Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Bourbon Barrel Blurbs, Volume 02, Issue 18

In the latest BBB, the spirits industry has seen various developments recently. Old Forester announces the newest release in their 117 Series. MGP Ingredients has decided to close its distillery in Kansas due to challenges faced in its grain-neutral spirits and industrial alcohol products, to address profitability issues. Log Still Distillery is releasing the second edition of its Fifth District Series, paying homage to historic distilleries in Kentucky. Jack Daniel's Master Distiller Chris Fletcher shares insights about his job in an entertaining interview. William Rose Distillery in Indiana is featured for its award-winning spirits. Leiper's Fork Distillery plans to expand to downtown Franklin, Tennessee, with a tasting room and more. Black Button Distilling has opened a new and expanded location in New York, increasing its production capacity and creating jobs. Boundary Oak Distillery in Kentucky aims to establish a small farm winery, utilizing bourbon barrels for aging wine. Blue Note Bourbon opens a tasting room in Memphis, offering visitors a chance to explore its whiskey offerings. Green River Distilling releases its first Full Proof Single Barrel bourbon. Unbound Spirits announces upcoming releases of bourbon and whiskey blends. Lux Row Distillers introduces Lux Row Four Grain Double Single Barrel Bourbon. Company Distilling celebrates its first anniversary with events and festivities. Southern Kentucky Distillery becomes a member of the Kentucky Distillers' Association, contributing to the growth of the state's bourbon and distilled spirits industry. 

Old Forester® Unveils New 117 Series: Bottled in Bond

Old Forester® is introducing its latest release in the 117 series - Bottled in Bond. This product adheres to the 1897 Bottled in Bond Act, ensuring that it is bottled from barrels filled during a single distillation season in 2014. To meet the criteria, the spirit must be aged in a U.S. bonded warehouse for at least four years and bottled at 100 proof (50% ABV). The Bottled in Bond expression is part of the 117 Series, a limited-expression lineup focusing on innovation and experimentation. The flavor profile includes confectionary notes of blackberries, apricot, and dates with a sweet nuttiness and whipped cream on the nose, followed by a rich medley of caramelized fruits and spearmint on the palate. The finish brings dried fruits, heavy cream, and an herbal tea note. Bottled in Bond is available at Old Forester Distilling Co. and select Kentucky stores for $59.99 in limited quantities. Old Forester is Brown-Forman's founding brand, and the company is known for its portfolio of fine-quality beverage alcohol brands.

MGP Ingredients To Close Kansas Distillery

Spirits producer MGP Ingredients will shut down its distillery in Atchison, Kansas, USA, in January 2024 due to challenges in its grain-neutral spirits and industrial alcohol products. The decision aims to address profitability issues in its 'Distilling Solutions' sector. Nevertheless, MGP Ingredients will continue to operate and invest in its Ingredient Solutions business in Atchison, including a planned texturized protein facility. The closure comes as a result of an increased supply of grain-neutral spirits and industrial alcohol in the market, combined with rising local corn basis costs, making these product lines economically unviable for the company. MGP Ingredients completed its acquisition of Luxco for US$475 million in April 2021.

Log Still Distillery Releases Fifth District Series II

Log Still Distillery is releasing the second edition of their limited Fifth District Series, called Fifth District Series II, as a tribute to historic distilleries in Kentucky's fifth tax district. It honors the legacy of F.M. Head Distillery, and the new release is a 50% alc/vol – 100 PROOF 8-year-old high rye bourbon finished in toasted barrels, offering a smoky character with cherry and spice notes. The bourbon will retail for $99.99 and will be available in several states from early August. The distillery is celebrating the launch with a two-day event on July 20th and 21st featuring bottle-signing sessions, tours, cocktails, live music, and premium flights of different releases. Fifth District Series II is expected to hit the shelves in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, and South Carolina by early August.

