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Whiskey and Truffles

March 3, 2007

The founder of Rogue Ales has started a distillery in 2003, not too far behind Anchor, and it sounds like there will be more to come:
A number of brewers would like to follow in his path. Robert Cassell, who worked at Victory Brewing Company and Harpoon Brewery before landing at Philadelphia Distilling, a craft distillery in Philadelphia, said he has been approached by at least four breweries looking to branch into spirits.

A Tennessee hazelnut orchard is sprouting truffles which appear to the be first domestically grown truffles that excite the likes of Chef Thomas Keller:
Although unexpected, the Tennessee truffles were not unplanned. Tom Michaels, a 59-year-old plant pathologist, pianist and Scrabble tournament competitor, sprouted the hazelnut trees from seeds. He inoculated their roots with Tuber melanosporum, the Périgord truffle, before setting them in his backyard seven years ago.

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