Fri. Jul 12th, 2024

November is packed full of holiday cheer, some known and some unknown. Family can be a blessing or a curse, so drink until you can’t remember which. No-Shave November is a journey during the entire month in which participants forgo shaving and grooming to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness. It’s a great way to raise awareness while being lazy and not shaving for a month.

Wife: Are you going to shave anytime soon?

Me: No, I’m observing No-Shave November.

Wife: Touche!

I ran across another bourbon observance called 30 Days of Bourbon. Typically held in September for Bourbon Heritage Month, I am moving it to November to coincide with No-Shave November—nothing more manly than bourbon and growing a beard.

Here are the Rules:

  1. You must sip a different bourbon daily. The sip can be neat, over ice, or in a cocktail. The label must state bourbon whiskey. Rye’s, Single Malts, or Tennessee Whiskies don’t count.
  2. What qualifies as a “different” bourbon?
    • Different releases within each brand. i.e., Bottled-in-Bond, Small Batch, Limited Editions, Cask Strength, count.

Another celebrated holiday this November is Election Day (November 7th). I don’t know about you, but I am tired of campaign ads polluting the airways.

    • Kentucky Senator Bourbon John Sherman Cooper: If you can find it, why not toast Election Day with bourbon named after a politician?

Veterans Day falls on Saturday the 11th. If you know someone who has served in the armed forces, give them a “BIG THANKS.”

    • Eight Oaks Farm: Bottled-in-Bond Veterans Cut: This bourbon is signed by numerous veterans: Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines from around the country.

And the granddaddy of them all Thanksgiving. Nothing is better than a holiday that celebrates all things “FOOD.” I have heard of some holiday variants, such as Sidesgiving and Friendsgiving.

    • Wild Turkey 101: You know I had to do it. It’s one of the most popular budgeted bourbons of all time. What better way to tune out the family?

Whichever way you celebrate this November, enjoy America’s only native spirit, bourbon.

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