Whiskey is one of those words. Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey. You can’t say it repeatedly without it sounding bizarre. If I were Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, I probably would have found myself nervously turning the word over in my head as I waited for Sagamore Spirit’s debut batch of rye to age in oak casks over the last three years. Well, the wait is almost over. The first fruits of Plank’s distillery will officially debut in Maryland on May 13, Baltimore magazine reports. But according to a tweet from the company, an unnamed Federal Hill bar already has some. Help us identify this bar!
Bourbon headlining an event this close to the Mason-Dixon line? Happily, yes. The Fifth Annual Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival takes place this weekend, starting Friday, March 23, at Timonium Fairgrounds.
The festival features 40 bourbons — among the 60 beers and pits of BBQ — all available for sampling. The menu of bourbon includes classics such as 1792 Ridgemont Reserve, Maker’s Mark, and Booker’s. However, options like the Evan Williams Cherry Reserve and Red Stag Honey Tea reflect a recent trend in bourbon expansion, flavor infusions. Larry Kass, spokesman for Heaven Hill Distilleries, which includes the Evan Williams brand, has called the flavored bourbons, “a gateway-type product into the category.”