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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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The Lexington Bourbon Society

The Lexington Bourbon Society

The bourbon scene in Lexington, Kentucky has always been good. Located in the center of the state, Lexington is at the crossroads of all of the great Bluegrass distilleries. (This is the main reason the barrel aging programs at Country Boy Brewing and Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling are so robust: it takes less time for those freshly emptied barrels to reach the breweries. Hardly any of the bourbon in the staves evaporates out. It all infuses right into that beer.) However, in recent years with the bourbon explosion across the country, the scene in Lexington has vastly improved. This is absolutely in part due to groups like the Lexington Bourbon Society.

As their mission statement succinctly sums it up: “We are a group of folks with a penchant for America’s Native Spirit! Our purpose is to celebrate the heritage of bourbon, Kentucky, and our nation.” If you’re reading this, you likely also find commonality in their mission. I know I do.

I actually first became acquainted with the LBS after I moved out of Lexington. I followed the group on Facebook and one day commented on a trivia question to name a line-up of bourbon bottles. Apparently I won, which began an ongoing conversation on various bourbon goings-on with their fearless leader, Matthew Preston.

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Jimmy Russell: The Man Behind the Bourbon

The folks over at Wild Turkey created this video to celebrate Jimmy Russell and his 60 years of making bourbon at Wild Turkey. It’s a terrific tribute to the “Buddha of Bourbon”.

Here’s a few words from the release that accompanied the video:

It is with great excitement that I share with you a new documentary that celebrates the illustrious career of one of the most revered figures in the Bourbon industry – Wild Turkey Master Distiller Jimmy Russell.  Jimmy has been making Bourbon at Wild Turkey’s distillery in Lawrenceburg, KY for an incredible 60 years, and has made numerous contributions to the Bourbon industry that have earned him a place in the Bourbon Hall of Fame™ and lead him to be one of only six people in the 134-year history of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association to be given a lifetime honorary membership.

Jimmy has made more friends than he can count as he has traveled the world, from New York to Japan, spreading the gospel of Wild Turkey Bourbon. Many of these friends, including Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Fred Noe, Jim Beam’s grandson, are amongst the people who enthusiastically stepped up for this documentary to share their fond memories of Jimmy and give praise to the man known as the “Buddha of Bourbon” and the “Master Distiller’s Master Distiller.”

Hope you enjoy the video!


PS – I was personally pretty excited to see my bald head appear in 3 or 4 scenes of the video. They shot some of the footage while I was attending Jimmy’s 60th anniversary celebration a few months ago.


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Win A Hudson Whiskey Barrel

Win A Hudson Whiskey Barrel

To help Bourbon & Banter celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month, Hudson Whiskey is offering the chance for one lucky reader to win their very own 3-liter Hudson Whiskey barrel. The barrel is perfect for aging your own white dog or blending a delicious barrel-age cocktail.

To enter for a chance to win, head over to Instagram and post a video telling us what you’ll do with a genuine Hudson Whiskey 3-liter oak barrel.  Make sure to tag your video with @BourbonBanter and @HudsonWhiskey to be eligible.

We’ll select one winner at random from all of the entries on Friday, September 19th.
(Deadline is 3 pm CST – Friday, September 19, 2014)

Even though the barrel prize is a new and empty barrel, you must be at least 21 years of age to enter.

Good luck. We look forward to checking out your video.


PS – Don’t use Instagram? We’ll have a different giveaway for you diehard Twitter users soon.


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