Candy Maker Sues Local Vodka Outfit Over “Lemon Head” Name

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Thomas Rousing

A promotional website for Lemon Head vodka describes the Charleston product as “daring,” “sexy,” and “carefree.” But a lawsuit filed last month in U.S. District Court claims it’s also in violation of trademark laws.

The Ferrara Candy Company, manufacturer of Lemonhead – a sour candy dating back to 1963 – argues the name is “likely to cause consumer deception and confusion.” Ferrara’s attorney did not return a call seeking further comment

According to Lemon Head Vodka’s web site, the spirit is “proudly distilled and bottled by Striped Pig Distillery.” Striped Pig’s co-owner Casey Lillie clarifies the forthcoming vodka is not a Striped Pig product, but is produced by the distillery on a contract basis. Continue reading

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New Cocktails at The Cocktail Club

cocktailclubThe Cocktail Club, which sports an admirable selection of Southern-made spirits, is adding two new cocktails made with Charleston liquors to its list.

In addition to The Right and Wrong, featuring High Wire Distilling Co.’s Hat Trick gin, and the Striped Pig vodka-based A Pig’s Tale, the upper King Street bar is also now serving cocktails made with vegetable-infused tequila and mescal.

To mark the menu’s launch, The Cocktail Club is hosting an interactive cocktail class on Mar. 22 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $25; call 231-1568 for reservations.

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Hans Offringa Signs Books (And Boeks!) at Striped Pig Tonight

I don’t speak a lick of Dutch, but if I was going to tackle Hans Offringa’s oeuvre, I’d be highly tempted to read “Bourbon & Blues” in the bilingual author’s native language. Who could resist “Drank and Klank”?

No matter which book you bring to Offringa’s signing at Striped Pig Distillery tonight, I’m wagering he’ll sign it for you. Offringa, the male half of The Whisky Couple, has also written about golf, submarines and buildings.

Offringa’s appearance is scheduled for 5 p.m. The distillery is located at 2225-A Old School Dr. For more information, call 276-3201.

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Dissecting the Difference Between Corn Vodka and Unaged Whiskey

spvodkaCharleston’s Striped Pig Distillery, which this week released its first batch of spirits, recently dropped off a sample bottle of its Striped Vodka. If you’re wondering how the liquor tastes, imagine a rowdy Saturday night followed by a Sunday family dinner which ends with you face down in a bowl of creamed corn.

The vodka comes by its alcoholic sting and corny sweetness naturally: It’s distilled from Bowman, S.C. corn. The mash bill led an editor here to wonder about the difference between vodka and white whiskey, which is equally clear in color and also made from corn. Since I couldn’t adequately explain, I put the question to distilling expert Matthew Rowley, author of Moonshine!

“The difference between vodka and white whiskey boils down to three things: ingredients, oak, and proof,” Rowley says. Continue reading

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