Last year, the first bottle of Pappy showed up on November 1. If you live in NC and haven't seen it yet, no worries. A sighting does not mean it has hit all stores or all parts of the state. But it's time to find out how the stores in your area plan to distribute it.
Keep in mind North Carolina is a "control state" meaning the Alcohol Control Board determines how Pappy Van Winkle and other spirits are allocated and distributed to retail liquor stores. It is likely many will use some type of lottery format to parcel out the bottles.
Monitor these links to stay in the know.
Also, other bottles should begin to pop up in other states since the first domino has fallen. Here's how the release played out last year. It may not progress exactly the same way, but you can usually anticipate that the release will follow close to these dates --- give or take a week or so.
Want to win a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 15 YR and keep your finger on the pulse of this year's Pappy release? Join the Pappy Club. You can join for less than $9 a month (billed annually). Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year drawing is November 5.