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Buying Local on the Road

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Back in 2006, I stopped by Little Sister’s, a GLBT bookshop in Vancouver, BC, Canada – where I stumped the employee by asking for a book by a Canadian author. She took awhile to come up with an answer – Anthony Bidulka – an author I came to love (but who hasn’t published a book since 2016).

A few weeks ago I was in Campbellton, New Brunswick – where I stopped by the Alcool NB Liquor – asking about whiskey other products distilled in either New Brunswick or Quebec. The clerk was stumped – I ended up having to study the bottles to find two products that quasi-fit my desires.

So far, this year, I’ve purchased five bottles of whiskey and whiskey-like products. In order of purchasing: The 2016 Las Vegas Distillery “Straight Old Seven Grain Whiskey,” the Norsk Gjoleid Whisky, the Tidewalker straight Bourbon Whiskey, the Sortilège Canadian Whisky & Maple Syrup, and, lastly, the Apple Crumble Moonshine Creek liquor.

Basically, I now look for whiskeys from the places I travel – a habit I started during my trip to Vegas.

Naturally, this only works if you’re checking luggage – given the liquids constraint.

I’ve already scouted out options for my next major trip. I should think about the major trip after that….

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