Archive | July, 2011

Kentucky Bourbon and Machine Guns – A Man’s Weekend

23 Jul

[Reposting from Oct 10, 2010]

I’ve realized I do a lot of stupid shit just for the story (ie. The day trip to CO two weeks ago to hit 4 breweries and hike to 12,500 and back)

Last week me and a friend were in Indiana for 5 days. Well, Indiana is close to Kentucky and Kentucky is where bourbon comes from.

There are 9 distilleries in the state, 7 of which are open to the public. There is a “Kentucky Bourbon Trail” that consists of 6 of these. Everytime you visit one they stamp your “passport.” Hit em all, get a t-shirt. Well, we got amibitious and decided to do all of them in one weekend, including tours and tastings. Not an easy task since they are spread out.

Pulling into Louisville Friday night

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Early start on Saturday. Up at 8am, and at the Four Roses Distillery by 9am

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Next stop: Wild Turkey

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I wish I could put into words what happens when they open the rickhouse doors. It’s like the angels sing and lights shine down. Due to the natural convection of the air inside the building there is a nice cool breeze that blows out. Thanks to the evaporation that occurs in the aging process, the entire interior smells like bourbon… I thought I was going to start drooling on myself.

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This bridge, behind Wild Turkey, was built by Kentucky soldiers in the 1800’s.

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Back on the road, headed to Buffalo Trace

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Yes, this road is on the Buffalo Trace property. Did I mention how F’ing beautiful the scenery was?

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On to Woodford Reserve:

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Sat here for a while on a giant southern style porch, ate some lunch, then prepped for some mayhem.
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Then… one of the best parts. Hauling ass to get to the Knob Creek Gun Range. We just happened to be in the area the same weekend as their world famous machine gun shoot. I’ll let the videos do the talking.

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Here’s the kick off of the 9pm shoot at Knob Creek.

Oh, and two miniguns thrown in for good measure:

Moving on to Sunday:

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Heaven Hill:

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After the tour we talked our way into a private tasting of some Elijah Craig 18 and Heaven Hill Wheat Whiskey

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Maker’s Mark was number 6

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100+ yr old cypress tanks

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My finger going in. It tastes like bread. Horrible bread.

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Got to dip our own bottles

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Then Jim Beam

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Lastly… It took an hour on Friday night in the hotel room to plan the logistics and map our routes. Due to the times all of the places were open, and the fact that we only had the rental car for 48 hours, we knew it was going to cut it close to get our passports filled up. Well, we rolled into Beam this afternoon with 16 minutes to spare (they close at 4pm)

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And with that, we hit all 7 distilleries open to the public in just 31 hours and were witness to the Knob Creek shoot.

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