Monday, April 1, 2024

B&M Digest, Volume I, Issue 07

Welcome to the latest edition of B&M Digest, where we dive into the world of bourbon and mead, exploring the latest trends, innovations, and stories from the vibrant communities surrounding these beloved beverages. From veteran-owned distilleries making waves on the international stage to local artisans crafting unique and flavorful meads, we're here to bring you the latest updates and insights from the thriving bourbon and mead scene. So grab a glass, settle in, and let's toast to the remarkable individuals and flavors shaping the landscape of Bourbon and Mead today.

Woodford Reserve's $15,000 Thrice-Barreled Derby Whiskey: Is It Worth It?

Woodford Reserve, not typically associated with ultra-luxury spirits, surprises with its latest release: a $15,000 Derby-themed whiskey. This "thrice-barreled" gem boasts a unique aging process, starting with standard bourbon aged 5-7 years, followed by 8 years in a Cognac cask, and finally finishing in oak staves seasoned at the Churchill Downs Winner’s Circle. While the symbolism of the Derby-seasoned oak is strong, it's the extended aging and Cognac cask that truly elevate the whiskey's flavor profile. Master distiller Elizabeth McCall explains the meticulous process behind this limited edition, emphasizing the importance of packaging and liquid quality. Tasting notes reveal a rich palate with cherry syrup, caramel, vanilla custard, and more. With only 150 bottles, each encased in Baccarat crystal and gold-infused stoppers, this whiskey appeals to hardcore Woodford fans and collectors alike. While undeniably delicious, its hefty price tag prompts consideration of personal value and budget. For those with the means and a taste for exceptional spirits, this unique offering is a must-try. For the full article, click HERE.

A. Smith Bowman’s French Oak Series: Whiskey Available Only Through a Lottery

Virginia's esteemed A. Smith Bowman distillery introduces its latest gem: the Abraham Bowman Oak Series, an experimental collection of whiskies. This series delves into cask maturation in various oak types worldwide and explores the impact of barrel charring on flavor. The inaugural release features whiskey aged in French Oak barrels, blending charred and uncharred liquid to create a dynamic blend with notes of cherry, caramel, vanilla, spice, cinnamon, and apple. Head Distiller David Bock highlights the exciting nuances brought by French Oak, hinting at future explorations in the Abraham Bowman collection. To acquire a bottle, enthusiasts must enter a lottery running from April 4th to 11th, with winners announced on April 15th. Each 750ml bottle, priced at $99.99, offers a chance to savor this limited-edition delight, reinforcing A. Smith Bowman's reputation for innovation and craftsmanship.

Sinuous Bourbon: Empowering Women, Crafting History, One Sip at a Time

In the traditionally male-dominated world of whiskey and bourbon, Erica Sutherlin is making waves with Sinuous Bourbon, adding her name to a small but growing group of women distillers. Inspired by childhood memories and a passion for the craft, Sutherlin's dream became a reality with the launch of her unique bourbon blend. Named for its winding and curvy character, Sinuous Bourbon embodies the essence of a brown woman, with notes of caramel, vanilla, and a hint of pepper, finishing smooth on the palate. Sutherlin's journey from dream to bottle is a testament to perseverance and empowerment, epitomizing the spirit of female entrepreneurship. Bottled at a Black-owned distillery, Dunamis in Zephyrhills, Sinuous is not just a bourbon but a symbol of representation and inspiration for women everywhere. With plans to expand distribution, Sutherlin aims to share her creation with women-owned establishments across the country, ensuring that the legacy of Sinuous Bourbon inspires generations to come.

Jack Daniel’s and McLaren Rev Up with 2024 Limited-Edition Bottle

In a collaboration that merges the worlds of whiskey and racing, Jack Daniel’s and Formula 1 team McLaren unveil their latest limited-edition bottle for 2024. Riding the wave of Formula 1's surging popularity in the U.S., this partnership capitalizes on the excitement surrounding the sport's expansion with new races in Miami and Las Vegas. The new bottle design, dubbed a "papaya twist," pays homage to McLaren's iconic colors, featuring bold orange and black racing stripes that intersect the classic Old No. 7 logo. Jack Daniel’s global brand director, Jamie Butler, expresses pride in the collaboration, highlighting both brands' commitment to boldness and authenticity. While the whiskey inside remains true to its roots as classic Old No. 7, fans can anticipate a thrilling fan experience and continued innovation in the new race season. Available in select U.S. markets and F1 race cities internationally, this commemorative bottle is a must-have for enthusiasts of both fast cars and fine whiskey.

Introducing Superstition Meadery's Spectacular Lineup: A Mead Connoisseur's Dream

Superstition Meadery unveils a tantalizing array of meads sure to entice any enthusiast. The Grand Cru Berry boasts a delightful blend of raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, white chocolate, and vanilla, aged in double barrels, offering a symphony of flavors at 13.5% ABV for $59 per bottle. Ma Petite Chouchen, priced at $69 per bottle, delivers a sophisticated apple mead crafted from organic Arizona apples and buckwheat honey, aged in fine French oak barrels for 12 months, with a potent 16% ABV. Spicy Sips tantalizes the taste buds with a mango margarita-inspired mead, featuring dried Hatch chilis and sea salt, aged in tequila barrels for 30 months, at 17.5% ABV for $39 per bottle. Jalapiña brings a zesty twist with pineapple and jalapeño margarita-inspired mead, also aged in tequila barrels for 30 months, priced at $39 per bottle with the same ABV. Rounding off the lineup is Rita de la Musa, a smoked margarita-inspired mead infused with limes and oranges, aged in tequila barrels for 30 months, boasting an impressive 18.5% ABV for $39 per bottle. Available from Saturday, March 30th, at all three locations, with possible online availability from Tuesday, April 2nd, this collection promises a journey of exquisite flavors and unparalleled craftsmanship. For more information, visit:

Michter’s Unveils 2024 Batch of 10-Year-Old Bourbon: A Toast to Persistence and Quality

Michter’s Bourbon aficionados rejoice as the revered Louisville distillery announces the release of its 2024 batch of 10-year-old bourbon, marking a triumphant return following persistent supply challenges. Master of maturation, Andrea Wilson, lauds the expression's maturity, boasting a rich nose, creamy texture, and a palate teeming with nuanced flavors that crescendo into a delightful finish. Despite grappling with high demand, Michter’s remains steadfast in its commitment to quality, strategically withholding coveted expressions while expanding operations. Notable among recent releases is the long-awaited comeback of the Toasted Barrel Finish rye, a testament to the brand's dedication to excellence. The 10-Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon, bottled at 47.2% ABV, is set to hit shelves in April, priced at $185 MSRP. With its limited-edition status, enthusiasts are advised to act swiftly to secure a bottle of this exceptional libation.

