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 Flash Sale – 10% Off Everything

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If you’ve been holding off picking up something special for the bourbon lover in your life today’s the day to finally pull the trigger. We’re offering 10% off everything in our store today and tomorrow only. Factor in free shipping on everything and there’s no reason not to stock up on a few things for yourself as well. We’ve even got our Bourbon Patriot Flags in stock now so you can get a few of those for stocking stuffers.

Happy shopping!

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2015 Bourbon Holiday Gift Guide

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Now that the holiday season has officially begun we’d like to share with you our picks for this year’s 2015 Bourbon Holiday Gift Guide. In this year’s guide you’ll find a wide array of items that just about any bourbon lover would enjoy. We’ve got practical items like books and flasks that won’t break the bank as well as more expensive wish list items like a home still and a diamond studded bar spoon. (A bourbon drinker has got to dream, right?)

Click on an image in the list below to visit the item’s website where you can get more information and make a purchase. Continue Reading →

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Maker’s Mark Third Still Now Operational

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Our friends over at Maker’s Mark just sent us this update regarding their plans to expand the distillery which were originally shared with the public back in 2014.

After a great deal of time and effort, Maker’s Mark Distillery’s third still is live and the bourbon is flowing! Fastidious about quality and hands-on bourbon making, the third still will increase bourbon production in the Maker’s Mark® way. The third still is a mirror image of the distillery’s two existing stills, guaranteeing that Master Distiller Greg Davis can replicate the same time-honored process, quality and consistency set forth by our Founder, Bill Samuels, Sr., over 60 years ago. Sure, it may take a bit longer, but the purposefully inefficient process will remain just as it’s always been. The new still will sit next to the two existing stills that currently produce every drop of Maker’s Mark Bourbon. Continue Reading →

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Recap of St. Louis’ Whiskey Festival – Whiskey in the Winter

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This past Friday night I attend St. Louis’ whiskey festival – Whiskey in the Winter – along with fellow Bourbon & Banter writer, Lindsey Wehking. As a proud sponsor of the event again this year, we were thrilled to see even more folks attending than last year. Whiskey in the Winter has truly become a destination event with attendees traveling to St. Louis from 30 different states. To help accommodate for this growth the event will have more space available next year to accommodate a crowd of around 1,800 (this year capacity was 1,500).

This year’s even had over 300 whiskies available for tasting along with educational seminars, gourmet food and cocktail stations. They even managed to sneak in a booth featuring bourbon-themed donuts from Strange Donuts and Jameson Black Barrel liquid nitrogen ice cream. No matter your whiskey or food preference the event had you covered. Based on the feedback we received from folks during the event there wasn’t anyone going home disappointed. Make sure to check out the event’s website for more details on this year’s event so you finalize your decision to attend next year. Continue Reading →

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