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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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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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No Louisville food and drink fest until at least 2017

March 15, 2016
No Louisville food and drink fest until at least 2017

In a recent article I wrote for Insider Louisville, I mentioned that Louisville’s food and drink festival isn’t any nearer to happening than it was two-and-a-half years ago when a committee was convened to make it happen. Seems a lot of problems abound, not the least of which is too many voices in the room, […]

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A Day at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival

September 3, 2015
A Day at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival

One has to be a misanthrope not to like a good festival. Whether the crowd is blue-collar, blue-blooded or both, assembling a large slice of humanity for the consumption of food and drink as well as socializing is about as good as it gets. Soak it all in something as beloved as bourbon, and you […]

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EXPLORE KENTUCKY’S BREWGRASS TRAIL

August 10, 2015
EXPLORE KENTUCKY’S BREWGRASS TRAIL

By Steve Coomes The Bluegrass Region’s international reputation for bourbon is well earned, but in the past two years, the craft brewing scene has exploded and given the brown liquor a run for its money. The boom began with the creation of Kentucky Ale in 2000, yet for the next 13 years, no one entered […]

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Modernizing the Mexico image

November 2, 2013
Modernizing the Mexico image

A snippet of my profile for The Drinks Report: Pepe Hermosillo’s entry to the business marked the seventh generation of tequila makers, though he insisted his would be something different, “a modern representation of Mexico”. His training: “Totally on the job, hands on.” He was 19 when his father died, leading him to supervise the […]

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