I joined a group in Westport Whiskey & Wine’s beautiful tasting room last night for a demonstration on making three different versions of the Old Fashioned cocktail with Maker’s Mark. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but it was a very interesting and enjoyable evening. The evening was one of the many events and demonstrations set up in their tasting room by store manager Emily Meadows. Tickets were $25 and quickly sold out in advance. Co-owner Richard Splan started the evening off with an introduction and offered discounted purchases in the store afterwards.
April showers might drive you inside, but there’s plenty to do and taste at Westport Whiskey & Wine this month. Tastings from breweries and distilleries or classes provide an enjoyable refuge from the rain as you learn something new for prices ranging from $5 to $25. I’ll be learning to make the perfect Old Fashioned on April 11 with Maker’s Mark Distillery Diplomat Thomas Bolton , and you’re welcome to join me.
Tonight, Wednesday, April 4, 6 to 9 PM. is Bar Night. They will have special cocktails, discounts on flights, Conundrum wine by-the-glass and special beers. The rest of the month features special tastings and classes. Some require reservations, which can be made at Continue reading for April’s schedule. Continue reading April Showers Bring Tasting Hours: Whiskeys, Wines and Beers! Oh My!
We’re a little late on reporting it, but we still thought it was worth sharing. People traveling out of Louisville, Kentucky can now buy packaged bourbon (as of December 2017) at the airport beyond the security checkpoint and carry their purchase on board with them.
“We’re so excited to work with Paradies Lagardère to provide this carry-on option to travelers, especially those visiting to enjoy the state’s Bourbon craft,” said Karen Scott, Interim Executive Director of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority in a press release. “Whether you’re arriving or departing – this allows visitors to have a taste of Kentucky.”
The following brands are currently available for purchase at the Distillery District Marketplace: Angel’s Envy, Bulleit, Evan Williams, Four Roses, Jim Beam, Knob Creek, Maker’s Mark, Old Crow and Wild Turkey. Additional selections are expected to be available in the coming months.
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Making good Bourbon takes a long time. So does making a master distiller. These artisans of alcohol must learn every aspect of the Bourbon business, and once they rise to the top, they tend to stay there — often for decades. Continue reading Bourbon in Transition
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Soon, we hope, the weather will soften and places like 2 Dips & A Shake, at 321 W. Main St., which has reopened after several weeks of renovations, will have lines of customers wanting its newest flavors, Maker’s Mark Butterscotch Ripple and Maker’s 46 Butter Pecan. Former Maker’s Mark president Bill Samuels Jr., had a hand in concocting the first flavor, which will compete with the bourbon butter pecan formulated by his son Rob Samuels, the current president.
2 Dips & A Shake serves Arctic Scoop ice cream (its store is at 841 S Hurstbourne Pkwy.), which assisted in formulating the new flavors. Other Arctic Scoop flavors served include chocolate malt, strawberry, coffee dark fudge swirl, cake batter and caramel sea salt brownie.
The new flavors include only about 1 percent bourbon, which makes them perfectly legal for any age.
2 Dips & A Shake plans other Bourbon-inspired flavors in a program they call Select Distillers’ releases, and is working with Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Angel’s Envy, and other Bourbon brands for future flavor ideas.
On Sept. 17, APRON will host its third annual Delectable Distillery Tour at Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, Ky. Chefs Anoosh Shariat of Anoosh Bistro, John Plymale from Porcini, Michael Crouch at Bistro 1860, Joshua Moore of Volare Italian Ristorante and Dean Corbett of Corbett’s, Equus and Jack’s Lounge will prepare Maker’s-inspired dishes. Bartenders Jason Cobler at Harvest, Felicia Corbett from Varanese and Jason Stark of Martini Italian Bistro will prepare cocktails made from Maker’s Mark, Maker’s 46 and Maker’s Mark Cask Strength bourbons.
Tickets cost $125 if you drive yourself, or $150, which includes a round-trip bus ride from Louisville; seats are limited. There will be valet parking at the distillery, 3350 Burks Spring Road, Loretto.
The dinner is progressive, served at various places around the Maker’s Mark campus. Eight staggered seatings every 20 minutes begin at 5:40 p.m. until 8 p.m. Bus riders will be seated during the 7:40 and 8 p.m. cycles.
All proceeds from the event go to support APRON Inc., a nonprofit that helps employees of independent restaurants facing health or financial crises.
This will be a dressy cocktail event, so spiff up. Click here to register.
In the next few months fans of the dining and entertainment complex Fourth Street Live will see some old standbys missing, and new choices arriving. Closed already is Marker’s Mark Bourbon House; Sully’s Restaurant & Saloon will be leaving by early fall.
The only replacement announced by name will be Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse, which will feature a pot still, a bottling line where guests can fill their own bottle, and tasting room. The other new restaurants have concepts and locations within the complex, but no definite identity yet announced. Continue reading 4th Street Live restaurant mix changes again
The second annual Kentucky Bourbon Affair–dubbed a fantasy camp for bourbon lovers–will be held Wednesday through Sunday, June 3-7, and will include a huge roster of events, from barrel selections at distilleries to a day of fishing with Jim Beam Master Distiller Fred Noe at his father’s favorite fishing hole (which includes a fish fry), to bourbon cooking classes to concerts and crab boils.
Nine distilleries–Bulleit, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Michter’s, Town Branch, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve–will participate in the event, opening their production facilities to tours, classes and other events. Continue reading Bourbon fantasy camp–adults only.
Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m., Varanese, Frankfort Ave., will host a Maker’s Mark themed Bourbon dinner that will feature one of the first public tastings of Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Bourbon, bottled at 113.2 proof, straight from the barrel,uncut and unfiltered, a libation usually only available at the Maker’s Mark gift shop.
After a reception featuring the “So Long to Summer” cocktail, dinner will begin with a tasting flight of White Dog, Maker’s Mark, Makers 46, and Barrel Proof Maker’s, which will accompany a starter of lump crab cake, Bibb lettuce and marinated tomato-cucumber salsa. The second course will be watermelon, feta cheese and heirloom tomato salad with strawberry, Bourbon and cracked pepper vinaigrette. Continue reading Bourbon dinner at Varanese to feature Maker’s Mark Cask Strength tasting