Eric LeGrand Bourbon: A Spirit of Resilience, Compassion, and Hope

In the face of adversity, Eric LeGrand, former Rutgers University football player turned inspirational figure, has embarked on a journey of resilience, compassion, and hope. Following a tragic spinal cord injury in 2010, LeGrand defied expectations, transforming devastation into inspiration by founding Team LeGrand and raising over $2 million for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Now, LeGrand introduces Eric LeGrand Bourbon, a Kentucky straight bourbon crafted to challenge stigmas surrounding disabilities and offer a quality libation for all to enjoy. With a mash bill of 70% corn, 21% rye, and 9% barley, this bourbon, distilled by Green River Distillery and bottled at 88 proof, embodies patience, precision, and trust in the process—qualities mirrored in LeGrand's recovery journey. Inspired by the legacy of Uncle Nearest, LeGrand is committed to giving back to the community and supporting the Reeve Foundation, donating $5.20 for every case sold, symbolizing his Rutgers jersey number. Already, the bourbon has made a significant impact, with proceeds supporting innovative research and providing vital support for individuals and families affected by paralysis. LeGrand's dedication extends beyond bourbon, as he continues to advocate for disability rights and remains unwavering in his belief in a brighter future. With aspirations to expand distribution and make a monumental contribution to the Reeve Foundation, Eric LeGrand Bourbon stands as a testament to the power of perseverance, compassion, and the human spirit. For more information, visit:

Fawn Weaver: Shaping the Landscape of Whiskey and Awareness

Fawn Weaver, the visionary behind Uncle Nearest spirits, is not merely in the business of whiskey; she's on a mission to ignite change and foster awareness. As the driving force behind Uncle Nearest, Weaver has not only crafted exceptional whiskey but has also brought to light the legacy of Nearest Green, the first African American master distiller. Through her work, Weaver has transcended the boundaries of traditional spirits entrepreneurship, using Uncle Nearest as a platform to honor history, celebrate diversity, and empower communities. With each sip of Uncle Nearest, drinkers are invited to partake in a journey of discovery and appreciation, guided by Weaver's unwavering commitment to authenticity and inclusivity. Beyond the bottle, Weaver's advocacy extends to initiatives aimed at promoting diversity and social justice within the spirits industry. Through her passion and dedication, Fawn Weaver is not only shaping the landscape of whiskey but also raising awareness and inspiring positive change. Click HERE to read this absolutely wonderful article on Fawn from Marie Claire.

From Pushing Brooms to Crafting Spirits: The Journey of Lone Light Spirits

Joseph Lordon's path from a modest beginning pushing a broom at Two James Spirits to creating his own distillery, Lone Light Spirits, is a testament to his passion for creation. After studying logistics management and marketing at Central Michigan University and spending time in the music industry, Lordon found his true calling in the distilling world. Despite facing initial rejections, he persevered and eventually became head distiller at Two James Spirits before venturing out on his own. Lone Light Spirits, born out of Lordon's dedication and love for the craft, offers a range of premium spirits, including vodka, gin, and bourbon. Lordon's attention to detail extends beyond the distillation process, as he incorporates hidden Michigan-inspired elements into each label, adding a unique touch to his creations. With his sights set on expansion, Lordon aims to make a mark in the Michigan market before venturing into other states. His dedication, coupled with his innovative spirit, promises a bright future for Lone Light Spirits in the world of craft distilling.

Lawrenceburg Bourbon Company Sweeps Prestigious Spirits Competition

Lawrenceburg Bourbon Company (LBC), founded and operated by combat veterans, made a significant splash at the Monterey International Spirits Competition in California. Their flagship whiskey, "One Cask Bourbon," earned top honors, securing a Platinum Medal with a remarkable score of 99 points and was named Spirit of the Year and Best Whiskey. Judges praised its complex flavor profile, solidifying its status as a standout spirit. LBC also received Gold Medals for their Very Small Batch - Breakfast Bourbon and Ten x Ten Rye Whiskey, among others, further solidifying their reputation for excellence. This success comes on the heels of their recognition at the American Craft Spirits Awards, where their One Cask Rye was named Best in Class. Greg Keeley, Founder and Distiller at LBC expressed his excitement at the national and international recognition, highlighting the dedication of his team to crafting exceptional spirits. Rich Cook, Director and Chief Judge of the awards, commended the entrants for their outstanding achievements, affirming their place among the finest in the world. LBC's success underscores its commitment to quality and innovation in the craft distilling industry.

Other Bourbon and Mead News

As we conclude another edition of B&M Digest, we raise our glasses to the incredible journey through the world of bourbon and mead. From the inspiring stories of distillers and brewers to the exquisite flavors waiting to be discovered, our exploration continues to uncover the richness and diversity of these timeless libations. Join us again soon for more exciting updates, tasting notes, and behind-the-scenes glimpses into the fascinating realm of bourbon and mead. Until next time, cheers to the endless possibilities that await in every sip!

Friday, March 15, 2024

B&M Digest, Volume I, Issue 06

Welcome back, bourbon and mead enthusiasts, to another round of flavorful adventures! In this edition of our digest, we're diving into the depths of taste and tradition, exploring the latest releases and hidden gems from the world of spirits. But wait, there's more! We're thrilled to feature a special guest review, offering a fresh perspective on a new libation. So grab your favorite glass, settle in because this is our longest digest yet, and let's embark on a journey of discovery and delight. Cheers to good company and even better drinks!

