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.

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 Barrel Party Barrels and Smoker Chips

I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since we posted anything!  Things are heating up around here, literally. It’s 80 degrees in the house at the moment and tomorrow is going to be even hotter!  

We’ve had a couple of custom orders this week and been giving estimates on a few new items.  A wedding present, custom coat racks, a wine barrel garden bench and the biggest is a party barrel/cooler out of a whole barrel.  Jeff is busy engineering and designing and developing and getting excited about the projects and prospects.  We will post pictures as soon as we get them done.

We are also working on the packaging and branding of our smoker chips.  More to come on that later too.

We just finished our first personalized Rain Barrel heading to North Carolina!   So far we’ve got product in Kentucky, Massachusetts, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and Canada and soon to be in California!  This is just the beginning!  We are super excited about all the good things coming down the road.

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heading to NC