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Our Boone Co. Private Single Barrel Pick is Here and Ready to Taste!

Boone Co. is a great example of a small, craft distillery that is really bringing some excitement to the bourbon world.

They are the first distillery to open in Boone Co. since Prohibition and have built a beautiful facility where you can tour and taste. 

A few months ago we had the opportunity to make a private barrel selection with Sara Barnes who manages the barrel program at Boone Co.

When we realized that the delivery date of the bourbon would coincide with our 1st year anniversary of the opening of our store at the airport – we decided to dedicate Barrel #1 to Bluegrass Airport (BGA).

Above Bev is presenting BGA Executive Director Eric Frankl with the first bottle of our pick. Of course then Jim – and Don Sever – Director of Admin & Finance – had to squeeze into the picture too!

We really can’t thank our partners enough – both at Boone Co. Distilling and Bluegrass Airport for helping in our efforts to represent Kentucky as the bourbon capital of the world !


We also took the Boone Co. BGA Barrel Pick “on the road” for our “Wine Wednesday” radio program on WVLK with Jack Pattie. This was the first time we’ve featured a bourbon on the program . . but the broadcast team rose to the challenge! (watch it here)

There’s nothin’ better than sippin’ good 12-year whiskey at 8:30 in the morning with some great guys!

Checking Out the New Juice at the New Riff Distillery

We made a road trip up to Covington earlier this week at the invitation of the fine folks at New Riff Distillery to get a preview of their first release bourbon that was laid down almost four years ago.

New Riff was founded by entrepreneur Ken Lewis. He built New Riff from the ground up using some of the most innovative and modern processes for distilling the historic product of our state.

And that’s where the name comes from . . . they are putting a New Riff on the old traditions of bourbon!

We sat down with distiller Jay Erisman and sampled their bourbon and rye’s that will reach the 4-year mark later this year. Even at 3 1/2 years, their aged product was phenomenally well integrated with smooth spicy notes and ended with long, textured finishes. We’re on tap to make a private barrel selection in the Fall and will have bottles available for you by about October.

We want to thank Ken, Jay and Mollie for letting us share in the first release of their new whiskeys. This is a great group of folks who will be building and adding to the long held traditions of bourbon in Kentucky for many years to come.

We Brought the Bobble-Heads to “Wine Wednesday” on WVLK!

This week we featured a GSM (Grenache / Syrah / Mourvedra) blend from d’Arenberg Winery in South Australia on the “Wine Wednesday” show with Jack Pattie on WVLK 590 Talk Radio.

d’Arenberg was started in 1912 by the Osborn family and is now headed by 4th generation winemaker Chester Osborn. The winery is known for creative and ‘outside the box’ thinking. Unbeknownst to Jack . . I brought along “bobble-heads” of both Chester (on the left) and his dad, D’arry – who is now 92!

Listen in each Wednesday at 8:45 AM on WVLK-AM (590) and WVLK-FM (97.3). Hey . . sometimes we even talk about WINE!!!

Cork & Barrel Is Now “On the Air” Every Wednesday with Jack Pattie on WVLK!

This past Wednesday was the launch of Wine Wednesday on the Jack Pattie Show on WVLK-AM 590.

Every Wednesday morning at 8:45 AM – I will bring my “Pick of the Week” and Jack and I will be tasting and discussing the wine. Of course, if you’ve ever listened to Jack you know the conversation can easily veer into unplanned territory.

For the inaugural program we popped the cork on Carpe Diem – a big Napa Cab. Jack is a Lexington institution and it’s a pleasure to get to work with him – plus we just have a blast!

Be sure to tune in next Wednesday at 8:45 AM on WVLK to find out what we’re a-sippin!

Now hiring Bourbon (& wine!) Ambassadors for the new Blue Grass Airport location

Cork & Barrel is looking for Bourbon (and Wine!) Ambassadors for our new location at Blue Grass Airport. This is one of the first retail bourbon locations in the U.S. where travelers will be able to purchase our famous Kentucky bourbon – and carry it on the plane.

We need people who are passionate about bourbon and can effectively share with our customers the rich history that Kentucky bourbon enjoys.

Youʼll have the opportunity to meet industry insiders and expand both your knowledge and palate as we grow this business.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • welcoming guests (customers) into the store and into Lexington
  • acquire and share knowledge of the bourbon industry, Kentucky distilleries and bourbon history
  • acquire and share general information about wine
  • represent Cork & Barrel in a welcoming, respectful and helpful manner
  • maintain appropriate inventory and stock levels
  • other duties as needed to run a successful retail location

The airport location will be open 7 days / week – so we have very flexible scheduling that allows for both full-time and part time work.

We will provide ongoing training and education as well as a challenging work environment.

If you would like to be a part of this exciting industry – and to learn more about the opportunities we offer, please call the store (859-278-9463) or fill out the form below:

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