Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Pappy Van Winkle Jello-O Shots.... ???

Nearly all of us won't ever get our fingers over a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle, allow by yourself flavor it. The distillery only creates about eight,000 barrels a 12 months, and states maintain lotteries for distribution to organizations and persons. If you are blessed ample to test some, consume it neat. Really don't even dare utilize it to generate a cocktail or have it around the rocks. Nonetheless, a person bar proprietor is unwell with the grandeur encompassing Pappy Van Winkle, and is also wanting to deliver a information. Jeremy Johnson, proprietor of the bar named Meta in Kentucky, opted to create Jell-O pictures making use of Pappy Van Winkle.

This is not the initial time Johnson has manufactured Jell-O photographs applying Pappy. He produced the primary batch in 2014, after which you can two far more in 2015 and 2016. Bourbon aficionados are probable apoplectic above the things they see being an abomination. Not merely has Johnson stoked the ire of whiskey fans, he can have upset mum or dad organization Sazerac plenty of for being barred from at any time getting Pappy Van Winkle all over again. In accordance to Sazerac, distributors identify how to proceed with their allotments of Pappy.

Johnson is acquiring much less and less bottles given that 2014, which 12 months he has not been given any. “I did not listen to everything straight from Sazerac, but I'm sure I pissed them off,” Johnson advised Munchies. “I understood this was heading to generally be controversial after i did it. I did not know we might get the many push we did-I considered perhaps a person neighborhood would produce about this.”

Whether or not Johnson is banned indefinitely from buying Pappy Van Winkle is unclear. What's distinct is the fact if you need to create a sardonic assertion regarding the attract and rarity of Pappy Van Winkle by desecrating it, you could possibly pay out a substantial selling price.

Friday, December 1, 2017

VA ABC Stores once again offering Pappy Lottery

Virginia's state-owned liquor retailers are keeping yet another lottery for the chance to purchase a hard-to-find brand name of bourbon.

The Virginia Office of Alcoholic Beverage Command is holding the lottery for Pappy Van Winkle bourbons, The Richmond-Times Dispatch reports.

The lottery consists of an opportunity to purchase a four-bottle assortment package deal for $999.ninety nine.

This is actually the third Pappy Van Winkle lottery from the point out. In 2016, there have been far more than 25,000 entries for the few hundred Pappy Van Winkle goods.

Virginians which has a legitimate driver's license above the age of 21 can enter at

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.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bourbon For Booty in North Carolina!

Mark your calendars for Thursday September 14 at 7:00 PM because for $100 ($60 if you are a non-drinker) you get led through an evening of bourbon and whiskey tasting, along with light food pairings by chef Craig Barbour. If you’re really serious about bourbon, there are 20 $200 tickets that get you all of the above and a special tasting of 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve.

Location: Hart Witzen Gallery, 136 E. 36th Street, Charlotte, NC 28206

Tickets are limited and on sale now. More information:, or email Lueders,

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Buffalo Trace Distillery pushes forward with $200m expansion

Buffalo Trace Distillery is moving  ahead with a $200 million expansion announced last year.
The bourbon distillery near Frankfort is building new barrel warehouses and relocating its bottling operation to make room for more cookers and fermenters.  Two office buildings are also being converted back into warehouses that will hold a combined 200,000 barrels of aging whiskey to meet demand.

Construction is underway on new warehouses are being built on 200 acres of farmland the company purchased a few years ago. This is the first time since 1951 that the company has added warehouses. The first of the warehouses will be finished by the end of the year. It will hold more than 55,000 barrels of bourbon.  Plans call for new $7 million warehouses to be built every four months for the next several years.

The company is planning for the future by moving and expanding its bottling operation in the former Distribution Center by the end of 2018.  Production this summer is already running 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. But there is a still a shortage for Buffalo Trace's flagship bourbon.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Dalton & Wade opens in Minneapolis with Pappy

Dalton & Wade opened at 323 Washington Ave with a whisky selection of over 200, including some rare high-end varieties such as Buffalo Trace’s antique collection and Pappy Van Winkle’s 10-year and 12-year.

Just as important, though, the partners say, are quality finds at affordable prices. “Our goal is to find the best $10 bottle of whiskey out there and offer that,” Paul Abdo said.

The restaurant, covered in leather and wood, seats 110 with an additional 10 to 15 in a small lounge and a 22-seat bar. A patio will hold 50.

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

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year in New York. For $145... a pour.

$145. That seems to be the price now in 2017 for a 2oz pour of Pappy Van Winkle in New York. Remember Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 23 Year, has a suggest MSRP of $269, a bottle.

Bowery Bay in Queens received a shipment last week and landed five bottles of hard-to-find whiskeys from the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery.

"This year we actually got the 23, which is the rarest and the hardest to get," owner Deni Anza said.

The bar requests bottles of the rare Kentucky-based whiskey every year, though it's never guaranteed that they'll actually receive any, she said.

"As well as it being extremely high quality, it's just very, very rare," she said, adding that they managed to snag two bottles last year, which lasted only about a month before selling out.

Their rarity means bottles of the high-end booze often end up selling online at far higher prices than their suggested retail cost.

"It's supply and demand,"  Anza said. "They make very few cases of it, and when they sell it, they sell it, and that's it for the year."

Bowery Bay also has the Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year, selling for $55 a pour, the Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 Year, which patrons can try for $85 a pour, and the Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year, which is going for $50 a pour.

