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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Visiting Wild Turkey: A Photo Essay

Last week I had the honor of attending the grand opening of the new Wild Turkey visitor center and celebrate Jimmy Russell’s 60 years with the distillery. In the spirit of full disclosure I should note that the fine folks at Wild Turkey not only invited me down (along with several other whiskey writers) for the event but also covered my travel and lodging for the event. We were given a personal tour of the distillery by both Jimmy and Eddie Russell followed by a tasting of the Wild Turkey line and a QA session with Jean Jacques Dubau, the new Managing Director of North America for Gruppo Campari.

After the tour we attend the grand opening celebration at the visitor center and mingled with some of Kentucky’s prominent political figures and the bourbon elite like Parker Beam and Fred Noe. I was even lucky enough to snap a photo of Fred Noe trying Wild Turkey Diamond for the first time with Jimmy.

It was a fantastic trip and the experience only served to strengthen my respect and admiration for the Wild Turkey brand. I’ll be posting some additional information from my trip over the next week or two but for now I wanted to share some of the photos I captured while at the distillery and grand opening celebration. I suggest pouring yourself a glass of Wild Turkey Rare Breed before viewing the following photos.


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Win Tickets to the Kentucky Bourbon Tasting Experience

Win Tickets to the Kentucky Bourbon Tasting Experience

Two weeks ago we told you about the upcoming Kentucky Bourbon Tasting Experience hosted by The Filson Historical Society and featuring Bourbon Hall of Fame Member Mike Veach. The event is coming up on April 29th and tickets are still available. However, if you’ve been wanting to go and haven’t pull the trigger today’s your lucky day. 

The Filson has generously provided Bourbon & Banter with two sets of tickets to giveaway to our loyal readers. Winners will receive two tickets, valued at $400, for the event on April 29th in Louisville, KY. Winners will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations but admission to the event is on us. 

In order be eligible to win a pair of tickets you need to follow these instructions:

1) Either ‘Like’ us on Facebook or follows us on Twitter

2) Submit your name and email address using the link below.  

That’s it. Very simple. We’ll then draw the two winners on Tuesday, April 22nd after 5 pm.

Enter to win tickets now!




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Destination: Wild Turkey

Destination: Wild Turkey


Just a quick note to let everyone know that I’m heading down to Louisville and beyond to help Jimmy and Eddie Russell celebrate the grand opening of the new Wild Turkey visitor center on Tuesday evening. I’m pretty excited to be one of several whiskey writers/bloggers invited down for the event. Stay tuned for photos and updates via the @BourbonBanter Twitter feed and on Facebook.  I’m looking forward to reporting back on everything Wild Turkey over the next few days.



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Angel’s Envy Bourbon Dinner Recap

Angels Envy Bourbon Dinner Recap

Thank you to everyone that joined us this past Thursday night for our Angel’s Envy Bourbon Dinner & Tasting. It was truly an amazing evening filled with great food, amazing whiskey and most importantly, lots of banter among old and new friends. Continue Reading →

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