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Bourbon Facts (for National Bourbon Heritage Month)

Bourbon Facts (for National Bourbon Heritage Month)

Bourbon is a distinction of whiskey, but not all whiskeys are bourbons. Bourbon is the product of grains, mostly corn, yeast, and water. In order for a whiskey to be considered a proper bourbon, there are a few standards that it must meet.

• Must be produced in the U.S.
• Must be made of a grain mix of at least 51 percent corn
• Must be distilled at less than 160 proof (80 percent ABV)
• Must have no additives (except water to reduce proof, if necessary)
• Must be aged in new, charred white oak barrels
• Must be aged for a minimum of two years (a bourbon must meet this specific requirement if it is to be considered a "Straight Bourbon")

The production of bourbon began in the 1700s with the first settlers in Kentucky. After a lot of time spent transporting crops to market over narrow trails and steep mountains, the settlers learned that converting the corn and grains to whiskey made them easier to transport. It also prevented the excess grain from rotting and gave them a diversion from life on the frontier. The first whiskey distillery in Kentucky was started by Evan Williams in 1783 in Louisville, securing him the title of the first commercial distiller in the state.

The name bourbon comes from Bourbon County, one of Kentucky’s three original counties, established in 1785. Farmers shipped their whiskey in oak barrels from Bourbon County down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans. The long trip aged the whiskey, giving the spirit the distinct amber color and flavor. Whiskey from Bourbon County soon gained popularity and became known as Bourbon whiskey.

In 1964, Congress declared Bourbon a distinctive product of the United States, it often being referred to as "America’s Official Native Spirit."

While Louisville was an important focus of distilling activity through the 19th and early 20th centuries, it is actually Bardstown, Kentucky’s second-oldest city, that is known as "The Bourbon Capital of the World." Bardstown saw its first distillers in the 1770s as people began to migrate there because of the limestone-rich springs and streams, which were ideal conditions for making good bourbon.

The six bourbon distilleries in Kentucky make up what is now known as the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. These distilleries include Woodford Reserve, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey, and Jim Beam. The Bourbon Trail was formed in 1999 by the Kentucky Distillers Association, serving as an educational way for visitors to see the art, science, and rich history behind bourbon production.

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— Sara Kay, The Spir.it


Bourbon Heritage Month

It’s no surprise that Bourbon Heritage Month is one of our favorite times of the year, and although this year may look a little different from years past, there is nothing stopping us from celebrating all things Bourbon.

Bourbon Heritage Month 101

The celebration began in 2007, when the US Senate declared September “National Bourbon Heritage Month.” Introduced by Kentucky Republican Senator Jim Bunning – it asks that anyone who appreciates Bourbon to celebrate that love with responsibility and respect throughout September.

Bill S. RES. 294 solidified the creation, the culture, and the craft of the Bourbon industry as a proud chapter in the storybook of American history and it reinforced a 1964 Act of Congress that declared Bourbon “America’s Native Spirit.”

Fast forward to 2020 and we have even more reason to celebrate, as this September marks Brent Elliott’s fifth anniversary as our master distiller. Although he’s been in his current role for five years, Brent’s career at Four Roses began in 2005, 15 years ago. Since then he’s played an integral role in the growth and continued acclaim of Four Roses. His experience with the brand includes everything from applying his chemistry degree in production, to formulating Four Roses’ 10 distinct Bourbon recipes and hand-selecting barrels for award-winning bottlings.

Bourbon Heritage Month provides us with reason to celebrate from September and beyond. Whether you are a Bourbon enthusiast or a casual Bourbon drinker, National Bourbon Heritage Month can be enjoyed however, whenever or wherever you want. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Information brought to you by our partners the Kentucky Distillers Association and Kentucky Bourbon Trail.


30 Ways to celebrate 30 Days for National Bourbon Heritage Month

Cue the music! It’s most wonderful time of the year! Happy National Bourbon Heritage Month!

This is the month that all bourbon enthusiasts come together and proudly raise their glasses to our beloved Native Spirit. It’s a month jam packed with activities, festivals, and it also marks the beginning of the often-coveted Fall bourbon bottle releases. National Bourbon Heritage Month was created in 2007 by U.S. Senator Jim Bunning who wanted to reinforce the significance of Bourbon being America’s ‘Native Spirit’. This month-long celebration highlights the contributions, craftsmanship, history, and achievements made in the bourbon industry.

