Wednesday, April 28, 2010

63 hours 'til Bourbon

And down the stretch...Bourbon release (and KY Derby) are just a couple days away. Can't wait to see everyone and see the reactions at the tasting bar. We're really proud of Batch #1 which is almost completely bottled at this point.

Getting some nice pre-release buzz.

John Hansell, our friend at Malt Advocate, posted this on his blog today.

There was also this great piece in the new Ithaca Post today.

See you Saturday!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

6 days 'til Bourbon

It's been way too long since our last post, but we've been busy working hard at the distillery. In addition to getting things spiffed up for spring, we've got new batches of corn whiskey (100% corn and malted corn), vodka, and blueberry (even better than before).

The biggest news, however, is the event scheduled for this upcoming weekend. On May 1, we'll be releasing our first batch of McKenzie Bourbon. This extremely limited release is expected to sell out very quickly, so plan on joining us to celebrate this Saturday.

We thought it was appropriate to launch Batch #1 on Kentucky Derby Day, seeing as though bourbon and horse racing go together so well. There are lots of people that insist bourbon can only be made in Kentucky, but we're ready to prove them wrong.

McKenzie Bourbon is made from local corn and rye. It's aged a total of 18 months - mostly in new charred 10 gallon barrels before finishing in local chardonnay casks.

The end result is a very rich and old-fashioned tasting bourbon. It will be priced at $45 for a 750 ml bottle.

Guests on Saturday will enjoy the music of Long John and the Tights from 2-5 pm. Wear your Kentucky Derby hat for a free tasting. We're also holding a small Derby Party for customers after regular business hours. Please call the distillery at 607.546.5510 if you are interested in learning more.