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7 Awesome Whiskey Podcasts

7 Awesome Whiskey Podcasts

by David Klemt

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Our National Bourbon Heritage Month celebration and inspiration continues with a roundup of seven of the best whiskey podcasts.

Of course we want you to listen to Bar Hacks for education, inspiration, and entertainment. However, we know it isn’t the only podcast you listen to.

Below you’ll find several whiskey-centric podcasts. These are absolutely some of the best podcasts out there if you’re seeking bourbon and whiskey knowledge.

So, after you catch up to your Bar Hacks listening, work the shows below into your rotation.

Cheers!

Whiskey Lore

As regular KRG Hospitality readers and newsletter subscribers know, we love diving into history and myths. When we’re researching a spirit, cocktail, or other beverage, we tend to find more fiction than fact. Of course, the facts are also just as interesting to us, so it’s a win-win for us and you.

So, it makes sense then that we’re kicking things off with Whiskey Lore. We love the rich and compelling stories that weave the intricate story of our industry. As it turns out, so does the Whiskey Lore podcast. Currently, the podcast is digging into the history and lore of Irish whiskey.

Latest episode: Irish Whiskey Pt. 5: The Lore of the River Boyne; Marrowbone Lane; Finding Old Irish Pure Pot Still

Bourbon & Banter

Honestly, I don’t know that I can describe the Bourbon & Banter podcast any better than the minds behind the show:

“Are you seeking a bourbon podcast that will educate and entertain you without the extra bloat associated with kissing a brand’s ass in search of advertising revenue or free samples? If so, welcome home my friend… In all seriousness though, give us a listen and you’ll find that we’re honest to a fault. You won’t find us pulling any punches when it comes to new bourbon reviews or when we explore the latest industry news and consumer trends.”

Latest episode: The Doctor is In – Bourbon & Banter Podcast Special Episode

The Fred Minnick Show

If you’re a whiskey lover and don’t know the name Fred Minnick, I would find that shocking. While not always a straight-up whiskey-only podcast, the Fred Minnick Show format is compelling. Rather than focus solely on reviewing whiskey, whiskey news, and interviews with industry experts, Fred also chats with guests about a wide range of topics.

Latest episode: What’s Up With Tom Brady? NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo Returns to Talk Quarterbacks | Russell’s Reserve 6 Year

WhiskyCast

The WhiskyCast podcast has been going strong since 2005. That makes this the world’s longest-running whiskey podcast. With 17 years’ worth of podcast goodness to listen to, you’ll never be without something whisky-focused to listen to and learn from. Their most current episoide is number 966, which is just staggeringly impressive.

Latest episode: Brother’s Bond: A Bourbon “Bromance”

Bourbon Lens

With nearly 200 episodes available, Bourbon Lens is delving deep into everything bourbon. However, they also discuss other types of whiskey through conversations with founders, blenders, and other industry experts. This is a must-listen podcast for whiskey lovers.

Latest episode: Off Hours with Bourbon Lens Episode 10: Sam Montgomery from Bardstown Bourbon Co.

Bourbon Pursuit

According to the show itself, Bourbon Pursuit is “the official podcast of bourbon.” With episodes going live every few days you’ll never be without something to listen to with this podcast. Bourbon news, bourbon reviews, bourbon interviews… Bourbon Pursuit may truly be the official pod of bourbon.

Latest episode: TWiB: Kentucky Bourbon Benefit Raises $1.4M, Little Book Series Launches “To The Finish”, Four Roses 2022 Limited Edition Small Batch

Dads Drinking Bourbon

The hosts of Dads Drinking Bourbon want you to #rethinkhowyoudrink. With this podcast you’ll get to hear blind tastings, side-by-side reviews, and interviews with people in the industry. While the hosts don’t claim to be experts, they do an excellent job providing listeners with useful information. As they say themselves, “At the end of the day, we know you just want to know if the whiskey is worth spending any money on.” Also, congratulations to the Dads Drinking Bourbon team on their 400th episode!

Latest episode: Review: IT’S OUR 400TH EPISODE! And we drink Barrell Batch 33

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6 Bar Hacks Bourbon Episodes

6 Bar Hacks Bourbon Episodes

by David Klemt

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We have the honor of speaking with some of the best and most engaging people in the hospitality, foodservice, and drinks industries on the Bar Hacks podcast.

Several of our amazing guests have come on to talk about one of our favorite spirits: bourbon. To celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month we’ve rounded up most bourbon-focused Bar Hacks episodes.

