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!

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