In addition, the Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13 Year is selling for $65 a glass, and a flight of three one-ounce tastes each of the 10 Year, the 12 Year and the Rye for $85.

"So you get to taste a little bit of each," Anza said. She admitted that not everyone is willing to pay such steep prices for a taste of whiskey, though die-hard enthusiasts are known to go to great lengths for the brand. "There are people who go in search of it," she said.

Customers who want a drink at a more modest price can order one of the more than 100 other whiskeys on Bowery Bay's menu.

The bar, located on Ditmars Boulevard and 21st Street, is open at 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Monday, February 27, 2017

More Pappy Van Winkle bottles will soon be in stock for sale, but theres a catch

A super limited batch of Pappy Van Winkle will begin shipping in April of 2017 to retailers. It comes from just 11 barrels which make up a total of 710 bottles. And it is a 25 year old special edition bourbon. The bourbon was distilled in 1989 an stored at the Van Winkle family distillery until being moved to the Buffalo Trace Distillery’s warehouses in 2002, where they were aged for another 12 yrs. Then in 2014, the barrels were put into stainless steel tanks to halt the aging process.

A wooden box created by Heritage Handcrafted completes the package; it's made with oak staves from the 11 barrels that held the bourbon as it was aging, and a metal plaque on its exterior commemorates the time that the liquid spent "asleep 25 years in the wood." Inside is a bourbon certificate of authenticity, numbered and signed by Julian Van Winkle, grandson of the original Julian P. "Pappy" Van Winkle, Sr., who founded the distillery.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime offering," Van Winkle said of the 710 bottles, which will begin shipping spring.

The retail price is set at $1,800 but as soon as it hits the secondary market, it is expected people will be selling it for $3000 to $6000.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Pappy Van Winkle Flight Nights in Austin, TX

Today, February 20, 2017 along with tomorrow Tuesday the 21st Pappy Van Winkle flight nights are available for tasting. Show up at Easy Tiger beginning at 5pm. The address is  709 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 and they can be reached at 512-614-4972. Cost is $50.00.

You may visit them on the web at

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pappy Van Winkle raffle raises $10,000!

Through a special raffle initiative aimed at showcasing both the New Hampshire Liquor Commission’s (NHLC) array of exclusive and premium products and the state’s lodging and dining options, NHLC raised $10,500 to support the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association (NHLRA)’s statewide Restaurant Week NH.

This past fall, NHLC teamed up with NHLRA for the Pappy Van Winkle Raffle & Exclusive Tasting Experience, New Hampshire’s first raffle of the extremely rare and coveted Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23yr Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. The raffle drew more than 100 entries.

The raffle featured the chance to win a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23yr bourbon, a one-of-a-kind trip to New Hampshire for an exclusive Pappy Van Winkle tasting and fine dining experience, and VIP access to the Distiller’s Showcase of Premium Spirits, the largest spirit tasting event in New England featuring more than 400 premium and ultra-premium spirits. Raffle proceeds support NHLRA’s 6th Annual Restaurant Week NH, eight days of culinary adventure running March 24 through March 31, 2017.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Pappy Van Winkle will be easier to obtain and taste soon

Kentucky may soon be awash in rare, expensive bourbon. The Kentucky House Committee recently passed a bill allowing individuals to sell unopened vintage bottles of whiskey to stores and restaurants.

The bill opens up the already booming bourbon market. Individuals with decades old bottles now have a legal way of cashing in that doesn’t rely on black market trading or online groups. And for the rest of us who don’t have a whiskey hoarder in the family, the bill means a new supply of aged bourbon is on the way — yes, it may even mean more Pappy.

Bourbon production is limited by design. By law, bourbon must age in new oak barrels for at least two years. Required aging limits how much can producers can make at once. Limited supply and high demand (the bourbon trend has been going on for some years now) created a bourbon market that was only more constrained as people bought up bottles for their own collection. Now those bottles in private collections are older, even more rare, and much, much more expensive.

If you need a sense of just how much bourbon could be squirreled away right now, Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distiller’s Association, told WKMS public radio that there’s probably more vintage bourbon in people’s attics than anywhere else.

So just how much money can this new market of bourbon sellers look to make? It all depends on how loved the brand is and how rare the bottle is, but it wouldn’t be unheard of for a single bottle to go for more than $1,000.

If you love fine bourbon, the next couple years will be an exciting time to visit Kentucky. This new bill will bring bottles out of the woodwork, and once they’re gone, they’re gone for good.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Sellers of Pappy in Pennsylvania, beware!

A bottle of coveted whiskey has a York County man facing a misdemeanor count of sales of liquor without a license.

Officers from the state Bureau of Liquor Control say they responded to an ad on Craigslist and subsequently were sold a 20-year-old bottle of Pappy Van Winkle by Wade Ashley Collingsworth, 45, of York.

The rare bottles of bourbon and whiskey produced by Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky are so sought after that the state Liquor Control Board has held an annual lottery. In 2016, it ran from Nov. 28 to Dec. 3 and 1,601 bottles up for grabs.

The whiskey and bourbon brand sells for upwards of $2,000 a bottle. No information was provided on what Collingsworth allegedly asked for the bottle agents say they bought.

It's not the first time some lucky winners found themselves in hot water with the LCB. Resales of liquor in Pennsylvania are illegal, and after each auction, the bureau keeps an eye out for online sellers.

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.