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12-22-2008, 17:11
The Kentucky Distillers Association (KDA) announced today that Kentucky's official inauguration ball, known as the Bluegrass Ball, will showcase the bourbon industry at a "Walk Along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail" reception.

The Bluegrass Ball, held the night before the inauguration, traditionally kicks-off the Washington celebrations of a new president's inauguration.

Seven Kentucky’s distilleries will feature their products: Beam Global Spirits and Wine, Brown-Forman's Woodford Reserve Distillery, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Bulleit Bourbon, Four Roses Bourbon, Maker's Mark Distillery and Wild Turkey Bourbon.

(That's verbatim from the press release, which neglects to note that Beam Global owns makers and Bulleit doesn't have a distillery, but now I'm just nit-picking.)

The Bluegrass Ball is sponsored by the Kentucky Society of Washington. It begins at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 19, 2009, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C.

The evening’s Kentucky-inspired menu was designed by renowned Louisville Chef Michael Paley of Proof on Main. It will feature items made with Kentucky bourbon, as well Kentucky bison, cheeses, and Ale-8-One.

The KDA press release (which is very badly written) is attached.

12-22-2008, 17:27
Why would Kentucky be having an inauguration ball? Who or what is Kentucky inaugurating? As a state, Kentucky voted against the president elect. And to add to the irony, the sale of bourbon is illegal in nearly two-thirds of Kentucky. Don't get me wrong; I'm thrilled to see the distilleries getting this sort of publicity. It's wonderful. But honestly, what a silly and hypocritical place Kentucky is.

12-22-2008, 17:51
As far as I know, every state has an inauguration ball in Washington whenever a new president is inaugurated, regardless of whether or not the state has any particular connection to that person. All of the state's elected officials come and, no doubt, all related lobbyists, journalists, etc.

Maybe every state doesn't have one, but Kentucky has been having one since 1949 when the incoming vice president was Alben Barkley, from Paducah, Kentucky, who was the Senate Majority Leader at the time and, obviously, a Democrat. Barkley was the first vice president to be referred to as "the veep."

Presently, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, a Republican, is the Senate Minority Leader. The Bluegrass Ball a non-partisan event.

12-22-2008, 18:04
Aha!!! So the party's in Washington. Well, normally my reaction would be something like "Damn, they're havin' a party and I'm paying for it. That sucks." Normally.

But I'm actually quite delighted. First, I'm delighted to know that the distilleries will be getting all of that exposure, and I'm equally delighted to know that all those retards who keep voting 60% of Kentucky's counties DRY are ALSO going to be forced to pay for it. NOW the irony is suddenly SWEET.

12-22-2008, 20:30

(That's verbatim from the press release, which neglects to note that Beam Global owns makers and Bulleit doesn't have a distillery, but now I'm just nit-picking.)

It's not nit-picking because I had the same exact thought when I was reading the paragraph and I actually laughed when I got to your parenthetical thought quoted above. :cool: