Morning Report, Thursday, October 30th, 2014


LOUISVILLE, KY. – The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience® is celebrating its one-year anniversary Nov. 15 with a week of celebratory events and the release of a commemorative Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon.

The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience® is a multi-million dollar artisanal distillery, immersive tourism experience and retail store celebrating the legacy of Evan Williams, Kentucky’s first commercial distiller and namesake of Heaven Hill Distilleries’ flagship Bourbon brand. As Louisville’s first stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience drew 70,000 visitors this year from around the globe.

“The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is an incredible pioneer in Louisville’s ever-expanding bourbon and spirits tourism presence,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “Thanks to Heaven Hill for blazing a trail and giving so many visitors a tremendous experience with our city’s native spirit, history and heritage.”

Anniversary festivities kick off 10:30-11:00 a.m., Mon., Nov. 10, when Mayor Fischer, company executives and other dignitaries will be on hand to unveil an official Evan Williams historical marker across the street from the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, 528 W. Main St. Max L. Shapira, president of Heaven Hill, America’s largest independent, family-owned and operated spirits company, will sign bottles from 3-5:30 p.m. and there will be a Downtown Neighborhood Celebration from 2:30-5 p.m. in the Retail Store.

A special 2005 Vintage Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon may be purchased exclusively at the Bourbon Experience starting Nov. 10 as well. There are only 420 bottles available, poured from two hand-selected barrels. The bourbon is 100 proof, as opposed to the standard 86.6 proof in other Evan Williams Single Barrel bottles. The bottles are dipped in copper wax and feature a unique “Evan Williams Bourbon Experience First Anniversary” label and sell for $99.99 each.

Throughout the week, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience will offer buy one, get $1 tours, a free, logoed nosing glass for every guest and door prizes each day. Tastings of rare Evan Williams 23-Year-Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey will be on tours Tues., Nov. 11, and Artisanal Distiller Charlie Downs will treat visitors to the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience’s ‘new make,’ fresh off the still on ‘White Dog Wednesday,’ Nov. 12. Full article here.

Morning Report, Tuesday, October 29th, 2014


Gear: The campfire season is here folks and boy can they be a pain to get going. There can numerous ways that things can go wrong. The Happy Camper is such a simple yet useful invention. It is made of a slow burning cardboard with a firestarter that helps get it going. It elevates the wood off the ground giving optimal oxygen flow and leaving any wet ground issues behind. The Happy Camper will still allow you to put your expert campfire skills to good use without some of the hassles, leaving you with only one thing to focus on, the bourbon in your glass. Get it here.

Bourbon Balls Recipe


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 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.

Morning Report, Friday, October 24th, 2014


Book: What began over 30 years ago with hobby brewers in the United States has today become an international movement with beer-loving adherents from Europe to South Africa. Small enterprises worldwide are combining fresh ideas with traditional methods to create outstanding craft beers. Barley & Hops will take you on journey and and give you an extensive history behind your favorite beers. With numerous recipes, food pairing suggestions, portraits of those who are passionate about their craft, and much more, this is a great book to have on your shelf. Get it here.

Brunswick Stew Recipe


1/2 pound butter

3 cups (2 large) diced sweet onions

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon salt

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup bbq sauce

1 pound pulled pork

1/2 pound diced chicken

1/2 pound ground turkey

1/2 pound ground beef

1  can fire roasted tomatoes

2 cans drained green beans

3 oz. bourbon

1 quart or more quality chicken stock or broth

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the diced onions and saute until the onions are translucent, about 15 minutes. Stir in the cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes then add bbq sauce. Stir in the pulled pork, chicken, turkey, and beef. Add the fire roasted tomatoes and green beans. Stir in the chicken stock and let simmer for a couple hours over low heat. Enjoy! This recipe is also one that can be made in a crock pot.

Pair it with bourbon and cornbread for additional enjoyment.

Morning Report, Monday, October 20th, 2014


Gear: Today we feature another amazing product from Strong Like Bull and one that is based on such a simple idea. BottleLoft lets you hang your beer from the roof of your refrigerator. This keeps them out of the way of all the other items you have on hand. Using magnets that can hold up to 4.8 lbs., a custom rail, and adhesive strips; BottleLoft will save you space and allow you to add a couple extra beers, which is what is most important anyways. Get it here.