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Just in time for Bourbon Month, Four Roses releases limited edition

Four Roses will release the 2017 Limited Edition Small Batch on Sept. 16. Selected by master distiller Brent Elliott, it’s the first to use only the low-rye mash bill.
Four Roses will release the 2017 Limited Edition Small Batch on Sept. 16. Selected by master distiller Brent Elliott, it’s the first to use only the low-rye mash bill. Photo provided

Just in time for Bourbon Heritage Month in September, Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg is releasing the 2017 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon. This year’s limited-edition small batch features three of the distillery’s 10 unique bourbon recipes and marks the first limited-edition small batch in the brand’s history to feature only its low-rye mash bill.

Master distiller Brent Elliott selected a 15-year-old bourbon, a 13-year-old and a 12-year-old for this year’s release. “There is a remarkable synergy among the three batches,” Elliott said. “Once we combined them, it resulted in more depth, richness and warmth than any one of the individual recipes.”

Bottled at barrel strength with a proof of 107.3, the 2017 Limited Edition Small Batch has warm aromas of allspice and vanilla bean, flavors of fruit, and a finish of rich brown sugar and hints of cinnamon. Four Roses will distribute about 13,800 hand-numbered bottles, with a suggested retail price of $130. It will be sold beginning Sept. 16 at the Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg and warehouse and bottling plant in Cox’s Creek. It will roll out to select retailers in coming weeks.

▪  The Food Connection at the University of Kentucky will host the Gathering at the Table Dinner at 5:30 p.m Sept. 12 at The 90, 440 Hilltop Avenue. The dinner will include hands-on cooking and conversation about food systems. Learn how to cook well on a limited budget at this “pay what you can” dinner, with a suggested donation of $5 to support the local farmers. Space is limited; reserve a spot at by Sept. 5.

▪  The Bluegrass Chapter of the Kentucky Restaurant Association is launching a new event to celebrate the best of the season. Harvest Lex will debut at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Manchester Music Hall, 899 Manchester Street. The event will feature tastes of the best of the harvest from 30 Lexington restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries. Proceeds from the event will benefit Kentucky ProStart, a two-year high school program that unites the classroom and the industry, and FoodChain, an urban indoor agricultural food producer. Until Sept. 1, tickets are $55, or $45 each for a set of eight, available online at Beginning Sept. 1, tickets will be $65 each.

▪  Lockbox and 21c Museum Hotel, 167 West Main Street in Lexington, will kick off Bourbon Heritage Month with a collaborative dinner featuring John Hargrove of 1792 Bourbon at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7. Hargrove will lead a presentation on each bourbon as it is paired with dishes crafted by executive chef Jonathan Searle. The four-course dinner will kick off with a cocktail reception of passed canapés. Each course is paired with a bourbon cocktail. Featured menu items include green tomato hand pie with house boursin and heirloom tomato sour cream; braised pork shank with stewed tomatoes, blistered okra, summer squash and rice grits; and sweet corn panna cotta with bourbon peach preserves, pecan brittle and sweet cream whip.

Tickets to the 1792 Bourbon Fork + Bottle dinner are $70. Seating is limited. Reservations can be made by calling 859-899-6860.

Throughout September, Lockbox will feature a lobby tasting series to celebrate Kentucky’s favorite spirit with guests and the community. From 6 to 8 p.m. every Friday in September, a different distillery will offer complimentary bourbon tastings in the lobby at 21c Lexington.

▪  Azur Restaurant and Patio, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, will host a Low Country Boil and Oyster Roast from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 1. For $40, you can have oysters steamed on the patio, PBR steamed shrimp, smoked sausage, red bud salt potatoes, sweet corn cob skewers, cheese-crusted and braised Vidalia onions, littleneck clams, Charleston she crab soup and sour cream corn bread. Call 859-296-1007 for reservations.

▪  Brasabana, 841 Lane Allen Road, is planning a Latin Pig Roast Buffet from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 2. For $25 ($10 for kids 10 and younger), you can have roasted suckling pig, sautéed shrimp in garlic-tomato sauce, empanadas filled with braised beef, smoked ham and chicken croquettes, grilled corn, beans and rice, and tres leches cake with strawberry compote. Reservations are recommended; call 859-303-5573.

▪  During September, Mint Julep Tours is offering several special bourbon-related tours, including the “Heaven & Evan Exclusive Experience” from 3:45 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 21. For $185 you start with a trip to the Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center in Bardstown for appetizers, cocktails and a bourbon-tasting inside a working rickhouse.

Master distiller Denny Potter will lead the tasting, which includes the rare opportunity to pull and taste straight from a barrel using a whiskey thief. Then you’ll head back to Louisville to the new Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, where there will be more appetizers, desserts and cocktails in the Prohibition-era Speakeasy Lounge. Artisanal distiller Charlie Downs will lead a bourbon-tasting before your guided tour. Guests will receive a bottle of Evan Williams Single Barrel signed by both master distillers.

▪  Bourbon & Beyond, the all-in-one bourbon, food and music festival, debuting in Louisville on Sept. 23 and 24, just announced the addition of Love & Fire presented by Larceny Bourbon.

Taking place all day on Saturday and Sunday, Love & Fire will feature Larceny Bourbon cocktails and grilled specialties from renowned local Louisville chefs and several guest chefs. Chefs will include Chris Cosentino of Cockscomb in San Francisco; Anthony Falco of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Amanda Freitag, judge on “Chopped;” Cosmo Goss and Erling Wu-Bower of Pacific Standard Time in Chicago; Mike Wajda of Proof on Main in Louisville; and master distiller Denny Potter of Heaven Hill Distillery. Tickets, which start at $79.50 for a single-day admission, are available at

▪  Ashbourne Farms at 3800 Westport Road in La Grange, is transforming a portion of its 2,000-acre historic property and original show cattle barn into a 15,000-square-foot event space set to open next spring.

“For generations, my family has welcomed visitors to our farm. This new chapter affords us the ability to share this unique experience with people celebrating a wedding, hosting a corporate event or a private party,” said Austin Musselman, co-owner of Ashbourne Farms. Executive chef Jason Jones will use seasonal ingredients from the farm and local purveyors for Ashbourne Farms menus. Contact for more information.