Reverence Bourbon: A Tribute to Resilience and Tennessee Craftsmanship

Reverence Bourbon stands out as a unique Tennessee bourbon crafted from a meticulous blend of two differently aged barrels, ensuring a rich and incomparable flavor profile. Founder Michael Frazier's personal journey, inspired by the challenges his family faced post-9/11, infuses the brand with a deep sense of resilience and purpose. This bourbon, aged in new charred oak barrels for each batch, boasts a precise corn-to-rye ratio complemented by a touch of barley, resulting in the premium oak flavor cherished by bourbon enthusiasts. Its tasting notes, ranging from caramel and maple on the nose to chocolate and oak on the palate, culminate in a smooth finish with hints of fresh spearmint. With a mash bill comprising 77% corn, 13% rye, and 10% barley, Reverence embodies the spirit of Tennessee craftsmanship and perseverance. Established in Nashville in June 2020, Reverence Bourbon exemplifies a celebration of life's successes and the enduring spirit of the Volunteer State. As I have yet to sample this release which is Batch 3, I asked a friend and former coworker for a quick review.
"This particular batch was the third batch that hasn’t been released to the public just yet. Now, this review is based on my [palate]." said Mr. Oliver. "You may have a different taste for your bourbon. However, for me, this bourbon is a higher proof at 94, without the sting of more traditional ryes. It’s best with a few rocks to open up the quality of the drink. I could taste the barrel it was aged in by the charred taste, but it wasn’t bad because it perfectly complemented the hint of cherry sweetness and surprisingly a slight hint of banana. It’s a good drink for slow sipping, otherwise you’ll be drunk on accident. Overall it has its own flavor and distinguished taste that makes it unique from any other bourbon ... but tastes good without the alcohol being overpowering."
With that said, I can't wait to try Reverence. Earlier releases are currently available at various liquor stores across Tennessee. Looking for more information? Check out the Reverence website at

Unlocking Ancient Flavors: Chattanooga Whiskey's Experimental Batch 0037

Prepare your taste buds for a journey through time with Chattanooga Whiskey's latest creation, Experimental Batch 0037: Ancient Wheat. Crafted with a generous portion of malted dinkel wheat, an ancient heirloom varietal dating back to the dawn of civilization, this whiskey promises a flavor profile unlike any other. Expect a nutty richness reminiscent of days gone by, with warm notes of baked bread and pastry tantalizing your senses. Available exclusively at the Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, this bold reinvention of wheated whiskey is a testament to the artistry and innovation of the distillery team. Join Founder and CEO Tim on March 15th for a chance to snag a bottle and delve into the depths of flavor history has to offer. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to sip on a piece of ancient tradition revitalized for the modern palate.

Mystic Farm & Distillery: Crafting Superior Bourbon and Pushing Boundaries, One Barrel at a Time

Mystic Farm & Distillery, nestled in Durham, North Carolina, continues to make waves in the bourbon world. Despite Kentucky's dominance, this distillery snagged the Best Bourbon up to 5 years award at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition with its Broken Oak Small Batch bourbon. Founder Jonathan Blitz attributes their success to North Carolina's ideal climate and pristine water, enhancing their locally sourced ingredients. Their meticulous process includes a 13-day fermentation and handcrafted distillation, resulting in a top-tier product. Even mishaps like leaky barrels birthed their acclaimed Broken Oak bourbon, showcasing their commitment to excellence. Looking to the future, Mystic plans a cosmic adventure, sending whiskey barrels to space for a year, offering enthusiasts a taste of the extraordinary. With innovation and quality at its core, Mystic Farm & Distillery sets a high standard in the bourbon realm.

Stranahan’s Whiskey Lodge: A Toast to 20 Years with Alpine-Inspired Flair in Aspen

As Stranahan’s distillery commemorates two decades of excellence, they're embarking on an exciting venture in Aspen with the grand opening of Stranahan’s Whiskey Lodge. Nestled at 307 S. Mill St., this cozy retreat promises a blend of alpine-inspired cuisine and Stranahan’s original spirits, making it an ideal après ski hotspot. The lodge, opening on March 9, pays homage to the brand's roots, forged in the aftermath of a barn fire in Woody Creek, where the founders bonded over their passion for whiskey. While celebrating the American single malt tradition, the lodge offers exclusive blends like an 8-year-old Calvados apple brandy cask-aged whiskey, ensuring a unique tasting experience. With a delectable menu crafted by Chef Nick Ragazzo, featuring dishes infused with Stranahan’s whiskey, and a cocktail selection ranging from classics to seasonal delights, Stranahan’s Whiskey Lodge invites visitors to savor the essence of Colorado's mountain spirit.

Get Fired Up for "BBQ & BARRELS": A Whiskey-Soaked Adventure in Owensboro, KY!

Ready for a smokin' hot weekend of bourbon and barbecue? Look no further than Owensboro, KY, where "BBQ & BARRELS" promises a flavorful celebration of Western Kentucky's BBQ heritage and whiskey authenticity. From May 9th to 11th, immerse yourself in a sensory extravaganza featuring tantalizing events like the "Smoke & Oak Dinner" at Lure Seafood & Grille, offering a Weller tasting paired with sumptuous BBQ delights. Dive deeper into bourbon bliss with the "Spirited Bourbon Dinner Pairing" at Green River Distilling Co., indulging in a four-course meal expertly paired with handcrafted cocktails. The grand finale awaits at the Riverfront Convention Center on May 11th, where bourbon enthusiasts can partake in educational classes, VIP experiences, and the main event showcasing over 30 esteemed distilleries. With savory BBQ bites and top-notch bourbon pours, "BBQ & BARRELS" promises a weekend of palate-pleasing delights in the heart of The Bourbon State. For more information, visit:

Blaqmead: A Sweet Symphony of Tradition and Innovation in Milton-Freewater

After a decade-long journey, Blaqmead emerges as a testament to perseverance and passion, offering a unique blend of tradition and innovation in the heart of Milton-Freewater, Oregon. Founders Anthony Cooksley and Karl Shaw, inspired by a shared love for concocting cocktails, embarked on a mead-making adventure, culminating in the grand opening of Blaqmead on March 8. Fueled by a commitment to quality, they transformed their initial experiments into a refined product, with Sweet Bee Honey Co. providing the golden elixir essential for crafting their flagship mead, "Gobnait Gold." Embracing Irish folklore and honeybees as their muse, Blaqmead infuses the tasting room with an old-world charm, inviting patrons to savor the rich flavors and ambiance. From Lavender Libation to Blueberry Bliss, each mead reflects a harmonious blend of locally sourced ingredients and meticulous craftsmanship. As Blaqmead takes flight, Shaw and Cooksley envision a future woven with partnerships, community engagement, and a dedication to crafting exceptional mead that transcends boundaries. With each sip, Blaqmead invites you to join them on a journey of discovery, where tradition meets innovation in a sweet symphony of flavors. For the full article, click HERE.

