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Bourbon Classic 2015 Recap

Disclaimer: I was invited to attend the Bourbon Classic at no cost to write about it for Bourbon and Banter but I paid for my own hotel, food, and travel costs while there and this review reflects my honest opinion on the event. Thank you.

The 3rd annual Bourbon Classic took place February 20th and 21st and I was lucky enough to be a part of it. Once again this was an extremely entertaining event, attended by bourbon lovers of all kinds; the people who make, people who sell it, people who write about it, people who study it. And of course all of us there were people who love it and drink it; at times to excess, but always with enthusiasm. But enough about my Saturday night, let’s get to the events.

Once again the event kicked off Friday night with a cocktail and small plates competition. This event does a great job of making you feel like you are living in luxury for the night, with food and drink of a caliber I don’t usually get to experience, especially in such quantity. I loved seeing the creativity that the bartenders put into their efforts. In addition to bringing forward some fresh takes on lesser known classic cocktails, such as the Brooklyn Cocktail made with Four Roses Single Barrel, I also admit I kind of fell in love with the Woodford concoction that included beet juice and a dill garnish. I swear it tasted better than it sounds.

The food was amazing, with several of Louisville’s top restaurants trying to out-do each other. In the end the Blanton’s sponsored team consisting of Mixologist Marie Zahn of St. Charles Exchange and Chef Levon Wallace of Proof on Main won for best Classic Dish, Best Classic Small Plate and best pairing of the two. 8UP, who I don’t remember from last year, scored a dual win for best Contemporary Small Plate and Best Contemporary Pairing with Sean Thibodeaux and Chef Jacob Coronado and Isaac Fox of Volare won best contemporary Cocktail. That cocktail by the way should also have one for best name, it was call Noe Foolin’. Continue Reading →

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San Antonio Cocktail Conference 2015 Recap

Bourbon & Banter was very graciously invited back by the folks at the San Antonio Cocktail Conference to attend their spectacular event that focuses on all of the great booze and food across the country and in the city of San Antonio. It is an event filled with opportunities to learn about liquor, its history, cocktail making, food pairings, and what is new and hot in the industry. Classroom sessions (always taught alongside a few choice cocktails) are complemented by blow-out bashes that feature live bands and world-class cocktails set amongst the historic backdrop of downtown San Antonio. Not only is the event perfect for any cocktail lover and foodie, it is also a philanthropic venture that raises proceeds for the Houston Street Charities. For 2015, we had a very special San Antonio local cover the conference for us. A big thank you to Mr. Antonio Gonzalez for representing the Bourbon & Banter team in Texas and for Kristian Jaime for taking some amazing photos of the conference. Below are Antonio’s highlights and favorite cocktail recipes from this year’s SACC. Cheers!

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Bourbon Events – February 2015

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Looking for something to do in February related to bourbon?

At the end of each month we’ll be posting a  summary of what’s coming up the following month so you can begin planning your next bourbon adventure. But don’t be shy. You can come back anytime and visit the Bourbon Events calendar page to make sure you don’t miss a thing. We’ve just started asking folks to share their events with us so don’t worry if there’s only a few things listed this month–the list will grow.


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Women Who Whiskey @ Gamlin Whiskey House
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm
Women Who Whiskey @ Gamlin Whiskey House | Saint Louis | Missouri | United States
Think whiskey is just a man’s drink? Think again! Join us February 4th in the Barrel Room at Gamlin Whiskey House for a Women & Whiskey dinner and pairing event. February’s event features Daniel Fort[...]
Feb 5 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
With its latest “Legends Series” event, the Kentucky Derby Museum features rare bourbons and Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley February 5, 5:30 – 7:30 P.M. Hosted by the museum’s “Bourbon Authority” and noted whiskey[...]
Bacon & Bourbon (2nd Annual) @ Memminger Auditorium
Feb 7 @ 6:30 pm
Bacon & Bourbon (2nd Annual) @ Memminger Auditorium | Charleston | South Carolina | United States
   The 2nd annual Bacon and Bourbon, a celebration of two of America’s most sought after flavors. The event, which became an instant favorite among local foodies and bourbon lovers alike, is scheduled for Saturday,[...]
Chocolate & Whiskey Tasting @ Gamlin Whiskey House
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm
Chocolate & Whiskey Tasting @ Gamlin Whiskey House | Saint Louis | Missouri | United States
Join us for a chocolate and whiskey tasting. The evening will include 4 chocolate and whiskey pairings. Tuesday, February 10, 2015 7 pm $35 per person More info     
Feb 13 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Four Roses Bourbon will host its 8th annual Four Roses Flower Hour on Friday, February 13 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Nanz & Kraft Florist in St. Matthews (141 Breckenridge Lane). The special Valentine’s Day shopping[...]
Buffalo Love @ Buffalo Trace Distillery
Feb 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Buffalo Love, a unique dinner featuring Buffalo Trace’s award-winning bourbons and sumptuous cuisine. We’ll delight your senses with food paired with our world-renowned spirits. 6:00 p.m. – Optional Tour. 7:00 p.m.[...]
Texas on the Rocks @ Austin Music Hall
Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Texas on the Rocks @ Austin Music Hall | Austin | Texas | United States
It’s Valentine’s Day y’all! Get your boots on! and come get your drink on! Thanks to legendary Texas vodka maker Tito Beveridge, and the many who have followed in his bootprints, Texas has become a[...]
Bourbon Classic @ Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 20 – Feb 21 all-day
Our 2015 weekend-long event delivers education and entertainment exclusively focused on the Bourbon enthusiast. Hundreds of Bourbon enthusiasts will gather in Louisville, the gateway to all the heritage and innovation of Kentucky’s Bourbon Country, to[...]
Kentucky Derby Party @ Gamlin Whiskey House
May 2 all-day
Kentucky Derby Party @ Gamlin Whiskey House | Saint Louis | Missouri | United States
Join us for the Kentucky Derby! Mint Julep Specials! Hat Contest all day long. MORE INFO COMING SOON              



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Bourbontucky Documentary Release Party

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Got something a little different for everyone this weekend. We received an email from the folks behind Bourbontucky–a new documentary debuting on DirecTV on January 24th.

Turns out that they’re hosting an exclusive gathering on Tuesday, Jan 20th at a secret speakeasy in Downtown Los Angeles. Guests will get to participate in a guided bourbon tasting and enjoy cocktails from some of LA’s finest bartenders. Guests will also receive free Uber rides to and from the event!

So how do you get yourself on the guest list?

Head on over to their website, read the details and do what they request. (only involves a Tweet)

Learn more about Bourbontucky

Insider Tip: The event is for folks in the LA area only so make sure you fit that requirement. As a reader of Bourbon & Banter we highly recommended that you add #bourbongospel to the tweet as well to make it clear where you heard about event. Trust me, it’s the details that matter. ;)

And if you get to attend please take lots of photos as we’d love to have you write a recap post about the event to share on the blog. Good luck!



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