Small batch bourbon
Kentucky's Buffalo Trace distillery has been turning out some of the country's finest bourbon for centuries. Now, four barrels of the brand's best—as curated by the state's top bartenders—are headed to Texas.
Austin's Bill Norris of Alamo Drafthouse joined David Alan of the Tipsy Texan, Houston's Alex Gregg who tends bar at Anvil Bar & Refuge, Dallas' Michael Martensen of Cedars Social and San Antonio's Jeret Peña of The Esquire Tavern for a special private tasting at the distillery in September, where the group consulted on four barrels to bring back home to the Lone Star State.
The barrels are being divided evenly between the cities, with each market getting one quarter of each barrel. The limited-run bottles, which are available at Austin Wine Merchant beginning this week, will have Buffalo Trace's standard packaging, plus a special gold seal containing the outline of Texas and a number indicating which barrel the bottle came from.
To sweeten the deal, Buffalo Trace is donating the empty barrels to four of Texas' most esteemed craft breweries — Austin's Jester King, Houston's Karbach Brewing, Dallas' Rahr and Sons and San Antonio's Ranger Creek. Karbach's David Graham tells us the brewery will most likely fill their barrel with Imperial Porter this December.