It’s 10:50 am on Saturday morning, we are fixing to head to the Festival and I wish we had the time to post some video up of what we covered last night as we arrived in Manhattan. Be watching for it, but here is a quick update…
We started off last night in the famous Blue Smoke, which was responsible for changing the way that New York looks at BBQ (and still is), bringing New Yorkers what they always needed. We got a real Southern welcome from Executive Chef and Partner Kenny Callaghan as he greeted us with a Bourbon tasting that including a Pappy Van Winkle 23 and the 141.1 proof uncut George T. Stagg. This man knows his BBQ and Bourbon! Dinner was a paradise of the South in your mouth (see photo left). Be watching for our video episode so you can see why this is one of the greatest slices of Americana that you’ll get in the Big Apple. We took in some jazz in the basement of Blue Smoke in their club called Jazz Standard and then headed to the Brandy Library in Tribeca.
Beverage Director Ethan Kelley greeted us with tour and sampling of some of the finest American whiskies. This man impressed the Kentucky Blue Blood outta us as he knows his Bourbons and whiskey! I enjoyed a High West Whiskey from Utah and BourbonBlog.com photographer Jake Bilinski tried a McKenzie Rye Whiskey.
We are headed to the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival now and we have to pick up some Bourbon on the way along with a few ingredients needed to make our Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Cocktail by BourbonBlog.com More soon!