Bourbon In The Blind – St. Louis Bourbon Tasting

Bourbon In The Blind   St. Louis Bourbon Tasting


We’re thrilled to announce that tickets to our highly anticipated Bourbon In The Blind Tasting Experience are now on sale!

Join Bourbon & Banter, Randall’s Wine & Spirits and The Blind Tiger on August 30th for an amazing afternoon of bourbon, gourmet pizza, giveaways and good old-fashioned banter. Spend the afternoon with your friends and learn about American’s Native Spirit from Bourbon & Banter founder, Patrick “Pops” Garrett as he leads you through a blind tasting of 6 bourbons. Challenge your taste buds as we strip away brand loyalty and label prejudice allowing both bourbon novices and aficionados to experience bourbon in a whole new way – In The Blind. And of course, since this is a Bourbon & Banter event there will be some pretty cool bourbon themed swag giveaways. There’s a rumor that one of our partners might even throw in some extra prizes to make things interesting.

The event will start promptly at 1:00 PM with an introduction to bourbon and explanation of our bourbon flavor wheel to help you with your tasting. From there we’ll begin tasting bourbons and discussing what makes each one unique – without tipping you off to the brand. After the final bourbon has been tasted dessert will be served. While everyone is enjoying their dessert, Patrick will reveal the bourbons and provide additional information about each one and answer questions from the group. Throughout the course of the event there will also be some bourbon giveaways to keep everyone on their toes.


We thrilled to announce that Wall Street Journal-bestselling author Fred Minnick, who writes for Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate, Scientific American, and many others will be joining us at Bourbon In The Blind as co-MC and to sign copies of his award-winning and critically acclaimed book – Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch & Irish Whiskey.

Based in Louisville, Kentucky–the heart of Bourbon Country–Minnick regularly judges cocktail contests and serves as a judge on the World Whiskies Awards and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Minnick is the “Bourbon Authority” for the Kentucky Derby Museum and is a member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors as well as the Author’s Guild. Minnick is also an accomplished photographer and is a former finalist for the Pink Lady International Food Photographer of the Year. But most importantly, he wears ascots.

Grab a copy of his book in advance for him to sign, or purchase a copy at the event. Either way Fred is going to help turn the event’s bourbon IQ up to 11.

When we’re done we invite you to stick around and enjoy a drink at The Blind Tiger as they open to the public at 4:00 PM.

Here’s the complete details for this year’s Bourbon In The Blind event:

What: Bourbon In The Blind Bourbon Tasting Experience
When: Saturday – August 30, 2014 – 1:00 PM
Where: The Blind Tiger (click for directions)
Dinner Details: Bourbon-inspired Gourmet Pizza
Bourbons: Blind tasting of six (6) different bourbons representing a wide variety of styles and strengths. Blind tasting format is perfect for bourbon novices and aficionados alike.
Available Seating: Seating is limited so resister soon.
Venue Details: Check out The Blind Tiger’s website for more details on their location.
Cost: $45.00 per person (includes bourbon tasting, pizzas, coffee/soda and dessert)Additional drinks are available for purchase during and after dinner. 
Reserve Your Seat Now: Buy Tickets

We hope you can join us for this amazing afternoon of food and bourbon. With only limited seating available I’m sure it will sell out fast. Make sure to reserve your seat and invite your friends. We look forward to seeing you on August 30th!



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Wild Turkey’s Behind The Barrel Distillery Experience

Wild Turkeys Behind The Barrel Distillery Experience

Looks like Wild Turkey is getting in on the trend of creating unique bourbon experiences for people who love their bourbon. I received an email yesterday from their PR folks informing me of their new Behind The Barrel Distillery Experience. It’s being billed as an immersive experience for bartenders to learn the craft of making bourbon from Wild Turkey legends – Jimmy and Eddie Russell.

It’s a two-day program, October 6-8th in Kentucky. The experience includes educational activities at the distillery along with food and drink in nearby Louisville. It’s considered a pilot program this year but something tells me it will become an annual event at least.

While anyone can technically apply to participate, the program is designed to develop bourbon advocates within the USBG. With only 30 spots available the competition is going to be stiff. If you’re interested hurry up and apply over at the Wild Turkey website no later than September 1st.

Check out the official press release from Wild Turkey for more details:

Led by Legendary Distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell, Bartender Educational Program to Focus on Traditional Bourbon-Making Methods

LAWRENCEBURG, KY (August 5, 2014) – Wild Turkey®, in partnership with the United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG), has developed an immersive experience for bartenders to help them learn the secret craft of whiskey-making from none other than Bourbon Hall of Fame™ inductees and father/son distilling duo Jimmy Russell and Eddie Russell. The 2014 Behind the Barrel event is a pilot program designed to develop a community of Bourbon advocates within the USBG and, eventually, to support the creation of a bartender-focused Bourbon expert certification program.

One would be hard-pressed to find a pair of distillers working today that are more suited to this task. This year, Jimmy Russell will celebrate his 60th anniversary at Wild Turkey, and his son Eddie is celebrating 33 years of making Bourbon alongside his dad. For decades, they have acted as guardians of America’s native spirit, never wavering in their commitment to using traditional whiskey-making methods and never compromising their integrity by taking shortcuts or doing things the easy way. This reverence for tradition makes them uniquely qualified to teach bartenders every step of the Bourbon-creation process – from grain to bottle.

Behind the Barrel is also a celebration of the Russell’s undaunted, #NeverTamed spirit. To be chosen for this up-close-and-personal experience, bartenders must demonstrate that, like Jimmy and Eddie Russell, they too have an uncompromising passion – behind the bar and in life. Where others take shortcuts, they are committed to doing things their own way, the right way. From October 6 through October 8, participants will spend two days in Kentucky, dividing their time between educational activities at the Lawrenceburg distillery and enjoying the best food and drink Louisville has to offer.

Behind the Barrel is open to USBG and non-USBG members. Applications for the 30 available spots will be taken from July 16 – Sept. 1, 2014. To apply, visit

Good luck to all that apply. If you’re lucky to get accepted please let us know. We’d love to hear about your experience and feature it on the site when you’re done.



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Bourbon Tip #2

Bourbon Tip #2

Bourbon Tip #2

Teach. Don’t Preach. – Show others how to appreciate bourbon & they’ll drink it for a lifetime. Tell them what to drink & they’ll become vodka drinkers.


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Exploring Ruth’s Chris Sizzle, Swizzle & Swirl Happy Hour

Exploring Ruths Chris Sizzle, Swizzle & Swirl Happy Hour

As hard as I’ve tried ,I just can’t seem to live on bourbon alone. I always wind up craving something a little more solid to fuel my days, while bourbon fuels my nights. And through rigorous testing, as well as trial and error, I’ve found that steak is by the far the best addition to a bourbon diet. It’s as if they were made to go together – like peanut butter and jelly, a Moon pie and RC cola, bacon and…well, everything! You get what I mean.

When ALIVE Magazine and Ruth’s Chris invited me to try out Ruth’s Chris new Sizzle, Swizzle & Swirl Happy Hour menu with other St. Louis food and drink bloggers, I jumped at the opportunity. After all, it would be rude to turn down an invitation to drinks and dinner. And so this past Thursday night I found myself at Ruth’s Chris downtown location with several other local bloggers excited to see what their new menu had to offer. Continue Reading →

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