National Bourbon Heritage Month is also significant for me because it also marks the anniversary of Black Bourbon Society. Two years ago, I officially announced that BBS was ‘a thing’. Two years later, that ‘thing’ has kind of turned into a ‘big deal’. We’ll be celebrating our place within National Bourbon Heritage by kicking off the month with our inaugural Bourbon Boule event in New Orleans, and wrapping up the month in Louisville on stage at the Bourbon & Beyond Festival. I look forward to celebrating National Bourbon Heritage Month every single day – and so should you. Here’s how!

30 Ways to celebrate 30 Days for National Bourbon Heritage Month:


7 Things You Should Know About Bourbon

September is National Bourbon Heritage Month, a celebration of America’s “native spirit.” I celebrate bourbon pretty much year-round, but it’s nice to have everyone else join in for a little while. If you’re not too familiar with the all-American whiskey, here’s a few things to catch you up to speed.

1. First things first: Where’d the name come from? The usual explanation is that the hooch is named for the original Bourbon County, Kentucky, which covered a far larger area than the modern county (which has no distilleries today) and came to be called “Old Bourbon.” As the corn whiskey made by area distillers was shipped around the country, the barrels were stamped with the county’s name, and people started calling the Kentucky whiskeys bourbon to differentiate them from other regional styles. Bourbon County, in turn, was named for the royal House of Bourbon, which produced monarchs that ruled over France, Spain, Sicily, Naples, Spain and elsewhere.

There’s also an alternate explanation of the name that credits it to the whiskey’s popularity in New Orleans and curious drinkers seeking out the whiskey sold on Bourbon Street, or “that Bourbon whiskey.”

2. While bourbon was born in Kentucky and much of it is still made there today, bourbon doesn’t have to come from Bourbon County or the Bluegrass State. What makes bourbon bourbon, according to the Federal Standards of Identity of Distilled Spirits, is this:

- It’s made in the U.S.
- It’s distilled from a grain mix that is at least 51 percent corn.
- It’s aged in new, oak barrels that have been charred.
- It’s distilled to no more than 160 proof (more on that in a minute), put into the barrel for aging at 125 proof or below and bottled at 80 proof or higher.

Bourbon that meets those standards, and has been aged for at least two years can be labeled straight bourbon.

3. The “proof” of a bourbon or other spirit is a measure of its alcoholic strength, defined in the U.S. as twice the percentage of alcohol by volume. So, for example, the bourbon that goes into the barrels at 125 proof is 62.5 percent alcohol. The term comes from 18th century Britain, where sailors “proved” their rum rations were not watered down by splashing gunpowder with the spirit and then igniting it. If the powder burned, the rum was legit.

4. Last year, Kentucky’s distilleries filled 1,007,703 barrels with delicious bourbon. They hadn’t hit the million-barrel milestone since 1973, and the busy year brought their total inventory to 4.9 millions barrels. Kentucky now has more barrels of aging whiskey than it does people (the population is 4.3 million). The 2012 tax-assessed value of all that bourbon was $1.7 billion.

5. Bourbon’s origins aren’t well documented, but popular legend credits the first batch to Baptist preacher Elijah Craig. Ever thrifty, Craig supposedly re-used an old barrel to age some home-made corn hooch and sanitized it by charring—giving it a unique color and flavor. More likely, bourbon has no one creator. Corn whiskey was distilled in Kentucky before Craig arrived from Virginia, and aging in charred barrels is also documented decades earlier as a means of dealing with “sap blisters” in the wood that could alter the whiskey’s flavor.

6. You’ll sometimes see bottles labeled sour mash bourbon. This doesn’t describe the flavor, but means that the whiskey was made using the “sour mash process,” where the mash—the mixture of grain, malt, and water that the spirit is distilled from—contains some material from a previously fermented and used mash. This helps maintain the chemical balance of the new mash, discourages growth of foreign bacteria, and maintains consistency and quality from batch to batch.

7. Another term you might see on a bottle is Bottled-in-Bond or Bonded. This means the bourbon was made at a single distillery, by one distiller in one distillation season, aged for at least four years in a federally bonded and supervised warehouse, and bottled at 100 proof.

Bonded bourbons came about in the late 1800s, when some distilleries were to turning a quick buck on harsher, unaged bourbons and adding anything from fruit syrups to tobacco to improve the color and flavor. As American Whiskey Reviews explains, the distilleries that churned out these “rectified whiskies” had a leg up on more proper bourbon makers in terms of production time and costs, allowing them to control much of the whiskey market. To protect themselves, distillers lobbied Congress to lay down the above standards in the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, giving their products a mark of government-guaranteed quality assurance and a fighting chance in the market.


