Badgers vs. Minnesota   no comments

Posted at 12:24 pm in Sports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Badgers face the Gophers for the Axe on Senior day this Saturday at the Camp, 2:30 pm.   Let’s send the seniors off proudly with a 15th straight win over the ground squirrels.  The Badgers enter the game with a 6-4 overall record while the Gophers are 5-6 overall.  Minnesota needs a win to be bowl eligible.  Minnesota’s head coach is P.J. Fleck who is in his 2nd season.  He is the former head coach of the Western Michigan Broncos and had his playing career at Northern Illinois (wide receiver).  The Badgers have won this border rivalry 14 years in a row and hope to retain Paul Bunyon’s Axe this Saturday in the battle for the Axe.  It is the most played rivalry in the NCAA Division 1 Football Bowl Subdivision with 127 meetings between the two teams.   Wisconsin leads the series60-59-8.  Founded in 1882, the Minnesota program is one of the oldest in college football.   Minnesota has been a member of the Big Ten Conference since its inception in 1896 as the Western Conference.  Their mascot is “Goldy Gopher”

 

Written by regent_liquor on November 19th, 2018

Badgers v Purdue   no comments

Posted at 12:33 pm in Sports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Badgers stay on the road with a game against Purdue, Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium at 2:30 pm.   Hopefully Bucky can finish the season strong with wins against Purdue and the Gophers.  Purdue comes into the game with a 5 and 5 overall record and 4-3 in the conference.   Of course Purdue’s shocker this year was the 49-20 smack down of the Buckeyes.  The Boiler’s head coach of Purdue is Jeff Brohm, the 36th head coach in program history.  Brohm has been rumored to be in consideration for the opening at Louisville where Brohm played.  The Boilermaker Special is the official mascot.   It resembles a  Victorian-era railroad locomotive and is built on a truck chassis.  Purdue has also had a recent tradition of sending defensive ends to the NFL.  Since 1999, Purdue has had 9 defensive ends selected in the NFL Draft. With their success in the NFL, Purdue has earned the nickname, the “Den of Defensive Ends”

Purdue’s football program has long been known for its prolific passing quarterbacks, ranging from players who have set School, Big Ten & NCAA records, to being named All-Americans and finalist for national awards, to being elected into the College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fames. This great tradition has led to the school being nicknamed the “Cradle of Quarterbacks”. When Drew Brees led the New Orleans Saints to a victory in Super Bowl XLIV, Purdue became just the second college in history to produce 3 different Super winning quarterbacks.

The overall record in the Badger/Boilermaker series is 49-29-8 with Wisconsin having the upper hand.  The Badgers have also won 12 in a row.

 

Written by regent_liquor on November 14th, 2018

Badgers v. Northwestern   no comments

Posted at 6:08 pm in Sports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoping to become bowl eligible for the 17th straight year the Badgers take on Northwestern Saturday at 11:00 am at Ryan Field.  They have the longest active bowl streak in the Big Ten at 16.  The task will not be easy but it never is against the Wildcats.  Northwestern comes into the game with an overall record of 4-3 but they are 4-1 in conference play.   Like the Badgers their only conference loss was at the hands of Michigan.   This came will play a huge role in determining the winner of the West Division.  Last year the Badgers beat Northwestern at Camp Randall 33-24.  The Badgers are ahead in the series 59-35-5.  The Wildcats are coached by Pat Fitzgerald who is in his 13th year as the head man and has a record of 91-68.  Fitzgerald starred at linebacker for the Wildcats in the mid-1990s, helping to lead the team to a 10–1 regular season record in 1995 and a berth in the 1996 Bowl.  Northwestern’s mascot is Willie the Wildcat and their fight song is Go U Northwestern.

GO BADGERS!!!!!

 

Written by regent_liquor on October 25th, 2018

Badgers vs. Michigan   no comments

Posted at 1:08 pm in Sports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playing their 3rd game in a row under the lights the Badgers take on the Michigan Wolverines at Ann Arbor at 6:30 pm this Saturday.  They call it the Big House and capacity is a whopping 115,109.  Wisconsin comes in 4-1 and ranked 15th while the 12th ranked Wolverines are 5-1 with their sole loss coming against Notre Dame.  Last year the Badgers fell to Michigan at Michigan Stadium 14-7.  Michigan leads the series 50-15-1.  Current coach is former Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh and his record with the Wolverines is 28-11.  Before taking the Michigan job he was the head man at the San Francisco 49ers and before that Stanford.  Michigan’s fight song is The Victors.  Michigan has the most wins in college football history with a total of 944.

