Grizzard: “That Dog’ll Bite You”

Yep, tomorrow is one of the oldest rivalries in college football: the Georgia Bulldogs face the Auburn Tigers, which this year looks to be the equivalent of two AAA high school teams making sure their cleats are on the right feet.  It’s a noon game, for God’s sake…when was the last time UGA and Auburn played with a noon kickoff??

Well, I’m sure we’ll all be watching anyway.

UGA vs. Auburn has a nice little connection to Lewis Grizzard and the “That Dog’ll Bite You” quote…here you go:

That Dog’ll Bite You

“Got to tell the dog story. There’s somebody left who hasn’t heard the dog story.

We are playing Auburn. Sanford Stadium. National Television. Winner wins the Southeastern Conference; goes to the Sugar Bowl.

85,000 people jammed into Sanford Stadium. National television audience. This game is on the Armed Service Network. People in Switzerland are seeing this ballgame. Going everywhere.

The band cranks up “Glory, Glory to Ole Georgia” and our team comes running out. 85,000 stand as one.

We are led by our gallant mascot, UGA-U-G-A. What a dog! What a gorgeous dog. What a symbol of ferocity. But UGA ain’t real smart. UGA did not realize he was at a football game. Nor did he realize he was on national television, and was going into living rooms the width and breadth of this great nation.

And there, in front of all them people, he began to lick himself where dogs occasionally want to lick themselves, ok?

We don’t have to get any more graphic than that.

Bubba an’ Earl sittin’ on the fifty.

Bubba sees the dog, punches earl and said, ‘Earl, look at that dog. Dadgum, I wish I could do that.’

Earl said, ‘ Bubba, that dog’ll bite you!’”

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And to complete the “been there, done that, and got the t-shirt”, here you go:

 

Perry - November 13, 2015 - 9:22 AM

I once saw Lewis do his stand-up routine in Birmingham, Alabama @ Samford University. Though I had heard on cassette tape most of what made up his routine that evening I laughed until tears flowed and my sides hurt. There was no one else like him.

BCM - November 13, 2015 - 1:38 PM

Can’t spell Sugar without UGA!

Winter Bourbon Cocktails with The Fine Folks at Belle Meade

There are a lot of good things about colder temperatures: it’s Barbour season, boots become a major part of the rotation, and bourbon becomes the staple.  When talking about bourbon, we continually sing the praises of Belle Meade out of Nashville’s Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery.  For the money, it is hands down the best bourbon out there.  We always keep a couple bottles at the house, and I start sweating when we run low.

To pile on, Andy and Charlie Nelson picked their five favorite bourbon cocktails that are perfect for warming your bones.  I’ve had a couple of these, and am looking forward to knocking back the others.  Which one looks good to you?

Hot, hot, hot! Making hot cider is VERY good for a cold morning.  The smell lingers all day long…

2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
6 oz Hot Cider Mix*

Serve in a mug with a cinnamon stick as garnish.

*Cider Mix Recipe

In a saucepan, heat the following ingredients on medium low heat until hot – but do not boil. Then reduce heat and cover. Let simmer for 15 minutes before serving. The longer it sits, the darker and deeper the flavors will become.

3 Cups Apple Cider or Unfiltered Apple Juice
2 oz Dark Wildflower Honey
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
6 Whole Cloves
1 Cinnamon stick

Make a batch big enough for a get together by simply doubling or tripling the recipe.

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Cumberland Nation (An A-La-Minute Nog)

1 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
1 oz Green Brier Tennessee White Whiskey
1 oz Meletti Amaro
1 oz Heavy Cream
3/4 oz Demerara Syrup
2 dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters
1 whole Egg

Glass: Double Rocks
Ice: None
Garnish: A dusting of powdered cinnamon.

Crack the egg into the bottom of your shaker. Using a straw or other long thin sticklike object scramble the egg in the shaker. Add all other ingredients and then shake (without ice) very hard for a moment. Add ice to your shaker, large cubes work best, and shake hard and fast, really get into it, for about ten seconds. Strain the nog into the glass and garnish.

