Rogue Ales and Spirits Launches Chipotle Whiskey


On August 1, 2015 Rogue Ales and Spirits will unveil Rogue Chipotle Whiskey, small-batch distilled with Rogue Farms chipotle peppers.

Rogue Chipotle Whiskey begins at the Rogue farm in Independence, Oregon, where two acres of jalapeños grow close to the banks of the Willamette River. The jalapeños are allowed to ripen until they are bright red, the additional time ripening on the vine means more capsaicin in the pepper, which makes for a spicier pepper. Once harvested by hand, the jalapeños are driven 77 miles to the Rogue Brewery in Newport, Oregon, where they are dried and slowly smoked over cherry and alder woods. The smoky chipotles are then used by Brewmaster John Maier to brew the Rogue Chipotle Whiskey wash.

Once the brewing is complete, the chipotle wash is driven across the parking lot to the Rogue Distillery where more freshly smoked chipotles are added during the distillation process. After distillation, the Chipotle Whiskey is aged in Oregon Oak barrels along with one final addition of chipotles. Rogue Chipotle Whiskey uses chipotles three ways: brewed, distilled, and barrel-aged with Rogue Farms chipotle peppers for three times the flavor and spice.

Rogue Chipotle Whiskey will be available at Rogue meeting halls and select retailers throughout the United States. For more information, please visit

Old Fashioned Carry On Cocktail Kit

W&P Design x Old Fashioned Carry On Cocktail Kit (4)

Drink: Flying somewhere and craving a good cocktail? Check out the Carry On Cocktail Kit from W&P Design. This tiny cocktail kit will make you a damn good old fashioned at 30,000 feet. The kit includes a recipe card, spoon, muddler, bitters, cane sugar, and a linen coaster, all of which are packed neatly in a tiny case that will pass through security at your airport of choice. Just order a bottle of bourbon and craft your cocktail.

Eastside Distilling Introduces New Barrel Hitch American Whiskey and Barrel Hitch ‘Oregon Oak’ American Whiskey


Eastside Distilling, Inc., a producer of award-winning master-crafted spirits, has launched two new American Whiskeys, Barrel Hitch American Whiskey and Barrel Hitch ‘Oregon Oak’ American Whiskey.

The new whiskeys join Eastside’s already broad line of spirits that include the award-winning Burnside Bourbon and Burnside ‘Oregon Oaked’ Bourbon, as well as the award winning flavored whiskeys, Marionberry and Cherry Bomb.

Eastside’s master distiller, Melissa Heim, and its chief branding officer, Carrie Earles, collaborated to create the Barrel Hitch brand with one goal in mind: make a premium American whiskey enjoyable by all. Extra smooth and approachable as well as reasonably priced, these whiskeys were crafted to create instant appeal for both new and experienced whiskey drinkers wanting to savor a spirit for the ages — pure, simple, no gimmicks.

Bottled at 80 proof, Barrel Hitch American Whiskey hits the mark with a smooth body, toasted oak and hints of green apple and vanilla. Its remarkable flavor profile is the result of a meticulous blending process of carefully selected finished whiskey sources. Every source contributes a unique scent, flavor, mouth feel and color that is expertly balanced for consistency and quality. Eastside’s spirit crafting process represents the true marriage of art and science.

Bottled at 88 proof, Barrel Hitch ‘Oregon Oak’ American Whiskey takes its Barrel Hitch American Whiskey through a second “Oregon Oaked” aging process for an additional four months. Barrels constructed of Oregon Oak impart a distinctive savory spice flavor to aged spirits that cannot be produced from barrels made from other oak varietals.

The waters required in the crafting process to standardize the proof are sourced from the Bull Run watershed, an ecologically protected reservoir that collects rainfall and melting snow descending from Oregon’s majestic Cascade Mountains. These crystal clear waters flow freely and purely over an ancient layer of basalt bedrock on its way to Eastside’s distillery on Portland Distillery Row, where the unique mineral composition of these natural waters contributes to the distinct and alluring flavor profiles of these new American Whiskeys.

“We’re launching these new whiskeys into the fastest growing category of the spirits market, which hit $23.1 billion last year,” noted Eastside Distilling CEO, Steven Earles. “This record growth is largely being driven by a newer generation of spirits drinkers, and particularly women, who are discovering whiskey as a refreshing alternative to vodka and rum.

“Today’s new whiskey drinkers are not limited by tradition, but seek the best-tasting, most full-flavored experience they can find. In this regard, our new Barrel Hitch whiskeys hit the mark straight on. We expect them to develop the same phenomenal loyalty and growing demand created by our other spirits, which have received numerous industry awards for quality, taste, innovation and branding.”

