This Week in Bourbon

This Week in Bourbon is your source for the weekly news of what’s happening in bourbon.

TWiB: Traverse City Whiskey Begins A $20M Distillery, Old Elk Launches Rye Finished in Barbados Rum, Michter’s Releases 2022 Celebration Sour Mash



It’s This Week in Bourbon for January 27th 2023. Traverse City Whiskey Co. has officially broke ground on a $20M distillery. Old Elk Distillery launches its first Rye Whiskey finished in Barbados Rum Casks. Michter’s Distillery will begin shipping the 2022 Edition of its Celebration Sour Mash.

Show Notes:

  • Elijah Craig Bourbon and AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am announced a multi-year partnership
  • A new bill introduced to the Ohio Senate would allow Ohioans to make moonshine
  • Bourbon with HeART is launching Barrels of HeART
  • Buffalo Trace Distillery is offering one lucky bourbon lover the trip of a lifetime
  • ReserveBar launched its new website Get Stocked
  • Traverse City Whiskey Co. has officially broke ground on a $20M distillery
  • Old Elk Distillery launches its first Rye Whiskey finished in Barbados Rum Casks
  • Hercules Mulligan Eyr & Rye, a limited-edition Irish-American Manhattan
  • Lawrenceburg Bourbon Company. ’L.B.Co.’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon “One Cask Series”
  • Heaven’s Door Spirits releases Bootleg Series Vol. IV, an 11-Year-Old Wheated Bourbon finished in Islay Scotch Casks
  • Michter’s Distillery will begin shipping the 2022 Edition of its Celebration Sour Mash
  • @elijahcraig @bourbonwithheart @buffalotracedistillery @reservebar @tcwhiskey @oldelkbourbon @herculesmulligancompany @lawrenceburgbourbon @heavensdoorwhiskey @michterswhiskey
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TWiB: Sazerac Sues RNDC In Excess of $86M , Kentucky ABC Raids Justins’ House of Bourbon, Woodford Reserve Releases Double Double Oaked



It’s This Week in Bourbon for January 20th 2023. Sazerac is suing Republic National Distributing Company in excess of $86M. Kentucky ABC seized undisclosed amounts of bourbon from Justins’ House of Bourbon. Woodford Reserve releases its Double Double Oaked Bourbon for 2023.

Show Notes:

  • Sazerac is suing Republic National Distributing Company in excess of $86M
  • Kentucky ABC seized undisclosed amounts of bourbon from Justins’ House of Bourbon
  • Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) implements a price increase of 4% on more than 3,500 brands
  • Playboy Spirits has raised more than US$13 million in funding
  • Greg Hughes, Beam Suntory chief growth and brands officer, talks RTD growth
  • Woodford Reserve releases its Double Double Oaked Bourbon for 2023
  • Mystic Farm & Distillery announces the launch of Mystic Galactic, a bourbon whiskey aged for one year in space
  • @houseofbourbonlex @houseofbourbonlou @houseofbourbonky @playboy @woodfordreserve @mysticfarmdistillery
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TWiB: Barrell Purchases A Historic Rickhouse, Announcing The Brindiamo Penthouse, 78 Legends Features a 50 Year Old Bourbon



It’s This Week in Bourbon for January 13th 2023. Barrell Craft Spirits purchases a historic rickhouse in Shively, Kentucky. The Bourbon Capital Alliance has announced the establishment of the Brindiamo Penthouse. A New Bourbon release called ’78 Legends featuring a 50 year old bourbon.

Show Notes:

  • The bourbon capital alliance has announced the establishment of the Brindiamo Penthouse
  • Neuroscientists have created a new category of non-alcoholic ‘spirit’ designed to mimic the feel-good effects of alcohol
  • President Joe Biden pardoned a man who was convicted 60 years ago for a single instance of selling whiskey without a tax stamp
  • Barrell Craft Spirits purchases a historic rickhouse in Shively, Kentucky
  • Stanford University has released a study about distilleries and appearing authentic
  • Four Roses and OSMO Salt release Toasted Vanilla Bourbon Salt
  • Kentucky Owl has announced the release of its Batch #12 Bourbon
  • Larceny and Elijah Craig Barrel Proof A123 are released
  • A New Bourbon release called ’78 Legends featuring a 50 year old bourbon
  • @barrellbourbon @joebiden @bourboncapitalguild @bourboncapitalacademy @stanford @fourrosesbourbon @osmosalt @kentuckyowl
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TWiB: Lisa Wicker Takes Charge at Alltech, New Record For Pappy Van Winkle Set at Auction, Hard Truth Master Distiller’s Reserve Collection



It’s This Week in Bourbon for January 6th 2023. Lisa Wicker takes on the new role as CEO & Master Distiller of Lyons Brewing & Distilling Co. A new record was set at auction for Pappy Van Winkle. Hard Truth Distillery Co. announced the 2022 Hard Truth Master Distiller’s Reserve Collection.