Demerara Syrup: Make this by using either real Demerara sugar (or Turbinado, if Demerara is hard to find).  Use two parts sugar to one part water. Put this mixture into a deep pan and simmer on low, stirring frequently, until all of the sugar crystals are diss. Allow to cool, bottle, and keep in your fridge. It should hold at least two weeks.

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Atlanta’s own Greg Best came up with this bad boy…and this mixologist knows his bourbon:

1 1/2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
3/4 oz Cocchi Americano
1/2 oz Luxardo Bitter
1 barspoon Galliano
2 dashes Regan’s Orange bitters
Lemon wedge

Combine ingredients in mixing glass, add ice, stir. Strain into coupe. Garnish with lemon wedge on rim.

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I think this one is pretty hotty…

2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
¾ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
½ oz *Honey Syrup
¼ oz Maple Syrup
4 dashes Angostura Bitters
Hot Water

Glass: Hot Drink Mug
Ice: None
Garnish: Lemon oils expressed over the top of the drink.

*Honey Syrup: use a ration of 3:1 honey to warm water. Mix until incorporated.

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Let’s finish the five with something very sophisticated.

Vow of Silence:
2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
¾ oz Carpano Antica
¼ oz Benedictine
1 dash Angostura Bitters
2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Glass: Chilled Cocktail
Ice: None
Garnish: Lemon Peel, Expressed over the drink

Place all ingredients into a mixing glass and stir briefly with ice. Strain the drink into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish.

Stock Up: La Matera Red Clay Soul Discount

Big news, folks: We’ve teamed up with La Matera for a discount for Red Clay Soul readers: how does 15% off now through Sunday sound?  Head over to their website, pick out a few belts, hats, sunglass straps, etc, and use code RCS15.  Hurry…

Trigger Pulled: Patagonia Better Sweater Vest

The trigger has been pulled.  I’d like to welcome this Patagonia Better Sweater vest to the rotation.  I expect this to get major use as an extra layer in the morning when my office is an icebox, for walking our new dog Frank (check Instagram), and an additional layer when needed.  And the color is called “Stonewash”?  Yeah, that’s happening.

Special thanks to the fine folks at Empire South for helping me with the sizing.  The Medium fits just right (I’m a 40R for reference).

James - November 10, 2015 - 8:46 AM

Welcome to the club. I live in a better sweater between the vest and the pullover about 8 months a year.

Catching Up: Criquet

A very, very long time ago – in March of 2012 – we at Red Clay Soul had the pleasure of posting about a company that has changed the course of not only the universe, but also this blog.  Austin’s Criquet has grown exponentially over the past four years, and shows absolutely no sign of slowing down.

It all started with their Player’s Shirt – an updated take on the 70’s iconic pocketed golf shirt with a four button placket and stiff collar.  Criquet fixed the fabric, opting for an organic cotton (NO poly), offered in a color pallet that meets the needs of today’s man.  I remember talked to TJ about these shirts shortly after we became Criquet guys – I think he summed it up best: “You don’t want one of Criquet’s shirts, you want ALL of Criquet’s shirts.”

Since then, they’ve released all sorts of goods to the buffet: the long-sleeved Player’s Shirt, sweaters, and gingham sport shirts. They have recently introduced their V.I.P. Pullover, which is a quarter-zip sweater with the flap pocket, and J.R. Shirt, which is a solid flannel.  All have a place in every man’s wardrobe, and all are very Austin, Texas.

From a personal perspective, Hobson and Billy are such a pleasure to work with.  They have such a great perspective on Criquet and their business; it’s like they are truly “living the dream”.  They are a great reason to head over to Austin for a long weekend…  Invitational or not.  I’m proud to call them friends.

Since it’s been a while, we thought we would take a few to catch up.  Here we go:

Gentlemen, thanks for sitting down with us. First off, how’s Austin this time of year?

Billy:  Fall is my favorite time of year in general, but here in Austin, its perfect. Lots of football, festivals, afternoon beers outside and a chance to start wearing some of my long sleeve Criquet shirts again.

Hobson:   Agreed.  It’s a great day to be alive.