Eastside’s new American whiskeys have received listing approval by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, and the company is preparing initial shipments for distribution to Oregon’s state-run liquor stores, with the rollout to other states planned to soon follow. Over the course of the last few months, Eastside has expanded distribution to three new states, now totaling nine, with the ongoing national expansion supported by some of the nation’s leading distributors.

Barrel Hitch American Whiskey: Tasting Notes

Color: Sunny Straw

Nose: Crushed wheat, corn husk and lightly toasted white oak

Flavor: Clean grain with subtle earthy, grassy notes. Covers entire palate with a comforting spice similar to cardamom. The oak opens with dessert tannins like vanilla and lends the subtlety of honeycomb. The flavor takes a pleasant turn towards dry, cured oak and warm caramel. This is a wonderfully balanced sipping whiskey that is low octane and truly original.

Barrel Hitch ‘Oregon Oak’ American Whiskey: Tasting Notes

Color: Gold

Nose: Vanilla, buttered biscuit, cognac

Flavor: Immediate dessert tannins with a medium octane punch. Lingers on upper palate with white oak, caramel, coal and vanilla. Flavor remains with you long after you’ve enjoyed your sip.


LUDLOW, Ky. – The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that Second Sight Spirits in Kenton County is the newest and 28th member of the non-profit trade group that promotes, protects and unites the state’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry.

Second Sight co-founders Carus Waggoner and Rick Couch grew up in Northern Kentucky andrecentl y moved back from Las Vegas, where they worked with Cirque Du Soleil on Beatles Love and Viva Elvis.

“We’ve been impressed with the job Rick and Carus have done by utilizing their theatrical talents in designing their distillery experience,” KDA President Eric Gregory said. “That’s the great thing about all our members – each one is truly unique.”

Second Sight is located in downtown Ludlow at 301 B Elm Street. The term “second sight” refers to an extrasensory ability to see the future, and the company’s still is designed to look like a fortune teller with a custom crystal ball condenser.

“Our vision of artisan distilling will focus on premium, local products presented in an innovative way,” Waggoner said. “We believe everything we do should be good for the spirit using the best ingredients to excite, engage and entertain our consumers.”

Couch said, “Being surrounded by the inspiring sights and sounds of Las Vegas gave us an intimate understanding of the processes and techniques it takes to make a world-class product and present it in an exciting way for Northern Kentucky.”

Their first product, Unbarreled Rum, is already in stores and an artisan gin is in the works.

Second Sight’s tasting room is open Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Tastings and tours are free. Tours are given on the hour. Last tour Friday is 7 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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Founded in 1880, the KDA is the state’s voice for Bourbon and spirits issues. Second Sight is its 28th member and 20th craft member, building upon its record for the highest number of distilleries since the repeal of Prohibition.

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 and strengthening Kentucky’s rightful place as the one, true authentic home for Bourbon.

Kentucky Bourbon is one of the Commonwealth’s most historic and treasured industries, a thriving $3 billion economic engine that generates more than 15,400 jobs with an annual payroll topping $700 million and pours $166 million into state and local coffers each year.

The KDA recently announced that the state’s inventory of aging Bourbon barrels set a 40-year high in 2014 with 5,669,682 million charred oak casks gently sleeping in Bluegrass warehouses. Production has soared more than 170 percent since the turn of the century, with only 485,020 barrels filled in 1999. Distilleries crafted 1,306,375 barrels last year – the highest production mark since 1970 and the third straight year with a million barrels born.

“This is a magical time for Kentucky Bourbon, and we’re excited to welcome Second Sight to our ranks,” Gregory said. “We look forward to working with them and our craft partners to secure the integrity of our industry and bolster the Golden Age of Bourbon.”

Lifting Spirits


Benefit Concert for Jay Rogers & The Family of Kyle Rogers

Come out to MB Roland Distillery on August 8th to support the Rogers’ Families!

Live music by Kalib Swift & Friends. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Food trucks will be on-site. Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are welcome.

WHAT: Lifting Spirits Benefit Concert

WHEN: August 5th, 5-9pm

WHERE: MB Roland Distillery, 137 Barkers Mill Rd. Pembroke, Ky

COST: $5 per person, 12 and under are free. All proceeds to benefit the Rogers’ families.

