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  1. #1
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    Greetings from Lakeview, Chicago

    Hi SB,
    I've been lurking for a few weeks now. You guys are amazing, I've already learned so much.

    My passion narrative:
    I grew up in Louisville KY and moved to my favorite American city in the mid-2000s. Now a tested Chicagoan, I've recently decided to explore my past and connect to the stories of my grandparents while they are still with us. I like to interview them and ask them about their lives. They all grew up on farms from Knoxville TN to Loretto KY. In the 1950s their parents moved them to Louisville after the farms tanked. Factory workers, mechanics, farmers, and barbers run through the occupational blood line. For me, I think the bourbon experience is about tasting their history, connecting to the product of my home land, and discovering the origins of my people. The older I get, the more sentimental I become, and bourbon is a fitting drink for historic contemplation.

    Like all Kentucky children, I came of age on cheap beer and shots of Jim Beam, Evan Williams, Maker's Mark, and Jack Daniels. A recent encounter with Manhattans, a trip home to Louisville, and a tour of Maker's Mark distillery has given me a heightened appreciation for KY bourbon.

    I currently enjoy Bulleit, Four Roses, Maker's, and Angel's Envy. I have my eye on Weller's Special Reserve and Blanton's--here's to enjoying the ride.

    Thank you
    Best,

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    Re: Greetings from Lakeview, Chicago

    Welcome Guy ... I enjoyed your narrative!
    Mark

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    Re: Greetings from Lakeview, Chicago

    Dang nice intro, Guy. I look forward to hearing more as you continue your journey through Bourbonia.
    JOE

    Wag more.
    Bark less.

    "Every bottle is its own learning experience." -- Sensei Ox-sama

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    Re: Greetings from Lakeview, Chicago

    Good Day Guy and welcome from Michigan.

    Count me as another Four Roses fan. Chicago is a fun place for great cocktails.

    Best regards, Tony

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    Re: Greetings from Lakeview, Chicago

    Thank you. Nice to meet you all as well.

    @Tony-I'll be coming through Michigan this fall, my friend just moved to Ann Arbor. I love craft brewing, looking to see Bell's, New Holland, and Founders as they are my Michigan go-to's.

    Best,

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    Re: Greetings from Lakeview, Chicago

    Welcome Guy. I'm a newbie here as well. If you're getting back to Kentucky to connect with your roots, I'd recommend going on more distillery tours. There are certainly those on these boards who know far more about it than I, but I was impressed by the variety - it's not the same 'ol same 'ol at every tour and they all tend to stress different aspects of the process. I think my favorites were Buffalo Trace and Woodford Reserve, but don't hesitate to give a couple other places a shot just because you've been to MM.

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    Re: Greetings from Lakeview, Chicago

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Debord View Post
    Thank you. Nice to meet you all as well.

    @Tony-I'll be coming through Michigan this fall, my friend just moved to Ann Arbor. I love craft brewing, looking to see Bell's, New Holland, and Founders as they are my Michigan go-to's.

    Best,
    Good Day Guy-

    If you are going to be in Ann Arbor, The Raven's Club has a good selection of bourbons and some nice cocktails. Some other places to look for would be The Last Word and The Alley Bar.

    http://theravensclub.com/
    http://thelastwordbar.com/
    http://www.alleybarannarbor.com/

    Best regards, Tony

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    Re: Greetings from Lakeview, Chicago

    Hi Guy. Welcome from another Chicagoan. Theres lots of great knowledgable people on here so enjoy. Hopefully well see you at a meetup sometime.


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    Re: Greetings from Lakeview, Chicago

    Welcome Guy! Great to have you on the board! Couldn't agree more on bourbon as a fitting drink for historic contemplation (or most any other contemplation!)
    Gary
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    Re: Greetings from Lakeview, Chicago

    Quote Originally Posted by darylld911 View Post
    Welcome Guy! Great to have you on the board! Couldn't agree more on bourbon as a fitting drink for historic contemplation (or most any other contemplation!)
    Did Gary just suggest Bourbon as a cure for constipation????
    Actually, that might work, if taken in large enough doses....

 

 

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