Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon Launching in October

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Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon Launching in October

Limestone Branch Distillery introduces Yellowstone Limited Edition, set to hit the market in October. With only 6,000 bottles produced, this ultra-premium bourbon is the marriage of a seven-year rye, a seven-year wheated and a 12-year rye – a combination that creates an exceptional depth of flavor and complexity.

“I hand-selected the barrels of the 12-year bourbon to add just the right notes and create a truly distinct, well-rounded flavor profile,” says Steve Beam, president and distiller of Limestone Branch Distillery. “Given our partnership with Luxco and the access they have to high-quality bourbon, we were able to hand-select ‘honey barrels’ for this small batch to find the best complementary flavors to enhance the seven-year bourbon and create just the right combination so the bourbon hits different areas of the palate for a superior experience.”

Once he found the perfect bourbons, Beam added his own distinctive spin to the final product. “Some of the bourbon was chill-filtered, some of it was not; but what makes this combination unique is that we took the 12-year rye bourbon out of its barrels, and poured the seven-year bourbon into the 12-year barrels to enrich it and extract more flavors. This process of reusing the barrels allowed the younger bourbons to pick up the more mature notes, adding a cinnamon and caramel taste as well as some smoky notes.”

Yellowstone Limited Edition, bottled at 105 proof, celebrates the 105th anniversary of Steve Beam’s great-grandfather, Minor Case Beam, selling his Old Trump Distillery to Joseph Bernard Dant, a pioneer distiller and relative from his mother’s side.

“It’s been a dream for my brother Paul and I to return the Yellowstone brand back to our family,” says Beam. “With this bourbon, both sides of our family – the Beams and the Dants – and their distilling heritage, come together. It was one of the main reasons we partnered with Luxco, to bring Yellowstone back home and begin distilling and bottling it right here at Limestone Branch.”

Steve Beam and his brother Paul Beam opened Limestone Branch Distillery in 2011. The distillery is known for its Moon Pie Moonshine, T.J. Pottinger Sugar Shine and Precinct No. 6 whiskey. With a history of distilling on both sides of their family, the brothers are seventh-generation distillers.

Yellowstone Limited Edition will be officially launched during the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, held in Historic Bardstown September 15-20, 2015. Suggested retail price for the bourbon is $105.

For more information on Limestone Branch Distillery and Yellowstone, please visit www.limestonebranch.com, www.yellowstonebourbon.com or www.facebook.com/limestone-branch-distillery.


Woodford Reserve Bourbon Heritage Harvest Buffet Dinner with Master Distiller Chris Morris

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WHAT:  Celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month at the Woodford Reserve Distillery.  Dine at the ultimate Distiller’s Table with the Woodford Reserve Master Distiller, Chris Morris on Friday, September 18.  Begin the evening in our Visitor’s Center with Chris and artisan created Woodford Cocktails. Our Chef-in-Residence, Ouita Michel, will serve Tapas and small plates inspired by Chris’ mixology — each drink and plate a reflection of the other.

 

After the cocktail hour, Chris will lead guests down the hill to an 88-foot long Harvest Table located along Woodford’s famous historic barrel run. Here guests will dine on the best of our Bluegrass Harvest by candle and lantern light.

 

On the menu is: Black Hawk Kentucky Proud Wagyu Beef slow cooked over Woodford Barrel Staves, Whole Roasted Wild Salmon, Heirloom tomatoes, Happy Jack’s Sweet corn, the first of the fall squashes, local lettuces, greens and beans, biscuits, corn pones, and Woodford’s own pickles and relishes. For dessert: Woodford’s Apple Charlotte, drizzled with Caramel and served with Crank-n-Boom Bourbon Honey Ice Cream.

 

 

WHO:   Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris

 

 

WHEN:   Friday, September 18, 2015

   6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

 

WHERE:  The Woodford Reserve Distillery

7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles, KY 40383

 

 

Cost$95 per person plus tax and gratuity

 

Please enjoy Woodford Reserve responsibly.

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 45.2% Alc. by Vol.,

The Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, KY ©2015

visit http://www.woodfordreserve.com for more information


Whiskey Pig

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SMOKE, CHAR, & A BOURBON BAR
September, 17 2015

What happens when you batch together rare Kentucky Bourbons from Willett Distillery, classic Bluegrass cuisine from the Harrison-Smith House, award-winning Lowcountry cooking from Chef Sean Brock, and rare whiskies from the legendary Jack Rose Dining Saloon?  You have one of the most anticipated limited edition ‘release’ events in the South.