What It's Like To Be A Master Distiller At Jack Daniel’s

Jack Tame, with New Zealand's Newstalk ZB, sits down with Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Chris Fletcher to have a chat about what it’s like to have the job. There's nothing groundbreaking in the interview, but it is an entertaining listen. Especially listening to the contrast in accents between Tame's New Zealand accent and Fletcher's Tennessee accent. You can listen to the 12-minute interview HERE.

Indiana's WISH-TV Highlights William Rose Distillery

Each Saturday, WISH-TV partners with Indiana Grown to highlight a local company, and this week, they feature William Rose Distillery in Zionsville. The distillery, owned by Ron Hopwood, has received several awards, including Spirit of the Year and 19 gold trophies, for its variety of spirits. Hopwood shares their success stories and the process of distilling bourbon during his appearance on News 8 at Daybreak, showcasing what the distillery has to offer. Visit their website and enjoy the full interview HERE to learn more!

Leiper’s Fork Distillery To Open On Main Street In Franklin

Leiper's Fork Distillery, established in 2016 in Tennessee, is known for its authentic, handcrafted spaces and premium spirits, reviving the state's distilling heritage. Now, they plan to expand to downtown Franklin on Main Street, with a tasting room featuring a cocktail bar, gift shop, and live music, set to open around Thanksgiving 2023. Pending approvals, they aim to offer a fill-your-own-bottle experience and bottling line. For updates, visit their Facebook page or website.

Black Button Distilling Opens New Tasting Room And Distillery In Rochester

Black Button Distilling, the first grain-to-glass craft spirits producer in Rochester, New York since prohibition, has opened a new and expanded tasting room and distillery on University Avenue. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was led by Founder and Master Distiller Jason Barrett, with the presence of elected officials from local, state, and regional offices. The new location is quadruple the size of their previous one and is expected to increase annual spirits production from 1,000 to 4,500 barrels. The tasting room offers a cocktail bar, gift shop, and live music, and may also feature a fill-your-own-bottle experience and bottling line. The move is anticipated to create 10-20 jobs in the first year and up to 50 jobs in the future. Black Button Distilling has received numerous awards for its spirits and is known for its commitment to using local ingredients. The grand opening celebration took place on July 15th. Of course, they don't ship to Tennessee because of our archaic liquor laws so I need to take a road trip unless I can find someone for a handshake.

Boundary Oak Distillery To Establish A Small Farm Winery.

Boundary Oak Distillery in Radcliff, Kentucky, is applying for a permit to become a small farm winery, allowing them to purchase wine to create bourbon barrel-aged wine. Master Distiller Brent Goodin plans to reuse their bourbon barrels to age the wine, seeking a third use for the barrels instead of discarding them. The popularity of wines aged in spirit barrels has been growing, and Goodin believes his craft distillery has an advantage in creating quality bourbon barrel-aged wine due to its proximity to the barrels' dumping process. He aims to enhance Boundary Oak's position on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail with this unique offering, as it could become one of the first distilleries in the state to produce its own barrel-aged wine. Goodin intends to experiment with different wine products to see what resonates with customers, to make the best bourbon barrel-aged wine in the country.

Blue Note Opens Bourbon Tasting Room In Memphis

Blue Note Bourbon has opened a new tasting room in Memphis, located at 802 Royal Avenue in the New Chicago neighborhood. The 550-square-foot space features a bar, lounge area, and shelves stocked with bourbon and Blue Note merchandise for purchase. Visitors can tour the production facility and bourbon barrel storage areas to learn more about Blue Note Bourbon. The grand opening was held on Friday, aiming to attract both locals and tourists to enjoy their whiskey offerings.