15 STARS Unveils Limited Release of 8&15 Year Private Stock Bourbon and Second Batch of Award-Winning First West Rye

15 STARS, renowned for its exceptional whiskey creations, announces the launch of its highly anticipated 8&15 YO Private Stock Fine Aged Bourbon and the second batch of its acclaimed First West Rye Whiskey. The 8&15 Year Private Stock Bourbon, bottled at 107 proof, offers a captivating blend of Kentucky straight bourbons aged 8 and 15 years, boasting a palate rich with flavors of black cherry, bananas foster, and caramelized sugar, followed by a lingering finish with hints of roasted nuts and coffee. Meanwhile, the First West Rye Batch 2-SSDD, crafted from select straight rye whiskeys aged 6, 7, and 9 years, presents a delightful fusion of sweet fruit aromas and herbal spice, culminating in a smooth and satisfying palate. Both expressions embody 15 STARS' commitment to crafting the finest whiskey, exemplifying their dedication to quality and innovation. Available at select retailers and online, these limited-release offerings are sure to delight whiskey enthusiasts seeking a truly exceptional drinking experience. For more information, visit:

Bourbon and Blues: A Speakeasy Experience with Gail Storm

Greenwood Performing Arts invites bourbon and blues enthusiasts to an exclusive "speakeasy experience" featuring acclaimed singer-songwriter-pianist Gail Storm on March 21 at One Forty-Six on Maxwell Avenue in Greenwood. Guests will enjoy an evening of sampling three different bourbons downstairs while being serenaded by Gail Storm's jazzy-bluesy piano and vocal stylings upstairs. Storm, known for her captivating performances and deep appreciation for blues legends, promises a night filled with classic blues tunes from the 1920s and 1930s, alongside boogie-woogie and original compositions. The event, curated by Montague's Restaurant, offers attendees the opportunity to explore the diverse flavors of bourbon while indulging in live music in an intimate setting. Tickets are available for $40 each and can be purchased at Don't miss this unique fusion of bourbon and blues, sure to be a night to remember!

Switchgrass Spirits Releases Bottled-in-Bond Whiskey: A Culmination of Dedication and Quality

Switchgrass Spirits, a distillery with roots dating back to 2016, recently achieved a significant milestone with the release of its Bottled-in-Bond whiskey. This designation, stemming from the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, reflects a commitment to authenticity and quality, requiring strict adherence to production guidelines. Co-founders Patrick Grosch and Nick Colombo, along with Sarah Miller, head of compliance and outreach, have long aimed for this milestone, seeing it as a testament to their dedication. The release of Bottled-in-Bond whiskey marks a new chapter for Switchgrass, known for its exceptional rye and bourbon whiskey offerings, apple brandy, and limited releases like Gold Dust. The distillery's community engagement, including public tastings and collaborations with industry professionals, has played a vital role in its growth. Looking ahead, Switchgrass Spirits plans collaborative projects, special barrel releases, and continued expansion of its tour offerings. With a focus on transparency and quality, Switchgrass Spirits aims to share its passion for craft spirits with consumers in St. Louis, Kansas City, and beyond. Follow Switchgrass Spirits on Instagram for updates on new releases and tasting events.

Bernheim Barrel Proof Wheat Whiskey: A Worthwhile Addition to Heaven Hill's Lineup

Heaven Hill's barrel-proof whiskey lineup has gained popularity among whiskey enthusiasts, with additions like Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey offering unique options for aficionados. Bernheim's barrel-proof version, released twice a year, provides a robust yet flavorful experience with its mashbill of 51 percent wheat, 37 percent corn, and 12 percent malted barley. The latest batch, A224, boasts a cask strength of 125.2 proof, delivering notes of orange chocolate, green apple, cinnamon, vanilla custard, and black pepper. Despite its high proof, this whiskey remains approachable, particularly when enjoyed over ice. While some American wheat whiskeys opt for a 100 percent wheat mashbill, Bernheim's inclusion of corn lends it a flavor profile closer to bourbon, making it an appealing choice for wheated bourbon fans or those seeking a milder barrel-proof experience. Whether you're on the Pappy hunt or simply appreciate quality wheat whiskey, Bernheim Barrel Proof is a bottle worth seeking out.

Kentucky Bourbon Festival Tickets On Sale April 17

The Kentucky Bourbon Festival, scheduled for September 13-15 in Bardstown, has announced that tickets will go on sale on April 17, with early access for "Bourbon Insiders" on April 16. The festival, which draws bourbon enthusiasts from around the world to Bardstown, "The Bourbon Capital of the World," has sold out every year since 2021. This year, the festival will offer four levels of VIP packages, along with weekend general admission passes and Sunday-only passes. Attendees can expect sampling from over 50 Kentucky distilleries, exclusive barrel picks, programs with industry experts, dining options, and a Bourbon Marketplace with over 40 vendors. Ticketed guests will also have the opportunity to purchase bottles directly from distilleries on-site, with lockers available for safe storage during the event. With 85 percent of ticketed guests coming from outside of Kentucky in 2023, the festival aims to provide ample time for planning bourbon-centric trips to the Bluegrass State. For more information, visit:

Funktastic Meads Expands into Beer Brewing with Funktastic Beer

Midlothian-based mead maker Funktastic Meads is branching out into the beer business with its new offshoot, Funktastic Beer. Recently receiving approval from the Virginia ABC, Funktastic Beer will serve beer brewed by outside contract brewers. Owned by Matt and Heather Carroll, Funktastic Meads specializes in traditional meads as well as meads with unique ingredients like Swedish Fish and Carolina Reaper peppers. The decision to enter the beer market arose when Matt Carroll considered a corporate job opportunity, ultimately choosing to focus on expanding Funktastic instead. Contract brewing agreements have been secured with breweries like The Answer Brewpub and Funguys Brewing, allowing for smaller, limited runs of beers and saving space in Funktastic's storefront. The addition of beer aims to attract customers familiar with beer, introducing them to Funktastic's unique meads. Funktastic Beer plans to debut in early April with a range of styles, including Japanese lager, pastry stout, and fruited sour, with future plans to add IPAs, a red lager, and hard seltzer. Distribution plans for Funktastic Beer are limited, with a focus primarily on self-distribution. Meanwhile, Funktastic's meads are distributed to bottle shops and restaurants across several states, and the company is making strides in the national craft mead market through its annual mead festival.

