Dylan Leblanc – Paupers Field

Spinning on the bourbonhours juke right now is Dylan Leblanc’s Paupers Field, the debut release from the 20 year old Shreveport Louisiana native. Initial reactions are very positive: the music is low and slow, the lyrics seem engaging, and the sound is sparse and mature beyond the artist’s meagre years. Listed influences include Towne’s Van … Continued

Bartenders On the Front Line for Veterans

An interesting idea is being floated by the author of a study focusing on the mental health of American veterans. The idea is that bartenders could play a role in identifying veterans in need of care. Keith Anderson, a professor of social work at Ohio State University and the author of the study suggests that … Continued

English Woman Barred Falls Off Wagon

It’s always sad when someone loses control of themselves and their drinking over an extended period of time. Laura Hall, notoriously barred from every pub in England and Wales two years ago and the subject of an upcoming BBC documentary focusing on her rehabilitation, was recently fined £75 for being drunk and disorderly in public, … Continued

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Cake: What to Drink When You’re Hungry

A company in Kentucky has been formed out of the inspired idea to serve up a Kentucky-style dessert confection. The product is called Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Cake. According to the website the cake: is a moist brown sugar cake with pure maple and chocolate cake, topped with walnuts, chocolate and caramel bourbon icing. We use … Continued

Bourbon Sidecar

The original sidecar was made with brandy, but try it with bourbon – you’ll like the results. Recipe: 2oz bourbon 1/2 – 1 oz Triple Sec / Cointreau (experiment with it) 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice Serve over ice in a high-ballish style glass and enjoy. Some people like to rim the glass with sugar. … Continued

Bourbon Playlist: One For Geoff and one for Frisco

We have a couple of songs to add to the bourbon playlist and there is a bit of a story associated with one. Several years ago an acquaintance of mine who was a good friend to some good friends of mine had some issues with mental illness. He battled, and in the end succumbed to … Continued

Buffalo Trace White Dog

Last spring Buffalo Trace began selling limited quantities of “white dog” under the clever name of Buffalo Trace White Dog. The name is a sobriquet for new whiskey, which is more widely known as moonshine (a beautiful word). We haven’t seen this product on any shelf in Canada as of yet, nor indeed on any … Continued


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Wild Turkey For The Great Gatsby

Here’s something I wasn’t aware of: F. Scott Fitzgerald is buried in Rockville Maryland. This fact came to my attention when trolling about the internets, as I am wont to do. The Rockville Patch has a nice piece on the burial site, along with a great photo of the writer’s tombstone, complete with two small … Continued

Carolina Chocolate Drops Added to Bourbon Playlist

We’ve been listening to the Carolina Chocolate Drops Genuine Negro Jig a fair bit lately. Really digging the old-time jug-band feel and rootsy vibe of the band. Love the cover of Blu Cantrell’s Hit ‘Em Up Style. However, the song we’re adding to the bourbonhours playlist is Cornbread and Butterbeans, a traditional toe-tapping joyous piece … Continued