Best Gifts for Every Bourbon Lover

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.

Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Heads

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:
  1. Truly a unique piece! Posted by Matt S. on 22nd Nov 2013  I am extremely pleased with this barrel head. It smells of sweet pappy bourbon and will be a conversation piece for years to come .
  2. Finishing touch to my Pappy collection! Posted by David Sorensen on 14th Nov 2013

    Received my barrel head today and could not be happier. A quality product and great addition to any bourbon bar.

  3. Can’t wait to see the look on his face! Posted by Julie VanWinkle on 15th Dec 2013

    This is a Christmas gift for the biggest Pappy lover. I can’t wait to see the reaction when he opens it. The lid is truly hand crafted and beautiful. So nice to have Julian’s signature as well. A great collector’s item!

What sets us apart

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. 

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.

Forecastle Festival 2013

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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.


Frosted Pink Weddings by Kelly Blog Post

Rocky Mountain wedding planner, Kelly Karli – Frosted Pink Weddings, has a blog and she featured Bourbon Barrel Rehab! Check it out here. 

http://frostedpinkweddings.com/colorado-wedding-planners-blog

Runway for the Roses

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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. 
http://33avenuemiquelon.com/2013/03/27/runway-for-the-roses-2013-preview-edition/

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!


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Our VIP Table! Thanks to Joshua Miller and NFocus Louisville Magazine for use of the photos.

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Bar provided by Bourbon Barrel Rehab. Thanks to Joshua Miller and NFocus Louisville Magazine for use of the photos.

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After the show, the only things left standing are our bourbon barrels.

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Before the show

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10′ Bourbon Barrel Bar

Donation to charity and BBR in the news!

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!

http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130301/FEATURES08/303010026

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 

Bourbon vs. Whisk(e)y

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!  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bourbon_whiskey

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whisky

http://grammarist.com/usage/whiskey-whisky/

Louisville Palace Wedding Show 

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Thank you so much to Sydney O’Bryan for all the work to put together the Louisville Palace Wedding Show!  We had a great time and there were TONS of brides and reluctant grooms.  It’s so funny to watch the guys hang back, standing a half step behind their bride-to-be.

Here are a few photos.  It was an amazing show in such a beautiful, historic place.  Lucky to have been asked to join in.