Green River To Release First Full Proof Single Barrel

Green River Distilling Co. is releasing its first publicly available Green River Full Proof Single Barrel, Head Distiller's Pick #1, at 119 proof. The release includes a blend of spirituous vanilla and baking spices with creamy honey notes. The distillery plans to offer subsequent single barrels at various times throughout the year. Green River Distilling Co., founded in 1885 and reestablished in 2022, is located in Owensboro, Kentucky, and serves as the westernmost outpost of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The tasting room's grand opening is scheduled for July 21, featuring a VIP tour with Head Distiller Aaron Harris. The distillery has a rich history and is known as "the Whiskey Without Regrets." For more information, visit

Unbound Spirits Announces The Upcoming Release Of The Maelstrom - Aurora Batch #2

Unbound Spirits announces the upcoming release of The Maelstrom - Aurora Batch #2, a bourbon that has weathered the waves and extreme temperature changes of Lake Michigan. This batch offers a classic complexity with added warmth, bottled at 86.4 proof. Only those outside of Wisconsin will be able to purchase online for now, due to pending changes in state laws and distribution. Hooligan Soup Irish Whiskey is delayed by federal label approval but will soon go into production. The Maelstrom - Red Skies Batch #3 and Les Terribles are also in the works, with Les Terribles being a bourbon finished in French Cognac and Armagnac casks. The online store will go live on Saturday, July 22, and pre-orders for Les Terribles will be available in September. Customers are limited to two bottles per brand for pre-orders. Unbound Spirits aims to create whiskey blends of exceptional complexity and character.

Lux Row Distillers Releases Lux Row Four Grain Single Barrel Bourbon

Lux Row Distillers is introducing Lux Row Four Grain Double Single Barrel Bourbon, combining a wheated bourbon and a ryed bourbon in a limited allocation of 7,500 cases. This bourbon is offered at 115 proof and incorporates four grains - corn, wheat, rye, and malted barley - resulting in a balanced and flavorful blend. The wheated mashbill contributes smoothness with caramel and citrus notes, while the ryed mashbill adds spiciness with hints of caramel and vanilla. Lux Row Four Grain Double Single Barrel Bourbon will be available at retail in August, with a suggested price of $79.99 per 750 ml bottle. The bottle design features a metal-plate Lux Row logo and collar, with barrel number and fill date information on the customized bottom label.

Happy 1st Birthday Company Distilling

Yes, I know I’m a little early but Company Distilling is celebrating its one-year anniversary since opening two tasting rooms in Tennessee. The Townsend Distillery officially opened on July 8, 2022, in East Tennessee, while the Middle Tennessee location, a result of a merger with H Clark Distillery, re-opened in August of the same year. The anniversary celebrations include various events such as beer releases, BBQ, live music, tours, and meet and greet with Master Distiller Jeff Arnett. The distillery has become a popular community partner and destination for locals and visitors alike. The weekend celebration will take place at both locations, offering a full schedule of events for attendees to enjoy.

Kentucky Distillers’ Association Welcomes Southern Kentucky Distillery As Newest Member

The Kentucky Distillers' Association (KDA) has welcomed Southern Kentucky Distillery in Cumberland County as its newest member. Founded in 2018 and opened in 2022, the distillery is known for producing brands such as Ancient Sun Vodka, Slate Fork Flavored Moonshine, Broadhead Wheated Bourbon, and Long Ridge Rye Bourbon. The distillery currently produces 25 barrels per day and plans to double its capacity to 50 barrels per day. The owners aim to open a gift shop, tasting room, and event spaces later this year. Southern Kentucky Distillery joins the KDA as a Craft level member, contributing to the growth of Kentucky's signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry.

As the spirits industry continues to evolve and adapt to changing market dynamics, these recent developments highlight the resilience and creativity of distilleries across the United States. While challenges may arise, distilleries like MGP Ingredients, Log Still Distillery, and many others remain dedicated to providing consumers with innovative and high-quality spirits. From new releases and expansions to celebrating milestones and joining esteemed associations, the industry is filled with a vibrant and diverse tapestry of distilleries, each contributing its unique flair to the world of spirits. As enthusiasts and connoisseurs eagerly anticipate the future releases and experiences these distilleries have to offer, it is evident that the passion for craft and tradition continues to drive the spirits industry forward, inspiring both novices and aficionados alike to raise their glasses to the artistry of distillation.


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