Bootleg Hill Honey Meads Faces Challenges, Launches GoFundMe Campaign for Survival

Bootleg Hill Honey Meads, located in downtown Davenport, Iowa, has encountered a series of challenges since its opening in late 2018, including two major floods, loans, a pandemic, and more. To overcome these obstacles and ensure the survival of the business, Bill Harris, son of founder Rick Harris, has launched a GoFundMe campaign. The campaign aims to raise funds to cover immediate expenses, pay beekeepers, and address rising costs. Despite the difficulties, the Harris family remains dedicated to their passion for mead and their commitment to the community. Bootleg Hill offers a unique taproom experience, featuring a variety of meads, mead cocktails, beers, and wines. The business also hosts live music events and fundraisers to support its survival. With the support of the community, Bootleg Hill hopes to continue serving its customers and contributing to the local area.

Valhalla Board Game Café: Where Mead and Games Meet in Pelham

Scheduled to open this summer in Pelham, Alabama, Valhalla Board Game Café will offer a unique experience for visitors to enjoy locally sourced coffee, beer, and mead alongside sandwiches, charcuterie boards, and pastries. The brainchild of Nick Hammett and Adam Valentine, the café will serve as a forum for various games, including board games, card games, and role-playing contests. Inspired by Norse mythology, the café will feature ethically sourced horn mugs and a Viking-themed ambiance. Hammett and Valentine aim to create a space focused on camaraderie, fun, and unplugged entertainment, offering a refreshing alternative to social media. With their concept, they hope to introduce a new experience to Alabama, drawing inspiration from similar businesses in Europe and Canada.

Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company Unveils Batch 1 of Toasted Bourbon

Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company, a renowned family-owned craft distillery in Louisville, announces the launch of Batch 1 of its highly anticipated Toasted Bourbon. The release is scheduled for March 16, 2024, at 10 a.m. at the Peerless Distillery, featuring bottle signings and specially numbered labels for the first 100 buyers. Toasted Bourbon undergoes a unique aging process, initially aged in char level 3 barrels before finishing in toasted barrels, resulting in a complex flavor profile with notes of caramel, vanilla, and toasted spices. John Wadell, Peerless Head Taster, highlights the meticulous barrel selection and medium toast for enhanced aroma and taste. Peerless Distillery, open for tours and tastings, prides itself on handcrafted, sweet mash bourbon and rye whiskey using traditional methods and premium ingredients. For more information and reservations, visit

Rochester Americans and Black Button Distillery Team Up for Charity Bourbon, "Pesky Amerks"

The Rochester Americans hockey team joins forces with Black Button Distillery to create "Pesky Amerks" Bespoke Blend Straight Bourbon Whiskey, a special blend crafted by coach Seth Appert, an avid bourbon enthusiast. Pre-orders for the bourbon, priced at $59 per bottle, begin Thursday, with the public debut scheduled for March 21 at Black Button Distilling in Rochester, New York. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital, and an Amerks-signed bourbon barrel will be auctioned off later in the month. Black Button founder Jason Barrett expresses excitement for the collaboration and the opportunity to support the community. The bourbon's name pays homage to the Amerks' resilient spirit during the challenging 2021-22 playoff run. According to Black Button, the blend offers a smooth taste with a hint of spice.

Woodford Reserve Unveils 2024 Kentucky Derby Commemorative Bottle with Stunning Label Design

Woodford Reserve introduces its latest 2024 Kentucky Derby commemorative bottle, featuring a brand-new label design by Kentucky-born artist Wylie Caudill. The bottle celebrates the 150th running of the Derby and showcases Caudill's painting "Adorned in Roses," capturing the essence of race day at Churchill Downs. As the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, Woodford Reserve continues its longstanding association with the event. The whiskey inside remains the classic Woodford expression, available for purchase at $55 from ReserveBar. This release adds to Woodford's recent whiskey innovations, including the re-release of Double Double Oaked, Batch Proof, Sonoma Triple Finish, and Toasted Oak Four Grain.

Old Forester® Unveils High Angels' Share: A Limited-Edition Whiskey Delight

Old Forester® is treating whiskey enthusiasts with the release of High Angels' Share, the latest gem from its esteemed 117 series. Crafted from low-yield barrels, this expression offers a unique glimpse into the intricate aging process, boasting a concentrated depth of flavor. Bottled at a robust 110-proof, it presents a full-bodied profile adorned with dark fruit notes and herbaceous undertones. Assistant Master Distiller Caleb Trigo explains how the evaporation process, known as the Angels' Share, enriches the whiskey's essence, culminating in a sensory delight. Available in limited quantities both in-store and online, this release marks Trigo's debut as Assistant Master Distiller, celebrated with exclusive tastings at the Old Forester Distillery. With tantalizing taste notes featuring rich caramelized citrus and a long, satisfying finish, High Angels' Share promises a memorable sipping experience for bourbon aficionados. For more information on Old Forester, please visit

New Riff Distilling Unveils 8-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon: A Testament to Aging Excellence

Prepare your taste buds for a journey as New Riff Distilling proudly introduces its most mature bourbon yet – the 8-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Making its debut on March 8, this release marks a significant milestone for the distillery, representing the pinnacle of its core product lineup. Bottled at a bold 100-proof and crafted from a mashbill featuring 65% corn, 30% rye, and 5% malted barley, this expression promises a symphony of flavors. Co-founder Jay Erisman expresses his anticipation for the bourbon community's response, highlighting the exceptional oakiness and freshness that defines this aged whiskey. Blending bourbons from two distinct distilling seasons, each aged a minimum of 8 years, this release embodies the artistry and dedication of New Riff's craft. With a suggested retail price of $67.99 per 750 ml. bottle, enthusiasts can secure their bottles through presale ordering, with pickup options available at the distillery gift shop. Scheduled for online ordering and nationwide distribution beginning March 8, this release signifies an exciting chapter in New Riff's journey toward excellence in bourbon craftsmanship. On a purely personal note, I grabbed my bottles at the distillery yesterday.