Horse’s Neck

Cousin to the Moscow Mule, this refreshing cocktail is courtesy of Ironclad Distilling in Norfolk, Virginia. Located along the scenic James River, the distillery is a destination that will delight any cocktail enthusiast and is a testament of bourbon’s appeal beyond Kentucky.

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ ounces bourbon
Ginger beer
3 dashes of bitters
Fresh lime

Build in the glass with ice. Top with ginger beer and a squeeze of lime. Garnish with a lime slice.


Celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month In Kentucky, The Birthplace Of Bourbon

September is National Bourbon Heritage Month and no place is more appropriate to celebrate this liquor than in Kentucky, the birthplace of American Bourbon. Kentucky is home to 14 signature distilleries, 13 craft distilleries and 44 Louisville bars and restaurants that pride themselves on both their bourbon expertise and bourbon-centric offerings which include bourbon-infused dishes, craft cocktails and flights.

Depending on your interests, you can tour (or bike!) the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour or explore the Urban Bourbon Trail, each trail offering a variety of in-depth bourbon experiences featuring both history and insight on America's only native spirit.

With 95 percent of the world's bourbon crafted right in Kentucky, it's a bourbon aficionado's dream destination. Thanks to the growing bourbon industry there are more opportunities than ever to celebrate the libation. From festivals, distillery tours and tastings to interactive exhibits, classes and a new welcome center, here's a round-up of the top new events and places to honor National Bourbon Heritage Month in Kentucky.

Kentucky River Tours at Buffalo Trace Distillery

Looking for a bourbon adventure? Hop on the bourbon industry's only boat tour which takes a journey down the Kentucky River, a river which had a profound impact on the entire industry. Enjoy sightseeing which includes Steamboat Bend, the Leestown Settlement, animal sightings and more.

Saturday Distillery Dinners

Every Saturday this month Maker’s Mark is hosting farm-to-table Distillery Dinners at Star Hill Provisions, Maker’s Mark distillery’s on-site restaurant. Diners will get a taste of Kentucky cuisine from one of the region’s most acclaimed young chefs, Newman Miller, who will be bringing unparallelled food-and- bourbon pairings to this historic distillery setting.

(Photo by John Sommers II/Bloomberg)

Spirits of the Bluegrass: Prohibition and Kentucky

This recently opened exhibit is on loan to The Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History in Bardstown by Louisville’s Frazier Museum. Its collection boasts 50 years of whiskey history and features artifacts such as traditional moonshine stills, a bar, information on figures in the Prohibition movement and videos.

Bardstown Bourbon Company

Operational since 2016, the Bardstown Bourbon Company's $25 million, 45,000 square-foot distillery is home to a whiskey library curated by Bourbon author Fred Minnick, as well as, the recently opened Bottle & Bond Kitchen and Bar. The bar features a craft cocktail program, a wine list and craft beer on tap, while the full-scale restaurant has a menu full of comfort food. Diners of the restaurant can see into the distillery through its floor-to-ceiling glass walls.

The Bourbon Country Burn

Riders can choose their bourbon-fueled adventure of one, two or three days of biking to distilleries during the day and sipping Bourbon in the evenings for The Bourbon Country Burn. The journey begins on Sept. 28 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, with each participant riding between 25 and 100 miles each day. Bourbon distilleries include Woodford Reserve, Four Roses, Wild Turkey and more.

(Photo by Tony Tribble/Invision for Wild Turkey/AP Images)

Delectable Distillery Tour

For one night, Maker’s Mark, five Louisville chefs and four bartenders are collaborating to benefit APRON, Inc . This distillery tour of the Maker’s Mark will give guests a behind-the-scenes look at the process of crafting Maker’s Mark. The night also features a four-course, Maker’s-inspired dinner with paired cocktails.

Bourbon & Beyond Festival

If you love good music, food and bourbon, get ready for Bourbon and Beyond on Sept. 22 and 23. This two-day event is a bourbon -themed music festival in Louisville that bills itself as “a perfect blend of bourbon food and music.” Guests will enjoy music from big artists like John Mayer, Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow, Sting and Counting Crows and food from world-class Chefs like Tom Colicchio, Aaron Sanchez and Ed Lee. Major local names participating in the festival include Andrea Wilson, the master of maturation at Michter’s Distillery Kaveh Zamanian, the founder of Rabbit Hole Distillery and Wes Henderson, the co-founder and chief innovation officer of Angel's Envy Distillery. With plenty of experiences from over 40 bourbon brands offering workshops and demonstrations and experts to teach you about all things bourbon, it's an event you won't want to miss.

