Sunday, November 12, 2017

Alabama residents get ready for Pappy Van Winkle tomorrow

The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, or ABC, has announced that the sought-after bourbon and other hard-to-get whiskeys will be available at eight ABC stores on Nov. 13, starting at 9 a.m.

Buffalo Trace Distillery, makers of the highly sought-after spirit, shipped the Van Winkle lines and antique collection in late October. 

The board says customers must possess and present a valid Alabama driver's license to make any purchase. Buyers may only purchase one bottle from either of these two collections and a variety of the other offerings in the stores.

The Van Winkle line, Antique Collection, and other Buffalo Trace products will be made available in the following eight stores:
Store #58 – 3232 Galleria Circle, Hoover.
Store #67 – 160 Baldwin Square, Fairhope.
Store #72 – 7413 EastChase Parkway, Montgomery.
Store #145 – 354 Hollywood Boulevard, Birmingham.
Store #151 – 6790 University Drive, NW, Huntsville.
Store #226 – 3051 Frederick Road, Opelika.
Store #234 – 1390 Tingle Circle West, Mobile.
Store #238 – 1120 Lurleen Wallace Boulevard, Tuscaloosa.

None can be held or placed on hold. This is a first come, first served event, the board says.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Pappy Van Winkle is released and in stock for 2017

According to reports such as Bourbonr, Pappy Van Winkle is hitting stores fast through out the United States.

As of November 10th, 2017 you can expect to see it in the following states:

November 1st – Pappy Van Winkle is confirmed in North Carolina and Kentucky as the first two states of 2017. Washington D.C. has also report Pappy today

November 2nd – Pappy in Wisconsin and Nevada

November 3– Pappy arrives in Maryland

November 7 – Pappy Van Winkle arrived in Iowa

November 9 – South Carolina, Utah and Georgia

Many more are coming stay tuned and subscribe to the blog!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Ohio is holding a Pappy Van Winkle Lottery

Ohio residents can go to any state liquor agency and obtain a ticket until November 17th. Each ticket has a unique number that must be registered by the end of the day on November 17th. Lucky winners will receive a notification in early December, and will have until December 18th to purchase their specific bottle. If the bottle isn’t purchased by then, the bottle becomes available to the public on a first come first serve basis.

This is the second time Ohio has had a lottery for Pappy Van Winkle. The first lottery drew more than 8,000 people.

“This is a very highly sought-after bourbon,” Lindsey LeBerth, the spokeswoman for Ohio’s division of liquor control, told the Toledo Blade. “Small allocations are given to each state, so it’s even more highly sought-after because it’s such a small amount we get.” According to LeBerth, the shipment is expected to include 10, 12, 15, 20, and 23-year-old bottles.

Monday, October 16, 2017

New Yorker pleads guilty to producing counterfeit Pappy Van Winkle

Charles A. Bahamonde, 32, of New York, pleaded guilty to petit larceny, a Class A misdemeanor, in New York City Criminal Court. He was ordered to pay restitution and remain arrest-free for one year. He is scheduled to be back in court Jan. 5.

 The newyorker produced counterfeit bottles of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, which sold for $1,500 last year.

This is the first successful prosecution for counterfeit Van Winkle bourbon to date, according to a news release from Buffalo Trace Distillery, which owns the brand and brought the legal action. Sentencing in this case will take place in January 2018.

The company also said it has spent more than $500,000 to the last year to try to curb the sale of counterfeit bottles on secondary markets, such as Craigslist.

"Sadly, the Van Winkle bourbons are the latest victim of counterfeiting where innocent consumers are duped," Mark Brown, president and CEO Buffalo Trace Distillery said. "Avoid buying any bourbon or whiskey, especially the highly sought-after ones, from anyone in the secondary market, which includes online private sellers, or in these social media groups that claim to offer genuine products."

The release said scam artists have been operating in a variety of ways, some of which include taking empty Van Winkle bottles and refilling them with a variety of other liquids — sometimes cheaper bourbons.

To prevent from getting ripped off please follow these rules as provided on the Bourbon Exchange
  • Don't deal with strangers. Joe next door is probably cool. Joe on Craigslist not so much.
  • Ask for proof of purchase.
  • Look for a laser code, which is etched on the side of real bottles. 
  • Check the cap. Legitimate empty bottles are often used but if the cap "looks wrinkled, crooked or just off it’s probably because the guy refilled the bottle and put the foil cap on in his garage with a heat gun or hairdryer."

Sunday, October 1, 2017

23 year old Pappy donated to Fountain Fest in Little Rock

Thanks to business owner John Crow featuerd on the right, a bottle of 23 year old PVW is being donated to the Fountain Fest at the Arkansas Arts Center.

Crow, a resident of North Little Rock's Argenta District, is a member and past chairman of the Argenta Downtown Council. And he's a member of the Arkansas Arts Center's Contemporaries, an affiliate-membership group of mostly young professionals who are enthusiastic about art and about supporting it. John Crow also is the owner of 107 Liquor in Sherwood.

It's a bottle of 23-year-reserve Pappy van Winkle Family Reserve, which Crow describes as "the oldest expression of the most sought-after bourbon in the world." They'll raffle it off, along with a Louis Vuitton purse worth more than $1,000, that evening. Raffle tickets are $10.

The bottle cost to a liquor store is about $250, but assuming you could find a bottle in a store, neither Crow nor Jansen would put a retail price on it.

The event begins October 19th at 5PM and tickets are $25. Call (501) 396-0337 or buy your raffle ticket at

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Bottle of Pappy Van Winkle up for grabs tonight in Birmingham, AL

Pro Hops Vino!, presented by ServisFirst Bank, will take place from 6- 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 21, at the Negro Southern League Museum. Tickets are $50 and are can be purchased at the BBVLP office at 2021 Second Avenue North or online at

Up for auction will be wines, a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle, and dinners at Carrigan's Public House, Galley & Garden, Ocean, and Satterfield's. For another auction, Big Escambia Spirits donated their first bottle of the Dettling Bourbon-- the first bourbon ever legally distilled in Alabama.

The wine and beer tasting event is the third-annal fundraiser for the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program. The BBVLP is a organization that provides free legal services to over 2,700 low-income clients a year. More than 500 local attorneys donate their time to the program, which has received grants from the federal Legal Services Corporation.

The organization had also received the American Bar Association's Harrison Tweed Award, the highest civil justice award.

The event takes place tonight from 6:00 to 9:00 at 120 16th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Curtsinger pleads guilty of stealing whisky

Back in August 2015 Gilbert "Toby"'Curtsinger was mentioned and now today Toby pleaded guilty to seven counts in Franklin Circuit Court on Wednesday. Those charges range from theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property to possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police say Curtsinger was the ringleader in a Pappy Van Winkle bourbon heist that garnered international coverage. Buffalo Trace Distillery reported someone stole multiple cases of its rare 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle. Wild Turkey Distillery also reported cases of missing whisky.

The thefts, valuing in the tens of thousands of dollars, took place over a couple of months and both distilleries believed the heist was an inside job.