Exclusive: The ‘Unsanctioned’ Secret About Tales of the Cocktail

Prior to attending Tales of the Cocktail last week, I received hundreds of pitches from publicists trying to set up meetings with their respective brands. One caught my eye. It was an apology from WhistlePig Rye Whiskey: “We have been informed by Tales of the … Continue readingExclusive: The ‘Unsanctioned’ Secret About Tales of the Cocktail

8 Fun Facts About the New Copper & Kings Distillery

There’s the new car smell, new shoe smell and the new distillery smell—a lovely aroma of fresh wood, copper and sweet alcohol dripping off the shimmering still. At Copper & Kings Distillery, near a slaughterhouse in the Butchertown District of Louisville, I picked up a … Continue reading8 Fun Facts About the New Copper & Kings Distillery

Tales of the Cocktail: 7 Lessons Learned

\ 7. 75 & Older Crowd Loves TALES On more than one occasion, I saw 75-year-old and older consumers kicking back tequila shots and holding canes. Can you say awesome? 6. Psychiatrists Attend Tales I like asking random people questions. I supposed if I didn’t … Continue readingTales of the Cocktail: 7 Lessons Learned

Drinking Responsibly: Moderation, Alcohol and Me

Drinking responsibly. Alcohol companies encourage this. Beer brands show off the rippled-abs of beach bodies or make you laugh with a magic refrigerator, while whiskeys encourage salivation over a dram. At the end of all booze ads, even Avion tequila’s “bondage” TV commercials, the companies … Continue readingDrinking Responsibly: Moderation, Alcohol and Me

Top Louisville Bartender Leaves for Southern Wine & Spirits

Gary Gruver was cut from the cloth of old school bartenders. As a managing partner and head mixologist of Louisville’s popular Martini’s Italian Bistro, Gruver made a name for himself winning cocktail contests around the country, including the Bombay Sapphire competition that landed him in … Continue readingTop Louisville Bartender Leaves for Southern Wine & Spirits

Election Day Liquor & Drinking Responsibly

Finally, I can buy liquor on Election Day and vote. Yesterday, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed into law a Senate Bill that permits retailers to sell booze during polling hours. The Distilled Spirits Council called Kentucky’s move the latest trend of states updating “antiquated liquor … Continue readingElection Day Liquor & Drinking Responsibly