Cheers!

Episode 25

One of our favorite people in the industry—and in life in general—popped by to speak with Bar Hacks. Megan Breier is one of the most engaging, entertaining and knowledgeable educators in the hospitality and spirits industries.

In this episode, Megan explains what sets Maker’s Mark apart from other bourbons, some of the amazing activations she’s executed, Private Selection, Maker’s 101, Margie Samuels’ contributions to the brand and industry, and more. Listen now!

Episode 28

Lyre’s Spirits crafts alcohol-free spirits that masterfully mimic their full-proof counterparts. Bar Hacks co-host David Klemt sits down with Lyre’s brand ambassador, bartender and buddy Tim Rita to chat about the brand.

On episode 28 you’ll learn about one of the fastest-growing brands in one of the fastest-growing beverage categories. How is an alcohol-free brand relevant on World Whisky Day? Lyre’s makes American Malt, a zero-proof take on bourbon.

Episode 32

One of the most iconic bourbon producers is undoubtedly Woodford Reserve. So, when we were given the opportunity to speak with Woodford Reserve brand ambassador Michael Toscano we leapt at the chance.

Michael stops by to talk about the Kentucky Derby, crafting the perfect Mint Julep, maximizing the operator-brand-rep relationship, and more. Check it out now!

Episode 39

Anthony “Terry” Bohlinger, national brand ambassador for new William Grant & Sons whiskey brand Fistful of Bourbon, drops by Bar Hacks. Terry talks about launching a brand during a pandemic, representing an irreverent brand that doesn’t take itself too seriously, the hilarious videos Fistful of Bourbon created to introduce the brand, lessons learned during his journey in hospitality, and more. Listen here!

Episode 52

Lynn House, national spirits specialist and portfolio mixologist for Heaven Hill, drops by Bar Hacks to speak with host David Klemt about the second annual Old Fashioned Week.

Lynn and David also discuss bourbon, rye, hospitality, building balanced cocktails, and how trust plays a role in educating guests so you and your team can introduce them to new drinks and experiences. Listen now!

Episode 59

Whiskey expert, spirits judge, and sommelier Theo Rutherford stops by the Bar Hacks podcast to talk about Bib & Tucker Small Batch Bourbon, a prominent addition to the Deutsch Family of wine and spirits. Rutherford shares the Bib & Tucker brand story, what sets the brand apart from other bourbons, and why the 6 Year expression appeals to all categories of whiskey drinkers. He also shares tips for tasting bourbon, including how easily Bib & Tucker wins over non-whiskey drinkers.

Listen now to learn why Theo wants you to smell everything and stop swirling your whiskey at tastings.

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KRG Hospitality’s Top Bourbon Articles

KRG Hospitality’s Top Bourbon Articles

by David Klemt

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To inspire and help you program for National Bourbon Heritage Month, enjoy this roundup of our top bourbon articles.

For bourbon lovers specifically and those who appreciate whiskey in general, this is an exciting month. You can leverage that excitement throughout the month of September.

From limited time offers to pour specials and offering guests to try new bottles, National Bourbon Heritage Month is perfect for becoming a person’s go-to bourbon bar. Our resources below will help you achieve that status.

Cheers!

9 Bottles for Bourbon Heritage Month

Nine awesome bottles in three separate pricing categories. Here you’ll find bottles that retail for less than $25, several under $100, and a few that cost up to $150. Click here to read.

The 30 Days of Bourbon Challenge

In 2011, bourbon devotee and advocate Patrick Garrett founded Bourbon & Banter “to spread the Bourbon Gospel.” One way they accomplish this mission is through 30 Days of Bourbon. This challenge is simple but intriguing: Try a different bourbon every day in September. Click here to learn more.

National Bourbon Day: 2022 Trends

The history and heritage of bourbon is important. As America’s native spirit, bourbon’s history is particularly important to the nation. However, innovation and trends are crucial to the future of bourbon. In this article we examine four important 2022 bourbon trends. Click here to read.

7 Whiskeys for National Bourbon Day

Before we celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month each year we celebrate National Bourbon Day. It’s always fun to see what new and exciting bottles are available, like these seven bottles from 2021. Click here.

8 Bottles for Bourbon Day

Of course, we’re celebrating National Bourbon Heritage Month 2022 this year. So, here are eight bottles worth checking out and adding to your inventory. Click here to review these bottles.

