I've been friends with the best man of my bridal party since second grade. From my absolute lowest to the highest, he's been a friend I could count on. And this week, he's throwing me a bachelor party where my groomsmen and I are going to get to, in his own words, "see and do some things not a whole lot of people get to see or do." When he says something like this, he means it.
We'll be meeting with Jim Rutledge, master distiller at the Four Roses distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. And we'll making the next barrel selection for TalkBeer. (As an aside, if you're into craft beer or whiskey, check out TalkBeer. You will be educated and amused.)
The image at the top of this post was our prep work, if you could call it that. We sampled 23 different barrel proof bourbons, comparing strains and mash bills. Calibration is tough work, I know. Needless to say, it was awesome. And it's only a preview of what we'll be doing.
With friends like mine, and an opportunity like this on the horizon, there can only be one intention this week, and that's mirth.