As many of you know, last year we held our first-ever Bourbon & Banter Pilgrimage to the Bourbon Trail. The trip was a huge success and coming out of the trip I was dead set on doing it again this October. I began the planning process back in April and had some great ideas on to improve the trip this year and accommodate more people. We were even looking at doing a barrel selection as part of our trip. I have to admit that my target agenda was looking pretty good. But as with the best-laid plans reality decided to rear its ugly head and put me in my place.
It turns out that the “little growth spurt” the bourbon industry is experiencing has resulted in distilleries being swamped with tours, events and on the road activities. Guess what month is shaping up to be the busiest? Yep, October.
What a difference a year makes. Last year it was relatively easy to work with everyone to get our tour schedule locked in for promotion. Not so this year. Folks simply don’t have the capacity or resources to host our style of the tour in October, despite their desire to work with us. I guess there’s a reason people always say “be careful about what you wish for.” In this case, bourbon is the hottest spirit on the market but as a result, we can’t get our trip put together.
So what does that mean for those of you who were interested in hearing about this year’s Pilgrimage? It means you’ll need to wait a bit longer. We’re not giving up on the idea of another Pilgrimage but we are postponing it for the rest of 2013. We’ve had some initial discussions with the distilleries we want to include on the trip and it looks like late March might be a good time to hold it in 2014. We’ll keep you posted as things start getting pulled together.
If there’s something you’d love to see be a part of the 2014 Bourbon & Banter Pilgrimage let us know in the comments section of this post. We’ll check them out and see what we can do.