September is National Bourbon Heritage Month, and what better way to celebrate “America’s Native Spirit” than with a few cocktails, some friendly competition, and a celebration? Three Spirits Tavern and The B-Line invite bourbon enthusiasts from across the region to indulge in first-ever Northern Kentucky (NKY) Cocktail Classic.
From 2 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 9, at Three Spirits Tavern, 209 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, KY 41073, the NKY Cocktail Classic is the culmination of a month-long competition among bartenders at stops along The B-Line. The winner-take-all event will have the attending crowd determine who will take home the title of Best Bartender on The B-Line.
The only requirement for the cocktail competition was to create a drink leveraging TAO Bitters from a small, Cincinnati-based business and Kentucky bourbon. Sales of the cocktails throughout September helped to promote the drinks leading up to the event. The bartender who sold the most cocktails from their bar received an invite to the classic.
Attendees will vote for the top four bartender concoctions to advance to the finals and be voted on by a panel of judges. The winner of the classic will receive a cash prize, and the winning bar will receive a barrel head to signify their win.
In addition to the drinks, the event will also feature a food court from some favorite local restaurants. Adding to the fun, the Trailer Park Floosies will perform as those in attendance enjoy the best bourbon cocktails around in celebration of National Bourbon Heritage Month.
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 fly into CVG Airport annually to visit Kentucky’s famed Bourbon Trail. The line is comprised of five distilleries – Boone Country Distilling Co., New Riff Distilling, Neeley Family Distillery and The Old Pogue Distillery – all of which are also on The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour. All 19 stops are located throughout Covington, Newport, Independence, Sparta, Augusta and Maysville, Kentucky. A complete list of stops can be found on The B-Line’s website.
Click here to sign up for The Bourbon Flight Newsletter.