For info on this event, call 270-640-7744 or visit




The two brands aim to raise $1 million to benefit Breeders’ Cup Charities

The Breeders’ Cup, Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international event, and Maker’s Mark®, the original premium bourbon, have announced a new partnership that will aim to raise $1 million for charity over the next three years. Beginning with the 32nd Breeders’ Cup World Championships taking place October 30 and 31 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., the two iconic brands will collaborate on a limited-edition collection of Maker’s Mark bottles, each of which will feature a previous Breeders’ Cup champion. The proceeds from these bottles will be donated to various local and thoroughbred-industry charities through Breeders’ Cup Charities, the official charity outreach program of Breeders’ Cup. In addition to the special bottles being created, Maker’s Mark will also be featured in a signature cocktail at the racecourse and for all of the major Breeders’ Cup parties and hospitality events throughout the week, including Taste of the World and the Finish Line Celebration Party.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this partnership with Maker’s Mark,” said Craig Fravel, President and CEO of the Breeders’ Cup. “We reached out to Maker’s Mark on the very day we announced this year’s World Championships would be at Keeneland because of the brand’s roots here and the esteem in which Maker’s Mark is held all over the world. That makes them a perfect partner, and it’s a milestone for the Breeders’ Cup, illustrating the evolution of the event.”

The five limited-edition Maker’s Mark bottles will represent AP Indy, Cigar, Lure, Personal Ensign and Zenyatta and be colored in the silks their respective jockeys wore during their illustrious careers. Three of the bottles, AP Indy, Lure and Personal Ensign, will be released this fall, just before the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at a ticketed event held at Keeneland on Thursday, October 29. The event, titled Champions for Charity, will be held in the VIP Maker’s Mark Bourbon Lounge at Keeneland, an upscale area designed to be the go-to, on-site social locale at the track during the week. Attendees at the event will have the opportunity to bid on the bottles through a silent auction, with 100% of the donations going to the following organizations through Breeders’ Cup Charities: Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, The Lexington Cancer Foundation, Inc.®, The Race for Education, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and University of Kentucky® Markey Cancer Center Foundation. The fourth bottle featuring Zenyatta will then be released in 2016, and the

fifth featuring Cigar in 2017. To further personalize the bottles, connections to the five champions will pre-sign each of their respective bottles. To attend the party with the auction of the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup-themed bottles, please visit or contact (859) 514-9428.

“This is a great partnership all around for us,” said Maker’s Mark Chief Operating Officer Rob Samuels. “When my grandparents created Maker’s Mark, Keeneland was their first customer and many of their friends were in the thoroughbred industry. So we’ve always had a soft spot for charities connected with the sport. And what an honor to be part of such a prestigious event as the first Breeders’ Cup ever to take place at Keeneland.”

Beyond the fundraising bottle event and being involved with all the week’s activities, Maker’s Mark will also be promoting the Breeders’ Cup in various off-premise market locations. As part of the multi-year partnership, Maker’s Mark also will be closely involved with the World Championships when it returns to Santa Anita in 2016 and for its debut at Del Mar in 2017.

About Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 (grade I) races and purses totalling $26 million, will be held Oct. 30-31 at Keeneland in Lexington, KY and will be televised live by the NBC Sports® Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Maker’s Mark® Bourbon

In 1954, at a small Victorian distillery in Loretto, Kentucky, Bill Samuels, Sr. fulfilled his dream to create a pioneering handmade bourbon that, for the first time, would appeal both to bourbon and to non-bourbon drinkers alike, that tasted good and exemplified good taste, and wouldn’t “blow your ears off,” which was the measure by which bourbons were judged at the time. He decided to make his whisky in small-batches of 19 barrels, developed a proprietary barrel char to enhance the softness and sweetness of his whisky, and then rotated each barrel by hand to ensure exposure to consistent temperatures throughout the warehouse, and, ultimately, he aged each barrel to taste. Bill Samuels, Sr. unknowingly and unintentionally, fired the shot that started the Bourbon Revolution, and transformed bourbon from a “commodity” into a premium handcrafted spirit, giving rise to the modern era of bourbon. Today, Maker’s Mark® continues to make its bourbon the same way Bill Samuels, Sr., did 60 years ago, in small batches by craftsmen who hand-dip each bottle. In 2010, in tribute to his father’s spirit of innovation, Bill Samuels, Jr. unveiled Maker’s 46®, a totally new bourbon that reflects the distinct character of Maker’s Mark® but has a bigger, bolder and complex taste without any hint of bitterness. Maker’s Mark® Bourbon (45% alc./vol.) and Maker’s 46® (47% alc./vol.) are distilled, aged and bottled by the Maker’s Mark Distillery, Inc., in Loretto, Kentucky. In 1980, the distillery was designated a National Historic Landmark, becoming the first distillery in America to be so recognized, and has also been decreed as the “world’s oldest operating bourbon whisky distillery” by Guinness World Records®. The Maker’s Mark Distillery is one of the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s most popular tourist destinations, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. For more information, please visit the Maker’s Mark® website (

