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Recently I was in a bar that hosts a blues jam. I wanted bourbon. The entire selection consisted of Jim Beam white, Knob Creek, and some nondescript well bourbon.
At another blues club that I frequent, their top American whiskies are WT 101 and JD Single Barrel.
Then there are bars like this one. (http://www.ashleys.com/whiskey.asp) (How can they make money on A.H. Hirsch 16 y/o at that price?)
How many of you have access to a bar that offers a significant selection of bourbon?
I don't frequent bars..... I make a lot of shirts for them http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/laugh.gif and drop them off.....I always check their selection http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif Around here you get a very good selection of bourbon http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif .......but on the Belle of Louisville (Steamboat) I attended a huge party this past spring.....I went to the bar to check out what they had........nearly blew me away.....all they had was Jim Beam white and Makers Mark.......that was it http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/mad.gif ........Sooooooooooooooo I order my Bud then another and another etc...........then Pat had ta damn near carry me off the boat http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/blush.gif .........I had a really good time http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif ........
Re: Parties at unfamiliar locales
Two words: "hip flask".
I almost never go to bars except when I am out of town. But I can tell you about a great one in Atlanta! Pappy 20-yr was $11. Rock Hill Farms was $6.25. I don't remember the other prices.
I don't generally go to bars anymore (life with an infant daughter). I was, however, at a wedding this weekend that had a rather poor choice in their otherwise well-stocked bar. Beam White or Old Granddad (the 86 proof variety). Also, they refused to serve it neat, which annoyed the hell out of me. Only served in a glass FULL of ice......
I almost always check the bourbon selection (as well as the tequila selection, which is usually even worse) in a bar. Most of the bars I would go into locally carry several bourbons and usually (because it is a college town and many students have Daddy's credit card) carry some quality bourbons.
Most here carry two to four Beam Small batch, plus Makers, plus Buffalo Trace. I know the managers or owners of several bars locally. Some bars only carry what "sells." That tranlates to "what sells frequently" so they are not wasting money on inventory and shelf space. Some are a bit different (wiser in my opinion) and carry some products to satisfy that occaissional customer who wants to impress someone by ordering something out of the ordinary and expensive.
I talked to a barkeeper in Covington, KY last week and suggested they carry Van Winkle products (at least one) as a chance to 'upsell' to guests who want the unusual.
Yet, when I travel I am often amazed to find only Beam White, maybe Turkey, and maybe Makers plus a well whiskey in a bar.
I've found that the best selection of good bourbon from here to the Pecos is at expensive hotel bars and at good restaurants/steak houses that cater to businessmen. If you see an 'oilmans special' on the menu, you're all set.
Your sports bars, titty bars and beer & shot bars around here usually stock Beam White, Knob Creek, Makers (and JD) and some 'well' bottles. Anyplace where you go regularly will carry anything you ask the barkeep for (assuming you tip well).
NOTE this rural exception: Eagles Clubs, VFW's and other fraternal orgs. that support a cash bar may have a surprising assortment of bourbon selections behind the bar.
Moral of the story? If your buddy lost a bet and he owes you a drink, have him meet you at the Ritz. http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/smirk.gif
"they refused to serve it neat"
What kind of sick (not to mention weirdly controlling) people are these?
Lucky you carry your own glass for just such problems! http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif
What a great whiskey list...fine bourbons, excellent choice of Irish..Middletons is rare, Scotch..Macallan's (my favorite) 18 yr etc. What a taste treat at very good prices....compared to $9-10+ at many bars around Chicago area...if you can find a fraction of that list to boot! http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/laugh.gif
Would that refer to an ancient case of Ouzo? http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif
I guess I do now since Ann Arbor is only about a half hour away! You must have been at the Blues festival or something. Thanks for the link.
Well, I do now! Actually, next wedding I have to go to, I'm just takin' a dang hip flask!
Here in Lexington the problem is not so bad. Most mid-to-upscale restaraunts will have:Buffalo Trace, Makers Mark, Wild Turkey 80 & 101, Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek and a few others. It is actually more difficult to find the bottom shelf brands when dining out. A few of our finer establishments will also carry the likes of Blanton's, Booker's, Baker's and Rare Breed. Desha's downtown even carries Pappy Van Winkle 20yo for around $10/glass. http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/blush.gif
I attended a wedding Charlotte 8 months ago that started well (-real- NC barbecue for the rehearsal dinner) but ended bad...
the closest thing to whisky of any sort they had at the reception was Southern Comfort!
Gin and Tonic, at least the bottle said it was gin, tasted more like vodka mixed with pine sol...
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real- NC barbecue for the rehearsal dinner
I jus' gotta know...where did you eat? If you tell me Allen & Sons or Lexington BBQ I don't believe I'll be able to take it... http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/crazy.gif .
Gawd I love good bbq.
Are you talking about Allen & Sons in Chapel Hill on Hwy 86? If so, great place! http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/smile.gif I love the q there. The bad part is, I have to watch my sugar intake, so all the glorious fixings and delicious home made pies are a no-no for me. http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/frown.gif
To avoid sugar at home, I eat pork rinds as a snack. Last spring, we went to A&S for lunch. We saw a sign by the register that said "Pork Rind, $1.00". One of the good ol boys eating with us said you can't beat fresh fried pork rind as he had tasted it at county fairs. So, I ordered a bag to go. Guess what was in the bag? A pork rind, not rinds. Yep, a hunk of pig skin, not fried. To avoid embarrasment, I didn't say anything. I took it home to give to the dogs. http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/blush.gif
P.S. Pork rinds (the fried kind in a bag) aren't a good companion to bourbon. Better stick to the Pepsi (er, Diet Pepsi) to wash them down.
No clue whose 'q it was, as it was catered.
It was in Charlotte, thats why i was shocked it was the proper (eastern NC) BBQ.
I apologize, I missed this post earlier.
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Are you talking about Allen & Sons in Chapel Hill on Hwy 86? If so, great place!
Yepper, thats the place. Not much to look at but oh my gawd, the food... http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/crazy.gif
The only time I really care much about the skin is if we've done a whole hog, the last hour or so, the skin will puff up and it's like the real deal. It's the stuff those pork rinds in the bag were made to taste like.
I think I heard an artery clogging... http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/smirk.gif
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