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!
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!
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
Please stop by to see us and some of the new things we’ve got just for brides (and grooms)!
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Your unique Bourbon Barrel Rehab Bourbon Barrel Head Guest Book needs a little special attention. It is best for your guests to use extra fine point permanent markers (i.e. Sharpie) to write on the surface of the barrel head to avoid bleeding and smearing. Once you have all your signatures and salutations use four or five coats of a SPRAY polyurethane to coat and protect the surface. DO NOT brush on a sealant as the marker will smear! Please be aware that your barrel head has recently been in contact with bourbon and will still be drying out. Your Guest Book has been reinforced but over time may still shrink and you may see the gaps between the wood expand a bit. This is all normal, so don’t worry if there is some separation. The back of the barrel head has been felted so it won’t scratch your walls if you decide to hang your barrel head (we have included a hanger and screws for you.) Be careful when hanging the barrel head because it is fairly heavy.
May your mornings bring joy and your evenings bring peace.
May your troubles grow few as your blessings increase.
May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the
happiest day of your past.
Old Irish Wedding Blessing