Thursday, August 25, 2022

Bourbon Barrel Blurbs, Volume 01, Issue 12

Triple B is back with another issue after an unplanned medical leave. This issue features blurbs on Southern Distilling Company, Four Roses 2022 L.E. Small Batch, Little Book Chapter 6, Michter's Distillery, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, Uncle Nearest is still showing out, Bluegrass Bottling, Old Louisville Whiskey Co., Union Horse Revivalist, O.H. Ingram River Aged Roadshow, and the complications presented by the three-tier system. So grab a drink, get comfortable, and as Kelsey Grammer says in the movie Down Periscope, "Let's kick this pig!"

Southern Distilling Company partners with Charlotte FC

Southern Distilling Company has entered a multi-year deal with Charlotte Football Club as an official partner in the alcohol-whiskey category. How did I not know about Paragon Wheated Straight Bourbon Whiskey? I need someone to hook me up with a sample!

Four Roses 2022 Limited Edition Small Batch to Drop Sept. 17

Four Roses Distillery announces it will launch its 2022 Limited Edition Small Batch on September 17. The release will be the 15th in its series of limited-quantity special bottlings.

Non-chill filtered and bottled at 109 proof, the 2022 Limited Edition Small Batch features four different hand-selected recipes aged 14 to 20 years. These recipes represent four of the distillery’s 10 distinct Bourbon recipes – a 14 year-old Bourbon from the OESF recipe, a 14 year-old OESV, a 15 year-old OESK, and a 20 year-old OBSV.

Freddie Noe announces Little Book Chapter 6

In a press release, Freddie Noe, creator of Little Book® Whiskey, announced the sixth installment in his acclaimed, limited-release series – Little Book Chapter 6: "To The Finish."

The name of this year's chapter is inspired by Noe's passion for both whiskey-making and cooking, and more specifically, his curiosity for how flavors come together to complement each other.

Michter's Distillery will release its US*1 Toasted Barrel Sour Mash Whiskey

In September 2022, Michter's Distillery will release its US*1 Toasted Barrel Sour Mash Whiskey for the second time ever. It comes in at 86 proof and will sell in the U.S. for a SRP of $100 per 750ml bottle.

Old Forester Announces National Sweepstakes For 22nd Release Of Birthday Bourbon

The September 2nd release marks the 22nd limited edition expression, but this year's celebration will look different than years past. For the first time, Old Forester's Birthday Bourbon will be available to purchase through a sweepstakes running from August 24, 2022 through August 31, 2022. This gives people nationwide the opportunity to win the right to purchase the most coveted expression of Old Forester.

Because of the new policy, no Birthday Bourbon bottles will be sold at the distillery on September 2. Prize winners will be notified via email on September 2, 2022.

Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey Makes Powerful Inc. 5000 List

Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, the most-awarded American Whiskey or Bourbon of 2019, 2020, and 2021, has been ranked among the top 1,000 companies honored on the 2022 Inc. 5000 list. With growth of more than 3,000% since its first year, and nearly 700% during the capture period of this Inc. 5000 list, Uncle Nearest, ranked #921, joins an illustrious group of honorees like Microsoft, Facebook, Under Armour, Chobani, Patagonia and many other behemoths who first gained national exposure on the Inc. 5000 list. Every year, Inc. releases the ranking of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America, based on percentage of revenue growth. Uncle Nearest is one of few spirit brands to ever be featured on the list.

Bluegrass Bottling to Open 2nd Location in Lancaster

Lisa Strevels runs the Kentucky-based, woman-owned Bluegrass Bottling LLC. Strevels started the business at the beginning of 2020, and in less than three years, her business is already adding a new facility in Lancaster.

On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear’s office said that it will give $6.25 million towards Strevels’ expansion project, as part of the state’s $1.1 billion investment into the spirits industry, yielding 900 full-time jobs and more than 50 new-locations or expansion projects like Bluegrass Bottling.

Old Louisville Whiskey Co. Launches Batch #1, Opens Tasting Room

Old Louisville Whiskey, a new line of small batch whiskeys, launched in Kentucky in early August. Founded by Amine and Beth Karaoud, the Old Louisville Whiskey Co. has its roots in the historic neighborhood as the Karaouds funded the company with the sale of their Old Louisville rental properties. The Karaouds opened a tasting room and warehouse at 4427 Poplar Level Rd. which people can visit by appointment to select single barrels from their unique whiskey collection. In addition to the tasting room, whiskey fans can buy Old Louisville Whiskey, Batch #1, on shelves throughout Kentucky.
(Image via Old Louisville Whiskey Co.)
The Old Louisville portfolio will feature a variety of mashbills, each new release patiently aged in warehouses until the Karouds deem them ready. The first batch, which will retail at $149.99, was selected for its easy drinkability and crowd-pleasing flavor. It is a straight bourbon whiskey, aged 7-10 years and bottled at barrel proof – uncut, unfiltered. Future releases will include american whiskey aged 16 years and rye, and all releases will be limited (2,000 bottles or less).

Union Horse Enters American Single Malt Whiskey Market

After working on the recipe for seven years, Lenexa-based Union Horse Distilling Co. released a new year-round offering, an American Single Malt Whiskey called Rivalist.

Although the new spirit is made entirely of malted barley, Union Horse uses three different types: odyssey, chocolate and caramel. Rivalist is single-pot distilled, then aged in a combination of 20-, 25- and 53-gallon barrels that are blended. It’s bottled at 96 proof and has a suggested retail price of $59.99.

Rivalist is gaining wide distribution throughout the Kansas City area and currently is distributed throughout Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Colorado and Nebraska. It is scheduled to hit New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Georgia and Tennessee later. Man… guess I’ll have to wait to try this when it is finally released here in Tennessee.

O.H. Ingram River Aged Announces Fall Road Show

Brown Water Spirits LLC, the maker of O.H. Ingram River Aged, is proud to announce that it is embarking on a fall roadshow, visiting key markets, holding public events and spreading the word about the only whiskey aged in a floating barrelhouse on the Mississippi River.

During September, the team – led by Founder Hank Ingram – will be stopping in cities throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Public events include in-store tastings, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival and the Whiskey Wisconsin Festival, among others. Fans are asked to stay tuned for more details as September nears.

How Antiquated Three-tiered System Complicates Things

Bryan Clary and Zack Hiller, the co-owners of William Price Distilling Company, both figured the hardest times were behind them after they weathered a pandemic era opening, but an antiquated and convoluted state system involving distilleries, distributors and stores has meant navigating forward has been anything but simple.

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