When I started this site months ago. I had a dream, albeit a humble one. It wasn’t to change the world, but rather to find a tasty corn elixir distilled in Kentucky. I had read an article about it, by a guy, a sportswriter dude, that was also a damned good bourbon storyteller. I already loved bourbon but had never met Pappy, but I did and liked him. At 12, he was exceptionally good, but at 20, taste-bud blowing. Now, of course, Pappy is not a person, but a distilled bottle of sour mash that is harder to find then mermaids or gold at the end of the rainbow. But somehow, I did find it two years in a row. First the 12 year which was smooth and next the 20 year…which was…well let’s just say I wish I had another bottle and leave it at that.
But alas, there were no more bottles of Pappy in the land until the next go round. Fall? November? So I’ve given up. Not on Pappy. But on finding Pappy in a bottle, at least at a liquor store in this great U.S. of A. So here is my new dream and it is a bit more humble still. I will pursue Pappy in the bars across the land or overseas. Wherever it may be found. So if your favorite watering hole has it let me know. Or, if you like Wright Thompson, the before-mentioned sportswriter dude/bourbon storyteller run across it in an airport, dive bar or gastropub, please let me know and I will add it to THE LIST.
So far I have sent a few tweets out and received a few locations. Guess where? Of course, the land of Bourbon and Basketball. And my favorite monk. Yes, I have a favorite monk. Thomas Merton who lived in a hermitage near Louisville and drank bourbon and beer and wrote some profound things until he got electrocuted by a fan in Bangkok. But anyway, back to THE LIST. If you can’t have a bottle, you should at least, have a shot, a pour, or even a double if you have a Benjamin on you.
So far THE LIST is very short:
1. The Husk - Charleston, SC
2. Bluegrass Tavern - Lexington, KY
3. Parlay Social - Lexington, KY
4. The Village Idiot - Lexington, KY
5. Henry Clay’s Pub - Lexington, KY
6. Haymarket Whiskey Bar -Louisville, KY
7. Azur Restaurant and Patio - Lexington, Ky
8. The Aviary – Chicago, IL
9. Pappas Bros. Steakhouse – Dallas, TX
10. Pour Cafe and Wine Bar – Mt. Kisco, NY
11. Whiskey – Durham, NC
12. Otto’s – Covington, KY
13. Percy Street BBQ – Philadelphia, PA
14. The Crunkleton – Chapel Hill, NC
*Thanks to @wrightthompson, @LexSipBourbon and @haymarketwhiskeybar and others for the bars on THE LIST (so far).