I Wish You a Happy Bourbon Independence Day!

Whiskey and celebration colorful fireworks

Today is May 4th. 53 years ago today, Congress passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 19 (S Con Res 19) making bourbon a “distinctive product of the United States.”  On an earlier post, back in March, I made this date aware to all of the Bourboneers out there and provided a few guidelines on how to celebrate. For the purpose of convenience I reiterated them here:

  1. Get a bottle of your favorite bourbon
  2. Pour it in a glass neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail
  3. And now for the best part...Drink it!
  4. Then share the tiding, “I Wish You A Happy Bourbon Independence Day!” with me on Facebook @thebourboneer and everyone you know. Provide a comment or share a picture of your drink or your method of celebration. Let everyone know you are enjoying Bourbon Independence Day and doing so in style.

A copy of the Resolution is below for you reading pleasure.


And here is my picture of my celebratory bourbon this evening. It happens to be two fingers of Michter’s Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon and a solitary ice cube. Pretty good, yet very straightforward as bourbons go. Present are the typical vanilla, caramel, corn and oak flavors that define most bourbons with a slight spice note at the finish. Appropriate for such a bourbon occasion as today.


As The Bourboneer I am asking, rather demanding, you enjoy a bourbon this evening and celebrate the independence of our nation’s distinctive native spirit!

– The Bourboneer


Bourbon enjoyed while writing this article: Michter’s Small Batch KSBW, 45.7% ABV or 91.4 proof (NAS) Michter’s Distillery LLC, Louisville, Ky.

Celebrating April in a different way

autism awareness

According to the Autism Speaks website:

  • Autism affects 1 in 68 children and that number continues to grow
  • There is no cure or medical detection for Autism
  • It costs a family @ 60,000$ annually, on average

I mention this as The Bourboneer to not only bring the recognition to your attention (if you weren’t already aware) and to support such a cause is not only noble but extremely crucial, but for a reason much more dear to me. My youngest daughter is on the Autism spectrum. She was diagnosed almost nine years ago. A moment in my life I will never forget. I truly felt lost, cheated and without hope. “Why her Lord, why us?” I knew nothing about this epidemic except what I had seen on TV and in the movies. To say that was, at the very least, uncomforting would be an understatement. I wept for what I believed to be a regimented and limited future for my precious girl.

In stepped my wife, or wonder woman I should say. She championed my daughter’s fight and refused to sit on the sidelines and watch her sweet girl just
“get by” in life. She knew that little girl could aspire to great things and live out dreams just like the rest of us. It was impressive and not only saved my daughter’s future, but dug me out of my despair. Over the next several years we watched our little girl grow. She surprised us by conquering every challenge before her. And in the process, she educated her mom and I on the meaning of adapting, over coming and improvising. She certainly has what it takes to be one of the few, the proud…the Marines! But more importantly she taught us that every thing was going to be all right. A child did this for her parents! There were times when she even chastened us poignantly in the face of all of our doubt, “All that crying for nothing.”

I never laughed so hard!

  • Always
  • Unique
  • Totally
  • Intelligent
  • Somewhat
  • Mysterious

My daughter is not only the best thing I’ve been a part of, she is the strongest person I’ve met. All 70lbs of her. If life is a challenge for her, she sure doesn’t let on to us that it’s overly bothersome. She calms me, she makes me a better father and she shows me what true courage is. But the most incredible part…she tells me everything is going to be all right.  Believe what you will about Autism. I’ve heard all the medical and expert opinion. But here is what Autism is not… a deficiency. It’s a way of looking at things differently than you and I do. So who’s to say if that’s right or wrong, good or bad, more intelligent or less. Because the majority of us see things one way doesn’t always make it the right or best. It’s just different that’s all.  And if we as a society could embrace such a “different” way to picture life, then it would be a hell of a lot better place to live, I can promise you that.

So that’s why I celebrate April a little differently than most. Cheers!

The Bourboneer



Irish Presbyterian 

Today is March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day. The above symbol is used by the Presbyterian Church of Ireland 🇮🇪. The inscription  “Ardens Sed Virens” translates to “burning but flourishing.”  I am not Irish nor am I a Presbyterian but in honor of this religious and cultural celebration held on the traditional day of Saint Patrick’s death, I raise my glass. 

This is what was waiting for me when I returned from work. Yes that’s right…an Irish Presbyterian! Bulleit Bourbon, ginger ale, bitters, club soda, a lime, orange peel and green food coloring for the right amount of color. My wonderful wife used the concoction to welcome me home. Notice the use of orange, green and white. Subtle but appropriate. Very clever and very thoughtful. I am truly a “lucky” man. 

