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Cocktail News
Monday, March 7, 2011
For ice connoiseurs, a great article about the Polar Ice Tray. This combination of nested trays and insulator produces the holy grail of cocktail chilling, CLEAR ICE.
For sale at http://www.polaricetray.com/us/. Yep, this is on our wish list.
 
Tips for dividing the Polar-made ice slab into smaller chunks.
A cheaper alternative to the Polar Ice Tray is the King Cube tray, available at Amazon. We use ice from this tray at flyingcracker headquarters for Old-Fashioneds. The King Cube creates awesome large ice cubes. You really only need one per drink. However, the ice is not clear, it has "white" air trapped inside just like icemaker cubes.
 
Late 2009 New York Times article on cocktail glassware. Here is a source for Yarai glasses, etc. mentioned in the article. We like the look of those metal-stoppered bitters bottles, tres chic.
 
Finally, a few out-of-the-ordinary delicious cocktails to try, from our test site cracklyfinger.com.
 
Nikki Heat - spicy, reminiscent of the Dogwood Cocktail Cabin's "Bee Sting".
Rosita - inspiring use of tequila, vermouth, Campari and bitters
Bramble - we use Leopold Bros. Blackberry Liquor.
Flyingcracker Fizz - signature cocktail created by James Lee.
10K - a flyingcracker original
 
Cheers!
Crank Collective Budd Trail Story
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
John Chorlton posted a nice article on crankcollective.com about the new Budd Trail in Crested Butte.
180 Community Volunteers Build New Budd Trail
Sunday, June 6, 2010

setting a fence "rollover"Success! On Saturday June 5th 2010 180 dedicated volunteers built 1.5 miles of singletrack in just over five hours. That equates to 44 feet of trail for each worker. By the time we walked off the trail just after 2 pm the whole thing was done. With elegant switchbacks, rolling meadows, challenging hills, an engineered rollover, beautiful drainage crossings and jigsaw-like rock bridges, the Budd Trail is another feather in the cap of our outdoors-loving community. This fun extension of Crested Butte's Lower Loop Trail was made possible by collaborations between the Budd family, Charlie McBride, the CB Land Trust, CBMBA, our Forest Service and numerous "git'er done" folks behind the scenes.

[Photo: Trail boss Don Cook sets a stable base for a slick new barbed wire fence crossing called a "rollover". Welded by local trail guru Doug Bradbury, the rollover allows bikes to cross a fenceline without having to stop riding and without letting cows across. It's a huge improvement on the standard rickety stair-step walkover.]

Everyone contributed during the sweltering 80 degree day. Besides the huge CBMBA trail tool quiver, the U.S. Forest Service and the B.L.M both donated scads of tools and many people brought their own (thanks Nancy!) By the time flyingcracker.com showed up at 10 am all the "official" tools had already been claimed, so we grabbed a Round Mountain Organics pickaxe and headed up to section 3 where big rocks needed leveraging. Two hours later after many steel-on-granite collisions our osteoarthritis-afflicted thumb joint and bum knee were making their conditions felt loud and clear. Given the wide range of volunteer ages (5 - 70 yrs old?) we're sure a lot of other workers had their own pain management issues, however not once did we hear a peep of complaint. After seeing a few people navigate the half-finished trail using canes(!) we just decided to man up and keep our aches to ourself.

Many hours of meeting and planning and design (thanks all you heroes!) made this workday possible. Great job everyone! We'll post a GPS track of the new trail as soon as possible.

[Updated June 7th with revised attendance figures and trail length as reported by CBMBA]