Pappy Van Winkle in the Money (news)

CNN’s Fortune Magazine site has a great read on the Van Winkle brand, which the article describes as being a “cult brand”. The Winkle secret is to keep volumes low, quality high, and prices rising. They are profitable at a low volume which is an unusual profile in the business. Julian Van Winkle III, grandson … Continued

The Bourbonhours Gospel Hour

For an agnostically inclined website we do have an almost remarkable amount of music that is for lack of a better word gospelly. We have a ton of music from the folk/bluegrass/blues traditions that often bleeds into the realm of (Christian) gospel. We also come from family that is Christian, to varying degrees. While the … Continued

Friday Night In East Van: A Bourbonhours definition

Well, the origin of the phrase is innocuous enough. We were sitting around one evening many years ago at my friend Don’s house, having cocktails and shooting a Friday night breeze. Someone made a reference to some obscure and horrendous sexual act, and Don piped up “that sounds like Friday night in East Van.” The … Continued

Publican, Pour Me A Shot

Heard this word while watching English tv last night: publican. The reference was to the owner of a bar, and sure enough, that’s one of the meanings of this word. I went into a public-‘ouse to get a pint o’ beer, The publican ‘e up an ‘sez, “We serve no red-coats here.” Rudyard Kipling, Tommy … Continued

Festival Of Bourbon

And no, I’m not referring to Friday night in East-Van, but rather the annual Bardstown Kentucky event celebrating the bourbon industry. It sounds like a whole lot of good clean fun, and if I was in the neighbourhood I would definitely attend, if only to see grown men dancing with bourbon barrels. Alas, I’ll console … Continued

Texas Man Arrested With Jack Daniels

In other news, the sun rose and set. The story isn’t all that much but I did like the title from this Corpus Christi Texas report: “Loaded gun, bottle of Jack Daniels land underage man in hot water”. source:

Man and Child On Outing, Stop to Steal Booze

From the “you can’t make this crap up” category, the Geelong Advertiser is reporting on a crime leaning to the bizarre side of the bar. The report says that a man in his mid thirties with what looked to be a six year old male child was seen leaving a liquor store with six cases … Continued