I hope everyone has a fortuitous and safe evening! Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

                        -The Bourboneer

Bourbon enjoyed while writing this article: Bulleit Frontier Whiskey KSBW, 45% ABV or 90 proof (NAS). Bulleit Distilling Co., Louisville, Ky.

References:  www.wikipedia.com “Presbyterianism.” http://Www.wikipedia.com “St. Patrick’s Day.”

May 4th: Bourbon Independence Day!

Whiskey and celebration colorful fireworks

On May 4th, 1964, with the passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 19 (S. Con. Res. 19), bourbon became a “distinctive product of the United States” and gained independence as it’s own identifiable category of whiskey (similar to Scotch, Canadian Whiskey and Cognac). See the resolution below.


Now, National Bourbon Day is June 14th every year and September is National Bourbon month. But what was most surprising was the fact there was no official day set aside to celebrate bourbon’s independence. As we all know, our country is famous for creating “holidays” or “special days” to commemorate favorite pastimes, moments in history, and to honor beloved citizens, past and present. It’s what we do. We Americans love to get together, carouse, party and make occasions to take a day off from work. So my personal exhortation will not be any different. Moving forward I am recognizing May 4th as Bourbon Independence Day! And I want all of you bourbon lovers out there to join me. Together we can grow this idea from a grass roots effort to a national day of recognition (I know I am getting way ahead of myself here, but just oblige please). Here’s all you have to do.

  1. Get a bottle of your favorite bourbon
  2. Pour it in a glass neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail
  3. And now for the best part...Drink it!
  4. Then share the tiding, “I Wish You A Happy Bourbon Independence Day!” with me on Facebook @thebourboneer and everyone you know. Provide a comment or share a picture of your drink or your method of celebration. Let everyone know you are enjoying Bourbon Independence Day and doing so in style.

Bourbon Independence day is less than 2 months away. I will be reminding all of you between now and then to mark that date on your calendar. Keep following the Bourboneer for updates. See you on Bourbon Independence Day (or BID as I like to refer to it).

-The Bourboneer

Bourbon enjoyed while writing this article: Buffalo Trace KSBW, 45% ABV or 90 proof (NAS) Buffalo Trace Distillery, Franklin County, Ky.

References: https://catalog.archives.gov “S. Con. Res. 19.”


Recently, I was given a new assignment at work. Whether I like it or not, the occasional organizational transfer is part of my chosen profession. It’s an aspect you grow accustom to, frankly. I spent almost 6 years in my last position, however, it was time to move on to a new and different adventure. To say I enjoyed my tenure in my last assignment would certainly be an understatement. It wasn’t the position, duties, responsibilities or even the nuances of the job that kept things fulfilling, nearly everyday was a completely new experience. It was the incredible and talented people I worked with that made coming to work every day so rewarding. They made the job easy and enjoyable. These fine men and women developed and maintained a culture of professionalism, dedication and accountability that I had not witnessed in my 20+ years on the job. It was hard to say goodbye. Truly!

On my last day, the group threw a “thank you, we’ll miss you” going away party as a means to celebrate our time together. I was extremely thankful and utterly spoiled, to be honest. They not only paid for my lunch but surprised me with several thoughtful gifts. Since my written word lacks sufficient capability to explain my level of gratitude and how wonderful these people are I will simply show you what they gave me.

Knowing I am the Bourboneer and a lover of the brown water, I was pleasantly surprised by a bottle of Hillrock – Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey. A very delicious and very expensive bottle of bourbon. According to Clay Risen’s review in American Whiskey Bourbon & Rye, Hillrock has a high rye mash bill. “In the solera process, a barrel of aged whiskey is partially emptied and topped off with unaged spirit. After a few years the process is repeated…After a period of aging, the bourbon is “finished” in twenty-year-old Oloroso sherry casks.” I wanted to save the bottle for special occasions but I couldn’t resist, I just had to try a dram. I am glad I did! The nose was dense, filled with dark fruit, maple syrup, sweet tobacco with even a hint of leather. Chewy fig, raisin and notes of caramel and toffee were evident to the palate. So scrumptious!


If the bourbon wasn’t enough they also gave me a beautiful stainless steel cocktail shaker with a “To the Bourboneer” engraved inscription. Unfortunately in the picture below, I couldn’t capture the inscription successfully. Every attempt to get an effective shot only reflected my phone and fat head in the picture. My apologies.


Once again, I just want to say it was truly an honor to work with such professional, thoughtful and incredible colleagues. I am a better person for the experience. Thank you!

-The Bourboneer


Bourbon enjoyed while writing this article: Hillrock-Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey, 46% ABV or 92 proof (NAS) Hillrock Estate Distillery, Ancram, NY.

References: American Whiskey Bourbon & Rye, Clay Risen, Sterling Epicure Publishing, 2013, New York, NY.