Whiskey Pig is slated for Thursday night (9/17) of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, the week-long celebration of America’s Native Spirit in Bardstown, Kentucky.  And what better place to have a celebration of Kentucky’s finest than in the Bourbon Capital of the World?

This culinary cocktail of antique Bourbons, special barrel selections, and cooking from acclaimed chefs will benefit the regional charity Home of the Innocents.  A limited number of tickets will be available for $100 and must be purchased in advance (through this website).  Questions about reservations can be directed to 502-233-9993.

Featuring Bourbons hand-selected by Master Distiller Drew Kulsveen with the help of Husk and McCrady’s Chef Sean Brock, and complemented by the dusty-hunting prowess of Bill Thomas and Jared Hyman of Jack Rose Dining Saloon, the Bourbons and whiskeys for sampling will be top-shelf and one-of-a-kind.

Whiskey Pig will also showcase Southern food at its finest with Chef/Owner Newman Miller and his team at the Harrison-Smith House hosting the event in collaboration with Chef Brock.  The menu will feature a variety of evocative Southern dishes like country ham, shrimp and grits, and Bourbon-inspired surprises.

 ON THE MENU

Chef Miller and the Harrison-Smith House will prepare:

  • Prime smoked brisket, Josh’s rolls, pickles, mustard
  • Country sausage, aged beer cheese, Bourbon sauce
  • Benedictine, country ham salad, limestone bibb
  • Garlic potato soup, local catfish, fried croutons
  • Chocolate/Black walnut/Pretzel truffles

Chef Sean Brock of Husk and McCrady’s restaurants will prepare:

  • Lowcountry Shrimp & Grits
  • Husk chicken skins with white bbq sauce
  • Two-year Bob Woods country ham
  • Cheerwine glazed pig ears w/ benne rolls and smoked Duke’s
  • Carolina Gold rice cake w/ pimento cheese and pickled ramps

ON THE BAR

Bill Thomas and Jared Hyman of Jack Rose Dining Saloon will pour:

  • Evan Williams Single Barrel 1996 Vintage
  • Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year
  • Wild Turkey Russell’s Reserve 10 year 101 proof
  • Old Forester 75th Anniversary of Prohibition
  • Cream of Kentucky whiskey (circa 1970s)
  • I.W. Harper (circa 1980s)

Master Distiller Drew Kulsveen and the Willett Distillery family will pour:

  • A special barrel selection of Willett Family Estate picked exclusively for Whiskey Pig
  • Additional Willett portfolio surprises

 

Click here to purchase tickets


Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace announces Special Events to be held during Kentucky Bourbon Festival week.

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Bardstown, Kentucky, August 26, 2015 –The Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace, announces special Bourbon themed events Monday, September 14 –Saturday, September 20, coinciding with the Kentucky Bourbon Festival week.

The events will be held at the Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace, 110 West Flaget, Bardstown, Ky.  And are as follows;

 

BOURBON BABES of the BLUEGRASS
Monday, September 14 & Tuesday, September 15
7:30 p.m. each evening

 

Eve Theatre Company will perform its original production of Bourbon Babes of the Bluegrass.  This fun and fast-paced special “Eve-vent” pays tribute to the many women who, over the centuries, have contributed significantly to Kentucky’s signature bourbon industry.

Written by Eve Theatre Company member Susan McNeese Lynch, Bourbon Babes tells the personal stories of seven women who have contributed in such ways as being the first to write down a recipe for sour mash, creating a bottle and red wax seal that is now known the world over, and building a bootlegging business that was second to none. Interspersed among the stories of these fascinating women are a series of “Mixers” that add extra history, humor, trivia, cocktail recipes, music, and a little mayhem to the proceedings.

“This is Eve’s way of encouraging new and overdue appreciation for the roles that women played in this very important industry,” said Lynch. “We hope that Bourbon Babes will change the way people see bourbon, right down to how to sip a Mint Julep.”

Under the direction of Kate Larken, who also appears in the show, the cast for Bourbon Babes of the Bluegrass includes, Hazel Bartlett, Kim Butterweck, Lynch, Gilmer McCormick, Kate Scinta, and Diane Stretz-Thurmond.

Tickets are $30 per person.

