May 4th: Bourbon Independence Day!

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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.

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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.”

THIS IS AN URGENT NEWS UPDATE: September is National Bourbon Heritage Month

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Earlier this month I posted an article on September being National Bourbon Heritage month. In that article I stated that my 2016 contribution in paying homage to this most outstanding of months was to “force” myself to enjoy bourbon each of the 30 days of September. I also mentioned that I planned to sample as many bourbons from different states as possible. When I wrote the article I was only a week into the month but off to a really great start. Here is what I had tallied at the time:

9/1/16 – Kentucky (Knob Creek), 9/2/16 – Colorado (Tin Cup), 9/3/16 – Tennessee(Jack Daniels – Tennessee whiskey), 9/4/16 – Illinois (Koval), 9/5/16 – Alabama(Clyde Mays), 9/6/16 – California (Cyrus Noble), 9/7/16 – Virginia (Belmont Farms), tomorrow 9/8/16 – New York (my neighbors Hudson Baby bourbon).

Since then however, I’ve run into difficulty completing my challenge. Not in the area of enjoying bourbon every day of the month, but actually finding bourbon offerings from different states. I even discovered that labels such as Cyrus Noble (above) were actually a Kentucky bourbon (Heaven Hill Distillery, Bardstown, KY) aged in another location like San Francisco, California and not produced there. Although it seems very misleading, many distilleries outside of Kentucky make this a practice and I really can’t blame them. No place in the world makes better bourbon than Kentucky…no place anywhere ! So when I thought I had sampled 8 different state offerings I really, in all actuality, had only sampled 7 (boo!). I did contemplate getting a membership with Caskers Whiskey Club (absolutely a wonderful online store) so I could order those hard to find bourbons, but the need to foolishly squander my money on such things as food and a mortgage, prevented me from doing so.

From September 8th moving forward to the end of the month, here is how I finished my challenge:

9/11/16 – Utah (High West American Prairie Bourbon), 9/17/16 – Indiana (Redemption), 9/22/16 – Vermont (No.14 Bourbon) and finally 9/30/16 – Texas (Garrison Brothers – only a shot however. It was pricey). You can fill in the other 19 days with bourbon produced in  Kentucky from one distiller or another.

So if you are keeping score, that is 11 different bourbons from 11 different states (it should have been 12 for 12. Damn you, Cyrus Noble!). I consider this challenge a mild success, but will use it as motivation to perform much better next year.

-The Bourboneer

 

Bourbon enjoyed while writing this article: Jim Beam Double Oak, 43% ABV or 86 proof (no age statement) Clermont Frankfurt, KY.

 

September is National Bourbon Heritage Month

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Now that we are a week or more into September, its my responsibility, rather my honor as The Bourboneer to remind you this month is National Bourbon Heritage Month. As we know, bourbon is our country’s distinctive and native spirit. So in 2007, with much gratitude to Senator Jim Bunning’s (KY) resolution, S. 294, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to declare September as the National Bourbon Heritage Month. In all actuality, resolution S. 294 was a bill to support the 1964 Act of Congress which originally proclaimed “bourbon” as “America’s Native Spirit.”

Senate Resolution S. 294, in essence, asks all Americans to show their patriotism by just sitting back and enjoying some good ol’ bourbon, or new bourbon if that’s your preference (responsibly of course). The goal of the bill, and by design the month of September, is to celebrate bourbon as our national drink by keeping tradition alive along with it’s heritage prosperous. As The Bourboneer, I can proudly say that such requests are kept and honored every month of the year, but more so in September. Maybe it’s a corresponding celebration of the kids returning to school? Any how, bourbon just seems a little more delicious in this month than others, if that’s possible.

As my 2016 contribution in paying homage to this most outstanding of months, I am “forcing” myself to enjoy bourbon each of the 30 days of September. This doesn’t mean that I finish a full drink daily, but an offering, “a wee dram” maybe, will do. Remember, doing shots and getting hammered by drinking bourbon is a crime and truly an affront to the tradition of what our native spirit is all about. If this is your personality, however, I suggest doing so with characterless vodka. Lord knows there’s plenty of that crap to go around. That was my public service announcement for the day. Now back to the matter at hand. To up the ante on my self-imposed competition, I plan on sampling a bourbon from as many different states as I can. Challenge accepted! (how dare anyone ever call me selfish). So as of September 7th, here is where I stand (fortunately, for my neighbors and family, I have relied on my own supply of bourbon for this week, but much like the Buccaneer*, tomorrow  I plan on raiding their stores. What?…Don’t judge me! This is a scientific study requiring test subjects for the betterment of all society):

9/1/16Kentucky (Knob Creek), 9/2/16Colorado (Tin Cup), 9/3/16Tennessee (Jack Daniels – Tennessee whiskey), 9/4/16Illinois (Koval), 9/5/16Alabama (Clyde Mays), 9/6/16California (Cyrus Noble), 9/7/16Virginia (Belmont Farms), tomorrow 9/8/16New York (my neighbors Hudson Baby bourbon).

* Buccaneer as defined by The Bourboneer article “What type of Bourbon Drinker Are You?” (See previous post in archives).

 

Bourbon enjoyed while writing this article: See above.

References: http://www.wikipedia.com, “National Bourbon Heritage Month.”