Whiskey Review: Four Roses 2017 Limited Edition ‘Al Young’ 50th Anniversary Small Batch Bourbon

June 7, 2017
Whiskey Review: Four Roses 2017 Limited Edition ‘Al Young’ 50th Anniversary Small Batch Bourbon

Few people from any generation spend 50 years working for a single employer. These days, five months seems a long stretch for some; clearly not for Al Young. When a newlywed in 1967, he was a bottom-rung clock puncher at Four Roses Bourbon Distillery who would go on to become its Lawrenceburg, Ky., distillery manager, […]

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Lucie Slone Meyers is cooking with a purpose

March 24, 2017
Lucie Slone Meyers is cooking with a purpose

Four days before Valentine’s Day, Lucie Slone Meyers held court at a table in her nearly opened restaurant, The Red Light Kitchen & Lounge (780 N. Limestone). Between directing staffers on where to place tables, décor and bottles behind the bar, the grande dame of the Lexington restaurant scene talked shop with some of her […]

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BULLEIT DISTILLERY OPENS STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY IN SHELBYVILLE, KY.

March 15, 2017
BULLEIT DISTILLERY OPENS STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY IN SHELBYVILLE, KY.

Published first on EatDrinkTalk.net SHELBYVILLE, Ky.—If Tom Bulleit didn’t buy a lottery ticket on March 14, he should have. As the founder of Bulleit Distilling Co. welcomed a crowd of about 200 to the ultra-modern, Diageo-backed distillery that day, he mentioned that Tuesday was not only his birthday, but his 30th wedding anniversary. 2017 also […]

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AQUATIC BARREL AGING GIVES NEW MEANING TO “WHISKEY AND WATER”

March 14, 2017
AQUATIC BARREL AGING GIVES NEW MEANING TO “WHISKEY AND WATER”

When two barrels of Jefferson’s Bourbon—caged to the back of a 24-foot runabout—set off down the Ohio River at Louisville, Kentucky, last June, Walter Tharpe kicked himself. Symbolically, at least. “I said, ‘Dadgumit! I knew somebody was going to do it,’” said Tharpe, owner of Cane Land Distilling Co. in Baton Rouge, La. “I’d thought […]

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The Restaurateur in the Arena

April 8, 2016
The Restaurateur in the Arena

Influenced by Theodore Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena” quote. It is not the restaurant critic who counts; not the man or woman whose poison pen points out how the restaurateur stumbled, where the chef could have seasoned the food better or the bartender stirred the Old Fashioned colder. The people who count are those actually in […]

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Restaurant soft openings are practice runs, so don’t complain!

April 1, 2016
Restaurant soft openings are practice runs, so don’t complain!

I love restaurant soft openings, but not for the food or even the drink. I like seeing the excitement in the eyes of owners who’ve worked their brains loose trying to get their vision from blueprint to fruition. I appreciate the risks required to move from a well-capitalized business to modestly liquid before a paying […]

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Here’s a must buy bourbon: Westport Whiskey & Wine’s Maker’s 46 Private Select

March 25, 2016
Here’s a must buy bourbon: Westport Whiskey & Wine’s Maker’s 46 Private Select

I’m like most folks whose liquor shelf is lined with bourbon bottles costing between $10 to $50. There are a few moderately higher priced goodies thrown in, but I don’t generally recommend spending $75 or more on liquid—until today. Go to Westport Whiskey & Wine and get a bottle of Maker’s Mark Private Select Single […]

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After 3 years, Lynn’s Paradise Café sold to mystery buyer

March 24, 2016
After 3 years, Lynn’s Paradise Café sold to mystery buyer

It took more than three years to sell one of Louisville’s (formerly) busiest restaurants, but according to WDRB.com, Lynn’s Paradise Café has been sold. To whom, I don’t know. The story mentions a restaurant group that “will reveal itself in a couple of months,” but in the meantime, even my best restaurant real estate sources […]

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It’s a good deed to watch hoops in a Louisville bar this weekend

March 23, 2016
It's a good deed to watch hoops in a Louisville bar this weekend

It was bad news for local bars when the University of Louisville announced it would self-penalize its men’s basketball team by sitting out the post-season in the wake of a salacious recruiting scandal. Without a reason to head to one’s favorite drinkin’ haunt to cheer on the Cards, it was predicted local watering holes would […]

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Ignore restaurant critics and eat where you like

March 21, 2016
Ignore restaurant critics and eat where you like

During a recent restaurant meal, I saw the kitchen door swing wide to reveal pictures of two restaurant critics taped to its backside. Printed on separate 8 ½ x 11 sheets were the visages of The Courier-Journal’s Nancy Miller and Louisville HotByte’s Robin Garr, Louisville’s lone remaining restaurant critics. Clearly they were posted there to […]

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