 

 

“Cocktails with Bobby G”
Master Mixologist for Beam Suntory
Wednesday, September 16, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

 

Cocktail hour doesn’t get any better than this!  Watch and learn how Bobby “G” Gleason makes his signature cocktails.  Participants will taste the best cocktails EVER!!

“Bobby “G” began his spirits industry career in 1984 while bartending in South Florida. Now based in Las Vegas, the world-renown educator has been published in a multitude of magazines and has made many TV (CNBC, FOX & Friends, Food Net Work & DIY Network) and online video appearances. His cocktails have won many competitions including the New York International competition, the United States Bartenders Guild Championships, The World’s Most Sensuous Cocktail, and was named the US Mixologist of the year in 2005 & 2006 by Angostura. Bobby G also held a Guinness Book of World Records for the most cocktails in one hour.

Bobby G is an expert on all spirits categories and trains on histories, production, cocktail creation, menu development, and mixology from the basics to advanced mixology. He proudly serves as a National Ambassador of the United States Bartender Guild. He is a member of the International Bartenders Association, The World Wide Cocktail Club, and the International Bar Flies. He is a Certified United States Bartenders Guild Master Mixologist and works as the Master Mixologist for Beam Suntory. His travels have seen him in 15 countries and 44 states and that number continues to grow!

Tickets are $30 per person.

 

“An Afternoon of Bourbon & Books”
Thursday, September 17, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

 

Meet well known, award winning Bourbon authors, while sampling their personal favorite bourbons.  Michael Veach and Susan Reigler will discuss their recently released The Bourbon Tasting Notebook.  Fred Minnick will introduce his new bookBourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker. 

Award-winning writer Susan Reigler, author of Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide, The Complete Guide to Kentucky State Parks, and co-author of The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book, was born in Louisville.  From 1992 – 2007, Reigler was a restaurant critic, beverage columnist and travel writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal and has been a judge for the James Beard Foundation Restaurant Awards since 1997.  She also currently writes Kentucky restaurant reviews for the international travel and entertainment website, Gayot.com.  She currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Bourbon Women Association.

Michael Veach is one of the foremost authorities on all things Bourbon, and has spent over 15 years with The Filson Historical Society serving in the role of historian and author.  Mr. Veach has been featured in publications such as The Bourbon Review and The Louisville Encyclopedia.  He wrote the forward for the release of Gerald Carson’s Social History of Bourbon in 2010 and in 2013 published his own now-widely acclaimed book Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage.  Prior to his long tenure at The Filson, Veach spent five years as the North American Archivist for United Distillers.  In 2006, he was inducted into The Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame.

Ticket price is $35/person.  The price of the Bourbon Tasting is included in the ticket price, as well as a $5 discount toward the purchase of the author’s books.

Wall Street Journal best-selling author Fred Minnick wrote the award-winning Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch and Irish Whiskey.  Minnick writes about whiskey for Covey Rise, Parade, Scientific-American, Whisky Advocate, and Whisky magazine.  He is the “Bourbon authority” for the Kentucky Derby Museum and regularly appears in the mainstream media, including CBS This Morning, Esquire, Forbes and NPR.

“Live Music on the Bourbon Patio”

Friday, September 18 & Saturday, September 19
7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Friday night – Brittney Gilstrap

Saturday night – Chris Walsh

Free/No Cover Charge.

Bourbon Bar/Tasting Room

Open daily throughout the week for sampling Flights of Bourbon or take a break from all you Bourbon Festival activities and enjoy your favorite cocktail on the patio with friends!

The Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace, located at 110 West Flaget Street, Bardstown, KY, 40004, is a historic venue with Bourbon-related programming, a Bourbon Tasting Room/Cocktail Bar, Souvenir/Gift Shop and Boutique Liquor Store.

Tickets may be purchased at the Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace or by calling 502-348-8611.  There is a 10% discount, when purchasing all three ticketed events in advance. More information here.


Stave & Thief Society to Certify Bourbon Experts in Lexington

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Stave & Thief Society, an industry-leading bourbon certification program, will offer hands-on education for hospitality staff and whiskey enthusiasts Monday, Sept. 28 at Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. The day-long class organized by Louisville-based Distilled Spirits Epicenter certifies bourbon experts with superior instruction in distilling, tasting and serving Kentucky’s native spirit. With Breeders’ Cup coming to Lexington this fall, Stave & Thief Society raises the bar when it comes to educated hospitality staff in the region.

