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chefmel
06-24-2008, 19:20
Hi Everyone,

I'm going to be spending a couple of days in Bardstown in August. I'm looking for some suggestions on what bourbons to buy down there that I may not be able to find in Michigan. I like the heavier rye bourbons as opposed to the wheaters and will have $100 - $125 to spend for 3-4 bottles (hopefully). Any suggestions from the experts out there?

Thanks!

Mark

mozilla
06-24-2008, 19:24
If there is something special that you would like to find there.....call ahead to one of the local stores and request it. Give them at least a week to find it and get it shipped in. Also, Toddy's gives members of SB a discount.....so, check them out.

chefmel
06-24-2008, 19:47
Thanks Jeff! I'll look up Toddy's when I'm there.

Mark

BourbonJoe
06-25-2008, 03:37
Also, Toddy's gives members of SB a discount.....so, check them out.

Gutherie might but the wife and daughter don't. Also for rare or sought after bottles he jacks up the price. Toddy's ain't all it's cracked up to be.
Beware.
Joe :usflag:

mozilla
06-25-2008, 05:57
Well, if you don't want to go there.....try Keystone Liquors....they are on the east side of town. Just a little north of HH on 245. The owner is very nice and will order items for ya. Don't know about a discount though.

chefmel
06-26-2008, 18:17
Gutherie might but the wife and daughter don't. Also for rare or sought after bottles he jacks up the price. Toddy's ain't all it's cracked up to be.
Beware.
Joe :usflag:

Thanks Joe, I'll tread carefully when I'm there!

Mark

ThomasH
06-26-2008, 19:52
If you coming down I-75 frm Michigan, check out Cork and Bottle (exit 192, just across the bridge from Cincy) and Party Source (471 south, first exit in Ky.) as well as Liquor Barn on Fern Valley, just off I-65 near the airport. These stores are bigger and have better selection and prices. My pick for a high rye bourbon? Four Roses single Barrel!

Thomas

Twillywhh
06-27-2008, 14:28
Do try Rittenhouse Rye, 100 proof from Heaven Hill if you can find it. Arguably the best Kentucky as well as American rye.

mozilla
06-27-2008, 15:18
Do try Rittenhouse Rye, 100 proof from Heaven Hill if you can find it. Arguably the best Kentucky as well as American rye.

RHR is made by/at Brown Foreman for HH. I would put it right up there with my favorite rye, Wild Turkey.

PhilsFan
06-28-2008, 11:30
Well, if you don't want to go there.....try Keystone Liquors....they are on the east side of town. Just a little north of HH on 245. The owner is very nice and will order items for ya. Don't know about a discount though.

Mark, I took a short road trip to Bardstown today to check out the liquor stores there, since Penny is working this weekend. There are 4 in Bardstown and I would second mozilla's suggestion on Keystone Liquors.

3 out of the 4 are on 245. If you're getting off Exit 112 off I-65, the first you will come to on 245 is Royal Crest Liquors, just before you get to Bardstown (it's in a small shopping center with Hometown Pizza next door)
Royal Crest has a decent selection but some pretty high prices.
Next on 245 is just after you cross the intersection with 31E. That's Liquor World on the left at Salem Dr. It's owned by the same people who own Toddy's, but they have a little better prices.
The best prices and selection are at Keystone...stay on 245 and it's about a mile from Liquor World on the right side of 245.
Toddy's is on 4th and has a good selection, but prices are on the high side.

To give you a gauge of prices, I bought Pappy 15 at Keystone for 48.29.
They had the lowest price on ORVW 10/107 at 29.99.
Liquor World only had the 10/90 version...Toddy's ORVW 10/107 was 34.99 and Royal Crest had the highest on ORVW 10/107 at 39.99.

I would also say that ThomasH's selection of Four Roses Single Barrel is an excellent choice for a rye bourbon... If you can afford go higher, the Four Roses 120th is even better.

-Joe

chefmel
06-29-2008, 16:21
Thanks to everyone for the suggestions and keep the idea's coming if you have any other's. Looks like a bottle of 4 Roses will be coming back to Michigan with me!

Mark

chefmel
06-29-2008, 16:23
Also, I was going start a thread eventually on a good Rye for someone who has never had one - Thanks to Twilly and Jeff Mo for getting me started in the right direction!!

Mark

chefmel
06-29-2008, 16:24
Joe - thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to check out the retail scene for me in Bardstown! You guys Rock!

Mark

mozilla
06-29-2008, 16:30
I also have enjoyed every Bib that I have purchased. Barton makes great inexpensive Bib's with lots of flavor. BT has AA Bib, and HH has too many to list...Dowling Deluxe Bib is an awesome value. It is 8yrs old and only costs $13/liter.

As far as rye...WT, RH and VW are tops on my list. Close but not quite...is Old Forester Bib. Saz is good...just not my favorite.

sionilli69
06-29-2008, 19:27
Hi, I just got back to Chicago from Bardstown, Bourbon Trail, etc. and have a few thoughts for you.

