Morning Report, Friday, September 26th, 2014


News: Brown-Forman to Build Old Forester Distillery on Whiskey Row.

Louisville, KY, September 25, 2014 – Brown-Forman Corporation today announced that it will open a distillery and bourbon experience for its founding brand, Old Forester, in two historic buildings on West Main Street in Louisville, Kentucky. Brown-Forman expects to open the Old Forester Distillery in the fall of 2016, building on the company’s strong bourbon whiskey heritage by creating a world-class distilling operation and visitor destination that showcases the craftsmanship and authenticity of Old Forester, the first bottled bourbon. The company anticipates investing approximately $30 million in this project.

“George Garvin Brown introduced Old Forester, America’s first bottled bourbon, more than 140 years ago, which changed our industry and the Louisville community forever,” said Paul Varga, CEO of Brown-Forman Corporation. “As demand for high quality bourbon continues to increase, the Old Forester Distillery will enable us to expand capacity so that we can further showcase one of the greatest tasting and most historic bourbons.  We believe this will enrich Kentucky, the home of bourbon, and Louisville, the historic home of Brown-Forman and the Brown family.”

Old Forester is Brown-Forman’s founding brand, founded in 1870 by George Garvin Brown. Brown believed Old Forester was so pure and consistent that he sealed it, signed it, and pledged “There is nothing better in the market.” The Old Forester Distillery will celebrate Brown’s innovative spirit and his commitment to making the highest quality bourbon.

The Old Forester Distillery will include fermentation, distilling, barrel making, filling and dumping, and bottling. The new distillery will allow the company to double its current production of Old Forester. Full article here.

Morning Report, Wednesday, September 24th, 2014


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Four Roses Named 2015 American Whisky Distiller of the Year


For the fourth time in five years, Four Roses Distillery was named “Whisky Distiller of the Year – America” by Whisky Magazine.

The 2015 American Whisky Distiller of the Year award was presented to Four Roses earlier this week during Whisky Magazine’s “Icons of Whisky Awards – America” which took place in Bardstown during the Kentucky Bourbon Festival.

The annual Icons of Whisky Awards are “designed to celebrate the people and places behind the great whiskies of the world.”

Four Roses will compete for the world title next spring against winners of the equivalent award in Scotland and other countries. Full article here.

Bourbon Heritage Month Recipes

As we come to the final days of Bourbon Heritage Month we are proud to feature three recipes courtesy of Bevmo! Thirsty Times Blog. We hope everyone gets the chance to try these great drinks and enjoys Bourbon Heritage Month. Special thanks to Andrew Olsen for sharing. Cheers everyone!

Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy @bevmo

The picture of a cowboy strutting up to a saloon’s bar in a crisp Stetson, worn-in Levis, and leather boots with spurs that could bring a wild bull to its knees describes my vision of a midnight cowboy. But perhaps that’s a too stereotypical. He is, after all, adding a little cream to his bourbon and rum, indicating that he’s the kind of guy who likes some milk before bed. Maybe even a story and a snug tuck in? I can’t imagine that Billy the Kid or Buffalo Bill would object to that after a long day of gun-slinging in wild wild West.

Next time, before you reach for a glass of milk and cookies as your midnight snack, think of the midnight cowboy and bump things up a notch. You just might wake up in the morning with a new swag to your walk and twang in your talk.

Midnight Cowboy
2 ounces Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
1 ounce Myer’s Dark Rum
½ ounce heavy cream

Fill a low ball or rocks glass with ice. Add each ingredient and stir until the cream is mixed. Serve with a plate of cookies if desired.

Fox & Hound

Fox  Hound @bevmo

The current naming trend in restaurants and bars is to use two names together that either make perfect sense or absolutely no sense at all. In San Francisco there is Flour & Water, Stir & Star, and Sons & Daughters. In Los Angeles I’ve got Brick & Mortar, Post & Beam, Tar & Roses, and Night & Market. But well before this shift in eatery nomenclature, there was one traditional bourbon drink that set trends all on its own: Fox & Hound.

The Fox & Hound has a perfect balance of bourbon, Pernod and lemon juice, and enough egg white to give the drink a velvety texture that will transport you right to a speakeasy during Prohibition.

Fox & Hound
1.5 ounces Bulleit Rye bourbon
½ ounce Pernod
½ ounce lemon juice
½ teaspoon sugar
1 egg white

Fill a martini shaker with ice. Add each ingredient and shake until the drink begins to froth. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve immediately.

Dixie Dew

Dixie Dew

If the early morning dew in Kentucky tasted like bourbon, would anyone be surprised? And if Mother Nature did spike each drop then it would definitely taste like a Dixie Dew cocktail!

Good bourbon with a hint of mint and a touch of orange could be the perfect way to greet any morning, especially during National Bourbon Month. Omit the ice and try adding coffee if you’re having a leisurely Sunday morning, or pour in a few ounces of bubbly for a tasty aperitif.

Dixie Dew
1.5 ounces Wild Turkey Russell’s Reserve bourbon
½ teaspoon Hiram Walker white crème de menthe
½ teaspoon Cointreau
Garnish: Fresh mint, twist of orange

Fill a bucket glass (or tin can!) with ice, then add each ingredient. Stir to mix and garnish with fresh mint or a twist of orange.

Morning Report, Monday, September 22nd, 2014


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Morning Report, Friday, September 19th, 2014


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