8 Bourbon Cocktails You Need to Know

Contrary to what some purists will tell you (whether you ask them or not), bourbon is great in a cocktail. From the ubiqutious Old Fashioned to the modern classic Billionaire, this article dives into eight bourbon cocktails you and your bar team need to know. And, of course, they’re perfect for National Bourbon Heritage Month limited time only menu. Click here to learn more.

7 Great Books About Bourbon

Sure, it’s awesome to enjoy a bourbon with friends. But what about pouring a dram of your favorite bourbon while reading about bourbon? Grab one or more of these books, pair them with a beautiful bourbon, and start expanding your whiskey knowledge today. Click here for our book recommendations.

Rabbit Hole Resources: Bourbon 101

When it comes to learning about a particular spirit, those producing them tend to know the most. So, seeking education straight from the source is a smart move. Rabbit Hole is creating, curating, and growing free bourbon resources. Have a question? They’ve got the answers, and then some. Click here.

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8 Bourbon Cocktails You Need to Know

8 Bourbon Cocktails You Need to Know

David Klemt

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This is the culmination of all our Bourbon Heritage Month coverage, our final word on the subject: the bourbon cocktails you must know.

Yes, there are those out there who bristle at the thought of enjoying their favorite spirit being adulterated.

Combining bourbon with mixers, modifiers, even ice?! “Blasphemy,” they hiss.

Personally, we believe in enjoying spirits however you want. That’s doubly true for paying guests.

So, this is for those who appreciate their bourbon with ingredients beyond a drop of the world’s most pure water or an impossibly clear ice cube.

Here are the bourbon cocktails you and your bar team need to know.

Old Fashioned

At this point, the Old Fashioned is ubiquitous to the point that it’s doubtful there’s even a neophyte bartender who can’t make at least a mediocre one. However, this drink doesn’t carry its “classic” designation for no reason. In fact, the simpler the drink, the more legendarily classic, the more crucial it is that your bar team can absolutely nail it.

Add a half-teaspoon of sugar, three dashes of Angostura Bitters, and one teaspoon of water to a rocks glass. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add a large ice cube or ice sphere, or a fill the glass with big ice cubes, and add two ounces of bourbon. Stir, express an orange peel around the rim of the glass, and drop it into the drink.

Bourbon Smash

Here’s an interesting bit of trivia: All Smash cocktails are Juleps but not all Juleps are Smashes, according to Imbibe Magazine. While difficult to define, Imbibe says crucial characteristics of a Smash are ice, fruit that’s in season, and a spirit base.

Prepare a rocks glass by chilling it with ice. Grab a cocktail shaker and toss in three lemon wedges. Muddle those, then add two ounces of bourbon, three-quarters of an ounce of simple syrup, three or four fresh mint leaves, and ice. Dump the ice from the rocks glass and add a large ice cube or sphere, or big ice cubes. Shake the shaker hard until chilled, double strain into the prepped rocks glass, and garnish with a mint sprig, a popular ingredient and garnish for Smashes.

Hey, speaking of that Mint Julep trivia we mentioned…

Mint Julep

The Mint Julep is the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby, of course. In fact, it’s said that more than 10,000 bottles of Old Forester Mint Julep are poured during Kentucky Derby weekend. While those ready-to-serve bottles are convenient, we’re going to focus on a traditional cocktail build.

Now, you can build this drink in a rocks glass. But who wants to drink this in anything but a frosty, ice-cold Julep cup? So, you’re going to start by muddling three fresh mint leaves inside the Julep cup. Then, pack the cup with crushed ice. Add two ounces of bourbon, a half-ounce of simple syrup, and stir gently. Add more crushed ice and round it off above the rim. Dust with powdered sugar and garnish with a fresh mint leaf or two.

Kentucky Mule

While we’re building cocktails that call for specialty drinkware… After the Moscow Mule exploded in popularity across North America, variants began popping up all over the place. Agave-focused bars made tequila- and mezcal-based Mules. And, of course, whiskey-centric programs latched onto their own versions of the Mule.

Enter: The Kentucky Mule. The star of this cocktail is, obviously, bourbon. Pour two ounces of bourbon into a Moscow Mule mug or highball glass—honestly, this is a toss-up given the recent surge in popularity of highballs—along with a half-ounce of fresh-squeezed lime juice. Fill the mug or glass with ice, top with ginger beer, and garnish with a mint sprig.

Bourbon Sour

In the interest of transparency, this can also be called the Whiskey Sour. I just want to make it clear that this particular recipe calls for bourbon.