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RockCastle Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey- Release Info


At long last the official release of our RockCastle Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is right around the corner. We will be hosting an official release celebration this Friday, July 24 at our distillery located at 1200 Manchester Street in Lexington, Kentucky. Come down and sample our limited release small batch bourbon and pick up a bottle to take home with you (Maximum purchase 2 bottles per customer)!

The bourbon goes on sale at 6pm but the celebration will run from 4-11pm. There will be food trucks, live music, and other vendors located on site.

While in the area, be sure to check out some of the neighboring businesses. Grab a craft beer brewed by our neighbors Ethereal Brewing, or swing by the Break Room bar for a cold beverage on their one of a kind patio overlooking the Town Branch creek. Middle Fork Kitchen bar will be serving classic Kentucky dishes while Crank and Boom craft ice cream will be serving many of their unique ice cream treats. It will be a great time for all!

Our RockCastle bourbon will also be available throughout Kentucky at your nearest Liquor Barn retailer. Those in Lexington unable to attend the event will also be able to purchase the bourbon at Unlimited Spirits on Southland Drive and other select locations throughout the city.

Our special first batch release consists of only 500 bottles so be sure to grab one before they sell out!

We look forward to seeing you!!

Pete, Jeff, Robert, Chad & Clayton

Barrel House Distilling Company | 1200 Manchester Street, Lexington, KY 40504

Gov. Beshear, Brown-Forman Break Ground on Old Forester Distillery in Louisville


More bourbon is coming back to Louisville’s historic Whiskey Row.

Gov. Steve Beshear and Mayor Greg Fischer today joined company officials to break ground on the Brown-Forman Corporation (NYSE:BFA, BFB) Old Forester Distillery in downtown Louisville.

Brown-Forman is expected to create up to 20 new jobs and invest approximately $30 million into the project.

“The Kentucky Bourbon industry has nearly doubled its workforce, tripled its number of distilleries, and set new modern records for exports and barrel inventories,” said Gov. Beshear. “Bourbon is truly one of Kentucky’s signature industries, and Old Forester is one of our many major brands. I want to congratulate Brown-Forman as an outstanding corporate partner and for investing in the Louisville economy and bringing back the heritage of Whiskey Row. This is a win-win for the Commonwealth.”

“Old Forester’s return to West Main Street will give bourbon lovers around the world another reason to visit Louisville,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said. “It will help us display our hospitality, great restaurant and art scene and of course, introduce what we call Bourbonism – a vital part of our food and beverage economic development strategy.”

Brown-Forman will open a distillery and bourbon experience for its founding brand, Old Forester, in two historic buildings at 117 and 119 Main St. in Louisville. The combined buildings have approximately 55,000 square feet with 52 linear feet facing Main Street.

The investment will include renovating the buildings and purchasing equipment. The new distillery will be able to distill 100,000 cases of bourbon annually with additional production capabilities at the Brown-Forman distillery located at 2921 Dixie Highway in Louisville.

In addition to production, the distillery also will serve as a home place for the Old Forester brand. The facility will be open to tours and feature a tasting room, exhibits, bourbon-making demonstrations and event spaces.

“From barrel making to bottling, this facility will showcase the process and pride that goes into making every bottle of Old Forester bourbon” said Campbell Brown, fifth generation Brown descendant and president of Old Forester. “Bringing our founding brand back to the site where it first began, is cause for celebration at Brown-Forman for both our employees and my family but it’s also a dedicated investment into this region that we hope will drive great tourism interest to the community.”

In addition to Old Forester, Brown-Forman Corporation produces numerous quality brands, including Jack Daniel’s, Southern Comfort, Finlandia, Herradura, Early Times and Woodford Reserve. The company was founded in 1870 by George Garvin Brown in Louisville. Today, the company is still headquartered in Louisville and employs nearly 4,200 people worldwide.

Kentucky produces 95 percent of the world’s bourbon, and the more than 5.6 million barrels of aging bourbon here outnumber the state’s population of 4.4 million. More than 15,400 jobs in Kentucky are connected to distillery-related enterprise, generating approximately $707 million in payroll, according to the Kentucky Distiller’s Association.

