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.
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!
- 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 .
- 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.
- 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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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!