Bourbon Festival 2013

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Bardstown, Kentucky is invaded by 50,000+ every September by people from all over the world to celebrate our native spirit.  Throughout the week we had a barrel head with our new logo sitting on a table and asked that people sign it with their name and where they were from. 

Our week started on Thursday at the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History.  Mary Ellyn Hamilton, curator, has graciously hosted us for two years.  We, in turn, donate items for the Master Distiller’s Auction which is the museum’s major fundraiser for the year.  While we were setting up a rather famous Kentuckian came by to say hello.  Col. Michael Masters, aka “The Kentucky Bourbon Master” who has written several books on Kentucky hospitality, heritage and history.  We also got to meet his beautiful wife, Margaret Sue.  For more information on the Michael and Margaret Sue, visit www.kentuckybourbonhouse.com.

Another highlight from Thursday was a 20 minute visit with Jimmy Russell and his wife.  Jimmy is the Master Distiller at Wild Turkey. I can’t tell you what a thrill it was hearing some of the old stories.  One of the most interesting was that his wife worked at the distillery before he did and encouraged him to get a job there.  

Friday, Adam Harris, North American Brand Ambassador for Jim Beam stopped by and Friday night we went by the Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace that just opened on West Flaget downtown Bardstown.  DeeDee and Howard are fabulous hosts and it seems everyone loves the bar Jeff made for the tasting room.  The bar top was made from wood planks recovered from the floor of the kitchen of the building built in the 1820’s and wood flooring found in the attic.  It is truly a piece of art complete with wormholes.

Saturday was the Master Distiller’s Auction and the black tie event, The Great Kentucky Bourbon Tasting and Gala where we got to chat with Bernie Lubbers, Brand Ambassador for Heaven Hill, Representative Rob Taylor of Iowa, Willie Pratt of Michter’s, and Harlen Wheatley of Buffalo Trace, just to name a few.

Sunday went by in a blur but the bloody mary’s from Bloody Kentucky helped get us through the day.  We also had a drawing for one of our Garden Benches made from authentic bourbon barrel staves. The winner is Stacie M. from Ft. Knox, Kentucky.

We are blessed beyond words to be doing what we love.  Can’t wait until next year!


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Example of the Garden Bench for the Giveaway.

Art, bourbon barrels, bloody marys

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We went to the Kentucky Crafted Market yesterday to see what other artists are doing around the state.  Interesting.  Pottery, jewelry, glass are all very popular.  Too popular, it seems.  There were some very cool people hand forging and some very nice woodworkers but not one doing anything with bourbon barrels.  Nice.

If you have some free time, go to www.hoosiermomma.com and check out Erin and her amazing Hoosier Momma Bloody Mary Maker.  She’s got a little gold mine on her hands.