Crimson Whiskey

Meat by the pound, beer by the gallon and top shelf bourbon. That, and the largely bearded crowd, are why we love Fette Sau. While we're very, very familiar with the meat and the beer, we've only made a mere dent into those dark spirited shelves. But we went for Porter's birthday a couple weeks back, and a few of us splurged and made our mark at the very top with a taste from this baby, a 25th reunion gift for Harvard's class of '38 and a mighty delicious one at that. The smoothest I've ever tried - no burn in the least. And just look at that label.

It comes from the S.S. Pierce Company. According to the Ephermera Society of America: S.S. Pierce & Co. was known throughout the United States for its gourmet foods and liquors that were shipped with great éclat by its founder, Samuel Stillman Pierce. Born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Pierce (pronounced “purse”) established a corner grocery store in Boston’s West End in 1831 that evolved into a leading purveyor of such specialty items as pâté de fois gras, terrapin stew, Hawaiian pineapples, and pickled reindeer tongue—all of which makes us aware of how cosmopolitan our ancestors’ palates had become.

Photo by Andrew Harris


  1. Anonymous says:

    how much bread did the bottle cost? or is it by single pours?

  2. It's by single pours - at $34 a pop. One makes this kind of decision after the gallon of beer!

  3. Oh, this makes my inner Kentucky want to have a Bourbon Tasting fete. Nothing like that to warm you up, especially after a gallon of beer.
    Lovely label.

  4. Laura says:

    That is pretty amazing that they were importing pineapples back in 1831!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I'm looking forward to stopping by this place soon as well as the other great recommendations.

    I had no idea Harvard had their own bourbon!

  6. what a great treat! I will have to place this on my must go to list.

  7. Giuseppe says:

    Once upon a time I worked at Cardullo's Gourmet Shoppe in Harvard Square. In the old days, S.S.Pierce was the main competition. They were known far and wide as the Gift Basket Kings of the East Coast.

    What a treat to have a New Yorker remind of some old Boston.


  8. Fette Sau smells like Texas (and surely a lot of other barbeque-rich regions) in the best way.

    I'm not sure if it's the food or the fact that Williamsburg has been taken over by Austinites.