 Back when Red Clay Soul dropped some Criquet knowledge…March of 2012
Back when we first started talking, you two were a couple of kids selling Players shirts.  What comes to mind when you think back to the 2011-12 time?

Billy: When we launched, it was all about the Players Shirt.  We lived and breathed it.  It was the beginning of our quest to make the perfect shirt.  The quest continues, as we are continually learning, tweaking, and improving in everything that we do.  We take the same approach with all of the product that we have developed.

Hobson:  Billy’s back house is the first thing that comes to mind for me.   Before the Criquet Clubhouse, there was Billy’s Back House, and it was actually more like a shed.  I’m not sure it even had heat.  We would personally pack and ship every shirt we sent out from there.

How would you describe Criquet today vs. back then?

Hobson:   I think we’ve held true to the brand we set out to create.  There’s nothing artificial about our brand’s voice or style.  Do we think it’s cool?  Is it funny?  These are questions we still ask.   Luckily, we’ve been able to build out a great team with people far smarter than Billy or myself.   That’s been key.

Billy: Back then, we were building a brand around our favorite shirt.  Now we have built a team around the brand.  Its been awesome to have such talented, smart fun people to work with and help us get to where we want to be.

What lessons, either business or personal, have you learned?

Billy:  Don’t go into business with your best friend!  In all seriousness, I think its all been a lesson of patience. We’ve had a vision for what Criquet can be, but there are so many steps, hurdles, ups and downs along the way.  Fortunately for us (and our team), we have made this journey pretty darn fun.

Hobson:  One lesson I learned is to not be afraid to ask for help.   One of the best things we did in our second year was join an accelerator program in Austin.  All of a sudden we had a ton of experienced Austin entrepreneurs on our team.   It really helped us get to the next level.

What is the best thing about owning your own company?

Hobson:   The private jet and the company box for UT home games.   Just kidding.  We don’t even have nose bleed tickets let alone a box or jet. What’s most fun is creating a work environment where people feel ownership and pride in their roles and genuinely enjoy their time at work.

Billy:  Its really cool that the company is an extension of ourselves as people.  Hob and I are very much a part of Criquet story… in a way that only comes with being co-founders.  It’s pretty cool to be recognized as one of the Criquet guys, whether its here in Austin or on the road… makes my day really.  So if you see me in airport… Make my Day!

Where do you see the company in the future?

Hobson:  I see us taking down the PGA tour with the Criquet-sponsored Invitational Golf Tournament.  For those not invited before (you’ve been there RCS, so you know the deal), The Invitational is the greatest Golf Party on Earth. It’s a mustache-fueled, Caddyshack-honored and Ron Burgundy-infused event that goes down every year at the local muni in Austin.   Winners of best mustache take home the top prize, which is a golf cart.

Billy:  We have been very strategic and disciplined with our growth up until this point and I believe that this has served us well.  Now that we have the team in place to take it to the next level, we have them all working tirelessly developing the product that we believe will take us to the promised land…. a Country Club appropriate line of acid washed Jorts. Its all in the details, really.

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Details.  Yes.  Tip ‘o the hat, boys.

Oak Street Bootmakers Fall 2015

Happy Fall, folks.  It’s wet, it’s rainy, and it’s getting colder (well, in Atlanta).  All sorts of Fall stuff is hitting the Interwebs…lots of good stuff, and lots of swings and misses.  Oh well…Fall comes every year.  One company that never disappoints is Oak Street Bootmakers.

I can speak from experience and say that these are some of the best loafers I’ve ever owned.  Camp mocs, too.  They have released two new models in great colors for their Fall 2015 release.  The Lakeshore boot is a new, more streamlined dress boot.  Their plain toe blucher got double soled for Fall, for a more substantial look.  Both of these models are available in black and cognac.

My pick?  Well, I love anything cognac, and since I work in a business casual environment, I would have to go with the plain toe blucher.  The double sole is great for this time of year.  Cognac is such a good, and underplayed shoe color.  I love the way it looks with jeans and with medium grey trousers.

Here are some shots of the collection:

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