It’s National Bourbon Heritage Month, and meetNKY invites you to The B-line to celebrate a rich culture
Bourbon enthusiasts are invited to celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month in September, a month-long celebration of “America’s native spirit.”
While America’s legacy of distilling began before the founding of the country, an act of Congress first recognized bourbon as a unique product of the United States in 1964. Federal law states that bourbon must be produced in America, contain at least 51% corn and mature in freshly carbonized water. oak barrels for at least two years. In 2007, the United States Senate passed a resolution declaring September National Bourbon Heritage Month.
It’s no secret that the Commonwealth is home to world-renowned bourbon, with several distilleries located in northern Kentucky. According to Kentucky Distillers Associationdistilled spirits have an estimated total annual economic contribution of $8.94 billion and support nearly 22,540 jobs in Kentucky.
“Kentucky is the epicenter of bourbon culture and heritage and has helped set high standards for distilling,” said meetNKY President and CEO, Julie Kirkpatrick. “We invite bourbon fans across the country to join us throughout the month in celebrating the rich history and unique stories of distilleries, restaurants and bars along The B linethe edge and beginning of the “Bourbon State”.
First introduced in early 2018, The B-Line® was created to help capture the millions of bourbon curious people who travel along I-75 or head to CVG Airport each year to tour Kentucky’s famous Bourbon Trail™. The line is made up of five craft distilleries – Boone Country Distilling Co., New Riff Distilling and The Old Pogue Distillery – all of which are also part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour®. It also includes eight bourbon bars named among the best bourbon bars in America by The Bourbon Review and six bourbon-centric restaurants. The 19 stops are located in Covington, Newport, Independence, Sparta, Augusta and Maysville. The full list of stops is available at The B-Line website.
Throughout the month of September, meetNKY, in collaboration with The B-Line®, will share a list of ways to celebrate. Among the many festivities already planned are:
• Tousey House – In addition to celebrating its 200 years of activity during the month of September, Tousey House will offer two limited edition cocktails: the Erastus Manhattan, with a Tousey Starlight Barrel Pick Bourbon, the Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth by Carpano, the Peychard’s Bitters, topped with a Bada Cherry Bing; and Union Square, with Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Boone County maple syrup, fresh pomegranate and lemon juice, topped with a sprig of rosemary. The Burlington, Kentucky restaurant will also be offering two special desserts: Bourbon-Infused Salted Caramel Apple Pie à la Mode and Bourbon Pecan Crème Brûlée.
• the Wiseguy lounge – Wiseguy Lounge will feature a weekly featured distiller and weekly specials to celebrate the month. Participating distillers include Pinhook, Boone County Distilling, Rabbit Hole Distillery, Makers Mark, Old Forrester, New Riff and Four Roses. Weekly promotions with featured distillers include $5 Manhattans on Mondays, discounted bottles on Tuesdays and $5 old-school cocktails on Wednesdays. On Thursdays from 6-9 p.m., the lounge will host educational events with various representatives of the bourbon brand.
• Coppin’s – Located at the Covington Hotel, Coppin’s will host a Bourbon Heritage Tasting Event for 25 people at 5 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7. Featured bourbons include Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20 and 15, George T. Stagg 2019, and the latest from WL Weller CYPB. Free small bites are also included. Those interested can purchase tickets at Eventbrite.
• Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar (OKBB) – Every Wednesday during National Bourbon Heritage Month, the OKBB will offer tastings of “dusty” and rare bottles of bourbon from the bar’s collection. Once those bourbons are gone, they’re gone for good. For more information on Dusty Bottle Wednesdays, visit OKBB website.
• Justis to smoke – Every day in September, Smoke Justis will offer a B-Line flight and $6 Early Times BIB Old Fashioned cocktails. To kick off the month’s long list of events, on Thursday September 1st from 7pm to 11pm there will be live music at the Bourbon Lounge. The first cocktail featured will be a Buzzard’s Roost Manhattan, which patrons can enjoy with a printed recipe card and featured spirit story. A complete list of monthly events is available on the Smoke Justis website.
• Prohibition Bourbon Bar – The Prohibition Bourbon Bar at Newberry Bros. Coffee in Newport, Ky., will be celebrating National Bourbon Heritage Month by offering a few extra flights and drink specials to commemorate the momentous occasion. For more information on specific promotions, visit The Prohibition Bourbon Bar website. Reservations strongly recommended.
For a complete and up-to-date list of participating properties, events and special offers, visit The B-Line® Blog.
“We like to show the big stops along the B line and link this area to the rich Bourbon heritage of the whole Commonwealth,” Kirkpatrick said. “This month is the perfect time for visitors across the tri-state and nationally to come experience our Southern spirit — and our spirits — right here in Northern Kentucky.”