Several Lexington businesses have previously sent representatives to Louisville to complete the program, including Keeneland Race Course, VisitLEX and the Kentucky Distillers Association. As bourbon culture and tourism continue to grow in Kentucky and beyond, more businesses see the need for a standardized training for front-line staff. Attendees distill bourbon, fine-tune their senses with tasting and smelling evaluations, study bourbon history and learn about area distilleries. Bourbon stewards at each business have the knowledge to discuss bourbon attributes, advise patrons on the spirit and distinguish basic flavor profiles. Individual memberships are also available for bourbon enthusiasts.

Enrollment is now open at staveandthief.com. Educational distillery Distilled Spirits Epicenter is responsible for coordinating the curriculum and administers workshops, learning materials and exams to prepare students to explain the state’s rich bourbon history, discuss Kentucky brands and guide customers to the ideal choice for their palate.

About Distilled Spirits Epicenter:

Located at 801 S. 8th St., Distilled Spirits Epicenter consists of Grease Monkey Distillery, Moonshine University and Challenge Bottling and offers educational and training resources focusing on artisan spirits. Through hands-on distilling instruction, classes and bottling services, the Epicenter brings Kentucky’s unique distilling legacy to life. Distilled Spirits Epicenter is the sister company to Flavorman, an international custom beverage development and ingredient supply company. Flavorman’s Beverage Architects and the Epicenter’s team of distilling consultants can take your idea through every phase of beverage development and production…from start through finish. For more information, visitflavorman.com and ds-epicenter.com.


Gov. Beshear Proclaims September “Bourbon Heritage Month,” Urges Tourism Legislation

FRANKFORT, Ky. – For his eighth and final time before leaving office, Gov. Steve Beshear today declared September to be “Bourbon Heritage Month” in the Bluegrass and praised the thriving signature industry for its monumental growth during his tenure.

Since 2007 when Gov. Beshear took office, the number of distilleries has tripled, Bourbon production and jobs have both nearly doubled and the number of aging barrels has actually exceeded the state’s population – a fact the Governor often touts in appearances.

“The skyrocketing success of our legendary Bourbon industry is one of the biggest and proudest highlights during my two terms,” Beshear said. “I’ve been honored to break ground at new distilleries, cut ribbons on innovative tourism centers and even bung a few barrels.

“And while it’s my pleasure to once again declare September ‘Bourbon Heritage Month,’ I must do so with a word of caution: we must continue to reform our archaic alcohol laws in order to keep Kentucky’s rightful place as the one, true and authentic home for Bourbon.”

Beshear urged lawmakers to modernize tourism and hospitality laws in the upcoming legislative session to better compete with other states that are working to lure the next generation of distilleries from the Commonwealth.

Kentucky currently ranks eighth in the number of operating distilleries, but still produces 95 percent of the world’s Bourbon. If that number starts to drop, Beshear warned, it would mean lost jobs, revenue and investment that might not ever be replaced.

“We cannot afford to lose our historic distilling monopoly,” Beshear said. “What if that number slips to 90 percent or 80 percent? Our growth has been incredible, but it’s time to leverage that momentum and realize our potential. We literally cannot afford to be complacent.”

Eric Gregory, President of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, applauded Beshear for his years of support. “We are truly thankful for Gov. Beshear’s leadership and partnership as our economic and tourism impact has grown significantly under his watch.

“Government is at its best when it works hand-in-hand with the private sector, and you couldn’t find a better example than Gov. Beshear’s administration and our flourishing Bourbon industry. He has been a true champion of Kentucky Bourbon and toasted its success around the world.”

In his official Proclamation, Gov. Beshear cheered the following facts:

  • Bourbon is a thriving $3 billion economic engine that generates more than 15,400 jobs with an annual payroll topping $700 million and $166 million in tax revenue every year.
  • The distilled spirits industry is in the middle of a $1.3 billion building boom, creating new good-paying jobs and spurring economic growth.
  • More than 5.3 million Bourbon barrels are gently resting in Kentucky warehouses for the first time since 1975, as production of the mellow amber nectar continues its remarkable resurgence.
  • Bourbon production has skyrocketed more than 170 percent in the last 15 years, with 1.3 million barrels filled in 2014, the largest production year since 1970.
  • A record 627,032 visitors from all around the world poured into the Bluegrass last year to visit the nine distilleries that comprise the famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour.
  • The nine Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® members recorded 96,471 visits in their second full year of existence, a 56 percent increase over its inaugural year.

