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Monday, May 16, 2022

OHLQ Announces Exclusive Jefferson's Reserve Limited Edition Releases

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced a collection of Jefferson's Reserve Limited Edition bottles at select OHLQ locations available the week of May 16th. The selections are single-barrel selection of Jefferson’s Reserve Old Rum Cask Finish, Jefferson’s Reserve Pritchard Hill Cabernet Cask Finish Single Barrel, and Jefferson’s Reserve Twin Oak Single Barrel

Friday, May 13, 2022

Freddie Noe named 8th Generation Master Distiller at James B. Beam Distilling Company

The James B. Beam Distilling Company and Fred Noe, the James B. Beam Distilling Company's 7th Generation Master Distiller, announced the appointment of Freddie Noe as Master Distiller of the Fred B. Noe Distillery.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Luxco Introduces Alias Straight Rye Whiskey

Luxco (which operates as MGP's Brands Division) has introduced a new brand and whiskey called Alias Straight Rye Whiskey. The whiskey is distilled at  Luxco's Ross & Squibb Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Barton 1792 Distillery to Stop Public Tours

In a Facebook post in early April, Barton 1792 Distillery announced they will cease public distillery tours effective June 30th of this year. 

Saturday, April 30, 2022

April 22 Month In Review

 Welcome to the March 2022 Columbus Bourbon recap. As always, A big thank you to all my readers! As a friendly reminder, follow ColumbusBourbon on Facebook and tell a friend.

I'm ready for the warm weather!

This month I posted 12 articles. The site saw 10,000+ page-views, down from the 18,733 views in April of 2021. The site earned a bit over $15 in ad revenue!!

Friday, April 29, 2022

OHLQ Announces 2022 Spring Bottle Lottery Winners

The Ohio Department of Liquor has posted the winners of the 2022 Spring Bottle Lottery. As is always the case, there were zero Mark R.'s who won, keeping my lifetime losing streak intact. There was a Mark O and a Mark S. so I'm getting closer. 

Thursday, April 28, 2022

EXCLUSIVE: Watershed and OHLQ to release Six Single Barrel Bourbon Selections - Starting May 2

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) and Columbus based Watershed Distillery will have six unique single barrel selections exclusive for Ohio customers available at select stores beginning May 2. I was fortunate enough to have been invited to a pre-release event to learn more and sample the six expressions (I'm an influencer now!!). 

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

OHLQ Announces Exclusive Yellowstone Select Single Barrels and Yellowstone Hand Picked Single Barrels

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced a collection of OHLQ Exclusive Yellowstone Select Single Barrels and Yellowstone Hand Picked Single Barrels at select OHLQ locations available the week of April 25th. 

Friday, April 22, 2022

Ballantine's Introduces Moxxi’s Bar Edition - A Borderlands-Themed Scotch Whisky

For the second time in the last few months... there is a new product combining two of my favorite things... video games and whiskey... Ballantine's has introduced a collaboration with Gearbox Entertainment's Borderlands franchise for the release of Ballantine's Finest Moxxi’s Bar Edition. 

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Ross & Squibb Distillery (MGP) Releases Rossville Union 2022 Barrel Proof

Ross & Squibb Distillery, formerly MGP, has announced the annual release of their Rossville Union Barrel Proof. New for this year, the release carries a 7 year age statement. 

Monday, April 18, 2022

OHLQ (Ohio Liquor Agency) Announces Availability of Single Barrel Crown Royal Selections

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced the release of six single barrel selections of Crown Royal hitting stores this week (week of April 18th) at select locations throughout the state. 

