The summer heat is finally showing up here in Kentucky. May was a great month with an exciting 149th running of the Kentucky Derby. Throw in Mother’s Day and Memorial Day; the month was quite busy.

June is just as jam-packed. June 1st is Kentucky’s 231st birthday. In 1792, who would have thought the state would be the birthplace of bourbon?

Well-known to all bourbon connoisseurs, National Bourbon Day is June 14th. It should be a state holiday in Kentucky, but we are still working on that.

Finally, my personal favorite is on June 18th. Father’s Day is very special to me since I lost my dad some time ago. My family makes that day memorable with food, spirits and much love. Let summer begin, and dive deep into any pool you can find and share a glass of bourbon with friends and family alike.

Kentucky’s Birthday
Buffalo Trace  

  • The state’s old, continuously operating distillery, Buffalo Trace, is the granddaddy of them all. With spirits such as Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor and many more, you cannot go wrong opening a bottle in tribute to Kentucky’s 231st birthday.

National Bourbon Day
Elijah Craig Small Batch

  • How can you not pay tribute to the father of bourbon? In the late 1700s, Craig, a clergyman/distiller, used old fishing barrels to store his spirits. The taste was less than optimal, so he switched to what we use today, charred white oak barrels.

Father’s Day
Old Grand-Dad Kentucky Straight Bourbon 

  • Hear me out before I receive the jeers. This bourbon is the first I tried with my dad, so it has a special place in my heart. It’s cheap and will do the trick. Just be careful because it will try to kill you if you drink too much. Maybe limit it to only one pour and then switch to something else.

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