From KY to NY
One of the first things I discovered after moving to New York from Kentucky was how expensive bourbon is in the city. A $15 markup on bottles? I wasn't in the Bluegrass anymore. Another thing I quickly learned is to always ask the price before ordering bourbon in a bar. There are great bars where you can get an $8 Maker's Mark (Marie's Crisis - hello showtunes!) and a $10 Four Roses Small Batch (Idle Hands). Still, it is easy to end up shelling out $14 or more for a little pour.
But these days New York City can be an awesome place to be a Kentucky transplant. The Southern trend is booming; fried pickles and bacon abound. People come to my parties just because of my beer cheese. The South is cool.
And the bourbon scene has never been bigger. Sales are soaring around the country, but New York has a special ability to grow a trend faster and better than any other city. It is now crawling with distilleries, bourbon bars, Southern restaurants, and boutique food and drink companies catering to the bourbon crowd.
I aim to explore all of these different enterprises and trends in the city, and to provide a reference point for New York bourbon enthusiasts.
So sit back, pour a drink, and have a read.