Four Roses in Lawrenceburg has released a special bourbon in honor of senior brand ambassador and bourbon legend Al Young, who celebrates his 50th anniversary with the brand this year. The 2017 Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Small Batch Bourbon was hand selected by Young and master distiller Brent Elliott. It includes four of the 10 unique bourbon recipes to give it sweet caramel and honeysuckle notes, with flavors of fresh peaches and apricots as well as warm fig, oak and mint, according to the tasting notes.
The recipes, each with different flavor characteristics, include 5 percent of a 23-year-old selection of Four Roses’ OBSV recipe (featuring a delicate fruitiness, with a hint of spice and creamy vanilla and caramel), 25 percent 15-year-old OBSK (full-bodied, light spice, caramel), 50 percent 13-year-old OESV (light, creamy, fruity) and 20 percent 12-year-old OBSF (herbal, full-bodied).
About 10,000 bottles will be released. Priced about $150, it’s available at the Four Roses gift shops in Lawrenceburg and Cox’s Creek, and at select liquor stores.
▪ MonTea, 814 Euclid Avenue, will close its brick-and-mortar store June 23. Operations will continue with monthly delivery subscriptions, restaurant and café supplies, online orders and an occasional pop-up shop, according to owner Danielle Montague.
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On Friday and Saturday, brewing accessories will be 30 percent off. To join the delivery program or to find out where MonTea will pop-up in the future, call or text 859-268-8327 to join the email list.
▪ Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg will host its annual craft beer and music festival on Saturday. Gates open at 11 a.m., with music beginning at noon for the Well Crafted Brews + Bands event. More than 40 beers from the following breweries will be available for sale: Against the Grain, Alltech, Apocalypse, Blue Stallion, Country Boy, Ethereal, Falls City, Goodwood, Goose Island, Great Flood, Jarfly, Lemons Mill, Life, Maiden City, Mirror Twin, Monnik, New Belgium, Pivot, Rhinegeist, Rock House, Rooster, Sierra Nevada, Sweetwater, West Sixth and White Squirrel. The first 1,000 festival-goers will receive a commemorative pint glass, and all attendees will have the opportunity to buy 16-ounce beers or 4-ounce tastings.
Food and non-alcoholic beverage options will be available from Buddy’s World Famous, Duck’s Food Truck, Gent’s Original, Gelato Gilberto, Go Go Burger, Kentasty Breaktime Café, Rise Up! Pizza, Roll ‘n’ Smoke, Salsarita’s and Whooo Wants Waffles.
Saturday general admission tickets are $25 each and include access to music on two stages, food trucks and vendors. Read about the music on Page 9.
▪ The Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, will serve a special three-course brunch Sunday to celebrate Father’s Day. Chef Tyler McNabb offers a choice of soup or salad, entree and dessert in his menu, which features Kentucky Proud products. Optional appetizers and a full bar with Father’s Day cocktail specials and more than 50 bourbons are available.
All weekend menu entrees include carved beef tenderloin, grilled quail, wild-caught catfish, Bluegrass eggs Benedict, Cast Iron Frittata, Full Kentucky Breakfast and more. Vegetarian options will be available. Appetizers include country ham biscuits and Crawfish Hushpuppies. Cost is $30.
Father’s Day Brunch reservations are available 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 859-846-4732 for reservations.
▪ Jessamine Growers Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday behind City Hall at Main and Rice streets in Wilmore, will have locally grown blueberries, greens, and other seasonal vegetables, local honey and eggs, vegetable garden transplants, cut flowers and perennials.
▪ Bluegrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at 1837 Plaudit Place and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, will have peaches, tomatoes, honey, salsa, jams and jellies, spices, green beans, salad mixes, swiss chard, kale, candy onions, radishes, red beets, new potatoes, squash, zucchini, cabbage, romaine lettuce, hanging baskets, scallions, herbs, cucumbers, flowers, beef, poultry and pork, fresh eggs, baked breads and beer cheese.
▪ Nicholasville Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 717 North Main Street,, will have peaches, tomatoes, jams and jellies, green beans, salad mixes, swiss chard, kale, candy onions, radishes, beets, new potatoes, squash, cucumbers, flower bunches, black angus beef cuts, poultry and fresh eggs, baked breads, specialty roasted coffees, and items from Kentucky artisans.
▪ Lexington Farmers Market, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Cheapside Park and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Southland Drive, will have seasonal berries, squashes, cucumbers, and lettuce and other greens. Tomatoes are just starting to appear, as are peaches and peppers.
▪ Chevy Chase Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at 316 Ashland Avenue, has fresh seasonal local produce, and pastured meats and eggs.
▪ Louisville-based Long John Silver’s is testing a new fried item: deep-fried Twinkies. The Hostess treats are being tested in Pittsburgh and St. Louis for 99 cents apiece until July 23. They are expected to launch nationally in coming months, in case you can’t make it to the state fair.