Featured Bar: Char No. 4, Brooklyn, New York


Featured Bar: Char No. 4 is a Brooklyn based whiskey bar that was founded on a passion for bourbon. They offer of 150 whiskies, good food options, and have an absolute passion for smoked meats. They have great food items on their brunch, lunch, and dinner menus and some unique items. In addition to the great food they offer, they have an excellent drink offering including bourbon cocktails, barrel aged cocktails (Sazerac, Manhattan, Mint Julep), and they whiskey and beer combos. This is a great bar and we are pleased to have selected them as a featured bar. If you’re in the area, stop in and check them out.

Ranger Creek’s .36 Single Barrel Bourbon Steals the Show

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Ranger Creek’s .36 Single Barrel Bourbon Steals the Show

Local Brewery/ Distillery Takes Home Best of Class and Best of Show at ACSA Awards

SAN ANTONIO – FEB. 23, 2015 – Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling was awarded the American Craft Spirits Association’s Gold Medal, Best-of-Class and Best-of-Show for their .36 Single Barrel Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey last Sunday, February 15, at the ACSA Awards Dinner. Ranger Creek also took home Gold for their .36 Texas Bourbon Whiskey and Silver for their .44 Texas Rye Whiskey.

“We began filling these barrels just after starting production in 2010 and have patiently monitored maturation over the years.  With the success of our small barrel .36, there were high expectations both inside our distillery and also from our consumers,” says TJ Miller, Ranger Creek Co-founder and Head Distiller. “Being awarded the best craft distilled spirit in the US by the ACSA was a humbling surprise. It’s also a huge honor to represent authentic craft spirits makers.”

Only 1,400 bottles of the .36 Single Barrel Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey were produced, making the big winner a hot commodity.

As part of the festivities celebrating the internationally recognized win, Ranger Creek is putting together a unique collection of fourteen Ranger Creek .36 single-barrel bottles that will include one bottle from each barrel used. This one-of-a kind, hand-numbered collection will be awarded to one lucky fan via a social media #WhiskeySelfie Contest, being held March 7 through April 30, 2015.

Ranger Creek will be kicking-off the contest and sampling a selection of Ranger Creek beers and whiskey’s at a celebratory open house on Saturday, March 14, from 2 – 6 p.m. at 4834 Whirlwind Dr, San Antonio, TX 78217. There will be live music, gourmet food trucks, whiskey evaluations and brewery exclusive products.

A complete list of the ACSA Award recipients can be found here.

You can see our full review on Ranger Creek .36 Bourbon by clicking the image below.

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About Ranger Creek

Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling is a combined brewery/distillery handcrafting beer and bourbon in San Antonio, TX one batch at a time.  They are one of only a small number of combined brewery/distilleries in the U.S. making both beer and bourbon.  Ranger Creek focuses on interesting recipes and utilizes local ingredients from the state of Texas as much as possible. Visitors to San Antonio are encouraged to sign up for one of the regularly scheduled facility tours. For more information on Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling, please visit www.drinkrangercreek.com.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Sets Record In 2014


Visiting all the major distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail gets you a t-shirt, but because the record-setting program is growing — and adding distilleries — the reward program might be up-sized too.

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association, which oversees the trail program and a companion tourism effort for craft distilleries, announced Thursday that its 18 participating distilleries saw a record 723,503 visits in 2014.

“The monumental growth of our Kentucky Bourbon Trail experiences is proof that they’re the hottest tourism attractions around,” association President Eric Gregory said in a statement.

The association created the trail program in 1999, followed by a passport program in 2007 where people who have their books stamped at each stop get a free shirt. That program now has nine distilleries. The visitors who finish the nine-stop craft distillery trail — which extends from Marshall County in far Western Kentucky to Mason County in northeastern Kentucky — get a silver julep cup. Full article here.

2015 Changes

We have a few changes to announce for 2015. We will no longer be having a Whiskey of the Month but we will still be announcing a Whiskey of the Year. We will pull our stats at the end of the year and take votes on the top 10 whiskies for the previous year. We will be bringing back our featured bar post. This will be a bi-weekly post and will help others learn about great bars around the country and if you have a favorite bar, please feel free to share it with us. We will be posting more cocktail and food recipes dealing with whiskey. Cooking with whiskey is something we know a lot of you enjoy and we will be posting some great food recipes that have whiskey in the ingredients. As always, we want to thank you for reading Bourbon & Oak and we are looking forward to another great year. Cheers!

2014 Whiskey of the Year Poll

It’s that time of year again, time to cast your vote for the Whiskey of the Year. You selected some great whiskies throughout the year as Whiskey of the Month and now we need you to select another. Please vote below, Whiskey of the Year will be announced on January 5th, 2014.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Bourbon & Oak. We hope you enjoy the time spent with family and friends on this day and the bourbon that we know you will all be having. We are thankful for each and every one of our followers and the great conversations we have. Thank you and cheers everyone! We’ll see you on Monday.