James Earl Jones, who provided the iconic voice for Darth Vader’s character, enrolled at Michigan as a pre-med student before switching gears and graduating from the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in 1955. Jones isn’t the only Michigan student to make it big: President Gerald Ford (who played football for the Wolverines), Madonna (did not graduate), Google co-founder Larry Page, Lucy Liu, and Tom Brady all attended, among others.

Written by regent_liquor on October 8th, 2018

Slane Irish Whiskey   no comments

Posted at 12:19 pm in Product

 

October’s spirit of the month at Regent Liquor is Slane Irish Whiskey.  This is what the good folks at Slane have to say about their whiskey:   ”Smooth, complex and robust.  Slane Irish Whiskey marries toasted grain and malt whiskeys with the distinctive flavours of each cask.  Smooth with notes of oak and spice, each sip represents a journey through the wild countryside and the chance to uncover the subtle layers of the whiskey’s complex character.  Slane Irish Whiskey takes many of its complex and smooth qualities from our signature Triple Casked process. Whiskey is aged in three varieties of casks: Virgin and Seasoned casks raised by hand at the venerated Brown-Forman Cooperages – and Oloroso sherry casks by way of Jerez in Spain. Once the liquid has been aged to perfection, it is masterfully blended to create an exceptional Irish whiskey”.

 

Written by regent_liquor on October 2nd, 2018

3 Sheeps Brewing Company’s Cashmere Hammer   no comments

Posted at 11:47 am in Product

Our beer of the month for October is Cashmere Hammer Nitro Rye Stout from 3 Sheeps Brewing Company, Sheboygan, Wis.  Here is what 3 Sheeps has to say about it:  “Cashmere Hammer drinks like the best darn milkshake you’ve ever had. It’s rich, creamy, packed with chocolatey goodness and an earthy spice that can only come from rye malt. And, as if that isn’t rare enough, this beer is nitrogenated, something shockingly few breweries in the country can do in a bottle. We spent 18 months in research and development building our double-secret bottling line to get that smooth, velvety mouthfeel that only nitrogen can impart”.  6.5% ABV.   Beer Advocate give it a “very good” score of 3.97/5 and Rate Beer gives it an overall score of 93.  Want to know more about nitro beer?  Here is a link to a great article in the State Journal - https://madison.com/wsj/entertainment/dining/beer/beer-baron-embrace-the-tiny-bubble-with-sheeps-nitro-cashmere/article_31a0ca8c-e77a-59d4-9eed-faf01d2a8281.html.  Available year round in 12 ounce bottles.

 

 

Written by regent_liquor on October 2nd, 2018

Badgers vs. Nebraska   no comments

Posted at 12:19 pm in Sports

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bucky returns to action Saturday against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at the Camp, 6:30 pm start.  The Badgers are coming in after their bye week and are 3-1 following a big win at Iowa.  Nebraska has opened up the season 0-4 including an embarrassing loss to Troy.  Last year the Badgers won 38-17 at Lincoln.  The winner of the game takes the Freedom Trophy and Wisconsin leads the series 8-4, including 7 out of the last 8.  The Cornhuskers have two official mascots:  Herbie Husker and Lil’ Red.  They are coached by Scott Frost who is in his first year.  He was previously the head man at UCF and in 2017 he led the Golden Knights to a perfect 12-0 season plus a win over 7th ranked Auburn in the Peach Bowl.  Frost was the starting quarterback for Tom Osborne’s 1997 Nebraska team that shared the national championship with Michigan.

