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Quick Bourbon Notes (QBN)

Three Quick Bourbon Stories Delivered to You Each Friday - Issue 22
(or Saturday if Bourbon Zeppelin delivers on a Friday)
Royce, Kent & the Yeast Jug
  • The big Yeast Room project Royce Neeley has been talking about for a few months is ready to get started. His attention recently has been focused on the big race weekend going on right now as you read this (his distillery is next to the Kentucky Speedway, which hosts a yearly NASCAR race as its flagship event drawing in thousands of race fans). When the race is over, Royce's father Roy will be building a new Visitor's Center and Yeast Room at the distillery. The Visitor's Center will enhance the tour experience for those coming by to see the company. The Yeast Room, on the other hand, will be a working room to propagate and maintain yeast cultures for use in Royce's whiskey. He has plans for a tribute to both Dick Stoll and Jerry Dalton in the Yeast Room since these two whiskey legends who have helped him in understanding how to develop his own yeast cultures and build a room for them. It also going to include a pretty interesting piece of history. Kent Mace, a person connected to the whiskey community through social media, has donated an old yeast jug that is pretty cool. Not only is is apparently very old, it might be historically significant. It's stamped OCD, which could mean Old Crow Distillery. Didn't Old Crow famously lose its yeast strain, causing quality to slip leading it to tumble from its once lofty position as being one of the most popular bourbon brands in the world? Who knows what this is (some testing and further research may provide more answers), but no matter what it is, it's a pretty cool addition to what Royce Neeley is doing at Neeley Family Distillery.
  • One of the classic moments for me at a distillery occurred last October at Kentucky Peerless. I brought two of my buddies from St. Louis to Peerless for a tour. After meeting Corky and Carson Taylor, and taking a tour of the facility, we were invited to stay for lunch. John Wadell's mother (John is their Single Barrel Curator) comes in several days a week to make lunch for the entire company (days when she's not there, lunch is catered in). It was literally the best meal we had on the trip. She made pork chops... seriously, who makes pork chops for lunch. We had two deserts to choose from... it was amazing. Anyway, through our #ABVNetworkCrew Club, we are now offering this experience to 5 members of the Club. Lunch at Kentucky Peerless made by John's Mom, time with Corky Taylor and Caleb Kilburn, a tour of the facility and a tasting of Kentucky Peerless' products. Pretty sweet! Check out the full details of this event, sign up for the Club, and RSVP for the event here: abvnetwork.com/club.
  • My bourbon buddy Kevin Rose reports that during a recent visit to Boone County Distilling, the team there shared the fact they have a new bourbon coming to the market. It's going to be a 6-year old, sourced product that will come out under the Boone County label and not under the 1833 they used for their previous sourced bourbon.
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