Tuesday, December 8, 2015

PA Liquor Board opens Pappy Van Winkle lottery

Just in time for holiday gifting and celebrations, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will hold its fourth limited-release lottery on Dec. 14, anticipating to offer 1,539 bottles of world-renown Pappy Van Winkle whiskey for purchase.

Individual consumers and licensees interested in entering the lottery must be registered customers at www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com with billing information on file through Quick Checkout Profiles.

Participants have until 11:00 PM Saturday, Dec. 12 to opt in to this lottery following registration.
These Kentucky whiskeys, produced by Pappy Van Winkle’s grandson under recipes dating back three generations, are among the most sought after in the world. Wine Enthusiast magazine and the World Spirits Championship have scored the 20-year-old bourbon at a rating of 99 out of 100, and the Old Rip Van Winkle distillery claims the 13-year-old rye is the first premium aged rye whiskey.

The following products, listed in the order in which they will be drawn, will be available through the lottery. Numbers of bottles offered through the Lottery are estimated based on what is anticipated to be received from the supplier this week.

■ Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year, $249.99 each - 24 bottles - 18 for retail customers, 6 for licensees
■ Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye, $99.99 each - 30 bottles - 23 for retail customers, 7 for licensees
■ Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year, $79.99 each - 111 bottles - 84 for retail customers, 27 for licensees
■ Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year, $149.99 each - 210 bottles - 158 for retail customers, 52 for licensees
■ Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year, $49.99 each - 384 bottles - 288 for retail customers, 96 for licensees
■ Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year, $59.99 each - 780 bottles - 585 for retail customers, 195 for licensees

While retailers in other states often charge far more than the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, Pappy Van Winkle bottles available for sale in Pennsylvania are sold at the price suggested by the supplier.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Eastport Liquors holding charity Pappy Van Winkle auction

Eastport Liquors in Maryland will be auctioning off it's annual Pappy Van Winkle bourbon allocation -- for a good cause! Starting on Tuesday Eastport Liquors will begin the auction for 26 bottles of PVW. All profits will be benefiting Seeds 4 Success which is a non-profit that provides services to children living in public or subsidized housing. This is not the first time Eastport Liquors has done an auction with a good cause. In 2014 the liquor store raised almost $20,000 from it's Pappy Van Winkle bottles.

The bidding will be open for:

10 Year Old Rip Van Winkle - 9 Bottles
12 Year Van Winkle - 9 Bottles
15 Year Pappy Van Winkle - 3 Bottles
20 Year Pappy Van Winkle - 3 Bottles
23 Year Pappy Van Winkle - 2 Bottles

Bidding will close December 18th, 2015. To bid on a bottle you may E-mail events@eastportliquors.com with a name, phone number and the bottle you desire with the price. Bids will be posted daily on the Eastport Liquors facebook page. Bottles will be held by store until pick up can be arranged. Unfortunately they will not be shipping bottles so if you remote bid you will need someone to pick the winning bottle up and show a ID of being 21 years of age or older.

Eastport Liquors is located at 1007 Bay Ridge Ave, Annapolis, MD 21403.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Pappy Van Winkle Hits Stores Nation Wide!

Unless you are living under a rock or are not a bourbon drinker you should know Pappy Van Winkle has been showing up in states across the United States. Several states such as Alabama and Kentucky are reporting people camping out overnight to wait in line to score a precious bottle just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

November 8th
Pappy Spotted In Alabama

A couple dozen hardcore fans of the rare Pappy Van Winkle (or those who hope to make money on reselling) braved drizzly rain and chilly temperatures in hopes of being one of the few to get a bottle on Monday.

November 14th
Pappy Spotted in Kentucky

Saturday felt like Christmas for some bourbon fans. People started lining up at stores across the state Friday night for Saturday's release of Pappy Van Winkle. Dozens of people in Lexington, waited outside the Liquor Barn on Man O'War for Pappy

Old Saint Nick Papp has already visited multiple other states this month as confirmed by users on forums as well as listings for sale on websites such as Craig's List. Happy Hunting!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Live in Louisville Kentucky? Mark these dates in your calendar!

According to several sources the most sought after bourbon in America holds special dates in Louisville to buy a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle this month. Get your calendar out and mark these important dates in it for you could be a holder of Pappy Van Winkle within the month.

