About Patrick "Pops" Garrett

Patrick Garrett, "Pops" as he's known to his friends, is the founder of Bourbon & Banter, LLC and claims the title of Chief Drinking Officer (CDO). A long-time marketing professional and photographer, Pops hopes to use his professional experience and love of Bourbon to spread the Bourbon Gospel and help everyone realize the therapeutic power of having a good drink with friends.

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Bourbon Heritage Month Sweepstakes

Bourbon Heritage Month Sweepstakes

To celebrate Day 2 of Bourbon Heritage Month (BHM) we’re kicking off our month-long Facebook sweepstakes.

For the entire month of September, Bourbon & Banter will be giving away bourbon prize paks and other bourbon-themed items for every new 250 page ‘Likes’ we get on Facebook. All you have to do is head over to our Facebook page, ‘Like’ us if you haven’t already, and then submit your name, phone and email address. Nothing else is required to enter. However, the sooner we add 250 new fans, the sooner we give away free stuff so make sure that you spread the word and invite your friends to enter as well. You need only enter once and you’ll be eligible to win each time we reach 250 new ‘likes’. (Psst…did we mention that you get an extra entry for every friend you get to enter the sweepstakes?)

But wait…that’s not all. At the end of September, we’ll draw one additional winner who will receive a free Bourbon Academy ticket from our friends over at the Filson Historical Society for the St. Louis event on October 11th..

In total, Bourbon & Banter will be giving away up to 12 prizes via our Facebook Sweepstakes during Bourbon Heritage Month. Make sure to head on over to our sweepstakes page and enter today!

Enter the Bourbon Heritage Month Facebook Sweepstakes

Special thanks to our industry friends for joining us in making Bourbon Heritage Month extra special this year.

Bourbon Heritage Month Sweepstakes

PS – For those Bourbon & Banter readers who don’t use Facebook don’t worry. We’ll be running some giveaways and promotions on Twitter and Instagram as well this month. Stay tuned for more information soon.



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2014 Bourbon Heritage Month Celebration

2014 Bourbon Heritage Month Celebration

It’s the biggest month of the year for bourbon lovers – National Bourbon Heritage Month.

We know that some people believe that Bourbon Heritage Month is one of the those made-up holidays like National Donut Day or International Vodka & Violins Day, but it’s not. Per Wikipedia, which is never wrong ;)…

National Bourbon Heritage Month is an observance in the United States that calls for celebration of bourbon as America’s “Native Spirit”. On August 2, 2007, the US Senate declared September 2007 as “National Bourbon Heritage Month.” The bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky, passed by unanimous consent. The resolution calls for consumers who enjoy bourbon to do so responsibly and in moderation. The bill reinforces the 1964 Act of Congress that declared bourbon “America’s Native Spirit” by celebrating the family heritage, tradition and deep-rooted legacy that the bourbon industry contributes to the United States.

You see? It’s a bona-fide month-long celebration of bourbon. Can you think of a better holiday?

Based on the success of our Bourbon Heritage Month (BHM) efforts last year, we’re excited to announce we’re going to do the same this year. We’ll be hosting a month-long party featuring lots of great blog posts, cool contests and great giveaways. Supported by the amazing Bourbon & Banter team and leading industry bourbon brands and partners, we’re ready to channel our inner Bourbon Evangelist and spread the bourbon gospel far and wide.

We’re not going to tell you all the great stuff we have in store but here’s quick teaser:

  • Bourbon Swag Gift Paks featuring items like glasses, hats, shirts and more from your favorite bourbon brands.
  • Bourbon Academy tickets – You bet. You might win a free ticket to attend Mike Veach’s famous Bourbon Academy when it swings through St. Louis on October 11th.
  • Food – What goes great with bourbon? Food. And nothing is better than food made with bourbon.
  • Art – Screw Monet and Picasso. Bourbon artwork is where the cool folks invest their money these days.