“Bourbon is a signature industry of Kentucky and it is only fitting that Old Forester be a part of Louisville’s Whiskey Row,” said Sen. Gerald Neal, of Louisville. “This investment by Brown-Forman speaks highly of our workforce and our city. This company has proven to be a good corporate neighbor and I wish them continued success.”

“This ground-breaking is another major milestone for a community that has done so much to preserve and promote the state’s bourbon industry,” said state Rep. Darryl Owens, of Louisville. “I’m certainly pleased to see Brown-Forman take this step and invest even more here, and I appreciate the hard work done by Gov. Beshear, his administration and our local leaders to help make this possible.”

To encourage the investment and job growth in Louisville, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $900,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.

KEDFA also approved Brown-Forman for tax benefits up to $410,000 through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act, which allows approved companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research and development and electronic processing equipment.

In addition, Brown-Forman is eligible to receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies are eligible to receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives. Last year, the Kentucky Skills Network trained more than 84,000 employees from more than 4,100 Kentucky companies.

For more information on Brown-Forman, visit

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Festival on the Grounds: A Fiesta with Chef Rick Bayless


Ever wanted to go to a Mexican fiesta in the heart of Kentucky? Great food. Live music. Join us Saturday, July 25th on the beautiful grounds of the historic Maker’s Mark Distillery for a delicious, fun-filled afternoon and an opportunity to meet guest of honor, master chef Rick Bayless, TV personality and Mexican cooking authority. He will be signing his new cookbook, More Mexican Everyday (Norton, 2015).

Enjoy the authentic Mexican flavors of tacos with slow-smoked pork and ancho barbecue sauce, grilled corn on the cob with chile mayonnaise rolled in queso, bright shrimp ceviche, and refreshing horchata. Stretch out on the grass or get up and dance to a real Mariachi band. Enjoy refreshing fruit paletas (Mexican ice pops). Ever had a margarita made with Maker’s Mark? Here’s your chance. How about donning a sombrero and snapping your picture photobooth style? Grab a friend. Bring your family. You won’t want to miss this unique experience at Maker’s Mark, a place that always feels like home!


Buffalo Trace Distillery Opens New High Tech Distribution Center

Buffalo Trace Distillery has completed the construction of its 83,000 square foot revolutionary new distribution center, which uses satellite technology to store and retrieve pallets of finished goods. Buffalo Trace Distillery is believed to be the first spirits supplier to use this system, called an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS).

The AS/RS occupies 46,574 square feet inside the distribution center and contains three storage and retrieval machines (or cranes) which operate in three aisles, serving storage lanes five deep, and storing pallets six levels high.  The cranes are each wrapped in Buffalo Trace’s logo, and have been named Albert, George, and Edmund in honor of Buffalo Trace’s founding fathers, Albert Blanton, George T. Stagg and Edmund Haynes (or “E. H.”) Taylor. Each crane can induct/output 55 pallets of finished goods per hour or a total of 165 pallets moving within the system.  The AS/RS contains 20 pallet staging lanes which can hold 180 total pallets.  To see a short video of the AS/RS in action, click here:

The new distribution center connects to Buffalo Trace’s existing distribution center, making the total square footage of the center now 134,840 square feet. The new addition was artistically designed in keeping with the existing look and feel of the existing buildings on the 224-year-old campus, making it look like it has been in place for quite some time rather than brand new.

“We’re pleased our business has grown enough to support the need for this new highly advanced distribution center,” said Mark Brown, president and chief executive officer, Buffalo Trace Distillery. “We look forward to being able to serve our customers in a more efficient manner and having the capacity for even further growth in the future.”

Gray Construction, a nationally ranked design-build contractor, was responsible for the design and construction of the distribution center and Westfalia Technologies, Inc., installed the AS/RS.

This $20 million investment is part of parent company Sazerac’s $71 million investment in the state of Kentucky at its three distilleries: The Glenmore Distillery in Owensboro is receiving a new 223,000 square foot distribution center which should be completed later this year or early 2016, and the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown added new equipment to improve production capacity.    In addition to Sazerac’s $71 million investment, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) granted tax incentives totaling approximately $7.4 million between the three Sazerac sites.

This is the third construction project Buffalo Trace has completed this month, in early July a 5,500 square foot expansion of its Visitor Center was unveiled, which contained event space which includes four tasting bars.  Also in early July, the Distillery opened its refurbished Old Taylor House, which dates back to the late 1700s and is the oldest residential property in Franklin County.

A private grand opening of the Distribution Center will be held in late July for media and other invited guests.