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Ole Smoky Distillery Gets The ‘Shine On!

GATLINBURG, TENNESSEE – Tennessee Moonshine will be available legally for the first time when Ole Smoky Distillery opens for business in Ole Smoky Holler at 903 Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg. The distillery will have a grand opening celebration on Friday, July 2 and will offer free tours, free samples of moonshine to adults over 21, and moonshine for sale.

Ole Smoky will offer a number of moonshine products: original unaged corn whiskey moonshine, apple pie moonshine, sweet tea moonshine, and peach moonshine. Moonshine cherries will be available for purchase during the holiday season. The Ole Smoky recipes are the product of the hard work and experience of local families who have made moonshine in the mountains for over a century. Dave Pickerell, who served as the Master Distiller for Maker’s Mark for over 15 years, assisted with the refinement of the recipes in order to ensure a superior mountain – made moonshine.

A highlight of the facility is the authentic working moonshine still where visitors will learn the science of the distilling process as well as the history and lore of moonshining in East Tennessee. Ole Smoky is the only distillery in the state dedicated to moonshine products. Proprietors Joe Baker, Tony Breeden and Cory Cottongim place a particular emphasis on celebrating their mountain heritage as well as the historical significance of the moonshine craft in sustaining families during hard economic times of the early 20th century.

“Moonshine played an integral role in the daily lives of families in this region,” said Baker. “Too often, people rely on the stereotype of a backwards old man making a cheap, dangerous product. In truth, a lot of good people made and sold moonshine in order to feed and clothe their families. Without moonshine, many mountain families would not have survived.”

Ole Smoky is the first federally licensed distillery in the history of East Tennessee, and is currently one of only four distilleries operating in the state. Jack Daniel’s and George Dickel received their licenses before Prohibition, and Prichards Rum opened their Tennessee facility in 1999. Check them out at www.olesmokymoonshine.com

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The Rich Brooks Foundation Bourbon and Cigar Summer Fundraiser

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The Rich Brooks Foundation will be hosting the Bourbon and Cigar Summer Fundraiser on July 25, 2009. Featuring University of Kentucky Head Football Coach Rich Brooks, Former UK Quarterback Tim Couch, and the UK Football Coaching Staff. The Rich Brooks Foundation supports victims of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and their families.

Saturday, July 25

Cigar & Bourbon Tasting at 6:00 p.m. • Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Live Auction Immediately Following at the 1500 acre
Gainesway Horse Farm
3750 Paris Pike, in the heart of Lexington, KY

Join us for this men’s-only event featuring fine Kentucky Bourbons, cigars hand
rolled on-site, gourmet steak dinner, raw oysters, seafood gumbo, and open bar.
There will be both a silent auction and a live auction with proceeds to benefit the
Rich Brooks Foundation. Tickets start at $250.

The flyer contains more details about this event and a RSVP form. If you would like to attend please contact cwelch@welchprinting.com or will@southerlands.com

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Bardstown Bourbon Society Changes Name

Bardstown Whiskey SocietyHeaven Hill’s Bardstown Bourbon Society will be renamed to the Bardstown Whiskey Society and launched an attractive new website for members. In response to recent member satisfaction survey results, the Bardstown Whiskey Society has lots of new and exciting benefits to offer in order to teach consumers more about American Whiskey.

By joining, you will receive the following exclusive benefits.

  • An attractive membership certificate
  • Invitations to special events such as the annual unveiling of the Evan Williams Vintage Single Barrel Bourbon
  • Members-only access to the Society’s web site www.bardstownwhiskeysociety.com
  • Rebates, product information and news from the world of American whiskies
  • A chance to interact with Master Distillers Parker Beam and, his son, Craig Beam

Neck tags on bottles of Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage, Elijah Craig Single Barrel, Elijah Craig Small Batch, Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey and Parker’s Heritage Collection include the member registration web address for the Bardstown Whiskey Society (www.bardstownwhiskeysociety.com/register) where you can sign up for a complementary membership.  You may refer friends who enjoy our products but don’t have internet access to write to our mailing address:

Bardstown Whiskey Society

1064 Loretto Road

Bardstown, KY 40004

Once you submit the invitation, you will receive a new member packet within 4-6 weeks containing membership materials.

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Bourbon Clubs And Societies: Learn The Speakeasy Knock

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Are you a bourbon connoisseur and enjoy attending exclusive Bourbon events? If so, you may need to know the secret knock. Some distilleries have created special programs for their loyal customers and avid bourbon drinkers, but may not make them well known. These Bourbon Societies offer exclusive benefits to those who are in the know. If you want to receive invitations to private events, tastings, and tours as well as some occasional free swag, you should join some of these free clubs.

Heaven Hill’s Bardstown Bourbon Society

The Four Roses Mellow Moments Club

Maker’s Mark Ambassadors

Knob Creek Stillhouse

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Society

The following societies have been organized by individuals and are not sponsored by any one distillery  They may also charge a fee to become a member or participate in events. They offer discussions, meetings and tastings with fellow enthusiasts. Some are online forums that allow you to connect with others that share the same interests as you in Bourbon. There may be other small and regional clubs that promote a sense of community within the Bourbon world. Also check out the Events Calendar for more details about specific events. Let us know if you know of any clubs that have been left out or would like your event added to the calendar.

The Bourbon Society

New Orleans Bourbon Society

Straight Bourbon

Bourbon Enthusiast

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Four Roses Bourbon Seminar For MMC Members

Dear Mellow Moments Club Member,Mellow Moments Club

We would like to invite you to join Master Distiller, Jim Rutledge for a Bourbon Seminar at Four Roses Distillery on Tuesday, June 9th.  Jim will give a presentation on the Bourbon making process, and explain how we make Four Roses Bourbons always smooth and always mellow.  After the presentation there will be a walking tour of the distillery and then move to the sensory lab for a tasting of Four Roses Bourbon and other Bourbons currently on the market.  The evening will finish with a social hour in which you may mingle with other Mellow Moments Club members and Four Roses staff.

Due to our seating capacity the Bourbon Seminar with Jim is limited, priority will be given to members who have not attended in the past.  The seminar will be held from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  At 8:00 pm the social hour begins.  This will be a time for members to talk with Jim and meet new friends.

To make a reservation for a member and one guest for the seminar please RSVP by Monday, June 1.

Please email Julie_Crittenden@fourroses.biz or call 1-877-FOUROSE for reservations or with any questions you may have regarding this event.  Must be 21 to attend and this event is offered at no charge.

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Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel “Sneak Peak”

Mellow Moments ClubFour Roses Single Barrel Limited Edition 2009Dear Mellow Moments Club Member,

Shhh!  Please don’t tell!  We’re offering a “sneak peek” of the Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel 2009 only to MMC members.  Come and celebrate with us and enjoy a sip of the latest non chill filtered Barrel Strength Bourbon.  This wonderful Bourbon is another one of our unique ten recipes, aged 11 years, and never before been released as a Single Barrel.  We want you to be the first to know and taste this special release.

On May 28, we are offering you the opportunity to sample this selection before it hits the shelves.  We invite you to join us at the distillery from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. for  hors d’oeuvres and a taste of this Limited Edition chosen by Master Distiller, Jim Rutledge.  During this event Jim will describe the uniqueness of this special Bourbon and answer any questions you may have about the product.

If you would like to attend with one guest, please RSVP by May 22 by calling 1.877.FOUROSE or via email to julie_crittenden@fourroses.biz

The reservations for this event are limited so reply as soon as possible.

Highly respected whiskey writer, Chuck Cowdery has already sampled it. Check out his review here.

Link: Press Release

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