September is going to be crammed with some really great stuff so we’re going to use all of our online channels to runs contests and giveaways. Make sure that you’re following us on all of our social media channels so you don’t miss a chance to win something really cool. Click on any of the images below to connect with us online and make sure you’ll always be in the loop on what we’ve got going on in September.

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We’re kicking things off tomorrow with the announcement of our annual month-long sweepstakes. Make sure to check back in and get all of the details.




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Bourbon Tip #6

Bourbon Tip #6

Bourbon Tip #6

Sip. Don’t Flip. – Bourbon is meant to be enjoyed when purchased. Not flipped for a profit at the expense of others.

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Bourbon In The Blind – St. Louis Bourbon Tasting

Bourbon In The Blind   St. Louis Bourbon Tasting


We’re thrilled to announce that tickets to our highly anticipated Bourbon In The Blind Tasting Experience are now on sale!

Join Bourbon & Banter, Randall’s Wine & Spirits and The Blind Tiger on August 30th for an amazing afternoon of bourbon, gourmet pizza, giveaways and good old-fashioned banter. Spend the afternoon with your friends and learn about American’s Native Spirit from Bourbon & Banter founder, Patrick “Pops” Garrett as he leads you through a blind tasting of 6 bourbons. Challenge your taste buds as we strip away brand loyalty and label prejudice allowing both bourbon novices and aficionados to experience bourbon in a whole new way – In The Blind. And of course, since this is a Bourbon & Banter event there will be some pretty cool bourbon themed swag giveaways. There’s a rumor that one of our partners might even throw in some extra prizes to make things interesting.

The event will start promptly at 1:00 PM with an introduction to bourbon and explanation of our bourbon flavor wheel to help you with your tasting. From there we’ll begin tasting bourbons and discussing what makes each one unique – without tipping you off to the brand. After the final bourbon has been tasted dessert will be served. While everyone is enjoying their dessert, Patrick will reveal the bourbons and provide additional information about each one and answer questions from the group. Throughout the course of the event there will also be some bourbon giveaways to keep everyone on their toes.


We thrilled to announce that Wall Street Journal-bestselling author Fred Minnick, who writes for Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate, Scientific American, Parade.com and many others will be joining us at Bourbon In The Blind as co-MC and to sign copies of his award-winning and critically acclaimed book – Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch & Irish Whiskey.

Based in Louisville, Kentucky–the heart of Bourbon Country–Minnick regularly judges cocktail contests and serves as a judge on the World Whiskies Awards and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Minnick is the “Bourbon Authority” for the Kentucky Derby Museum and is a member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors as well as the Author’s Guild. Minnick is also an accomplished photographer and is a former finalist for the Pink Lady International Food Photographer of the Year. But most importantly, he wears ascots.

Grab a copy of his book in advance for him to sign, or purchase a copy at the event. Either way Fred is going to help turn the event’s bourbon IQ up to 11.

When we’re done we invite you to stick around and enjoy a drink at The Blind Tiger as they open to the public at 4:00 PM.

Here’s the complete details for this year’s Bourbon In The Blind event:

What: Bourbon In The Blind Bourbon Tasting Experience
When: Saturday – August 30, 2014 – 1:00 PM
Where: The Blind Tiger (click for directions)
Dinner Details: Bourbon-inspired Gourmet Pizza
Bourbons: Blind tasting of six (6) different bourbons representing a wide variety of styles and strengths. Blind tasting format is perfect for bourbon novices and aficionados alike.
Available Seating: Seating is limited so resister soon.
Venue Details: Check out The Blind Tiger’s website for more details on their location.
Cost: $45.00 per person (includes bourbon tasting, pizzas, coffee/soda and dessert)Additional drinks are available for purchase during and after dinner. 
Reserve Your Seat Now: Buy Tickets

We hope you can join us for this amazing afternoon of food and bourbon. With only limited seating available I’m sure it will sell out fast. Make sure to reserve your seat and invite your friends. We look forward to seeing you on August 30th!



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