Last night I served as a guest speaker at an event. People were supposed to learn from me, but I learned some incredible things at dinner afterwards.
There is a Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. Members include Frederick Booker Noe Jr., Col. Albert Bacon Blanton, Tom Bulleit, many men named Beam, and Julian P. "Pappy" Van Winkle. Initiated members get one of these mini-still trophies:
The Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame historians teamed up with the Kentucky Distiller's Association to create the First Official Bourbon History Timeline. Clarence's first sip of bourbon, circa 1912, oddly did not make the timeline.
Perhaps most important, there is something called the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. For a nominal sum, a tour bus will drive you to seven different bourbon distilleries over the course of three days. Whilst at the distilleries, you drink bourbon. They even have a Kentucky Bourbon Trail App to help you complete the trip. Why the hell didn't any of you tell me about this before? And when are we going?