The date is set!!

The much anticipated Pappy Van Winkle tasting is set for Saturday January 20 at 6:00. 15 lucky participants have been selected by lottery and winners will be notified by phone (see the MSWB Facebook page for the live video). If your name was not drawn, don’t despair— you’re on the backup list and still in the mix if others can’t join us.

While still on the topic of Pappy and its origin at the Buffalo Trace Distillery, click on the link below to read about the history of E.H. Taylor and the newly excavated and restored elements of the O.F.C Distillery.


“Honest whiskey at an honest price”

Gotta love those old time slogans. This one is the original marketing slogan for Rebel Yell, another wheated bourbon that is part of the W.L. Weller legacy at the historic Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville, KY. This bourbon, widely viewed as a low-end bourbon, was originally targeted at consumers in Southern states (not so subtly!). However, this line of bourbons shares a lineage with Pappy Van Winkle, and the Small Batch Reserve is an award winning whiskey. If you can find a bottle, give it a try and let me know what you think!

Pappy Tasting

The date has been set for the tasting/dinner– Saturday January 20. The 10, 12, 15 and 20 year, plus a surprise selection (impossible to upstage the main event!) to start things off. And dinner will feature a bison ribeye flown in from an Oklahoma ranch especially for this event. The lottery drawing to pick the lucky 15 participants will happen tomorrow, and all entrants will be notified of the results.

This is only the latest of a long running program of bourbon tastings at the Wine Bar that feature interesting selections according to a theme– distillery verticals (like the incomparable Buffalo Trace offerings), finished bourbons, “antique” bourbons, barrel proof bourbons, etc. Future tastings (typically every other month) will be posted here and announced via the Wine Bar’s regular email blasts. The bourbon, conversation, atmosphere and food combine for a memorable evening! Regular participants are eligible for the Wine Bar’s exclusive Bourbon Club, with all the rights and privileges accruing thereto!

Wheated Bourbons

So while we’re on the topic of Pappy, there’s another wheated (secondary grain is wheat in place of rye) bourbon that’s decent, widely available and relatively inexpensive: Makers. I’m generally not a huge fan of Makers (for reasons we can debate) but Makers 46 is pretty solid. A “Barrel Finished ” bourbon. A very good bourbon for the price.

Welcome to Mountain Bourbon!

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This is the inaugural post for the bourbon community of the Main Street Wine Bar (the MSWB) in Stahlstown, PA, in the heart of the spectacular Laurel Highlands. The purpose of this blog is to highlight the bourbon program at the MSWB and to explore advanced topics around the production, distribution, and consumption of Kentucky (and only Kentucky) bourbon. We’ll also feature upcoming bourbon tastings and events at the MSWB like the Pappy Van Winkle tasting coming in January (see breathtaking picture below!). We I nvite spirited (pun intended) debate and conversation on all things bourbon. And only Kentucky bourbon. Because why would you drink bourbon not from the motherland!