Ambrosia Orchard Prepares Eclipse-Themed Mead for Solar Spectacle

As Hoagland, Indiana gears up to bask in the path of totality for this April's solar eclipse, Ambrosia Orchard is brewing up something special to mark the occasion. Nestled off U.S. 27, this hidden gem boasts a delightful array of ciders and meads, with a unique twist for eclipse enthusiasts. Owner Blanca Rosa reveals their latest creation, a limited edition eclipse-themed mead aged in rye whiskey barrels from Edwin Coe Distillery. Infused with tantalizing notes of black currant and boysenberry, this traditional mead carries a hint of sweetness balanced by the subtle warmth of rye whiskey. As patrons gather on April 8 to witness the cosmic spectacle, they'll also indulge in authentic Venezuelan cuisine courtesy of Abreus. With its charming indoor and outdoor spaces, Ambrosia Orchard promises a delightful experience for visitors of all ages. Beyond the eclipse celebration, the cidery and meadery have a calendar packed with exciting events, ensuring there's always something new to savor.

Lux Row Distillers Unveils Rebel 100 6-Year Bourbon: A Tribute to Tradition and Time

Lux Row Distillers shakes up the bourbon scene with the introduction of Rebel 100 6-Year Bourbon, a testament to craftsmanship and heritage dating back to 1849. This latest addition to the Rebel lineup embraces the distillery's traditional wheated mash bill, meticulously handcrafted for over a century. Available nationwide later this month, Rebel 100 6-Year Bourbon stands tall at 100 proof (50% ABV), boasting a golden amber hue that entices the senses. Master Distiller John Rempe extols the virtues of aging, emphasizing the rich complexity that six years of maturation impart to this rebellious spirit. With a captivating aroma of vanilla and honey, a palate brimming with dark fruits and citrus notes interwoven with oak, and a velvety smooth finish tinged with a hint of spice, Rebel 100 promises a bold and unforgettable sipping experience. Priced at $59.99 per 750 ml bottle, this bourbon invites enthusiasts to indulge in a taste of tradition and rebellion.

Flying Ace Partners with Folds of Honor for Educational Scholarships, Honoring American Heroes

Flying Ace, a distinguished American bourbon brand, joins forces with Folds of Honor in a heartfelt tribute to fallen or disabled American military personnel and first responders. Through a newly announced educational scholarship program, Flying Ace underscores its commitment to community and support for those who have made ultimate sacrifices for the nation. As part of this partnership, Flying Ace pledges sponsorship for four scholarships in 2024, demonstrating a dedication to ensuring the families of service members and first responders receive the educational opportunities they deserve. The collaboration extends beyond financial support, with Flying Ace actively raising awareness through spirits retailers, social platforms, and media channels nationwide. Special point-of-sale materials featuring the partnership logo and a QR code for donations will adorn Flying Ace bourbon expressions, allowing consumers to contribute directly to Folds of Honor's impactful mission. This initiative marks a significant moment in the partnership, underscored by Flying Ace's role as the Liberty Sponsor for Folds of Honor's Inaugural Gala in Detroit. With shared values of community and education, Flying Ace and Folds of Honor unite to make a lasting difference in the lives of American heroes and their families. For more information about Flying Ace and their dedication to honoring American aviators and heroes, visit

Bully Boy Distillers Unveils Innovative Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bully Boy Distillers, Boston's renowned craft distillery, introduces its latest creation: Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Founded by siblings Will and Dave Willis in 2010, Bully Boy has become a staple in the craft spirits scene, offering a diverse range of classics and ready-to-drink cocktails. The new bourbon, crafted over two years of experimentation, stands out from conventional offerings with its unique production process. Unlike most bourbons made with unmalted grains, Bully Boy incorporates malted wheat and barley, sourced from the family's Sherborn farm. Aged in seasoned, toasted, and charred white oak barrels, the bourbon boasts a golden hue and a flavor profile characterized by light woodiness, nuttiness, and hints of raisin and floral notes. Dave Willis, head distiller, underscores the brand's commitment to innovation, aiming to create a bourbon with its own distinct personality while honoring traditional expectations. Priced at approximately $45 for a 750 ml bottle, Bully Boy's Straight Bourbon Whiskey is now available at leading wine and liquor stores across New England, inviting bourbon enthusiasts to savor its unique charm.

Yellowstone Introduces Rum Cask Finish Bourbon in Special Finishes Collection

Limestone Branch Distillery, based in Kentucky, unveils the latest addition to its Yellowstone Special Finishes Collection: Yellowstone Rum Cask Finish Bourbon. Crafted by master distiller Stephen Beam, this innovative release undergoes a unique aging process, spending nine weeks in rum casks previously used to age rum made from Cuban sugarcane molasses. The resulting bourbon boasts a medium body with enticing notes of toasted marshmallow, crème brûlée, and toffee toasted oak, leading to a finish adorned with hints of tobacco, clove, cocoa-seasoned oak, and honey. Beam highlights the sweetness and brown sugar nuances imparted by rum casks, which complement the classic vanilla, caramel, and rye flavors of Yellowstone bourbon. Packaged in the signature Yellowstone bottle adorned with Roosevelt Arch artwork, the Rum Cask Finish Bourbon features a distinctive blue top wrap for easy identification. Bottled at 100 proof and aged for four years, this expression will be available nationwide at a suggested retail price of $49.99 per 750-ml bottle, inviting bourbon enthusiasts to embark on a flavorful journey with Yellowstone's Special Finishes Collection.

Unveiling High Roller Straight Bourbon Whiskey: A Bold Tribute to an Iconic Monster Truck Legend

Antheum Spirits and Tennessee Legend Distillery have teamed up to introduce High Roller Straight Bourbon Whiskey, a homage to the legendary High Roller Monster Truck, a symbol of adventure and resilience since 1985. Led by passionate Monster Truck enthusiast Jeff Krekeler, with the support of Rodman Hobbs, Robert Maize, and a dedicated team, High Roller was restored to its former glory. Crafted with care and aged to perfection, High Roller Straight Bourbon Whiskey offers a robust flavor profile of caramel, butterscotch, smoke, and leather, culminating in a bold 100-proof finish. This whiskey is not just a drink but a testament to innovation and tenacity, inviting enthusiasts to savor the spirit of endurance and innovation. Join the celebration at Tennessee Legend's stores in Sevierville and Nashville for whiskey tasting and an immersive experience into the world of artisanal whiskey and monster truck heritage. For more details and to purchase High Roller Straight Bourbon Whiskey and other Antheum Spirits offerings, please visit