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

James E. Pepper Distillery

The historic 1776 James E. Pepper bourbon label was brought back to life with this distillery which began distilling whiskey in Dec. 2017. The James E. Pepper Distillery is located at the Pepper Campus , which is also home to Ethereal Brewery, Barrel House Distilling, Crank & Boom Ice Cream, Kentucky Knows and Middle Fork Kitchen. Tours at this National Historic Landmark began mid-July 2018.

Rabbit Hole Distillery

Owned by a husband and wife duo with an undeniable passion for bourbon, Rabit Hole Distillery opened on Derby Eve 2018. It offers guests an hour-long, immersive "down the rabbit hole" tour which ends with an innovative, five-sense tasting experience which highlights the distillery's bourbon, rye and gin.

Old Forester Distillery

Opened in April 2018, the 18,000 square-foot Old Forester Distillery has six barrel warehouses at capacity and a 43-foot, 4,700-pound custom copper still. It offers hands-on tours that educate guests on how their bourbon is made and is completed with a bourbon tasting seminar. The state-of-the-art facility also includes a bar meets science lab hybrid.

Bottles of Kentucky straight bourbon whisky are displayed at Old Forester Distilling Co. in downtown . [+] Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)

Dueling Barrels Brewery & Distillery

Opened in late June 2018, Dueling Barrels Brewery & Distillery is located in the Appalachian foothills of Eastern Kentucky and offers guests moonshine, bourbon, beer and ale.

The Bourbon Chase

This 200-mile relay race across Kentucky ventures through the state's bourbon distilleries, quaint towns and into horse country. Taking place from Oct. 12-13, runners will begin at the Jim Bean Factory and 200 miles later finish at Triangle Park near Alltech Brewery & Distillery.

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center

The Frazier History Museum and the Kentucky Distillers’ Association partnered to create the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center & Exhibit which opened last month. Located at the Frazier along Louisville’s famed Whiskey Row, the center features an interactive experience that includes Kentucky bourbon-related historical exhibits that educates visitors on why the Bluegrass is the ideal location for the production of bourbon.

Book & Bourbon Southern Kitchen

Looking for just a little more bourbon before leaving Kentucky? Make a stop at the recently opened Book & Bourbon Southern Kitchen which offers 85 world-class bourbons, a speakeasy vibe, comfort food, and a zeal for sharing Kentucky's rich bourbon heritage with others. Good to know? It's located before security, so anyone can stop by for a drink and bite.


Welcome to Bourbon Heritage Month 2020

Whether this is your first-year celebrating Bourbon Heritage Month or you're a seasoned pro, we're glad to have you with us for the next 30 days. Pour yourself a drink and scroll down to explore what we've got in store for this year's celebration and how you can be a part of it all.

Once you've entered our giveaway, downloaded your #30DaysOfBourbon calendar, and stocked up on some bourbon gear, we ask that you share this page with all of your friends and invite them to join in the fun.

Thanks again for joining us & we look forward to spreading the bourbon gospel with you all month long.

Welcome to the best damn 30 days of the entire year!

Whether this is your first-year celebration Bourbon Heritage Month or you're a seasoned pro, we're glad to have you with us for the next 30 days. Pour yourself a drink and explore what we've got in store this year and how you can be a part of it. Once you've entered our giveaway, downloaded your #30DaysOfBourbon calendar, and stocked up on some bourbon gear, we hope you'll share this page with all of your friends and fellow bourbon drinkers.

Thanks again for joining us & we look forward to spreading the bourbon gospel with you all month long.

How To Celebrate

Know The Facts

Enter To Win

#30DaysOfBourbon

Gear Up

Thank The Sponsors

Win free bourbon swag & other prizes

Here's your chance to spruce up your bourbon wardrobe and home bar without spending a dime. Like we've done for the past few years, we're once again hosting a Bourbon Swag Giveaway thanks to the generous support of our friends at some of your favorite brands and distilleries. Each week we'll pick a bourbon swag pack winner (4 in total), and at the end of the month, we'll pick a Mega-Pack winner who will receive the ultimate collection of bourbon gear.

