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  • Who Was Ethan Allen...and Why Did We Name A Flask After Him?

    Posted on October 5, 2016


    Hear the name Ethan Allen and I'm willing to bet the farm that the furniture company immediately comes to mind, right-o? Well, Ethan Allen was a real person, and he was what you'd call a rootin', tootin' verifiable Jack of all trades and Renaissance man. Over the course of his lifetime, he was a farmer, businessman, land spectator, philosopher, writer, American Revolutionary patriot, hero, and politician. Whew! He also even inoculated himself against smallpox, a skill he probably picked up via a doctor pal he had an 18th century bromance with.


    Allen was born in Connecticut, served in the French and Indian War, and purchased land in what is now the Champlain Valley area of Vermont. New Hampshire and New York both tried to claim the land was their own, until Allen (who developed a reputation for being a rabble rouser) joined a group of ruffians called The Green Mountain Boys. The men named Allen their leader, and were able (sometimes through fisticuffs and other mischief) able to get New York and New Hampshire officials to back down.


    In 1775, the "boys" joined the American Revolution, this time fighting for the American colonies against British rule. Along with Benedict Arnold, Allen and his troupe of merry Green Mountain men easily captured Fort Ticonderoga in Vermont from the British, which was only being manned by four British solders. They then tried to seize Montreal to no avail, and Allen was captured and ended up in the pokey in Cornwall, England for two years.


    Upon his release, he returned back home to Vermont, helping to protect it from becoming part of Canadian rule. He died in 1789, two years before Vermont become the 14th U.S. state.


    Because he led such a colorful and varied career, and because our flasks are handcrafted in Vermont, we named our Ethan Allen Edition Flask after the man that helped found a part of this beautiful country. Our gorgeous flask is made in the USA of copper, swathed in dyed and oiled American leather, features a carrying strap, and comes with two copper Old West Shot Glasses--perfect for toasting the man himself! Want a chance to WIN an Ethan Allen Flask? Follow us on Twitter and retweet the pinned tweet at the top of our page featuring the flask and the giveaway. A winner will chosen on Friday, October 7!


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  • Jacob's Slightly Sweet Quick & Easy Pickle Recipe

    Posted on September 23, 2016


    Ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper, I’ve savored the sharp vinegary taste of pickles. Towards the end of each summer season, my Ma would preserve her garden’s cukes and other excess vegetables to carry our family’s tastebuds through the cooler months. Enjoying one of these with a meal is like biting into summer long after the solstice has passed.


    Although we may think of pickles as an American food, they have their origins in ancient times and were perfected and popularized by Jewish immigrants to the United States. Eastern Europeans depended upon them to add flavor to winter meals and no Jewish deli would be one without them.


    Pickling recipes are as plentiful as bees on a honeysuckle, it seems — so I’m pleased to present to you a really quick, easy, and flavorful recipe that’s been in my family for generations:


    Jacob’s Slightly Sweet Quick & Easy Pickles


    Kirby or Persian cucumbers. For these small cukes, you can put them in the jars whole, or cut up larger cucumbers into spears.
    Optional veggie options: cauliflower, string beans, or carrot spears
    1 1/2 cups white vinegar
    2 cups hot water
    1/2 cup sugar (for and more sour pickles, use 1/3 cup)
    2 tablespoons sea salt

    Per each jar:

    1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh dill
    1/2 teaspoon minced fresh or jarred garlic clove
    1 tablespoon each pickling spice (I’m partial to McCormick’s Mixed Pickling Spice; a piquant blend of whole and broken spices, seeds, and herbs. Or you may use a 1/2 teaspoon per jar of mustard seeds.)




    Rinse cucumbers and cut into spears if desired. Whisk together the vinegar, hot water, sugar, and salt until dissolved. Place the dill, garlic, and pickling spice in each pickling jar. Place the cucumbers or other veggies in each jar and fill with pickling juice until it reaches the top. Seal the jars and when room temperature, place in fridge.


    Cut cucumbers will be ready to enjoy in as little as 24 hours; whole cucumbers may take up to a week depending on one’s taste. The longer they soak, the more favorable they will become. Pickles will keep in fridge for up to 2-3 months.


    Enjoy with burgers, hotdogs, your favorite sandwich, a hearty Oktoberfest meal, or just by themselves for a snappy snack!


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  • Jacob Bromwell Partners With American Made Matters

    Posted on September 15, 2016

    We're excited to announce that earlier this month, Jacob Bromwell became a member of American Made Matters! AMM is dedicated to educating consumers that buying American made products helps strengthen companies that choose to make their products here, just like we do. There are over 350 members that belong to AMM that all make their products in the U.S. including apparel, food, jewelry, toys, furniture, and more.


    Check out our listing here, and stay tuned for coupons and promotions that we'll be offering in conjunction with American Made Matters!


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