring of mint and then pack in more ice to about 1-inch over the top of the cup. Then, insert a straw that has been cut to 1-inch above the top of the cup so the nose is forced close to the mint when sipping the julep.

When frost forms on the cup, pour the refrigerated julep mixture over the ice and add a sprinkle of powdered sugar to the top of the ice.

Serve immediately.

Manhattan Italiano

Manhattan Italiano

2 ounces bourbon reserve
1/2 once Tuaca
1/2 ounce triple sec
6 dashes of Orange bitters
1/2 ounce of white sweet vermouth


Dark and Bloody Bourbon Mary

Bloody Mary

Dark and Bloody Bourbon Mary

1 teaspoon salt / pepper / paprika mix
2 ounces Kentucky Bourbon
2 large lemon wedges
1 tablespoon Bourbon Barrel Aged Worcestershire Sauce
1 can (6 ounces) campbell’s tomato juice

Blackberry Soda


Blackberry Soda

1.5 oz Ole Smokey Blackberry Moonshine
top off with soda water on ice

Rye Rocks

Rye Rocks

Locate your favorite whiskey glass
add ice
pour Rye


Bourbon Iced Tea

Rye Iced Tea
  • 3 cups fresh blackberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, plus mint sprigs for garnish
  • 6 good-quality black tea bags

Good-quality bourbon

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Bourbon Burger

Rye Burger

Burger Patties and Cheese:
30 ounces ground chuck (20 percent fat)
2 1/2 tablespoons bourbon (recommended: Bulleit brand)
1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/4 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/4 teaspoons table salt
30 grinds fresh black pepper
6 ounces Dubliner cheese (Kerrygold brand), thinly sliced and divided into 6 (1-ounce) servings

Sauteed Onions:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter (European style)
1 large Vidalia onion, halved (through the core) and thinly sliced (1/4-inch)
1/4 teaspoon table salt
8 grinds fresh black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 cup bourbon (recommended: Bulleit brand)

Brioche hamburger-sized buns, halved
3 tablespoons unsalted butter (European style), at room temperature

Rye Sour

Bourbon Sour

2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 oz lemon juice
1/2 tsp superfine sugar
1 slice orange
1 maraschino cherry

Bourbon on the Rocks


The Plan

Find a good bourbon
Select your favorite glass from your bar
Drop in a couple of cubes
Pour over ice



Classic Manhattan


3/4 oz sweet vermouth
2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 dash  bitters
1 maraschino cherry
1 twist orange peel

Combine the vermouth, bourbon whiskey, and bitters with 2 – 3 ice cubes in a mixing glass. Stir or shake gently so you won’t cloud the drink. Place the cherry in a chilled cocktail glass and strain the whiskey mixture over the cherry.

Perfect Manhattan


2 oz blended whiskey
1/2 oz sweet vermouth
1/2 oz dry vermouth
1 dash bitters

Shake with ice to chill, pour into a low ball cocktail glass, and garnish with a maraschino cherry.


Cara’s Feature


750 JB White
1 can Concentrated OJ (Do not add water)
1 can Concentrated Limeade or Lemonade (Do not add water)
1 jar Maraschino Cherries. (I use DK Michigan Cherry since I don’t care for the Cherries)
2 Ltr Lemon-Lime Soda

Blend all ingredients together-place in freezer minimum 24 hrs.

**Once you remove from freezer, stir mixture from the bottom. Slight separation may have occurred during the freezing**