Show Notes:

  • Lisa Wicker takes on the new role as CEO & Master Distiller of Lyons Brewing & Distilling Co
  • The partnership between Matthew McConaughey and Wild Turkey has ended
  • Sazerac is moving away from Republic National Distributing Company
  • A new record was set at auction for Pappy Van Winkle
  • Wilderness Trail set to double its bottling production
  • Hard Truth Distillery Co. announced the 2022 Hard Truth Master Distiller’s Reserve Collection
  • @lbwicker @alltechinc @wildturkey @officiallymcconaughey @sothebys @wildernesstraildistillery @hardtruthspirits
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TWiB: Jefferson’s Bourbon Gets A $250M Distillery, Willett Will Build An Additional $93M Distillery, Booker’s Releases “Pinkie’s Batch”



It’s This Week in Bourbon for December 16th 2022. Pernod Ricard will invest $250 million for a state-of-the-art distillery for Jefferson’s. Willett will invest nearly $93 million for the construction of a new distillery. Booker’s Bourbon has released its fourth and final batch of the 2022 collection.

Show Notes:

  • An update on BOTLD
  • Buffalo Trace rolled out its 8M barrel on December 15th
  • Pernod Ricard will invest $250 million for a state-of-the-art distillery for Jefferson’s
  • Willett will invest nearly $93 million for the construction of a new distillery
  • A holiday raffle where tickets can be purchased by visiting give270.org
  • All Nations Distillery is the newest member of the KDA
  • DISCUS is granted $1.12M to promote whiskey exports
  • Chattanooga Whiskey introduces BATCH 028: CACAO INFUSED
  • 117 Series: Old Forester Extra Extra Old
  • Booker’s Bourbon has released its fourth and final batch of the 2022 collection
  • @botldpa @buffalotracedistillery @jeffersonsbourbon @willettdistillery @give270 @distilledspiritscouncil @chattwhiskey @oldforester @jimbeamofficial
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TWiB: Single Barrel Select Moves To A Points System, Bardstown Bourbon Announces Origin Series, Pursuit Spirits Debuts the Oak Collection



It’s This Week in Bourbon for December 9th 2022. Single Barrel Select moves to a new points-based system. Bardstown Bourbon Company announces it’s Origin Series. Pursuit Spirits debuts the Oak Collection.

Show Notes:

  • BOTLD is a new way for Pennsylvanians to discover spirits
  • Single Barrel Select moves to a new points based system
  • Brindiamo Group has a new rick house located on the grounds of Log Still Distillery
  • UK Assistant Professor Tyler Barzee has created bourbon shrooms to help with stillage
  • Hayner Distilling announced a new whiskey experience called Whiskey Webcam
  • American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) and Park Street presented highlights from the 2022 Craft Spirits Data Project
  • Wyoming Whiskey releases a 10 Year Anniversary Edition Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Broken Barrel Whiskey Co. has collaborated with Los Angeles Distillery (LAD) on Broken Barrel’s first distillery Collaboration Collection
  • Barrell Craft Spirits has announced Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023
  • A. Smith Bowman Distillery unveils A. Smith Bowman Cask Strength Bourbon Batch #2
  • The Macallan has extended its Red Collection with the release of a 77-year-old bottling
  • Vermont distillery WhistlePig Whiskey unveiled its latest limited-edition whiskey: 10-year-old PiggyBank Rye
  • Bardstown Bourbon Company Announces it’s Origin Series
  • Pursuit Spirits debuts the Oak Collection
  • @botldpa @buffalotracedistillery @brindiamogroup @logstilldistillery @haynerdistilling @craftspiritsus @wyomingwhiskey @brokenbarrelwhiskey @losangelesdistillery @barrellbourbon @[email protected] @the_macallan @whistlepigwhiskey @bardstownbourbonco @pursuitspirits
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TWiB: KDA to Refresh Kentucky Bourbon Trail Branding, Blue Run Winter Solstice Collection, 16th edition of the Parker’s Heritage Collection



It’s This Week in Bourbon for December 2nd 2022. Kentucky Distillers’ Association is seeking proposals to refresh branding assets for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Blue Run Spirits announces its final whiskey release of the year with the Blue Run Winter Solstice Collection. Heaven Hill Distillery announced the 16th edition of the Parker’s Heritage Collection

Show Notes:

  • Bourbon & Benevolence Charity Auction & Bourbon by Kentucky’s Original Black Bourbon Enthusiasts (KOBBE)
  • Kentucky Distillers’ Association is seeking proposals to refresh branding assets for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail
  • Still Austin Whiskey Co introduces “The Artist,” a 100% Straight Rye Whiskey from Texas grains
  • Blue Run Spirits announces its final whiskey release of the year with the Blue Run Winter Solstice Collection
  • Heaven Hill Distillery announced the 16th edition of the Parker’s Heritage Collection
  • @502kobbe @kentuckybourbontrail @stillatx @bluerunspirits @heavenhilldistillery
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TWiB: Pursuit Spirits Raises $8M, Jack Daniel’s vs Dog Toy in the Supreme Court, Old Elk and Greg Metze’s Infinity Blend Series



It’s This Week in Bourbon for November 25th 2022. Pursuit Spirits raises $8M for future whiskey purchases. Jack Daniel’s takes a dog toy manufacturer to the Supreme Court. Old Elk Distillery is proud to announce the second annual release of Master Distiller Greg Metze’s Infinity Blend Series.

