Don’t Fear the…

…Monkey?

After months of negotiation with the TTB, St. George finally has the approval to sell its “Brandy with Herbs.”

The original label involved a skull with crossed bones. Apparently, not funny.

Another label, involving a monkey beating two bones on a skull. Also, not funny.

Finally, a monkey beating a cowbell with a bone. TTB approved.

I guess Blue Oyster Cult (or maybe Mountain) has an audience at the Alcohol and Tobacco Trade and Tax Bureau.

I will spare you further BOC puns and just tell you that St. George has done us proud. The first Absinthe legally manufactured and sold in the US since the ban went into effect in 1912 is well distilled and well flavored. There, I said it. This is an Absinthe.

The first batch is pretty slim, and from what I can tell most retailers have sold out their allocations in pre-sale. They do have a bunch at the St. George/Hangar One distillery in Alameda, but I wouldn’t really expect that to last much past the holiday season, given the current interest in Absinthe and the quality of the product.

They are expecting another batch available February-ish for those of you not in the vicinity. Get on the list at your local liquor emporium now!