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Bernie Lubbers aka The Whiskey Professor and Brand Ambassador at Heaven Hill (former BA at Jim Beam) is a friend who we have hung out with a bit and worked for, both via work we have done for Heaven Hill Distillery and for him personally. He contacted us earlier this week and asked if it was ok that he include us in an article he was writing. Well, duh. So, here it is. Thanks Bernie!
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We are privileged to be working with the Van Winkle family for the past few months on a special project for Pappy & Co. run by the daughters of Julian Van Winkle.
We took 20 Pappy Van Winkle 15 year barrels apart and made custom barrel heads hand wood burned with Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery Family Reserve and a famous Pappy saying "Asleep many years in the wood." Each came with a Certificate of Authenticity, wood burned with the barrel number, fill date and the dump date. Each Certificate and barrel head were also signed by Julian Van Winkle.
These first 40 barrel heads sold out quickly but we are looking forward to the next barrels to be dumped early next year. For more information and to get your own Pappy merchandise go to www.pappyco.com!
Some comments from www.pappyco.com about the barrel heads:
We started this business 3 years ago and there were only a handful of people making art out of barrels. Now there are bunches of people making things left and right. A few of them even dog us on their websites and pages. That's fine with us. The quality of our work, attention to detail and passion for bourbon, barrels, art and integrity is what matters.
We use each and every part of the barrel down to the sawdust. We make each and every piece by hand. Design, hand sanding, nailing, wood burning, everything. That is what sets us apart. No one does what we do, how we do it.
It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. We are flattered to death. Thank you to all of our loyal customers for standing behind us.
Wow! That's all I can say. What a fantastic weekend of music and bourbon. If you haven't heard of Forecastle you may very well have been living under a rock . Rolling Stone Magazine has named the fest one of the 33 coolest festivals. ("Forecastle Festival Success". Rolling Stone Magazine. July 2012) Click here to find out a little more about the Forecastle Foundation. http://forecastlefest.com/foundation/
According to Fred Minnick, author, photographer and journalist, Forecastle just became bourbon's most important festival, beating out the Kentucky Bourbon Festival because it's hitting a whole new target market. http://fredminnick.com/forecastle-just-became-the-worlds-most-important-bourbon-festival/ And we are proud to have contributed a small part to the effort. Big thanks to Stephanie Lindsay of Green Lady Studio for having faith that we could create her vision for this years Bourbon Lodge.
Our Logo on the Big Screen!
We had a great night at the NFocus Runway for the Roses Fashion Show at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage benefiting Horses and Hope! http://www.horsesandhope.org/
Gunnar Deatherage from Project Runway Season 10 and Louisville native put the show together with clothing from Dillard's.
More on the show from a real writer, Cameron Miquelon.
Sponsors included Lenihan/Sotheby's as well as Glass Label, Bourbon Barrel Rehab, Korbel, Old 502 Winery and and Lite 106.9.
Bourbon Barrel Rehab provided 4 used bourbon barrel bars, 10 used bourbon barrels and 2 half barrels to use as part of the decor.
If you have an event coming up, please give us a call!
A brief mention of Bourbon Barrel Rehab in the Courier Journal about some items we donated to Missy Rowe and John Hillock for their Bourbon themed basement!
We also donated a side table for a silent auction benefiting The St John Center for homeless men. If you would like to donate to this great cause go to www.stjohncenter.org
So what's the difference? Do we also use whiskey barrels? What's the difference between whiskey and whisky?
Here are some answers. These links are both to wikipedia so take some of the info with a grain of salt but they are generally on the money. And yes, we have whisky (or whiskey) barrels at times and even some wine barrels!
We just sent 20 barrels to a distillery in Sweden! Thank you Tommy! We are starting to get inquiries from all over the world! Couldn't be happier about going global!
Functional Art. These Bourbon Barrel Head Guest Books will eventually hang on the wall of the couples who got married last weekend!
We had the great luck to be called by our friend Stephanie at Green Lady Studio in Louisville to help out with the decor for the Kentucky Bourbon Lodge at The Forecastle Festival this year. Kathy Schmitt at Crescent Hill Trading Company provided many of the interesting decor items too! My Morning Jacket was the headliner on Saturday night and Wilco ended the weekend with an amazing light show. Lucky to live and work in this great town!
Liz and Jeff love Bourbon and Kentucky and all that implies.