Show Notes:

  • Pursuit Spirits has financed $8 million in future bourbon and rye whiskey barrel purchases
  • American Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s First Spirit by Clay Risen
  • Jack Daniel’s takes a dog toy manufacturer to the Supreme Court
  • Frank August announces two expressions: the first single barrel releases and ‘Case Study’ series
  • Rabbit Hole re-releasing Raceking Founder’s Collection
  • Jack Daniel Distillery introduces Distillery Series selection #10
  • WhistlePig PiggyBack Legends Series: Brothers Osborne Barrel
  • Hidden Barn Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Series Two
  • Two new Stellum Black specialty blends
  • Old Elk Distillery is proud to announce the second annual release of Master Distiller Greg Metze’s Infinity Blend Series
  • @pursuitspirits @risenc @jackdaniels_us @thefrankaugust @rabbithole @whistlepigwhiskey @brothersosborne @hidden_barn @stellumspirits @oldelkbourbon
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TWiB: Redemption Loses Lawsuit To Diageo, Sagamore Spirit Releases A 5YR Bottled in Bond, Kentucky Owl and Barrell Release $500 Bottles



It’s This Week in Bourbon for November 18th 2022. Redemption loses its lawsuit with Diageo and must change bottles. Sagamore spirit releases their own 5 year bottled in bond. Kentucky Owl and Barrell Bourbon are both releasing $500 bottles

Show Notes:

  • Bardstown Bourbon Co will have a new experience in downtown Louisville
  • Pernod Ricard has invested US$22 million to install its first RTD canning line
  • Redemption has been forced to stop bottles after it failed to get Diageo’s injunction order thrown out
  • Nearest Green Distillery has announced that it will add three permanent expressions
  • Sagamore Spirit has released its second annual Sagamore Spirit Bottled in Bond Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Hemingway Rye Whiskey First Edition with the release of the inaugural 972 bottles
  • Blue Run Spirits announces Blue Run Emerald Rye Whiskey
  • Puncher’s Chance announces its oldest whiskey to date with the release of Puncher’s Chance Bourbon: THE LEFT CROSS
  • Stoli Group announces Kentucky Owl Batch #12 and Kentucky Owl Mardi Gras XO Cask Limited Edition
  • Barrell Craft Spirits Announces BCS Gold Label Dovetail
  • @bardstownbourbonco @pernodricard @redemptionwhiskey @diageo @builleit @unclenearest @sagamorespirit @bluerunspirits @puncherschancebourbon @kentuckyowl @barrellbourbon
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TWiB: Western KY Distilling Announces $30M Distillery, Kroger’s Ultimate Bourbon Auction to End Hunger, Heaven Hill Announces Old Fitzgerald 19 Year



It’s This Week in Bourbon for November 11th 2022. Western Kentucky Distilling Co. announced a $30 million Distillery in Beaver Dam, Kentucky. Kroger’s third annual Ultimate Bourbon Auction to End Hunger has started. Heaven Hill Distillery announced the Fall 2022 edition of Old Fitzgerald 19 YR.

Show Notes:

  • Wilderness Trail update from Shane Baker
  • Diageo announced it has acquired Balcones Distilling
  • Western Kentucky Distilling Co. announced a $30 million Distillery in Beaver Dam, Kentucky
  • Longbranch teamed up with Walden Retreats to bring a bourbon-centric, luxury ranch-style stay
  • Jack Daniel’s has again been named the most valuable spirits brand in the world
  • New TTB Director Stepping Up on Enforcement
  • Kroger’s third annual Ultimate Bourbon Auction to End Hunger has started
  • Teamsters Local 651 is leading the effort to organize Woodford Reserve
  • IRS and the TTB raided the offices of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits in California
  • Castle & Key announces The Untold Story of Kentucky Whiskey, Chapter 2 in partnership with The Kentucky Black Bourbon Guild
  • Broken Barrel Whiskey Co introduces Americana
  • Jack Daniel’s Twice Barreled Special Release American Single Malt Finished in Oloroso Sherry Casks
  • Dixon Dedman releases 2XO The Phoenix Blend
  • Maker’s Mark introduces Wood Finishing Series – the City Series
  • Heaven Hill Distillery announced the Fall 2022 edition of Old Fitzgerald 19 YR
  • @wildernesstraildistillery @balconesdistilling @longbranchbourbon @officiallymcconaughey @jackdaniels_us @krogerco @krogerchrispicks @sgwinespirits @castleandkey @_kbbg_ @brokenbarrelwhiskey @dixon_dedman @2xowhiskey @makersmark @heavenhilldistillery
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