With that out of the way, add two ounces of bourbon, three-quarters of an ounce of fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and a half-ounce of simple syrup to a shaker. If egg white will be used to build your Bourbon Sour, add a half-ounce to the shaker. For the egg-white version, dry shake for 30 seconds, add ice, and shake again until chilled. Skip the dry shake if no egg whites are used—just add ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into a coupe and garnish with three to four drops of Angostura bitters.

Boulevardier

Some people malign the Boulevardier is just a Negroni that swaps out the gin for bourbon (or other types of whiskey). I personally disagree with that derisive assessment as bourbon imparts entirely different characteristics.

Regardless of where you stand, part of the magic of the Negroni is that it calls for equal parts—it’s a 1:1:1 cocktail. So, I encourage you to try making your Boulevardier the same way. (Note: Some people add a quarter-ounce more of bourbon to stand up to the Campari.) Prepare a rocks glass with ice and set aside. To a mixing glass, add ice and equal parts bourbon, Campari, and sweet vermouth. Again, toss the ice inside that’s inside the prepared rocks glass and add fresh ice. Stir the liquid in the mixing glass until well chilled, strain into the prepared rocks glass, and garnish with an orange peel or twist.

Billionaire

If you’ve been to Employees Only, you’ve likely tried the Billionaire or at least know about it. Per Liquor.com, the Billionaire is a “sophisticated” riff on the Millionaire cocktail. The EO variant eschews the Millionaire’s Grand Marnier, absinthe, egg white, and freshly grated nutmeg garnish.

Instead, the Billionaire is a simpler build that calls for a specific bourbon and absinthe bitters. First, prepare a stemmed cocktail glass with ice to chill it (or task bar team members with placing them in in the freezer or refrigerator as part of their duties) and set aside. Add two ounces of Baker’s Single Barrel bourbon (107 proof), an ounce of fresh-squeezed lemon juice, a half-ounce of grenadine, a half-ounce of simple syrup, a quarter-ounce of absinthe bitters, and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake hard until well chilled and strain into the chilled cocktail glass. Float a lemon on wheel on top to garnish.

(Updated) Amaretto Sour

This recipe is Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s modern take on the classic Amaretto Sour. To make it, you’ll need to have at least one cask-strength bourbon in your inventory. Unlike the other cocktails on this list, bourbon isn’t the star of the show. That honor goes to amaretto liqueur, but the bourbon is one hell of a supporting actor.

Prepare a rocks glass by chilling it with ice. Start by adding one-and-a-half ounces of amaretto, three-quarters of an ounce of cask-strength bourbon (remember, cask strength!), an ounce of fresh-squeezed lemon juice, one teaspoon of rich simple syrup, and a half-ounce of egg white to a shaker. Dry shake for 15 seconds, then add ice to the shaker and shake again. Dump the ice from the prepared rocks glass, add fresh ice (large cube or sphere, big ice cubes, etc.), strain the liquid, and garnish with a lemon twist and two brandied cherries on a skewer.

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7 Great Books About Bourbon

7 Great Books About Bourbon

by David Klemt

Shot of bourbon on wood background

Our onslaught of Bourbon Heritage Month content continues with a roundup of great reads that tell the story of bourbon.

Sure, it’s awesome to enjoy a bourbon with friends. But what about pouring a dram of your favorite bourbon while reading about bourbon?

Come on—you know that sounds fantastic.

So, grab one or more of these books, pair them with a beautiful bourbon, and expand your whiskey knowledge.

Buffalo, Barrels, & Bourbon

This brand-new bourbon book releases today on Amazon. In Buffalo, Barrels, & Bourbon, author F. Paul Pacult tells the story of the Buffalo Trace Distillery. The history of the most-awarded distillery in the world includes the American Revolutionary War, Prohibition, the Great Depression, and it’s still going strong.

The Bourbon Bible

Author Eric Zandona writes for Distiller Magazine and is the director of spirits information at American Distilling Institute. Zandona dives deep into bourbon in The Bourbon Bible, sharing notes on 100 of the world’s best expressions along with 20 classic bourbon cocktail recipes.

Kentucky Bourbon Country

We all know that while a luxury, traveling is the best way to understand our world. Wine lovers have an array of bucket-list destinations, such as Piedmont, Tuscany, Bordeaux, and the Napa Valley. Scotch devotees have Scotland. And bourbon fans have Kentucky. Author Susan Reigler reveals everything bourbon lovers need to know about traveling to Kentucky to learn about their favorite spirit. All that will be left after reading the third edition of Kentucky Bourbon Country is planning your own trip and booking your flights.