November 14th

Liquorbarn at the Middletown, Springhurst, and Jefferson Commons
The ticket drawing begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Middletown, Springhurst, and Jefferson Commons locations. Each person who gets a ticket can buy a bottle of Pappy. Only one ticket per person.

November 22nd

Louisville’s Party Mart Store in the Brownsboro Center
Lottery tickets will be given out at 5 p.m. to everyone in line, for a chance to buy the hard to find Pappy Van Winkle 10 year, 12 year, 15 year, 20 year and 23 year. The Van Winkle family of Louisville will be there selling Pappy gear, there are food trucks, live music and for the first time this year, Port-A cans.  Last year 942 people waited in line to buy the bourbon.

Do not live in Louisville? Maybe it is time for a spontaneous road trip to visit the bourbon distillery and try your luck with these lottery drawings.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Securing a bottle of Pappy locally will be more difficult than last year

Finding & snagging a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon locally is always a difficult task every year. But ths year has a lower-than-normal yield will make the rare whiskey even harder to come by this fall & winter.

Buffalo Trace Distillery, which produces the exotic bourbon-whisky with the Van Winkle family, said in a news release last week that this year's production of Pappy Van Winkle was about half of last year's.

"When bourbon ages over 15 years, much is lost to the angel's share. Many of the 53 gallon oak barrels often yield less than 20 gallons," Kris Comstock, the bourbon marketing director for Buffalo Trace, said in a statement. "Unfortunately this year we experienced poor yields on the older Van Winkle whiskeys."

Monday, October 5, 2015

Pennsylvania Buffalo Trace Fans, Sign Up!

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will hold a lottery on October 13 offering 24 bottles of Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection. Since a website crash of selling Pappy Van Winkle bourbon last year, the PA board is trying a new method this time. Sign up on FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com with billing information and opt into the lottery between 8AM and 11PM Saturday. Buyer must be a Pensnylvania resident.

Good luck!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Pappy Van Winkle 2015 Relaese Dates

Taking data from 2014 here are the estimated time frames with locations when Pappy Van Winkle will be released in stock to stores across the nation. As of October 3, 2015.....
North Dakota, Iowa and West Virginia
in 16 days, 21 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

Virginia and Maryland
in 17 days, 21 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

in 22 days, 21 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

North Carolina and Southern Illinois
in 23 days, 21 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

Texas and Indiana
in 25 days, 21 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

South Carolina
in 27 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

Kentucky, Arkansas and Kansas
in 28 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

East Tennessee and Arizona
in 29 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

Washington DC
in 30 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

in 31 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

Rhode Island and Michigan
in 34 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

New Hampshire, Ohio and Mississippi
in 35 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

Chicago and Maine
in 36 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

Alabama, Georgia, South Dakota and New Jersey
in 37 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

Missouri and Massachusetts
in 38 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

Colorado and Oregon
in 39 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

in 41 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

Vermont and Minnesota
in 43 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

in 44 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

in 48 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

in 50 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

West Tennessee and New Mexico
in 55 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

Idaho and Louisiana
in 55 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

California and Connecticut
in 59 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

in 55 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

in 65 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

New York
in 69 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

in 70 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes, 44 seconds

Friday, September 4, 2015


Did you know? As of 2007, the United States Senate made the month of September National Bourbon Heritage Month. It is a reinforcement of the Act Of Congress in 1964 that made bourbon "America's Native Spirit"

Here is photo of me at the store stocking up. No Pappi Van Winkle on the shelf though :(

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Gilbert Curtsinger: The thief behind the Pappy Van Winkle heist

Back in March 2015, Gilbert Curtsinger was found to be the one responsible for stealing several bottles of the beloved Pappy Van Winkle. Law enforcement searched his home which is located in Frankfort, Kentucky and also found Wild Turkey barrels. This was a relief to the bourbon community because the alcohol is already so scarce, On August 18, 2015 -- documents were finally unsealed explaining the whole operation including a buyer who wanted to pay $3000 for 9 bottles. Unbelivable! I am glad this guy is caught and I hope he serves time for preventing some of us others from finding the liquid gold.

You can read the full article here: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/life/food/spirits/bourbon/2015/08/17/pappy-bourbon-theft-ring-evidence-unsealed/31848901/