Profits Down at Fortune Brands

Fortune Brands (ticker symbol FO) released their third quarter report on Thursday and the results were somewhat disappointing to investors. Drinkers may be less concerned, but we at the are always interested when the father of Makers Mark appears on the verge of sneezing. The company essentially pointed the finger at the downturn in … Continued

Kris Kristofferson: In the News

Just listening to the roulette wheel that is the “random” playlist and up came something from Kris Kristofferson’s This Old Road. We lived with this recording when it came out it and  I remember that it felt like it was one in a list of solid recordings released around the same time by the “old … Continued

What is with these awful Whiskey flash sites?

You know, it’s hard to find a good, old-fashioned, accessible html site anywhere on the whiskey trail. Every site you go to it’s the same thing: some slick flash-based whiskey-toned nightmare pops up insisting that you lie to them about your age prior to letting you in. I realize the latter is a legal requirement … Continued

Houston Tycoon

Saw this cocktail posted on a blog today and thought it looked good. I haven’t tried it yet (never before Tom Brokaw is my motto), but will post it here for posterity: Polk Street Pub’s Houston Tycoon * 1½ ounces Maker’s Mark bourbon * ½ ounce triple sec * A few squeezes of fresh orange … Continued


Puttanesca: a type of tomato sauce including anchovies, garlic, and olives, eaten with pasta.  The etymology of puttanesca, however, is colourful: derived from the Italian puttana, meaning prostitute. There are a few stories floating around about the connection between puttanesca and puttana. One legend has it that puttanesca was named for a sauce made by … Continued

Four Loko makes you Sicko

NPR is reporting on a story about the possible deleterious impact of alcoholic energy drinks. Apparently some kids from Washington State University got sick after drinking Four Loko. In other news, somebody threw up on Bourbon Street… Source: NPR

Neko Case: Wish I Were the Moon

We at the bourbonhours stop for many things: lemonade stands, road-kill, barbecue, New Orleans. And Neko Case. Case in point: I was driving down the Internet this morning and came across a video linked on No Depression. Now I don’t have this recording (shame on me – soon to be rectified), and was thrilled to … Continued

Wax On Wax Off: Makers Mark announces new COO

AP is reporting a change in the executive suite at Makers Mark headquarters. Rob Samuels, age 36, will take over as the new COO (Chief Operating Officer) of the Makers Mark enterprise. Rob Samuels is the grandson of the iconic brand’s founder, Bill Samuels Sr., who founded the business in the 1950s, and the son … Continued

Dixie Kitchen’s Famous Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

How many albums do you know that have recipes on them? Mary Gauthier’s “Dixie Kitchen” has a drop dead bread pudding recipe on the liner notes of her cd that’ll knock your socks off. Gauthier opened a restaurant in Boston called the Dixie Kitchen. She worked there for 11 yrs trying to make a go … Continued