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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#BOURBONEVANGELIST Spread The Bourbon Gospel

Today’s the day. It’s time for all bourbon evangelists to rise up, turn to Twitter and declare their love for all things bourbon. The video above provides a quick summary of what you need to do in order to partake in our efforts to spread the bourbon gospel across the world as we celebrate the closing of Bourbon Heritage Month. You can also get additional details on our original Bourbon Evangelists To Unite blog post.

Don’t forget to tag your tweets with #bourbonevangelist to aid in our efforts and to enter for a chance to win some cool bourbon prizes.

We look forward to seeing your tweets and wish you all the best as we bring Bourbon Heritage Month to a fantastic close.




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Jim Beam Photos Get A Touch of Color

A few days ago reps from Jim Beam contacted us about a project they commissioned UK-based, Dynamichrome, to work on recently involving restoring and colorizing some classic Jim Bean photos. We’re big photography nuts and thought it was pretty cool so we decided it would make the perfect Throwback Thursday post for Bourbon Heritage Month. Not much else to say other than we hope you enjoy the Jim Beam photos and step back in bourbon history.



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Bourbon Evangelist To Unite on September 30th

Bourbon Evangelist To Unite on September 30th

As Bourbon Heritage Month draws to a close we’re asking that each and every member of bourbon nation take a moment and help us to spread the bourbon gospel via Twitter.

We want to show the world that bourbon is here to stay and that people are fully committed to being bourbon evangelists. We sincerely hope that you’ll take a few minutes and help us out as we embark on a single day mission to cover the Twitterverse with the bourbon gospel. Here’s what we need you to do.

On September 30th – not sooner – login to your Twitter account and tweet about bourbon along with the hashtag #bourbonevangelist. You can tell us why you love bourbon, why you’re a bourbon evangelist or even when you first tried bourbon. Just make sure that you add the hashtag #bourbonevangelist. We’ve provided a few examples of potential tweets below but feel free to say whatever you want.

I drink bourbon because god loves me. #bourbonevangelist

I’m spreading the bourbon gospel to make those around me more enjoyable. #bourbonevangelist

Friends don’t let friends drink booze without a soul. (Looking at you vodka.) #bourbonevangelist

If enough people tweet using #bourbonevangelist we’ll definitely get everyone’s attention and maybe, just maybe, we’ll get a trend going on Twitter for the day.  And to help us with our cause we’ll enlisting the help of your favorite bourbon brands. They’ll be helping call people to action on September 30th.

And if your love for bourbon isn’t enough motivation, we’ll also be picking a few random tweeters that use #bourbonevangelist on September 30th to win our exclusive Bourbon Evangelist T-Shirt. Plus, if we can get 50,000 tweets using #bourbonevangelist we’ll give away another Bourbon Swag Pak to one lucky bourbon evangelist.

Start letting your friends and family know about our request for September 30th. The more people we have ready to spread the word the more likely we are to spark a trend and hand out some bourbon swag.


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2014 Parker’s Heritage Collection Whiskey Review

Disclaimer: A sample of the 2014 Parker’s Heritage Collection Wheat Whiskey was provided to us by Heaven Hill for this review. I appreciate their willingness to allow Bourbon & Banter to review the whiskey with no strings attached. Thank you.


Every year I look forward to learning what type of bourbon will be released as part of the Parker’s Heritage Collection (PHC) from Heaven Hill. So imagine my surprise when I learned that a bourbon wasn’t being released as part of PHC this year. Instead, they decided to release a wheat whiskey this year. I’m not going to lie to you that I was a bit concerned upon hearing the news. I’ve never been big on wheat whiskey, especially the Bernheim Wheat whiskey that’s on the market today. It’s a good product but not something that really appeals to my personal palate. So here’s hoping that this year’s release can convince me to reconsider the merits of wheat whiskey.

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