Willett Distillery, 1869 Loretto Road in Bardstown, is releasing its first Exploratory Cask Finish, a seven-year-old American rye finished in Curaçao casks sourced from France (orange liqueur, not the blue stuff) for about 90 days, according to distillery spokesman Hunter Chavanne.
The bottling strength is 51.7 percent alcohol by volume, or 103.4 proof. No pricing information was immediately available.
The distillery will have the launch from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with free burgoo and barbecue from Harrison Smith House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Customers can buy as many as four bottles of the XCF before it hits the market. And Willett will have tours of their craft distillery on the hour all day. They recommend booking tours ahead of time by using their new online scheduling system at Willettdistillery.com/visit.
■ On Friday, Bourbon 'n' Toulouse, 829 Euclid Ave., has a treat for you. Come in your Halloween costume and get 20 percent off your order. Come in dressed as Garth Brooks and your meal is free. If the real Garth Brooks comes in, Bourbon 'n' Toulouse will buy everyone's meals for the rest of the day! Open on Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; ilovecajun.com or (859)335-0300.
■ Grimes Mill Winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, will be introducing the Third Jewel of their Triple Crown on Saturday. Said third jewel is their 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, which was recently bottled. Grimes Mill will have a party from 1 to 5 p.m., with music from 3 to 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. This is a free event open to the public. Call (859) 543-9691 or email wine@GrimesMillWinery.com for more information.
■ TAI on Rye, the pop-up Jewish deli at Temple Adath Israel, returns Sunday. In addition to New York-style pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, kosher hot dogs and freshly made chopped liver, the deli menu includes a half sandwich-soup option. This Sunday's soup is chili. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Temple Adath Israel is at 124 North Ashland Avenue. The menu is at Lextai.org/tai-on-rye-menu.
■ For November, Greentree Tea Room, 521 West Short Street, will offer lobster bisque; sweet potato scone with honey butter and Fayette cream; turkey à la Turk (turkey & berry pilaf in fillo) with cranberry relish; cheddar with caramelized onion, curried egg salad and herbed carrot round tea sandwiches; citrus spice pannacotta; chocolate drop cookies and brown sugar cupcakes with caramel frosting and winter blend tea. Reservations are required. Call (859) 455-9660 or visit greentreetearoom.com.
■ Blue Stallion Brewing Co., 610 W. Third St, will donate 10 percent of taproom sales on Mondays to area nonprofits beginning in November. The program, dubbed "Mission Mondays," will feature a host of organizations whose missions benefit the Lexington community.
The first month, November, will focus on food pantries and community housing. More information on which organizations will have Monday events is available at Bluestallionbrewing.com.
■ The community is invited to support its favorite nonprofits at the GoodGiving Challenge Launch Party from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, at West Sixth Brewing and Smithtown Seafood, 501 West Sixth Street. Underwritten by West Sixth Brewing Company, the first 1,000 attendees will receive two tokens worth $1.00 each to use to support their favorite charities in the Challenge.
One token will also be given with the purchase of the first 1,000 drinks (soda or beer). West Sixth Brewing Company will redeem tokens for the benefit of each nonprofit, for a total donation of $3,000 for 155 charities participating in this year's Challenge. Smithtown Seafood is also providing a token with each qualified purchase.
The GoodGiving Challenge, a partnership of Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing, is an online giving campaign that will raise money for 155 Central Kentucky nonprofits between Nov. 3 and Dec. 12. To give, go to bggives.org starting Monday. For more information call the Blue Grass Community Foundation at (859) 225-3343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.