This year we've added even more options that will allow you to earn up to 300 additional giveaway entries for following us online and sharing the giveaway with your friends. After racking up your entries, you can sit back, pour yourself a drink, and dream about winning. Enter the Bourbon Swag Giveaway.

In addition to the weekly bourbon swag prizes, we have a ton of other items we'll be giving away throughout the month. Make sure you follow up on all social channels because you never know when we'll launch a quick giveaway or call your name out to claim your prize.


Bourbon recipes to celebrate for National Bourbon Heritage month

September is National Bourbon Heritage month all over the U.S. thanks to Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning’s declaration in 2007.

Bourbon, not to be confused with whiskey or any other caramel-spirit, is the only exclusively American spirit and it hails from Kentucky.

A little bit of a bourbon newbie? Porchlight bartender Nick Bennett says the spirit has become more versatile over the past 20 years. “It’s definitely not just your grandpa’s drink anymore,” he says. “Everyone drinks it. There are bars dedicated just to serving bourbon.”

If you’re still a little iffy about trying some brown juice, Wild Turkey master distiller Jimmy Russell, going into his 61st year in the business, suggests asking for a flight to try several different flavors. He also says the best bourbon is aged in a single use barrel from seven to 12 years, which is the Wild Turkey way. “Any time longer than 14 years will have a woody or a smokier taste … We want that sweet caramelly taste,” Russell said.

WhiskyFest 2015 will hit NYC on September 24, during which attendees can sample a variety of bourbons and rye’s from all over the world.

Can’t wait until then? Here are some cocktails to shake up in honor of the national holiday.


Tarnished Truth 3 Year High Rye Bourbon

Tarnished Truth Distilling Company is a small distillery located in the Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach. They&aposve released two bourbons sourced from MGP, a nine-year-old single barrel release and a three-year-old high rye bourbon. The distillery, which opened this past March, claims to be the only one operating inside of a U.S. hotel. At the moment, the bourbon can be purchased onsite or at retail outlets through Virginia. $63


Special Bourbon Brands

September is National Bourbon Heritage Month. Now wait a minute: Before you go being all, &ldquowasn&rsquot yesterday National Rubber Duck Day and isn&rsquot tomorrow National Who-Gives-a-Damn Day. &rdquo You should know this &ldquoNational&rdquo month was actually created by decree of the U.S. Congress. Though, on second thought, maybe that&rsquos not such a credible endorsement these days. At any rate, it&rsquos bourbon, so we should celebrate.

It&rsquos almost impossible to get a bad bourbon these days (without trying really, really hard), and there are scores of great bourbons. These ten are new, notable or extremely unusual. If you can&rsquot find them (or afford them), no worries: the more common counterparts of each brand are plenty tasty.

Want to learn more? Pick up a copy of the new book Bourbon Curious, by author and expert Fred Minnick. He&rsquos been covering the American brown spirit for a decade, and regularly leads bourbon tours through the Kentucky Derby Museum. &ldquoReaders and drinkers need something with a touch of history, but also something that really explains how everything actually is made. And how you, as a consumer, can differentiate among the bourbons.&rdquo

Wild Turkey Master&rsquos Keep: Wild Turkey master distiller Jimmy Russell has been with the company for 60 years. His son Eddie for over 30. Eddie just got promoted to master distiller after several decades of good-natured tug-of-war between his very traditional father and his more experimental self (Jimmy launched the Russell&rsquos Reserve line and the playful Forgiven expression, among others). To celebrate, his first release as master distiller is this ridiculously elegant 17-year aged whiskey (you read that right). According to Eddie Russell, back in the mid-90s, when bourbon wasn&rsquot having a moment, Wild Turkey had a surplus of inventory and the parent company at the time wouldn&rsquot build a new steel warehouse.

Eddie trucked the surplus to brick warehouses, which take longer to age thanks to cooler interior temperatures. Though most of the stuff got used up as components in blends, some of it sat around for 17 years, before coming back home. &ldquoI initially thought these &lsquotest groups&rsquo weren&rsquot going to be special. Instead of tasting every six weeks, we started tasting every six months. After 10 years, I brought them back to the steel warehouses.&rdquo Instead the result is wickedly delicious. On the nose, vanilla, oak, earth, herbs and baking spices. On the palate it is rich, with a creamy mouthfeel and a deep intensity and weight. You&rsquoll start with spice notes, move to baked stone fruits, then to clove and vanilla, and finish with vanilla cream and caramel for a long, long time. It&rsquos definitely still Wild Turkey, but significantly elevated. 43.4% ABV.
$169.99 at Caskers.com

Jim Beam Signature Craft Triticale: According to brand family patriarch Fred Noe, 12 years ago, &ldquoJerry Dalton, who was the distiller at the time, thought we should do some things &lsquooutside the barrel.&rsquo So we took our normal mash of corn, rye and malted barley, and instead of the rye, we did six different grains.&rdquo They laid down the barrels, with the intent of checking them as they aged.

