Marking the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition has become an annual event around town, with many bars offering specials to commemorate the United States returning to its senses after a disastrous experiment of social engineering. Tonight, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m., Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave., goes all-out with a grand Repeal Day dinner, partnering with Old Forester and featuring guest speaker Todd Vice of Kentucky Spirits to talk about the history of the national experiment in dry living, and his choices for Bourbon pairings with the 4-course dinner.
The Reception Cocktail will be a Smoked Pineapple Bourbon Cocktail, followed by the first course of lump crab cake with lettuce salad served with a mustard dijonnaise, The first course will be accompanied by tastings of Old Forester 86, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester Statesman and Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbons.
The second course will be a frisée salad with confit butternut squash, toasted pumpkin seeds and goat cheese, with a maple-bourbon vinaigrette.
The third course, fried quail served over buttermilk waffles with a sunnyside-up egg and braised greens, will be paired with a Bourbon Rouge cocktail.
The dessert cocktail with be Old Forester Pear Cocktail, and the dessert will be spiced apple crumb cake with Bourbon caramel frosting and cinnamon marshmallow ice cream.
The dinner and Bourbon pairings will be $60. Calling (502) 899-9904 or email email@example.com.
Tomorrow, September 5, beginning at 6 p.m. at The Ice House, 226 E Washington St., seven local storytellers will relate amusing, entertaining, educational or admonitory tales about their connection to Bourbon. The event is the latest in a series of storyteller nights, on various topics, sponsored by the Courier-Journal. Continue reading Storytellers Night topic: Bourbon
Three special dinners in the next two weeks will pair off-the-regular-menu special dishes with Bourbons from two local distilleries, and Champagne from France. All seem like excellent ways to start celebrating the festive season. Continue reading Bourbon, Cigars and Champagne, Oh My!
Two new Bourbon distilleries are opening this month, testament to the continuing confidence that Kentucky’s signature industry has a bright future. Jeptha Creed Distillery in Shelbyville, the first distillery in Shelby County since Prohibition, has already opened its doors, and Angel’s Envy, which has rather speedily renovated the long-abandoned Vermont America building at 500 E. Main St., across the street from Slugger Field, will open for distillery tours Saturday, Nov. 19. Continue reading Jeptha Creed, Angel’s Envy Kentucky’s newest distillers
On Wednesday, March 16, 8UP Elevated Drinkery and Kitchen, 350 W. Chestnut St. atop the Hilton Garden Inn, will host a 3-course dinner, each course paired with a cocktail made with Bourbon from a hand-selected barrel of Jefferson’s Groth Cask Reserve. Jefferson’s Bourbon Master Distiller Trey Zoeller will be the special guest to concoct the cocktails and talk about Jefferson Bourbon. Continue reading Jefferson Bourbon dinner at 8UP
September is National Bourbon Heritage Month, the perfect time to release new books about bourbon by Louisville’s bourbon cognoscenti and others. Continue reading Local authors explain how to taste bourbon
Woodford Reserve Distillery, 7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles, will offer four one-day Bourbon Academy immersion classes, covering all aspects of the the craft of distilling, at various times in the new year.
The class includes an extensive behind-the-scenes tour of the Woodford Reserve Distillery, an interactive demonstration of choosing grains to make a balanced mash bill, fermenting the mash, a demonstration of charring a barrel, and two tastings of a variety of whiskies and bourbons. Woodford Reserve Chef-in-Residence Ouita Michel will guide students through a Flavor Wheel demonstration, to improve both taste discrimination and vocabulary to describe what you are tasting. Michel and her kitchen staff will also provide a bourbon-inspired lunch.
Master Distiller Chris Morris will guide the Feb. 28 and June 20 classes, and Master Taster Marianne Barnes will do March 21 and August 22. Reservations required; cost is $225 a person plus tax and includes lunch.
Go to the Woodford Reserve website to register for their newsletter to get information about signing up for classes.
Thursday, Aug. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m., Moonshine University, 801 S. 8th St., will offer a cooking class, Bourbon in the Kitchen with Albert Schmid, a Sullivan University professor and author of “The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook.”
Schmid will discuss and demonstrate bourbon’s culinary appeal in the during the two-hour class, where he will will give students tips on pairing bourbon with food and creating bourbon-infused dishes. Continue reading Spirited cooking class at Moonshine U.
I admit it: I am a sucker for almost any wine labeled “Old Vine.” Grapes from old vines have to be better, don’t they? And the same goes for whiskey, no? If it’s been in the barrel for 20 years or more, it’s got to be dynamite, for sure.
Well, the answer won’t be much of a spoiler: No, not necessarily, and Maybe, but probably not. Continue reading “Orphan whiskey”: Should you jump on the latest booze bandwagon?
Although there are federal laws that discourage you from making Bourbon in your back yard (or up in the holler near your great-uncle’s cabin), there is nothing that prevents you from learning the basic concepts of Bourbon making, and that is what Moonshine University will off Friday, July 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in their Bourbon Making Workshop.
Aspiring craft distillers–or those just wanting to spend a very educational summer day–can attend classroom presentations, hands-on spirits making, on-site distillation and a full sensory evaluation. Attendees will have the chance to be distillers for a day when they mill and cook grains, run it through a still, and sample the newly-made spirit. Continue reading First, learn to make Bourbon. Then, learn to make Bourbon cocktails