North St Louis, MO. St Crispin's Day, October 2011.
Introducing Crispin - Stagger Lee™
There is a song that has been recorded by James Brown, Nick Cave and Neil Diamond. The Clash, Pat Boone, Fats Domino and Bob Dylan. Duke Ellington, The Grateful Dead, Woody Guthrie, The Ventures, Ike & Tina turner, Ma Rainey and Jerry Lee Lewis. Tom Jones, Beck, Mississippi John Hurt, the Black Keys and Elvis Presley.
Over 400 different artists have recorded this song since the first recording in 1923.
Margaret Walker and James Baldwin wrote poems from the song. It's been refashioned as a musical, two novels, a short story, and an award-winning graphic novel. The song has lived as Ragtime, a Broadway showtune, Blues, Jazz, Honky Tonk, Country, 50s Rock and Roll, Ska, Folk, Surf, 70s punk, Heavy Metal, 90s punk, Rap. Even Hawaiian. The song's character lives large in Gangsta Rap.
Listen to it and we hear the evolution of modern music.
The song is "Stagger Lee."
The song tells the story of a murder. On Christmas Eve, 1895, in a St. Louis saloon, "Stag" Lee Shelton, a black pimp, shot William "Billy" Lyons. Eyewitnesses say Billy snatched Stag's Stetson hat. Boom, boom, boom, boom went Stag's forty-four. You don't mess with a man's hat.
With thanks to www.StaggerLee.com the definitive guide to the song and the myth of Stagger Lee.
Crispin's 2012 annual whiskey cask aged hard cider, celebrates the song Stagger Lee, and the cultural creativity that spans the globe and lives for generations and over 100 years. The deep sense that music tells a story like no other and the timeless truth that music is often best enjoyed with something great to drink. Crispin Stagger Lee.
Boom, Boom. A big, bold swaggering cider, blended to the edge of dangerous. An American original. An authentic American rock 'n roll cider.
Blended 3 times, using apple-wines aged in American rye whiskey barrels - Colfax Classic apple-wine plus a "Forbidden Fruit" experimental wit-style yeast fermentation. Final blend with unfiltered fresh-pressed Gravenstein apple juice.
Poured Appearance: Whiskey Cloudy. Slightly opaque.
Color: Rich golden orange.
Aroma: Mild moonshine Tennessee woods, soft spicy rye whiskey, ripe apple.
Flavor: Dry, subtly spicy rye whiskey, butterscotch, faint banana & ripe apple with mild apple-skin tannins. Full bodied sexy finish.
Final Blend 63% fermented apple-wine, 23% Gravenstein fresh-pressed apple juice.
Unfiltered & blended from apple-wine straight from the rye whiskey barrels. Give a solid, firm bottoms-up tilt and swirl to disperse sediment evenly to best enjoy whiskey aromas and unique bouquet. Best enjoyed at cellar temperature, 50/55F, with or without 1 or 2 ice cubes.
Stagger Lee is most certainly worthy of aging in your cellar.
"To me cider is like music, and usually the sound in our heads at Crispin is all about guitars, drums, bass and a restless spirit" says Joe Heron, Crispin Founder and CEO. "Stagger Lee, the cider, is all about the evolution of modern cider within an American idiom".
The Crispin Cider Company produces European-style natural hard apple ciders using fermented unpasteurized fresh-pressed apple-juice in Original, Light and Brut varietals, and additional unfiltered Artisanal Reserves - Honey Crisp, Lansdowne, The Saint and Cho-tokkyu, and also imports a classic English Dry Cider, Crispin Browns Lane.
Crispin sibling, the Fox Barrel Cider Company is dedicated to the production of superior pear ciders, using fermented unpasteurized fresh-pressed pear-juice. Available in Pacific Pear, Blackberry Pear and Apricot Pear varietals and additional unfiltered Cidery Reserves Ginger & Blackcurrant and Rhubarb & Elderberry.
The company is based in Minneapolis, MN & Colfax, CA.
Contact details: Info@CrispinCider.com , 612 -331 3699 , 612 331 3689 fax.