Monday, January 9, 2017

Pappy is on the menu at Donald Trump's new hotel bar

President-elect Donald Trump has made a supposed fortune by slapping his name on mediocre products and selling them for exorbitant prices. So it should come as no surprise that the beverages at Benjamin Bar & Lounge, the cocktail bar inside Trump’s new Washington DC hotel, might induce extreme sticker shock.

When the hotel opened, Benjamin’s cocktails were $18 to $21. That’s quite pricey, but not too uncommon for a fancy cocktail bar in a big city. But now, as the Washingtonian reports, the cheapest drink you’ll find checks in at $24. Ouch.

That $24 will get you a “romanesque revival,” made with 24 Revival bourbon, honey, mint, and ginger. Six more drinks run in the $25-to-$29 range, and anyone itching to burn through a serious wad of cash can order “the Benjamin.” An amalgamation of rye, potato, winter wheat vodka, raw oysters, and caviar costs a cool $100. The bar’s menu doesn’t explain how, exactly, the drink is served, or the sources of the oysters and caviar.

The beverage list offers an extensive selection of liquor and wine, and big spenders can brag about their bank accounts with several three-figure options. One ounce of Thomas H. Handy Sazerac rye can be had for $175.

And for the grand finale.... ONE OUNCE of 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon is available for $250.

The hotel is located at 1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Pappy Van Winkle appears briefly in Utah

The rare bourbon "Pappy Van Winkle" made a surprise appearance at a handful of Utah State Liquor stores on Thursday, where it was snapped up in minutes.

The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said the bourbon was sent to stores in Ogden, Cottonwood Heights, St. George, Riverton, Salt Lake City and Provo.

"We didn't get all that much," DABC spokesman Terry Wood said.

Pappy Van Winkle is made in limited batches, and a quirk of Utah's liquor laws means that people here get it for much less than other states. Where a bottle can sell for hundreds of dollars outside Utah, our liquor laws mandate cost plus 86% markup. A 20-year batch bottle can sell for about $160 here. In contrast, some bars charge up to $100 for a shot of the stuff.

It's unknown when Buffalo Trace, the distiller that makes Pappy Van Winkle, will send another shipment. To avoid long lines and a mad scramble, Wood said the DABC may look at other ways of getting it to customers.

"We may try to go to some kind of lottery system next year," he said.

Friday, December 16, 2016

This is rare: Taste Pappy Van Winkle at cost

Eight Row Flint announced that it will buck the tradition of charging astronomical prices for Pappy pours and instead — for one night-only — sell its entire allocation to patrons at-cost.

That doesn’t mean the brown booze comes cheap. Prices will range between $4.47 for a 1.5-ounce pour of Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year to $28.50 for a 1.5-ounce glass of Pappy 23. The event also comes with a few ground rules and stipulations that will be strictly enforced to ensure as many people as possible get a taste.

  • The first 100 customers through the door will receive a wrist band and a number guaranteeing them a 1.5-ounce tasting.
  • Only one serving is allowed per-person.
  • No one can purchase the Pappy for someone else.
Customers can also expect additional bar specials to round off the night of rare booze. The event kicks off December 26 at 5:30 p.m.

Eight Row Flint's address: 1039 Yale St, Houston, TX 77008

Friday, December 9, 2016

Kroger Wine And Spirits Pappy Lottery

More than 250 Kroger customers across the Bluegrass will win the chance to purchase a rare bottle of Pappy Van Winkle.

With each Kroger location's inventory of Pappy is slightly different, all stores have at least three bottles and some have up to 12. Varieties will also differ.

A lottery will determine who will be allowed to purchase a bottle of the rare bourbon. The raffle will happen Saturday Dec 10, 2016 at 7 p.m.

In the Lexington area the following Krogers are participating:
4101 Tates Creek Road, Lexington, Ky. 
3650 Boston Road, Lexington, Ky.
1669 Bypass Highway, Winchester, Ky
886 Richmond Plaza, Richmond, Ky.
808 Indian Mound Drive, Mount Sterling, Ky.
4750 Hartland Parkway, Lexington, Ky.
1060 Chinoe Road, Lexington, Ky.
3165 Beaumont Centre, Lexington, Ky.
1604 Leestown Road, Lexington, Ky.
328 Kroger Way, Versailles, Ky.
106 Marketplace Circle, Georgetown, Ky.
722 Euclid Avenue, Lexington, Ky.

Virginia ABC received 25k entries in Pappy Van Winkle lottery

For the first time ever, Virginians who want to get their hands on a coveted bottle of Pappy Van Winkle — that celebrated and award-winning Kentucky bourbon — have an equal opportunity chance.

This is the first year that the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control rolled out a lottery system for the three Pappy products the department got in stock this year.

The first Pappy lottery was for the Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15-Year Bourbon. There were 25,659 entries during the 48-hour lottery last week for the 96 bottles Virginia ABC has in stock this year.

Virginia ABC will review the entries to ensure they’re all in-state and delete any duplicates and/or out-of-state submissions. The winners must produce a valid Virginia driver’s license to buy the product.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Lottery Is Open

For the second year, the PA LCB is hosting a lottery for the sought-after bottles of bourbon and whiskey produced by Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky. On Nov. 28, the agency announced the lottery to both consumers and individual licensees.

It runs through December 3 with 1,601 bottles up for grabs. For the first time the lottery includes boxed sets of Pappy Van Winkle products as well as individual bottles.
The products include:
  • Four packages (two for individual consumers, two for licensees) with six 2016 Pappy releases: Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 23 Year, Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20 Year, Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 15 Year, Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye, Van Winkle Special Reserve, and Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year.  Price per six-bottle package is $1,999.99.
  • Six packages (three for individual consumers, three for licensees) consist of four Pappy Van Winkle bottles each, including Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20 Year, Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 15 Year, Van Winkle Special Reserve, and Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year.  Price for each four-bottle package is $1,199.99.
  • Thirty packages (15 for individual consumers, 15 for licensees) consist of three bottles each, including Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20 Year, Van Winkle Special Reserve, and Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year. Price for each three-bottle package is $999.99.
Individual bottles:
  • Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye, $159.99 each - 20 bottles - 15 for retail customers, 5 for licensees;
  • Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 23 Year, $399.99 each - 56 bottles - 42 for retail customers, 14 for licensees;
  • Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 15 Year, $149.99 each - 95 bottles - 72 for retail customers, 23 for licensees;
  • Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20 Year, $249.99 each - 176 bottles - 132 for retail customers, 44 for licensees;
  • Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year, $79.99 each - 356 bottles - 267 for retail customers, 89 for licensees; and
  • Van Winkle Special Reserve, $99.99 each - 760 bottles - 570 for retail customers, 190 for licensees

To enter the lottery, participants must register a customer account on

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Upcoming Pappy Van Winkle lottery in Virginia

Virginia ABC is getting ready to sell three sought-after Pappy Van Winkle products via online lottery.

Save these dates for a chance....

Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15-Year Bourbon
December 1, 9 a.m.– December 2, 9 a.m.

Van Winkle Special Reserve 12-Year Bourbon
December 8, 9 a.m. – December 9, 9 a.m.

Old Rip Van Winkle 10-Year Bourbon
December 15, 9 a.m.–December 16, 9 a.m.

Visit for all rules and information.