 

Written by regent_liquor on September 30th, 2018

Metallica’s Blackened Whiskey   no comments

Posted at 11:09 am in Product

 

 

 

 

 

Regent Liquor now has Metallica’s Blackened Whiskey.  “Metallica have jumped on the spirits train, and they have officially unveiled Blackened, “a blend of bourbons, ryes, and whiskeys from all across North America,” curated by distiller Dave Pickerell.  The whiskey is, of course, named for the opening track from the band’s 1988 opus …And Justice for All, which turns 30 this year, and sleekly bears a sound wave from the tune on its label.   A joint statement from the band about the new liquor states, “The ultimate goal is to make a whiskey that fits into the Metallica experience and sets itself apart from all the others. We want to show the world, and in this case especially the whiskey connoisseurs, how seriously we take this endeavor.”  About a year and a half ago, they launched their own Sweet Amber Distilling Co.   They joined with Pickerell, a onetime professor of chemistry and master distiller for WhistlePig who previously worked at Maker’s Mark and helped them “Metallicize” the drink.   Where some other distillers use sound waves to speed up whiskey’s aging process or, as Pickerell says, “to make the barrels feel happy,” Sweet Amber has developed a patent-pending sonic enhancement process they call “Black Noise” that uses low frequencies to enhance the flavor by vibrating the casks with, of course, Metallica’s music.  Pickerell is hesitant to explain too much of the process, since it’s patent pending, but reveals that the black brandy casks contain a lot of wood chemicals. “Right near the surface is the wood caramel, so when you burn the barrel, you make char and right behind the char there’s what people call the red layer,” he says. “That’s where the wood sugars get hot enough to caramelize but not hot enough to burn. There’s a lot of caramel right underneath the char, so the thing I’m going for is pulling some extra wood caramel out.”

 

Written by regent_liquor on September 18th, 2018

Badgers vs. Iowa   no comments

Posted at 9:44 am in Uncategorized

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Badgers face the Iowa Hawkeye under the lights at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.  This is the first road test for the Badgers in the 2018 season.  The Badgers look for redemption after losing their first home game to a non conference foe in 41 games.  Iowa has begun the 2018 season 3-0 with wins over Northern Illinois, Iowa State and Northern Iowa.  The Hawkeyes lost to Wisconsin last year 38-14 in Madison in the annual battle for the Heartland Trophy.  The Heartland Trophy is a brass bull that is presented to the winner of the annual game. Although the rivalry is over 100 years old, the trophy is relatively new.  The trophy was first presented in 2004.  The Hawkeyes finished the 2017 season 8-5 overall which included a win over Boston College in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.  The first meeting between these two Big Ten rivals was in 1894, they have met 91 times and Wisconsin leads the series 46-43-2.  One of my most memorable games in the series was in 1969 when Wisconsin beat Iowa in the 4th game of the season to end a 23 game winless streak.  The Badger faithful, myself included, reacted as if they had won the national championship.   Iowa is lead by Coach Kirk Ferentz who is in his 20th season as the Iowa head man.  He is the longest current tenured head coach in NCAA Division I FBS.  Iowa’s mascot is Herkey the Hawk.  The fight song is “On Iowa”.

 

Written by regent_liquor on September 17th, 2018

Badgers vs. BYU   no comments

Posted at 10:05 am in Uncategorized

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the 3rd straight home game for the Badgers and in the home portion of this “home and away” showdown the Badgers host the BYU Cougars from Provo, Utah.  Game time at the Camp is 2:30 pm.  Last year Bucky spanked the Cougars 40-6 at LaVell Edwards Stadium.  Obviously the Cougars will be looking for revenge for that smack down.   The BYU head coach is Kalani Sitake and he is the first Tongan to be a collegiate football head coach.   During his playing career he was a 3 year starter at fullback with the Cougars.  His two year head coaching record with the Cougars is 13-13.  Last year they finished a disappointing 4-9 and in 2016 the Cougars were 8-4 including a win at Michigan State and a bowl game win.  BYU’s mascot is of course a cougar named Cosmo.  For those of you into fight songs here is a link to BYU’s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f3AwUN1XE4.   My personal choice is “On Wisconsin”.  BYU is an independent and the BYU Cougar football program has a proud championship heritage that includes a national championship (1984), Heisman Trophy winner (Ty Detmer) and Super Bowl champions (Jim McMahon and Steve Young were Super Bowl winning QBs)

 

Written by regent_liquor on September 12th, 2018