Saturday, February 18, 2023

Bourbon Barrel Blurbs Volume 02, Issue 05


Welcome to another quick BBB! Today we have a lineup of exciting beverage news, including Brush Creek Distillery, the upcoming 2023 Craft Beverage Expo, Ponyboy Slings' ready-to-drink cocktails, The Heart Distillery's innovative canned cocktail, and Maker's Mark's renowned bourbon-making process. So sit back, relax, and join us for a sip of the latest beverage industry updates. Cheers!

Distillery At Brush Creek Produces Spirits With A Distinct Connection To Its Land

Brush Creek Distillery

Brush Creek Distillery, located in Saratoga, Wyoming, is the latest addition to the 30,000-acre Brush Creek Ranch, a luxury resort that aims to share the pioneering spirit of the American West. The distillery uses sustainable practices and locally-sourced organic botanicals to produce a signature line of small-batch spirits. Guests can access the Distillery Experience, which includes a sensory exploration of the spirits, an in-depth tour of the distillery, and a tasting of Brush Creek's whiskey, vodka, and gin. The distillery also partners with local businesses to incorporate their spirits in bar offerings at the resort. Read the full article HERE.

Craft Beverage Expo Selected Pittsburgh For 2023 Conference

The 2023 Craft Beverage Expo is being held in Pittsburgh for the first time and will feature a week-long festival of events throughout Allegheny County, March 27-April 2, 2023. For small-batch brands, the Craft Beverage Expo provides attendees with access to an exciting lineup of industry experts. Educational classes teach how to create a strong brand from professionals in the industry. Last year, CBX was held in Louisville and was a tremendous success. The organizer chose Pittsburgh for its 2023 conference due to the area's fast-growing craft beverage scene. For more information, visit

New Way To Drink Bourbon In Louisville

Ponyboy Slings is a Louisville-based, ready-to-drink carbonated bourbon cocktail that will soon be available in a can. Founded by Mike and Janell Bass, the cocktails feature a young, unbranded bourbon and sweet wine like sherry or vermouth, along with bitters and carbonation. The lineup consists of three flavors: Bourbon Popstar, Derby Cream Soda, and My Cherry Amour. Each cocktail contains 7% alcohol by volume and is intended to be "sessionable." The founders plan to release Ponyboy Slings in April 2023, but initially only in Louisville. Read the full article HERE.

The Heart Distillery Announces Its Newest Canned Cocktail, The Green Fairy Rootbeer

Courtesy of The Heart Distillery website

The Heart Distillery, a family-owned and operated business based in Windsor, Colorado, has launched a new canned cocktail called The Green Fairy Rootbeer. This unique drink combines the flavors of absinthe and rootbeer to create a refreshing and distinctive beverage. Head distiller Zach Weakland explains that the sweet, spicy flavors of rootbeer complement the licorice-like taste of absinthe. The Green Fairy Rootbeer is a rare and innovative canned cocktail that is expected to appeal to a wide range of consumers. The Heart Distillery has gained a reputation for producing high-quality spirits and cocktails, including its award-winning canned cocktail line. Liquor store owners across the state have praised the company for its commitment to crafting unique and delicious drinks that stand out from those of the big players in the industry. Read the full article HERE.

Concocting Maker's Mark Bourbon Is Actually A Really Complicated Process

Courtesy of Maker's Mark website

Nice article that discusses the history and production of bourbon, America's answer to whiskeys and Scotches. All bourbons are whiskeys, but not all whiskeys are bourbons. The rules for bourbon production ensure that the heritage of the spirit stays intact. Maker's Mark, a Kentucky-based bourbon producer, has a process that has remained consistent for over 60 years and is labor-intensive, with nearly every step of the process touched by human hands. The production of bourbon involves several steps, including seasoning, drying, and charring the American oak, fermenting the mash of corn, wheat, and malted barley, and aging the distillate in new American oak charred barrels. Read the full article HERE.

In conclusion, the world of distilled spirits and craft beverages is constantly evolving, with new innovations and trends emerging every year. From Brush Creek Distillery's small-batch, handcrafted bourbons to The Heart Distillery's unique canned cocktails, there's something for everyone to enjoy. The 2023 Craft Beverage Expo promises to bring together the best and brightest in the industry for a weekend of education and inspiration, while Ponyboy Slings RTD and Maker's Mark continue to raise the bar for quality and consistency in the market. As always, we encourage responsible consumption and hope that you'll continue to support these fantastic brands and the people behind them. Cheers!

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