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Visit: Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Just about two years ago, I covered the launch in Louisville of Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout, a collaboration between Anderson Valley Brewing Company in California’s Anderson Valley and Wild Turkey Distillery in Kentucky’s Anderson County. Just about two weeks … Read More

Our reputation precedes us

This summer I took my first trip to Italy. I expected the amazing architecture, the lush landscapes and the epic sweep of history that permeates every city and town. What I didn’t expect was the reaction from Italians when they asked where … Read More

Visit: Corsair Artisan Distillery

One of the advantages that craft distillers – sometimes called microdistillers – have over the big guys is the ability to experiment more with their product line. That’s certainly the case at Corsair Artisan Distillery, as you can see in the photo above. … Read More

Travel: Ybor City, Tampa

As a native of Kentucky, which produces 95 percent of the world’s bourbon supply, I’m always interested in bourbon being produced elsewhere. On a recent weekend in Tampa, Fla., I saw the above bottles on a shelf in the gift … Read More

HOPPY ANNIVERSARY: I’m wrapping up my report from WhiskyFest Chicago with this shot from Goose Island Wrigleyville Brewpub. Goose Island Beer Co. celebrates 25 years in business this year. Although purists went crazy when Anheuser-Busch bought the brewery two years ago with … Read More

Travel: Koval Distillery, Chicago

I’d been hearing quite a bit lately about Koval Distillery, the first craft distillery to open within the Chicago city limits since Prohibition. So while my husband and I were in the city recently for WhiskyFest, we made a point to stop … Read More

Travel: Delilah’s, Chicago

As I’ve mentioned here, I recently went to Chicago for WhiskyFest. When I told people I was headed to the Windy City, at least three times I heard: ”Oh – you HAVE to go to Delilah’s!” Well, you usually only have to … Read More

My favorite WhiskyFest moment

A couple of weekends ago I attended my first WhiskyFest, in Chicago. For those who don’t know, WhiskyFest is an annual series of events – also held in San Francisco and New York – sponsored by Whisky Advocate magazine at which whisky/whiskey makers … Read More

A warm refuge from the cold

When I visited Minneapolis, Minn., for a conference a couple of weeks ago, I expected to find cold, snowy weather – and I did. What I didn’t expect to find was a great bourbon bar. But that is exactly what I did … Read More

Bourbon Babe abroad

I recently spent 10 glorious days in Spain, soaking up the culture, the food – and the libations, of course – in Barcelona, Madrid and Segovia. No bourbon, or whiskey, was consumed. It’s not what Spain is known for, obviously (one guidebook … Read More