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Lux Row Announces Blood Oath Pact 8 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Lux Row has announced their annual release of their Blood Oath series with Pack 8. This release is Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in Calvados casks. There are 51k bottles of this available at a suggested price of $119.99 per 750 ml bottle. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

OHLQ Announces High West Double Rye Barrel Select & High West American Prairie Barrel Select Availability

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced the release of High West Double Rye Barrel Select & High West American Prairie Barrel Select bottles hitting stores this week (week of April 11th) at price of $54.99 + tax per bottle.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Last Day to Enter OHLQ 2022 Spring Bottle Lottery

Today is the last day to enter the the Ohio Department of Liquor (OHLQ) Spring 2022 lottery for Michter’s 20 Year, Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond (11 year), Parker’s Heritage 15th Edition, Heaven Hill Heritage Collection, and Weller 12 Year. The lottery ends at 11:59 p.m. today (April 11th)



You can enter at the OHLQ lottery website. In order to enter, you'll need to provide the following:
  • Ohio Driver's License Number / Ohio Identification Card Number
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Street Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Email Address
  • Preferred OHLQ store location for purchasing the product if you win
Good luck everyone!

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) Announces Spring Bottle Lottery - Old Fitzgerald 11, Parker's Heritage, and More - Live Now

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced what they are calling their Spring 2022 Lottery for Michter’s 20 Year, Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond (11 year), Parker’s Heritage 15th Edition, Heaven Hill Heritage Collection, and Weller 12 Year. 

Monday, April 4, 2022

Basil Hayden Announces Basil Hayden Subtle Smoke

Beam Suntory brand Basil Hayden has announced the one-time release of Basil Hayden Subtle Smoke.

Friday, April 1, 2022

Heaven Hill Announces Old Fitzgerald Spring 2022 Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon Release

Heaven Hill has announced the Spring 2022 release of the Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This batch is a 17-year version, meaning it was put in the barrel way back in the Autumn of 2004!

Thursday, March 31, 2022

March 22 Month In Review

Welcome to the March 2022 Columbus Bourbon recap. As always, A big thank you to all my readers! As a friendly reminder, follow ColumbusBourbon on Facebook and tell a friend.

Miss Fiona being a goob

This month I posted 15 articles. The site saw 10,000+ page-views, down from the 20,700 views in March of 2021. The site earned a bit over $20 in ad revenue.

Monday, March 28, 2022

Michter's Cancels 2022 Release of 10-Year Bourbon

Michter's has announced the cancellation of their 2022 10-year bourbon release, pushing the next iteration of this product to 2023.

Friday, March 25, 2022

Heaven Hill Announces Heritage Collection 17-Year-Old Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Fresh off refusing to pay their workers a fair living wage after working through a global pandemic, Heaven Hill has announced the Heaven Hill Heritage Collection. The first release in this collection is a 17-Year-Old Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The Heritage Collection will be released each Spring and feature some of their oldest inventory of aging whiskey.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Castle & Key Announces First Ever Bourbon - Coming in Two Batches

Castle & Key has announced that after four years, they're ready to launch their Small Batch Bourbon in two batches appropriately titled Whiskey Batch #1 and Whiskey Batch #2. As you may know, this is the first bourbon release for Castle & Key since taking over and restoring the Old Taylor Distillery in 2014.

Monday, March 21, 2022

OHLQ Announces 2022 Jack Daniel's Coy Hill High Proof Single Barrel Lottery Winners

The Ohio Department of Liquor has posted the results of the 2022 Jack Daniel's Coy Hill High Proof Single Barrel Lottery Winners. As is always the case, there were zero Mark R.'s who won, keeping my lifetime losing streak intact. There were five Mark's who won, including Mark H and Mark S... so we're maybe getting closer? 


Wednesday, March 16, 2022

OHLQ Announces Ohio Release of Four Roses Private Selection Barrel Strength

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced the release of  Four Roses Private Selection Barrel Strength bottles hitting stores the week of March 14th at a price of $74.99 + tax per bottle. 