Blaum Bros. Public House: A Long-Awaited Addition to Galena's Main Street

After nearly a decade of anticipation, brothers Mike and Matt Blaum have finally realized their dream with the opening of Blaum Bros. Public House in Galena, Illinois. Located at 109 S. Main St., the pub serves as an extension of their renowned Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. The establishment boasts an upper- and lower-level bar, along with a mid-level mezzanine, offering patrons a variety of atmospheres to enjoy high-quality cocktails made with the distillery's own spirits. With a focus on creating a mysterious, high-end cocktail lounge vibe downstairs and a more relaxed atmosphere upstairs, the Blaum brothers aim to provide a unique experience while complementing their distillery's offerings. The menu features classic and innovative cocktails crafted with premium ingredients, alongside beer and wine options. As Galena's Main Street welcomes this new addition, residents and tourists alike can look forward to experiencing the Blaum brothers' entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to quality. Visit Blaum Bros. Public House from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday to savor the essence of Galena's thriving business community. More information is available at

Other Bourbon and Mead News

As we wrap up this edition of Bourbon and Mead Digest, let's raise our glasses to the rich flavors and vibrant community that make this world so deliciously diverse. Whether you're a seasoned aficionado or just dipping your toes into the amber waves of bourbon and the golden depths of mead, there's always something new to explore and enjoy. So until next time, keep sipping, keep sharing, and keep the spirit of camaraderie alive. Cheers, and may your glasses be forever full!

Friday, March 1, 2024

B&M Digest, Volume I, Issue 05

Welcome to the latest edition of Bourbon and Mead Digest, where we bring you the latest news and updates from the world of bourbon, mead, and everything in between. From new releases and collaborations to industry accolades and cultural highlights, we've curated a diverse selection of stories to keep you informed and entertained. So grab your favorite glass, settle in, and let's explore the vibrant and ever-evolving landscape of bourbon and mead together. Cheers!

NJ Elixir: A Modern Revival of Ancient Mead on Somerville's Main Street

Somerville's Main Street is about to get a sweet upgrade with the arrival of NJ Elixir, set to breathe new life into the age-old tradition of mead. With a nod from the Somerville Planning Board, this upcoming establishment aims to honor the historical significance of mead while adding a contemporary twist to its offerings. From traditional meads to innovative blends like hippocras and capsicumel, NJ Elixir promises a diverse array of flavors to tantalize the taste buds. But it's not just about the drinks; NJ Elixir envisions becoming a cultural hub, fostering community engagement by encouraging patrons to pair their mead with local cuisine. With enthusiastic support from the local authorities and the community, NJ Elixir is poised to not only become a landmark in Somerville but also a testament to the enduring appeal of ancient traditions in the modern world. So, raise a glass and join the buzz as NJ Elixir prepares to open its doors, inviting Somerville to savor the sweet taste of history with every sip.

JJ Grey and St. Augustine Distillery Craft Soulful Collaboration: Rolling Rooster Bourbon

Renowned musician JJ Grey and St. Augustine Distillery have unveiled a new bourbon collaboration, Rolling Rooster, blending Grey's musical inspiration with the distillery's expertise. Drawing from Grey's latest album, 'Olustee,' Rolling Rooster captures the essence of warm marshmallows, cocoa, and subtle oak. Reflecting Grey's love for Southern comfort, the bourbon promises a smooth journey back home with every sip. Richard deMontmollin, VP of Production at St. Augustine Distillery, expressed excitement about the partnership, highlighting the perfect harmony achieved between Grey's soulful touch and the distillery's craft. Available for pre-order now, Rolling Rooster is set to debut at the end of May, offering aficionados a limited opportunity to savor this unique collaboration. For more information, visit JJ Grey's website.

Obscurity Mead Hall and Cidery Introduces Exciting New Cider Lineup with Fresh Team Additions

Obscurity Mead Hall and Cidery, nestled in Elburn, Illinois, has unveiled a tantalizing new line of ciders, signaling a bold move into the cider market for 2024. Spearheaded by the expertise of their latest team members, Zak Beckman and Doug Will, Obscurity's latest creations boast three delectable flavors: Tart Cherry, Pineapple, and Berry Rosé, marking a departure into sweeter cider varieties. Beckman, formerly of 2 Fools Cider, brings a wealth of experience, enhancing Obscurity's fermentation processes and flavor profiles. Collaborating closely with head brewer Carson Souza, Beckman is set to elevate both the cidery and brewery's offerings, promising more innovative concoctions in the future. With expansion plans on the horizon and newfound visibility, Obscurity Mead Hall and Cidery aims to share their hidden gem status with cider enthusiasts far and wide, with Beckman's creations soon to grace shelves across the Midwest. Keep an eye out for their latest releases, as Obscurity continues to redefine the boundaries of cider craftsmanship.

Lost Lantern Launches Inaugural Regional Collection Spotlighting Midwest Whiskies

Lost Lantern, renowned for its thematic whiskey releases, unveils its first regional collection focusing on the Midwest. Co-founder Nora Ganley-Roper emphasizes the region's underappreciated status in the whiskey world, highlighting its rich agricultural heritage and unique climate conditions. The Spring 2024 Collection features seven distinct bottlings, including a multi-state rye blend and single casks from renowned distilleries such as Starlight Distillery, Cedar Ridge, and Tom's Foolery. Each expression embodies the Midwest's character, from the rich and creamy notes of Far-Flung Rye to the spicy elegance of Middle West Ohio Straight Rye. Available for purchase starting March 27th, this collection offers whiskey enthusiasts a chance to explore the diverse and exceptional spirits emerging from America's heartland. Visit Lost Lantern's website for more details and to experience the essence of Midwest whiskey.

Sazerac Barrel Select Launches Blanton’s Gold Charity Sweepstakes Benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Sazerac Barrel Select introduces a unique opportunity for bourbon enthusiasts with the Blanton’s Gold Charity Sweepstakes, offering the chance to select and purchase a barrel of coveted Blanton’s Gold Bourbon. Proceeds from the sweepstakes will support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The winner will enjoy an exclusive VIP tour and barrel selection experience at Buffalo Trace Distillery, along with a $20,000 prize to purchase personalized bottles from their selected barrel. Entries can be made through donations on the registration site until February 29, 2024. This initiative underscores Sazerac's commitment to philanthropy while providing a rare opportunity for whiskey aficionados to contribute to a noble cause. Visit for more information and to participate in this charitable event.

