crossed pistolsHere at Frontierado international headquarters things are as hectic as you would imagine with the Frontierado holiday coming up on Friday, August 6th. As always, Frontierado celebrates the myth of the old west, not the grinding reality. Here are some party essentials that help make your family’s Frontierado get-togethers special.

buffalogalBUFFALO GAL – Balladeer’s Blog gets its Buffalo Steaks, Buffalo Burgers, Buffalo Chili and Buffalo Jerky from Buffalo Gal, which will ship to you wherever you are in the U.S. and abroad.

You can also buy Elk Meat, Wild Boar, Yak Meat and Swabian Hall Pork. There’s even Scottish Highlander Beef for those with more traditional appetites.

devils river bourbon picDEVILS RIVER BOURBON – Here’s one of the brands of whiskey that I like to drink either straight or mixed in my Cactus Jacks: Devils River (1840).

This Texas Bourbon is created with water drawn from Devils River (Devils is plural, so no apostrophe) and is 75% corn, 21% rye and 4% malted barley.

As usual I prefer Barrel Strength – I’m slamming down a 117 Proof bottle as I type – but naturally you’re free to make your own selections.

horse soldier bourbon picHORSE SOLDIER BOURBON – The distillers of this whiskey are U.S. veterans.

Horse Soldier Signature Barrel Strength has flavors of caramel, honey, butterscotch, woodiness, cashew and spiced raisin with just a hint of toffee. It carries with it aromas of honey, apples, citrus, toffee and leather.

Naturally, if Barrel Strength is too much for you, they have other proof levels.

iron smoke bourbonIRON SMOKE BOURBON – Hunker down with some Iron Smoke Bourbon to help you and yours celebrate Frontierado. 

The people at Iron Smoke amusingly call their cask strength bourbon “Casket Strength.” It’s ONE-HUNDRED TWENTY PROOF, making it the most potent potable on this list. This bourbon goes with any celebration. 

Remember, to be a Frontierado Whiskey it’s got to have incomparable taste PLUS be strong enough to let you blow flies out of the air right after you take a drink. 

faro dealingFARO DEALING AND CHUCK-A-LUCK – Along with great meals and whiskey, old-fashioned gambling goes great with Frontierado celebrations. For reasonably authentic and affordable Faro and Chuck-A-Luck supplies for Frontierado get-togethers I often use River Junction Trade Company and others.

chuck a luck setupSites like theirs also sell plenty of other supplies that will suit your needs for making your deck or party room look like a Wild West saloon or casino. Clothing, saloon chairs, era-appropriate whiskey glasses, you name it.

No guarantees implied on my part, I’m just letting readers know these places are out there. As always, my takes on potential food and drink and other items for Frontierado are unilateral decisions on my part. The companies involved are not endorsing that holiday OR Balladeer’s Blog.    




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  3. Kevin Arez

    Sounds like my kinds of parties! HAIL FRONTIERADO!

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