Bardstown Bourbon Acquired by Pritzker Private Capital

Kentucky Distiller Bardstown Bourbon Company has been purchased by private equity firm Pritzker Private Capital. Bardstown was founded in 2014 and makes their own products as well as provides custom distilling solutions to other brands.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Conecuh Brands Announces Groundbreaking for Clyde Mays Distillery

Conecuh Brands, owners of Clyde Mays, have announced the groundbreaking for a new Clyde Mays Distillery in Troy, Alabama. The groundbreaking occurred on January 24th and was attended by lots of dignitaries, including the governor of Alabama Kay Ivey. 

Monday, March 14, 2022

Basil Hayden Toast Review

Welcome to the Columbus Bourbon review for Basil Hayden Toast. As readers may remember, I wrote about the release of Basil Hayden Toast in August of 2021. At that time, I mentioned how I was really excited and would be picking up a bottle as soon as I saw this on the shelves, which I did! 

The concept of this bourbon is that the secondary aging in a toasted then flash-charred oak barrel offers a unique taste. Will that be the case? Let's find out. 

We'll get started with the basics.


Manufacturer: Beam Suntory

Friday, March 11, 2022

Last Day to Enter Jack Daniel's Coy Hill High Proof Single Barrel Lottery

Today is the last day to enter the The Ohio Department of Liquor (OHLQ) lottery for Jack Daniel's Coy Hill High Proof Single Barrel.


The lottery ends at 11:59 p.m. on March 11h. You can enter at the OHLQ lottery website. In order to enter, you'll need to provide the following:
  • Ohio Driver's License Number / Ohio Identification Card Number
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Street Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Preferred OHLQ store location for purchasing the product if you win
Good luck everyone!

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Michter's Introduces 2022 Release of US*1 Barrel Strength Rye

Michter's has announced the 2022 release of their US*1 Barrel Strength Rye. The March 2022 release comes in with an average proof of the barrels of 111.6 proof (55.8% alcohol) and carries an MSRP of $100 for a 750ml bottle. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Bulleit Introduces Ready to Serve Cocktails

In a move targeting college kids too lazy to mix whiskey and coke themselves... Diageo brand Bulleit has introduced two ready to serve crafted cocktails, an Old Fashioned and a Manhattan. 

Monday, March 7, 2022

OHLQ Announces Lottery - Jack Daniel's Coy Hill High Proof Single Barrel - Starting March 7 (today)

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced a Jack Daniel's Coy Hill High Proof Single Barrel bottle lottery. This is a lottery to win the opportunity to purchase a a bottle at 16 select store locations. The lottery begins at 12:01 a.m. March 7 and runs through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2022.

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Halo Decanter Set? Yes Please!

Combining two of my loves, video games and bourbon... maker Ukonic (also maker of the XBox Mini-Fridge) has listed a Master Chief Decanter set available for pre-order for $119.99 with availability starting in April.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Woodford Introduces 2022 Kentucky Derby Bottle

One of my favorite articles of the year.... Woodford has announced their design for the 2022 Kentucky Derby limited edition bottle. This year’s bottle features the artwork of Kentucky native Jaime Corum, who is known for her horse portraits. The painting is title 'Dreams in Bloom' and shows three thoroughbreds racing surrounded by spring flowers, including the red roses of Derby.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Old Forester Announces Next 117 Series Release: 1910 Extra Old

Brown-Forman brand Old Forester has announced the third installment of the 117 Series called 1910 Extra Old. This limited-edition release is Old Forester's standard 1910 Old Fine Whisky that is then added to a secondary barrel for an additional 18 months.

Monday, February 28, 2022

February 2022 in Review

Welcome to the February 2022 Columbus Bourbon recap. As always, A big thank you to all my readers! New this year... like ColumbusBourbon on Facebook!


Mark (left) with Ms. Fiona and Baby Leo

This month I posted 7 articles. The site saw 10300+ page-views, down from the 17,837 views in February of 2021. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Angel's Envy Announces Latest Cellar Collection Release - Rye Whiskey Finished in Ice Cider Casks

Angel's Envy has announced their latest Cellar Collection release which is a rye whiskey finished in ice cedar casks. This is the first rye that is joining the Cellar Collection, which is their top shelf collection.

