Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A bourbon blast in Louisville

Visiting Louisville? Make time for a stop at the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Created in 1999 by the Kentucky Distiller’s Association, the KBT guides you to nine distilleries that offer visitor centers, tours, and tastings. You can learn about bourbon history (dating back to the late 1700s), Congressional rules for calling a whiskey “bourbon,” and vari-ations in the distilling process that create distinct flavors.

Start at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience on Louisville’s Whiskey Row, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour through museum-quality exhibits before tasting several well-aged bourbons. Nearby is Jim Beam’s Urban Stillhouse, where you can label a bottle and fill it with bourbon that was produced onsite. Five miles from downtown Louisville, ­Bulleit Frontier Whiskey ­Experience offers tours of its Stitzel-Weller distillery, which dates back to 1935. 

The rest of the distilleries on the Bourbon Trail are scattered through the rolling hills of central Kentucky. While they’re all within 90 miles of Louisville, the road system and limited visitor hours preclude seeing every one of them in one day. However, limo services offer four-hour and full-day tours focused on a single area.

For example, in one day, you can tour the historic Woodford Reserve distillery, explore the glass and wood-plank visitor center at Wild Turkey, sample bourbon at Four Roses, and sneak a peek at Town Branch’s ultramodern glass-walled distillery. Another day, you can tour the Bardstown region, stopping in at Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam’s American Stillhouse, and Heaven Hill’s Bourbon Heritage Center.

Then top off your trip with an $80 shot of Pappy Van Winkle at KBT-sponsor Old Talbott Tavern.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Julio's Liquors Selling Rare Whiskies

Up to 500 people will at least get a chance at possibly purchasing the whiskey of choice at a special sale this weekend at Julio's Liquors.

Julio's Liquors is to sell off a number of rare whiskies this weekend through a special lottery system, the company announced. The event on Sunday, July 31, at 10 a.m., will work with the first 500 people getting a "Unicorn Card" allowing them to put their choice of purchase into a lottery.

Then at at 1 p.m., the winners will be drawn and allowed to purchase the bottle of their interest.

The whiskies up for sale include a $500 bottle of 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle and a bottle set valued at $1,000, said Julio's.

The event is hosted by the Loch and Key Whisk(e) Society, which reminds us, "there's never a bad day for a good whiskey." Julios is located at 140 Turnpike Rd, Westborough, MA 01581

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bourbon Boom makes bourbon less available

“Twenty years ago we weren’t all that busy and we certainly are busy today,” said Chris Morris, the Master Distiller at Woodford Reserve in Kentucky. “We’re spreading across more than 40 different countries right now.”

The resurgence of cocktails has led to a 315-percent spike in Kentucky bourbon production since 1999. The industry, however, is struggling to keep up. Whiskey needs a few years to age and many distilleries didn’t anticipate today’s demand.

For example, the Buffalo Trace Distillery is suffering from a shortage. Freddie Johnson said the company’s high end brands, like Pappy Van Winkle, need more than 20 years to age.

“The bourbon aging in the warehouse right now is really for the bourbon of tomorrow and the bourbons that were enjoying today is the bourbon of a generation before,” said Johnson.

Because there is not enough Pappy to meet demand, some online liquor stores are re-selling bottles for 10 times their retail value.
“We believe the demand for bourbon is not going away,” said Johnson.

That’s why many distilleries are expanding. Buffalo Trace expects to double capacity within the next eight years while Woodford Reserve just finished a large expansion project. “We have more equipment, more teammates making more whiskey,” said Morris.

The bourbon boom has created an economic ripple effect in Kentucky. Tourism is up as more people visit Kentuckys famous bourbon trail and farmers have more than doubled their growth of corn and rye which are used in bourbons.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Pray to end violence. Food for thought today

With recent tragedies occurring over in the United States this is a good reminder that firearms are much easier then buying some bourbon. Esepcially Pappy Van Winkle. Guns are very cheap & abundant which can be purchased in just minutes with no background check or age verification when buying from private sellers. Bourbon on the other hand, especially Pappy Van Winkle is very regulated and can only be found in small quantities.

Buying Pappy Van Winkle is harder than buying a firearm.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Live in Houston TX and going out this weekend?

It is the annual release of the coveted Pappy Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. High-end pours available will include the 15, 20 and 23 year Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve. First come, first served while supplies last. Second, to combat Houston’s hot weather, Reserve 101 is bringing back their popular push pops in salted caramel bacon bourbon and possibly scotch-colada, too.

High End Whiskey at Reserve 101, Location: 1201 Carolin
Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/reserve-101-houston

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Pot Liquor CAS has a new name and serves Pappy!

In Las Vegas, Nevada and wanting to taste some Pappy Van Winkle? Pot Liquor CAS, now known as Pot Liquor Smokehouse Barbecue has recently revamped not only its name but its menu as well. "Using the word smokehouse in restaurant branding has become more common because people are more knowledgeable about what makes barbecue great," chef Bell says in a press statement. "If we add barbecue to our name, it ties it all together and reinforces what’s on the menu."

Make sure to hide some money away from the slot machines because the The Pappy Van Winkle 15 year old starts at $150 for a 1.5oz glass and the older PVW 20 year old is also available for $200 at a 1.5oz glass.

Pot Liquor Smokehouse BBQ is located at 6587 Las Vegas Blvd S. B-196, Las Vegas NV 89119 and the phone number is 702-816-4600.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Chicago whiskey fans, this is a must visit!

Are you wanting some Pappy Van Winkle in Chicago? Steadfast is coming to The Loop by the end of June with master chefs Chris Davies & Chris Texeira operating. Davies currently runs the kitchen at Homestead on The Roof which is anotehr Fifty/50 property.

Whiskey fans will be treated with Manhattans made with either Jim Beam from 1977 or Pappy Van Winkle 10-year bourbon. One of the highlights of Steadfast is its extensive spirits program focused on brown spirits, particularly antique and hard-to-find whiskeys. Among the twenty bottles on hand, all bottled between the 1930s and the 1970s, is an offering from Stitzel-Weller, known by bourbon connoisseurs as the first distillery owned and operated by Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle himself. “We’re looking not just for different distillers, but different time periods,” says Schiller, who has been hitting up auctions with Sas to find interesting bottles. The prices are not set in stone at the moment and instead will be determined by demand.

Steadfast will be located in the new Kimpton Gray hotel located at 39 S. LaSalle St. Chicago, IL 60603