Pappyland

It’s hard to come up with any bourbon label more well known, sought after, argued about, and in some cases reviled, than Pappy Van Winkle. Wright Thompson tells the story not only of the (in)famous label and multi-thousand-dollar bottles but also of the family behind it all. Love it or hate it, you need to read Pappyland for the full story.

Bourbon Empire

Reid Mitenbuler tells the real story of the business of bourbon in Bourbon Empire. And let me tell you, it’s no boring essay on the ins and outs of supply and demand, P&L statements, distribution, and on- and off-premise consumerism. Rather, Mitenbuler reveals a history rife with underhanded political dealings, organized crime, “questionable” business practices, bootlegging, and much more intrigue.

Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey

Even people with only a passing familiarity with bourbon probably know the name Fred Minnick. The award-winning author sets out to learn just who should be given the credit for creating bourbon in Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey, winner of the 2017 Spirited Award for Best New Spirits Book.

Bourbon Curious

Fred Minnick returns with Bourbon Curious to convert his Kentucky Derby Museum classes into book form. Interestingly, this tasting guide is segmented into what Minnick identifies as the four main bourbon flavor profiles: grain, nutmeg, caramel, and cinnamon. Want to know how those profiles dominate bourbon? Get the book.

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9 Bottles for Bourbon Heritage Month

9 Bottles for Bourbon Heritage Month

by David Klemt

Bottle of Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon on top of a map

One of the best elements of Bourbon Heritage Month is, undoubtedly, the opportunity to find and taste new expressions.

Given our love for finding new bottles, we’re sharing nine bottles to try this month.

Like our June 14 National Bourbon Day roundup, our suggestions for September run the pricing gamut. You’ll find a bottle under $20 and one with a $150 price tag.

The bottles below will also help your complete nine days of the 30 Days of Bourbon challenge. Who doesn’t love win-win situations?

$50 and Under

Evan Williams Bottled-in-Bond, $15

You don’t have to empty your wallet to enjoy a bonded bourbon. Also, doing so connects you with decades upon decades of bourbon distilling history and heritage. Evan Williams Bottled-in-Bond won’t break the bank and doesn’t skimp on quality, flavor or body.

Jim Beam Old Tub, $23

Speaking of bonded bourbons that won’t drain bank accounts, Jim Beam Old Tub is a limited edition, 100-proof expression that barely cracks $20 per 740ml bottle. This direct competitor to the bourbon above is neither carbon- nor chill-filtered. In fact, the distillery says the only filtering this liquid receives is of bits of wood from the barrels.

$51 to $99

Basil Hayden Toast, $50

Not only does Basil Hayden Toast receive its toasty profile from a second barreling, this bourbon features a new mash bill that includes brown rice. This is a smooth, subtle, 80-proof bourbon that practically begs you to relax and reflect to fully appreciate its nuances.

Henry McKenna Bottled in Bond, $65

There’s some controversy surrounding this 100-proof expression. That makes the bottle all the more compelling.

First, pricing can be as low as $35 per bottle SRP…if people hunting these bottles down get lucky. Some people report finding Henry McKenna Bottled in Bond for around $40, but most will say it’s between $65 and $80. Then there’s the fact that this small run bourbon isn’t exactly consistent between batches. That makes finding a bottling that really speaks to the consumer special.

Regardless of “controversy,” this bonded bourbon is aged for ten years, much longer than many other bottled-in-bond expressions out there.

Jack Daniel’s 10-Years-Old Tennessee Whiskey, $70

Here we go… On a technical level, Tennessee whiskey is bourbon. The process, up to a certain point, is identical: both must be at least 51 percent corn, and both must be aged in new, charred oak barrels. The big difference is the step that takes place just before the liquid is aged: it’s treated to a charcoal filtering.

So, please don’t come at us for including Jack Daniel’s 10-Years-Old Tennessee Whiskey on this list. Instead, seek out and try this new 97-proof offering from Jack Daniel’s.

Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit, $65

This bourbon is for those looking for a single-barrel expression from one of the most recognizable names in bourbon production. Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit rings in at 101 proof and is aged for eight years. Enjoyed neat, Kentucky Spirit delivers notes of almond, honey, leather, oak, pepper and vanilla, a full body, and a long finish.

$100 and Over

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon (2021 Edition), $130

September is a special month for bourbon lovers. Bourbon Heritage Month is the perfect time to splash out for high-dollar bottles. One of those is the industry’s first-ever vintage-dated bourbons.