Friday, February 11, 2022

Watershed Announces Watershed Eaves Cask Strength Bourbon Release and Lottery

Watershed has announced a collaboration with Marianne Eaves on a new cask strength collaboration blend (bottled at 130.3 proof) that will be available via lottery beginning Feb. 16th. 

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Boone County Announces 2022 Version of Oloroso Sherry Cask Bourbon

Boone County has announced their third edition of their Oloroso Sherry Cask Bourbon. This bourbon is their small batch bourbon aged and finished in oloroso sherry casks. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Stoli Group Announces Kentucky Owl St. Patrick's Bourbon

Alcohol conglomerate Stoli Group has announced the limited release of Kentucky Owl St. Patrick's Limited Edition Bourbon Whiskey. This new release celebrates the long-standing ties that connect Irish and Kentucky whiskey making. For this release, Kentucky Owl Master Blender John Rhea partnered with Louise McGuane, Ireland's first modern whiskey bonder and founder of J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey.

Monday, February 7, 2022

Heaven Hill Acquires Samson & Surrey - Makers of Widow Jane and Few

Fresh off claiming they didn't have enough money to properly pay their workers a living wage and trying to hire scab workers, Heaven Hill has announced they have acquired Samson & Surrey. For those unfamiliar with Samson & Surrey, they have $40 million dollars in annual sales and have been growing at 60% per annum so we can assume the cost wasn't cheap (no financials of the sale were disclosed).

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Woodford Releases 2021 Double Double Oaked Bourbon & Announces Sweepstakes

Woodford has announced the limited release of the 2021 Double Double Oaked bourbon, available exclusively at the Woodford Distillery (limit 2 per person) starting February 1. New this year is a sweepstakes for people who can't make it to the distillery on opening day (more on that below). 

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Buffalo Trace Distillery Sets Visitor Record - Blowing Past Pre-Pandemic Levels

Buffalo Trace has set a new yearly record for visitors in 2021, welcoming a whopping 340,000+ visitors, a 134% increase over 2020. The last time I wrote about this was in 2019 when they had a record 231,000+ visitors the previous year (2018). This means there has been over a 100,000 person increase in only a 3 year time period... crazy!

Monday, January 31, 2022

January 2022 in Review

Welcome to the January 2022 Columbus Bourbon recap. As always, A big thank you to all my readers! 


Miss Fiona and Baby Leo enjoying the fire

This month I posted 5 articles. The site saw 12k+ page-views, down from the 20,774 views in January of 2021. 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) Announces Ohio Release of Rebel Distiller’s Collection

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced the release of single-barrel selections of Rebel Distiller’s Collection hitting stores the week of January 24th. 

Monday, January 24, 2022

OHLQ Announces 2021 Pappy and Buffalo Trace Antique Holiday Lottery Winners

The Ohio Department of Liquor has posted the results of the 2021 Pappy and Buffalo Trace Holiday Lottery Winners. As is always the case, there were zero Mark R.'s who won, keeping my lifetime losing streak intact. There were two Mark M's so that's something. 

The State took their time in responding to a request (original request was made December 26th, 2021). 

Friday, January 14, 2022

Experience Columbus Introduces Columbus Distillery Trail

Experience Columbus, the nonprofit that helps market and grow Columbus tourism, has announced the Columbus Distillery Trail that includes seven local distilleries. Participants who complete the trail will receive a t-shirt. This is similar to the other Columbus Trails that include the Columbus Coffee Trail, Columbus Ale Trail and the Made In Cbus Trail. 

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Jameson Irish Whiskey Releases Jameson Orange

There isn't much bourbon news so far this year so I'm dipping into the Irish Whiskey. Pernod Ricard brand Jameson has announced a new spirit called Jameson Orange that combines the brand's triple-distilled Irish Whiskey with natural orange flavor.

Monday, January 10, 2022