Gregory said the KDA also now has 28 members – the most since the Repeal of Prohibition – and is embarking on its second-ever membership drive in September. The non-profit trade group recently marked its 135th anniversary.

The KDA’s diverse membership produces 90 percent of the world’s Bourbon, from legendary, global brands to emerging micro distilleries that are building the next generation of the timeless craft.

Pauline Rooney, who chairs the KDA’s Board of Directors, also thanked Gov. Beshear.

“We have accomplished great things by working together and, more importantly, we have even more great Bourbon than we’ve had in generations,” said Rooney, Vice President of Distillation, Maturation and Engineering for DIAGEO North America.

“September is a month to celebrate our history, our success and our future,” she said. “On behalf of the KDA and all our distilleries, we hope everyone has a wonderful Bourbon Heritage Month and savors our products responsibly and in moderation.”

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For more information, contact Eric Gregory at (502) 875-9351.

 

 

The KDA is a non-profit trade association founded in 1880 to promote, protect and unite Kentucky’s signature

Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Heritage members include Beam Suntory (Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark),

Brown-Forman Corp., Diageo North America, Four Roses Distillery, Heaven Hill Brands and Wild Turkey

Distillery. Proof members include Michter’s Distillery.

 

Craft members include Alltech’s Town Branch Distillery, Barrel House Distilling Co., Bluegrass Distillers,

Boundary Oak Distillery, Casey Jones Distillery, Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, Corsair Artisan

Distillery, Dueling Grounds Distillery, Kentucky Artisan Distillery, Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co., Limestone

Branch Distillery, MB Roland Distillery, New Riff Distillery, The Old Pogue Distillery, Second Sight Spirits, Silver

Trail Distillery, The Gentleman Distillery, Three Boys Farm Distillery, Wilderness Trail Distillery and Willett

Distillery. The Distilled Spirits Epicenter is the KDA’s official educational distillery.

 

Member benefits include media relations, international trade development, private sampling events, technical

assistance, economic development support, networking, legal defense, marketing strategies, governmental and

regulatory advocacy and innovative tourism experiences through the KDA’s Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® adventures. The KDA maintains an open membership policy, champions a

strong commitment to the responsible and moderate consumption of spirits, and fights to curb underage drinking

and drunk driving. For more information about joining the KDA’s distilling family, contact KDA President Eric

Gregory at (502) 875-9351. Visit www.kybourbon.com and www.kybourbontrail.com to learn more.



Bourbon & Oak Official Apps

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We are pleased to announce that our app is officially available on all iOS and Android devices, both tablets and handsets. Our app is free, advertisement free, and the most convenient way to keep up with Bourbon & Oak. Our app covers everything published daily on bourbonandoak.com in a whole new way. Browse our content wherever you want, in a convenient and up to the minute, easy to use app. We hope you enjoy the app and we hope you enjoy the logo above as well, our close friend Nick Thames created it to go along with our official app launch, thanks again Nick. As always, thank you for taking the time to read our site.

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Sweet N’ Spicy Bourbon Balls

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2 1/2 graham crackers crushed

3/4 cup bourbon of choice

3 tablespoons light corn syrup

1/2 cup powder sugar

6 ounces chocolate chips

1 teaspoon sriracha

granulated sugar

1 cup ground pecans

1. In a medium sized bowl, stir together the graham crackers, ground pecans and powdered sugar.

2. In a small pan heat chocolate chips over low heat until almost melted (it will melt more as you stir). Stir in bourbon, sriracha, and corn syrup to combine.

3. Add the chocolate mixture to the crumbs mixture, and stir until thoroughly combined. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes.

4. Pour some granulated sugar into a dish. Form the chocolate mixture into small balls the size of grapes, and roll each ball in the sugar. Serve & Enjoy.


Tequila Mockingbird

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Book: Cocktails and books can go hand in hand, Tequila Mockingbird is a great cocktail book. It features 65 delicious drink recipes that have book themed titles. The book also includes bar bites, drinking games, and illustrations throughout. From The Last of the Mojitos to Romeo and Julep you’ll find a cocktail you’ll love. This is currently one of the most popular books available and for good reason.