Milam & Greene Unveils Golden Eagle Single Barrel Bourbon as First Release in 2024 Wildlife Collection

Milam & Greene Whiskey introduces the Golden Eagle Single Barrel Bourbon, the first release from its 2024 Wildlife Collection. This limited-edition, cask-strength bourbon highlights the impact of Texas Hill Country's weather on flavor development, aiming to raise awareness about climate issues while supporting Texas Parks and Wildlife causes. With only 169 bottles available, this exclusive release embodies the strength and beauty of the iconic Golden Eagle, offering intense cherry, oak, and almond flavors. Distilled in Tennessee and aged for seven years, eleven months, and seven days, this collector's item is priced at $149.99 and can be purchased exclusively on the Milam & Greene website and in their distillery tasting room. Don't miss out on this fast-selling series that promises a unique whiskey experience while contributing to conservation efforts in Texas. Visit the Milam & Greene website for more details.

Greg Metze of Old Elk Distillery Wins Master Distiller/Master Blender of the Year at 2024 Icons of Whisky Awards

Old Elk Distillery proudly announces that their Master Distiller, Greg Metze, has been honored with the prestigious Master Distiller/Master Blender of the Year Award at the 2024 Icons of Whisky Awards. This accolade recognizes Metze's remarkable legacy and dedication to crafting world-class whiskeys. Metze's expertise has been pivotal in shaping Old Elk's reputation for excellence, with his innovative approach to whiskey-making earning widespread acclaim. The award ceremony, held in Louisville, Kentucky, celebrates Metze's exceptional contributions to the industry and solidifies his status as one of its finest craftsmen. Under his leadership, Old Elk has thrived, producing award-winning whiskeys that have garnered acclaim across the nation. Metze's win is a testament to his decades of experience and the passion he brings to the art of distillation. For more information about Greg Metze and his work, visit the Old Elk Distillery website.

Traditionalist Distillery's Classic Straight Bourbon Wins Gold Medal at American Craft Spirits Judging

Southeast Minnesota's Traditionalist Distillery, situated within Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery in Spring Valley, achieves a significant milestone as their Classic Straight Bourbon Whiskey earns a Gold Medal at the Annual Judging of American Craft Spirits. Among only 16 bourbons nationwide to receive this prestigious accolade, The Traditionalist's bourbon stands out as a testament to their dedication to quality. Co-founder Justin Osborne expresses excitement over the recognition, emphasizing the years of investment and anticipation leading up to this moment. With the distinction of being the sole recipient of Gold and Silver Medals for bourbon in Minnesota, The Traditionalist underscores its commitment to excellence and promises further refinement in the years ahead. The recognition from industry professionals at the American Craft Spirits Association validates their efforts and sets the stage for continued success in the craft spirits arena.

Michter’s Unveiled 2024 Limited Edition US*1 Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Rye

Leap Day brought exciting news for whiskey enthusiasts as Michter’s announced the release of their highly anticipated 2024 Limited Edition US*1 Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Rye. Following the exceptional quality of its predecessor in 2022, last year's release boasted a proof of 110.2 (55.1% ABV), maintaining the high standards Michter’s was known for. President Joseph J. Magliocco expressed his excitement for this special whiskey, highlighting the expertise of Master Distiller Dan McKee and Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson in deeming it ready for release. Wilson, a Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Famer, described the Barrel Strength Rye as a smooth and beautifully balanced journey of flavor, showcasing sweet, savory, and spice characters. Priced at $110 for a 750ml bottle in the United States, this limited edition offering continued Michter’s legacy of delivering uncompromising quality and exceptional taste in American whiskey. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to savor this bold and complex expression from Michter’s esteemed portfolio.

Beehive Dreams: Five Hives & Vines Faces Zoning Hurdles in Bulloch County

Five Hives & Vines, a proposed meadery in rural Bulloch County, Georgia, faces zoning challenges as it seeks to realize its vision of a honey-based alcoholic beverage facility alongside berry fields and event spaces. Led by Eric Van Otteren and his family, the venture aims to blend Dutch heritage with agricultural innovation, offering meads flavored with muscadine grapes, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries. Despite opposition and zoning setbacks, the team remains determined to bring Bulloch County its first meadery, navigating regulatory hurdles and planning for potential alternatives while embracing the honeyed potential of their proposed home zone.

Chicken Cock Whiskey Partners with New Orleans Bourbon Festival for Exclusive Single Barrel Double Oak Release

Chicken Cock Whiskey and the New Orleans Bourbon Festival join forces to craft a unique Single Barrel Double Oak Kentucky Whiskey, priced at $149.99 and available exclusively at the festival and select local retailers. With roots dating back to the late 1830s in New Orleans, Chicken Cock Whiskey pays homage to its historical ties with the city through this limited-edition offering. Aged for nine years, with the final two in new American White Oak, this 119.6-proof whiskey boasts a level four char, delivering a distinct flavor profile. Hand-picked by Chicken Cock's Master Distiller and the festival organizers, this collaboration celebrates the rich heritage of both the brand and the city, encapsulating the spirit of the renowned event.

Ragged Branch Distillery Releases Limited Edition Foxfield Races Bourbon

Ragged Branch Distillery introduces the Foxfield Races Select bourbon to commemorate the 45th Running of the Foxfield Races on April 27. Available in Virginia ABC stores and at the distillery, this hand-selected two-barrel batch features a mash bill of corn, rye, and malted barley, aged for over five years, double-oaked, and Bottled-in-Bond, priced at $56.99. Following their successful collaboration honoring Secretariat's Triple Crown win, Ragged Branch is excited to partner with Foxfield Races, echoing their shared commitment to Virginia history and tradition. Founding partner and head distiller Alex Toomy expresses enthusiasm for celebrating the event's anniversary in a unique and meaningful way. For more details, visit

Other Bourbon and Mead News

As we wrap up this edition of Bourbon and Mead Digest, we hope you've enjoyed our journey through the world of spirits and libations. From exciting collaborations and limited edition releases to industry insights and community initiatives, there's always something new to discover in the realm of bourbon and mead. Stay tuned for more updates and stories in the future, and until next time, may your glasses be full and your spirits high. Cheers!