For the unfamiliar, Birthday Bourbon has marked George Garvin Brown’s birthday, September 2, since 2002. As you may have suspected, George was the co-founder of Brown-Forman. This year’s Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is the product of 119 barrels that were filled on April 16, 2009, and aged for 12 years.

Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Series No. 16 (Very Fine Rare Bourbon), $130

Whereas several bottles on this list pay homage to the rich history of bourbon production, Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection showcases the future. Now, Very Find Rare Bourbon is a nod to the past. However, the mission driving Master’s Collection is innovation. Special releases like Series No. 16 is produced with liquid from barrels that date back to 2003, which is the year that Chris Morris became Master Distiller.

Four Roses 2021 Limited Edition Small Batch, $150

Looking for a barrel-strength bourbon? Four Roses 2021 Limited Edition Small Batch is bottled at 114.2 proof. This bottling consists of four bourbons produced following four separate Four Roses recipes: a 12-year-old OESK, a 14-year-old OBSQ, a 16-year-old OESV, and a 16-year-old OBSV. To learn more about the Four Roses recipes, click here.

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The 30 Days of Bourbon Challenge

The 30 Days of Bourbon Challenge

by David Klemt

Bourbon barrels resting in Buffalo Trace rack house

Today marks the start of Bourbon Heritage Month, the celebration of America’s native spirit.

Unlike National Bourbon Day, which takes place in the US on June 14, September provides us with a monthlong bourbon celebration.

I, for one, couldn’t be more excited to revisit some of the bottles in my home bar.

But there’s another way to celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month. And operators can participate.

Bourbon & Banter

In 2011, bourbon devotee and advocate Patrick Garrett founded Bourbon & Banter.

A team of devoted contributors soon followed and developed.

Bourbon & Banter’s initial mission was simple but powerful: “to spread the Bourbon Gospel.”

However, over the course of ten years, that mission has evolved. A robust community has formed around Bourbon & Banter. Today’s mission is to continue building that community while helping others “drink curious.”

Bourbon & Banter reviews bottles, keeps readers and followers current with relevant news and events, sells merchandise, and more.

But there’s something else this dedicated bourbon bunch does. Something that celebrates Bourbon Heritage Month.

30 Days of Bourbon

Normally, the first of the month is reserved by KRG Hospitality for a roundup of weird holidays. However, we’re disrupting our regular programming in the name of bourbon.

Bourbon & Banter is challenging bourbon aficionados, casual bourbon drinkers, and the bourbon-curious to participate in a monthlong challenge.

The premise of 30 Days of Bourbon is simple: drink a new bourbon every day for the entirety of September.

Equally as simple are the rules:

  • Only bourbons count. Sure, drink whatever you want. But only bourbon counts toward the challenge.
  • Tennessee whisky counts, as technically it’s bourbon. We don’t make the rules for whiskey or this challenge, so don’t @ us.

Speaking of technicalities, Bourbon & Banter provides the following in terms of what differentiates one bourbon from another:

  • Mash bills within a single brand: Each of Four Roses ten mash bills are unique and therefore count as individual bourbons. The same holds true for their limited editions and Small Batch blend.
  • Single barrel bourbons: Using Blanton’s as the example, the stoppers don’t indicate separate bourbons—the barrels do. So, look for different barrels or they don’t count as different bourbons.
  • Proof: Bourbon & Banter says Evan Williams Black and Green Labels are the same but that White Label is different due to the rules for bonded bourbons.
  • Non-distiller producer (NDP) bourbons such as those from MGP count as the final products differ from one another so greatly.

Accept the Challenge

Bourbon & Banter have created a convenient 30 Days of Bourbon calendar. beyond that, they’ve also made logo overlays for participants to use as they post about their progress.

Operators can participate by offering a special or otherwise highlighting a different bourbon each day in September. Encourage guests to return and track their progress using Bourbon & Banter’s calendar.

Use social media to announce the day’s bourbon or mark personal progress. Operators and participants should use the hashtags #30DaysOfBourbon and #BourbonHeritageMonth.

Obviously, operators should give credit to Bourbon & Banter for this challenge and their calendar, so make sure to tag their accounts: Instagram, Twitter and, Facebook. Also, visit them on YouTube and check out their Patreon.

Additionally, Bourbon & Banter has been asking participants to donate $30 to the charity of their choice during the 30 Days of Bourbon challenge for the last five years. Founder Garrett has also been rewarding participants with bourbon-related prizes randomly.

Of course, operators can also come up with their own rewards for completing the challenge at their venue.

Cheers!

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