Stopped at Toddy's and they do have a good selection, but it is higher priced than their other store referenced earlier.

If you're going through Louisville by any chance, do check out the Liquor Barn off Fern Valley Road, also referenced earlier. Excellent prices, fantastic selection and great service.

Louisville isn't that far from Bardstown and it's worth the trip just to eat at Lynn's Paradise Cafe. It's a retro 50's type diner with some great, great food.

Finally, especially since you're looking for the high rye content, take the time to stop at the Four Roses Distillery/Gift Shop, halfway between Louisville and Lexington.

We stop there every time, it's never crowded and you can get a personalized tour, a taste of three of their most recent bottling's and they're just nice people. We've always been treated better there than at any other distillery.

Some of the other places are nice, but Four Roses is in my opinion, the best.
Avoid Maker's Mark. I've been one of their Ambassador's since the inception of the program and we get treated more poorly every time. This weekend was the last straw...(I'll post my experience there sometime soon.)

Have a great time, it's truly a wonderful area with a lot of nice people.

chefmel
07-02-2008, 15:15
Thanks Sion for the great suggestions! Does anyone know if the old Frankenmuth Brewing Co. plant is still standing in Louisville? It was referenced in Sam Cecil's book, and I've been collecting Frankenmuth items for over 20years.

Mark

smokinjoe
07-02-2008, 17:17
Hey Mark. Just bring a lot of those cool Christmas ornaments from, (I think it is Bromers sp? it's been a long time :confused:) for trades while you're there!:D You probably will do very well!

And yeah, Guthrie does tend to be high priced. But, he's a hoot. A really friendly guy. You'll enjoy jawin' with him, if you get the chance. You just have to recognize that he is a small business owner, trying to make a living, with the best store location in the Bourbon Capital of the World.

Cheers!

JOE

hjminard
07-02-2008, 18:53
Hey Mark. Just bring a lot of those cool Christmas ornaments from, (I think it is Bromers sp? it's been a long time :confused:) for trades while you're there!:D You probably will do very well!

Bronner's :cool:

http://www.bronners.com/

smokinjoe
07-02-2008, 19:01
Bronner's :cool:

http://www.bronners.com/

That's it! It's been decades since I've been there. Thanks for the correction and link, Jay.

:toast:

JOE

craigthom
07-04-2008, 20:30
There's the Christmas store, and there's that restaurant with the chicken and the cream puffs. Oh, and a school turned into a shopping mall. And a house turned into a cuckoo clock. And the brewery. Did I miss anything?

chefmel
07-07-2008, 19:10
There's the Christmas store, and there's that restaurant with the chicken and the cream puffs. Oh, and a school turned into a shopping mall. And a house turned into a cuckoo clock. And the brewery. Did I miss anything?
You've missed a lot over the years Craigthom and unfortunately, it's not all good news. Bronner's is still there although Wally (the founder) passed away a few months ago. The chicken restaurant with the cream puffs would probably be the Bavarian Inn, parent company of my company the Bavarian Inn Lodge (not MY company, but where I work:slappin: ). School haus square is no longer a shopping mall, but a dance studio! Not sure where the house turned into a cuckoo clock is - maybe you're talking about the Village Store downtown. The Big Brewery (Frankenmuth Brewing Co./Carlings/Heileman) is long gone, closed in 1990. I worked there for 11 years right up to the last day. It's now a shopping mall designed to look like a village street in Bavaria - now also owned by Bavarian Inn. The smaller brewery at the top of the hill (Geyer's/Frankenmuth Brewery, Inc.) has been closed for over 2 years. Still waiting for someone to buy it. All the equipment is still in there.
And Don't forget Zehnder's restaurant directly across the street from the Bavarian Inn. They also specialize in All-You-Can-Eat Chicken dinners. Anyway, I plan on visiting as many liquor stores in the area and I will make 4 Roses my first distillery tour. I've visited HH and MM, so maybe I'll call ahead and see if I can get a tour of Barton's also. Anyone know of a cheap place to stay in the Bardstown area? The less I spend on a room, the more money I have to buy Bourbon!!:cool:

Mark

craigthom
07-10-2008, 03:12
Well, I wasn't in town long. It was the small brewery I visited. They were contract brewing a beer with a frog on the label making a rude gesture. That's what dominated the gift shop.

That was a surprising amount of stuff to see in one small town. It was the Christmas store billboards that had drawn me there, but I knew about the brewery.

chefmel
07-13-2008, 18:35
Bad Frog Beer was the name of the brew - beer with an attitude! After you visited, the brewery was hit by a tornado (1995?) and was closed for a couple of years. Remodeled and reopened as a brew pub with a restaurant. The owner's pumped in over $10 million and were unable to generate enough business to keep the payments to the bank current. Still a very interesting town - Bardstown reminds me a lot of Frankenmuth, but they're world famous for Bourbon instead of Chicken. I'll take the bourbon!

Mark