But as distillers changed, and bourbon went first through a low, then a meteoric high, the barrels &ldquogot kind of forgotten for awhile, and there was no one pressing for these barrels.&rdquo Their forgetfulness is our gain as these very-aged, experimental bourbons come on line as part of the Harvest Bourbon Collection. The last two releases, a six-row barley and a the triticale (a wheat-rye hybrid developed in the late 1800s), are now hitting the market. The whiskey is a deep, golden-brown, and though it&rsquos sweet on the nose and rich with caramel, vanilla and white chocolate, on the palate it is vibrant and spicy, with a warm licorice finish down the back of the throat. 45% ABV, $50.
More info at JimBeam.com

Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon: Cowboys and whiskey go together like, well, cowboys and horses. This highly acclaimed small-batch Texas distillery is re-releasing their very popular Cowboy Bourbon across the country, this time in a bigger batch. Unlike the 2013, or their flagship bourbon, this one is aged four years, which the company says makes it the longest-aged whiskey released in Texas.


National Bourbon Heritage Month 2020: 30 Days of Bourbon Celebration

(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) — NEWS: We can all agree that 2020 has been a tough year, that America needs a drink, and we’re damn sure it’s not bleach it’s a better word also beginning with “b.” We the people want a tasty, stiff pour of our country’s brown and bold native spirit, bourbon. Join your fellow Americans in drinking your fair share when whiskey review and storytelling website Bourbon & Banter kicks off its annual 󈬎 Days of Bourbon Celebration.”

Our own sip-and-salute observance of National Bourbon Heritage Month commemorates August 7, 2007, as the hallowed day when the U.S. Senate declared September as National Bourbon Heritage Month. Not only was it a momentous occasion for America’s whiskey, it proved our legislators can sheath their daggers long enough to agree on one good thing.

Distilleries Are Co-Hosts of This Party

Bourbon & Banter will give away multiple prizes throughout September including a mix of swag and products provided by more than a dozen of our generous distillery partners. Leading this year’s celebration is co-sponsor, Michter’s Distillery.

Fans also can win prizes from Four Roses Bourbon, Buffalo Trace, Angel’s Envy, Nelson Greenbrier Distillery, Lux Row Distillers, Uncle Nearest, Heaven Hill Distillery, Catoctin Creek Distillery, Chattanooga Whiskey, George Remus, New Riff, Koval, Thousand Oaks Barrel and others. But wait, there’s more! Wild Turkey will award one lucky winner a bottle of its new and much ballyhooed Master’s Keep Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon, a 17-year-old vessel of 100-proof, single distillery, single distilling season goodness. Sign up to win at https://www.30daysofbourbon.com/.

Take Our Bourbon Challenge for 30 Days

You don’t want to miss our annual 30 Days of Bourbon Challenge. In this “tribute to the drinking curious” exercise, participants drink a different bourbon daily for the entire month. No repeats allowed! All participants must sip 30 distinctly different bourbons. Much as we love rye, Scotch or American malt, these do not count for your daily sips. (Supplementary sips of them are just fine, though.)

Fans can visit https://www.30daysofbourbon.com/ to learn more about the #30DaysOfBourbon challenge. When there, download a customizable tracking calendar and Bourbon Heritage Month graphic overlays for social media photos. Yeah, we want to see you drinking in your favorite social media channels and sharing your progress via updated calendars and photos to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, with the hashtags #30DaysOfBourbon, #BourbonHeritageMonth, and #DrinkCurious. Folks who share via social may just win a prize for their efforts.

Bourbon & Banter was founded in 2011 with the simple goal of spreading the Bourbon Gospel. And for the past several years we’ve had a hell of a time doing it. Through our shared love of America’s native spirit, we’ve met new people, swapped stories and even starred in few of our own. With a colorful cast of characters – from professional palates and cocktail connoisseurs to casual drinkers and bottom-shelf buyers – our opinions may be varied but our mission remains singular: to help you drink curious. Please, pull up a chair and let the banter begin.