Monday, June 12, 2017

Twin Liquors has a raffle for Pappy going on in Austin TX

Still looking for that perfect Father’s Day gift?

Twin Liquors at the Hill Country Galleria may have it — if you’re willing to spend a couple hundred bucks, that is. The liquor store is raffling off the opportunity for one lucky customer to buy a bottle of PVW 23 year old for $295.

Be at the store address is 12528 Texas 71, Bee Cave, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (June 13) for the chance to win. 

The raffle is just in time for National Bourbon Day tomorrow, honoring America’s beloved native spirit.

Friday, May 5, 2017

A look at the new oldest rarest bourbon

Just when you thought the craze over the hard to find Van Winkle family bourbon's had hit its peak, now comes the release of the oldest bourbon produced by the family, at its original Shively distillery.
The 25-year-old Old Rip Van Winkle sells at a whopper of a price. The cost: $1,800 per bottle. The story behind it is unique.

In the fall of 1989, the bourbon was put into 11 oak barrels at the Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Shively.
In fact, the wood on the special box for the 25-year-old Rip is made from those very barrels. An estimated 710 bottles came from those 11 barrels.

Why is Stitzel-Weller such a big deal?

On Derby Day 1935, Pappy Van Winkle and his partners (including Mr. Stitzel) opened the distillery.
It would become one of the most famous in America. Pappy’s grandson, Julian Van Winkle of Louisville, who created the Pappy brand, told WHAS11 News that his grandfather would have preferred to open his new business on Derby Day when all of Louisville as at the racetrack. He says he’s never seen any photos of Pappy at the racetrack.

The Van Winkle’s left Stitzel-Weller in the late 1980’s and it sat vacant for many years.
So it means the 25-year-old bourbon is the closest to the original Pappy Van Winkle recipe created by his grandson, Julian Van Winkle of Louisville.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

25 year, extremely year up for grabs in Virginia ABC lottery

Want to score a bottle of Old Rip Van Winkle bourbon billed as “extremely rare” and “once-in-a-lifetime”?
The only wrinkle: You’ll need about $1,800, and some luck.

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will open a lottery this week for the chance to buy one of 10 bottles of the 25-year bourbon, the fourth such lottery since 2016 to feature a product from the Van Winkle distillery.

Here’s how the ABC lottery works: First, submit your name and ABC store number on the state website. The lucky few will then be notified if the software program that picks random entries chooses theirs, and will be allowed to buy a bottle. Each retails for $1,799.99.

State officials periodically run such lotteries for highly sought-after liquors.

You can enter at

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Every store that sells Pappy Van Winkle in NYC

The stores on our site are our best guess as to where some product might go,” Preston Van Winkle tells VinePair over the phone. “It’s ultimately up to the wholesaler in each market to determine which stores receive stock. Those are ones that we know got it in the past, but it’s by no stretch comprehensive.”

Van Winkle also mentioned that the stores listed aren’t known for “price gouging.” Most of those stores are probably sold out, though, as locations can sell out within minutes of receiving allocation, Van Winkle says.

“Who gets product is out of our control and almost out of the wholesalers control too” thanks to distribution laws in New York, Van Winkle says. 

But you’ve got to start somewhere if you’re on the hunt for a bottle. Here are some stores to get you started on your Pappy Van Winkle search in New York City.

This article was reported on

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

New Yorkers: Special Pappy Van Winkle offering at Bryant Park Grill

On April 19, 2017 an intimate dinner offering is available, which is limited to 20 ticket holders at Bryant Park Grill's private dining area in Manhattan.

The dinner includes four Pappy Van Winkle bourbons—the 10 year Old Rip Van Winkle 12 year, 20 year PVW, and 23 year—with dishes prepared by  chef Gadi Weinreich.  Each course will elicit Pappy’s signature flavors. Expect a few bourbon-friendly stalwarts, like pork belly sliders and braised beef short ribs, Weinreich also has less obvious pairings on the menu.  For example, says Isaacson, “Gadi wanted to do a cheese course to bring out the fruit and nut flavors of the bourbon, and a lemon zest and herb-marinated Australian rack of lamb will bring out the charred oak and buttery flavors of Pappy.” An octopus course will show that even seafood can marry well with bourbon.

The four course affair will run $500 per person and tickets can be secured by emailing Jordan Cohen ( or calling 212.840.6500. Bryant Park Grill is located at 25 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018

Monday, March 20, 2017

Pappy Van Winkle in the land of down under!

Good news for whiskey lovers living in Australia! A New-Orleans inspired restaraunt called NOLA Smokehouse & Bar has opened at the streets of Barangaroo in Sydney, AU. You can drink some rare Pappy Van Winkle along with 500 other American whiskies such as Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon.

NOLA occupies a 500sqm site and boasts a large spirits-driven bar and restaurant space. The restaurant has seating for 80, the private dining room for 14 and the bar has a capacity of 180.

NOLA Smokehouse and Bar is located at 1/200 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney NSW 2000 and can be reached at +61 2 9188 3039.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Enduringhearts is hosting another Pappy Van Winkle raffle for charity

Enduringhearts is selling raffle tickets for your chance at a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle.

The 2016 Bourbon Gala was a massive, sold-out hit and they are doing it again on Thursday, March 30, 2017, from 7:00 to 11 PM.

Four entries into the raffle will run you $250, or one entry will run you $100. You do not need to be present at the charity event to win a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle.

Grand Prize – Bottle of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15 Year Old
Second Prize – Bottle of Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year Old
Third Prize – Bottle of Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old

Proceeds from the event benefit Enduring Hearts, a registered 501(c)(3) charity which funds research to increase the longevity of pediatric heart transplants and improve the quality of life for transplant recipients.

You can purchase your raffle tickets at
The full event can be viewed at 

Call (240) EHEART-1, or e-mail for more information.
Enduringhearts was a 2015 top rated Charity and can be third party verified at