Its Whiskey Wednesday, and you know what that means! Learn more about the iconic I.W. Harper's Whiskey below, and grab a dram with us tonight. • • •
You can't talk about this bourbon without talking about its rich history. That history starts with Isaac Wolfe Bernheim, a German immigrant who arrived in New York in 1867 with only $4 in his pocket and found his way into a job as a bookkeeper at a wholesale liquor business. When he was denied a partnership after years of work at the firm, I.W. Bernheim and his brother set off on their own, and in 1872, a legend was born.
As one of only 10 distilleries allowed to produce for medicinal purposes, the Bernheim brothers thrived during Prohibition. I.W. Harper's popularity grew so much by the 1950s that it was on every international Oceania cruise liner. By 1966, the brand had become an international sensation; it could be found all over the world as it and enjoyed in 110 countries.
One of it's crown achievements was being featured in Ian Fleming's classic James Bond novel, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and later in the movie by the same title. You can see Bond, James Bond, drinking I.W. Harper over ice.
Over the years, the brand changed hands repeatedly and was only available in Europe and Japan for a long time. Thankfully, it is once again available in the U.S., now owned by Diageo. It still comes in its iconic decanter which debuted in 1955.
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I’ve got my mind on breakfast and this breakfast on my mind! Chicago is flooded with awesome places for fancy breakfast and brunch. But sometimes, the simple and traditional can be just as spectacular. My favorite place for breakfast is Cornerstone Cafe in West Lakeview. In every way this is a classic Diner, they serve breakfast and lunch and that’s about it. Space is compact but they’re always busy - service is prompt and personable. Food and prices are always consistent. This classic breakfast combo of over easy eggs, hash browns, extra crispy bacon and the best buttermilk pancakes in the city! Yes, I just said “best”. Fluffy yet springy - and able to absorb all the buttery/syrupy goodness you desire to put on it! All this will set you back less than $10. Expect a wait on the weekends, but tables/seating turns over relatively quickly - they’re worth the wait!