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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Mint Julep Recipes From Bulleit & Wild Turkey

The Kentucky Derby is just days away. It’s time to stock up your bar, purchase some extra bottles of bourbon and of course, time to find a great Julep recipe to share with your guests. To help you with the latter we’ve compiled a few recipes below from our friends over at Bulleit Bourbon and Wild Turkey. Of course if you already have a favorite recipe feel free to share it with us in the comments. We’re always looking for new recipes to share with our friends. Have a great Derby Party everyone!

The-Queens-JulepThe Queen’s Julep

Recipe by Punch Room Head Mixologist Bob Peters


  • 1.33 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
  • 0.5 oz. simple syrup
  • 0.5 oz. Fernet Branca Menta
  • 8 fresh mint leaves, muddled

Muddle mint leaves in a shaker. Pour Bulleit Bourbon, simple syrup and Fernet Branca Menta into shaker with ice and shake. Double strain and pour over crushed ice in a julep cup. Garnish with fresh mint sprig.
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Sharing Bourbon…and Banter for a Good Cause


The bourbon industry is so hot right now that it’s easy to get caught up in the game chasing down the next great thing or trying to just keep up with industry chatter. At times I get more than a little overwhelmed with it all and question if I should just move to a remote part of the world with my bourbon and enjoy it without distraction. Fortunately I tend come to my senses quickly knowing that bourbon without banter gets boring real fast. So when my wife and I recently had a chance to play host to some friends and neighbors who purchased a bourbon tasting in my home from the annual auction at my kids’ school, we decided to go big and create an event that was all about spreading the bourbon gospel.

The original auction tasting included three bottles of bourbon for the group accompanied with some basic appetizers. The winners were to take home the remaining bourbon to share with other friends as they wished. We decided to call ant audible about 5 days before the event that involved opening up my entire personal bourbon collection for the group to enjoy along with some selected bottles to help introduce them to the world of bourbon. Additionally, my wife outdid herself by creating an amazing spread that included everything from candied bacon to chocolate covered figs. Everyone had a great time and I was thrilled to have been able to introduce folks to bourbon in a way that made it more accessible and enjoyable. Continue Reading →

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Four Roses Bourbon Tasting Dinner

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Who wants to have dinner and drinks with Four Roses’ Master Distiller Jim Rutledge?

Bourbon & Banter is pleased to announce that Jim Rutledge will be joining us on May 6th to host a Four Roses bourbon dinner and tasting at Copia Restaurant & Wine Bar in St. Louis, MO.

Four Roses has won American Whisky Distiller of the Year honors from Whisky Magazine 4 of the last 5 years for good reason. Much of that success is due to the passion, expertise and dedication of their Master Distiller, Jim Rutledge. Here’s a short bio lifted directly from Four Roses’ website:

Jim Rutledge has been the Master Distiller at Four Roses since 1995. It’s a vocation that requires the use of every one of his considerable talents: chemistry, artistry, craftsmanship, marketing and salesmanship. It’s a good thing he’s so passionate about Four Roses that he’s willing to do whatever is necessary to create and produce a Bourbon with perfect consistency day after day. As a member of the inaugural class of the Bourbon Hall of Fame, Jim watches over the character, quality and consistency of each barrel of Four Roses Bourbon. Every stage of the distillation process is critical and you’ll find Jim’s hands, eyes and nose – as well as his heart and soul in every one of them.

“Mr. Four Roses,” as Jim has come to be known, takes both his passion and knowledge about making Bourbon with him wherever his travels take him. And as Four Roses’ biggest ambassador, Jim is truly a man in constant motion. There’s a new friend to make, a new story to tell and a little Bourbon to share each step along the way. So pull up a chair, pour yourself a sip or two of your new favorite Bourbon and visit our Mingle section to see when Jim’s travels might take him to your area.

2012 – Whisky Magazine inducted Jim Rutledge into its Global Whisky Hall of Fame. He was the 13th person to achieve this honor and recognition.
2008 – Whisky Magazine names Jim Rutledge the industry’s “2008 Ambassador of the Year for American Whiskeys.”
2007 – Malt Advocate Magazine awards Jim Rutledge the “Lifetime Achievement Award.”

We hope you can join us for what will be an unforgettable evening of great food, amazing bourbon and spirited banter with a true bourbon legend. Complete event details and online ticket sales are available via the button below.

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PS – We’ve had the privilege of spending time with Jim on several occasions and every time we come away simply amazed at his knowledge, passion and stories. He doesn’t get to St. Louis very often so we strongly encourage you to join us for is sure to be one of the bourbon highlights of your year.

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Happy Easter – Share Your Bourbon

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Happy Easter from all of us here at Bourbon & Banter. Whether you’re religious or not, Easter is the perfect holiday to spread the joy with those around you.

Dust off your top shelf bourbons, unlock the Pappy vault and break out your enormous collection of logo engraved Glencairn glasses. It’s time to spread the bourbon gospel by sharing your bourbon with friends and family. Don’t hold out on the good stuff because you’re saving it for “a special occasion”. Special occasions are tricky in that you never know when they’re going to happen. As for today, well…you know it’s happening and you should take advantage of it.

As for me, I’ll be sharing some very nice I.W. Harper from 1942 as well as some Antique Collection bottles.

What about you?

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