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Finally, the temperature has dropped. It’s chilly and dry. Trees are trimmed. Santa and Rudolph are on their way. This old-timer has got a little swagger in his step and a Boot Flask in his boot. 

In Hye, Texas, its time to harvest bourbon barrels. 

The ambrosia in these barrels is destined to become our 2018 Vintage of Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon. Donnis calls these sweet little ones his Piggy Bank barrels. They’re the ones he hides away for five years. They become the roux for his cowboy bourbon gumbo. So far he’s discovered 182 of them. The average proof of the Piggy Bank barrels was 139.9. But that’ll change as we dump more. We believe this is the best bourbon in the world. 

According to Donnis, he’s tasting oatmeal & chocolate chip cookies with cinnamon in a brown sugar and graham cracker crust. Sounds like a nice little Christmas snack for Santa.

We look forward to sharing this beautiful liquid with you next year. Have a very Merry Christmas.

Kind regards,

Dan Garrison

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The Best Craft Whiskey Distillery in America. Period, Dammit. Fall 2017 Newsletter

Welcome back to my untimely, controversial and partially clad “state of the business report” about Garrison Brothers Distillery.

I hope you’ll appreciate the sarcasm in the title of this newsletter. Being “the best” is an odd thing. If you make cheeseburgers, it’s pretty important that somewhere in your establishment there is a sign that says “Voted Best Cheeseburger.” Customers who read it will assume that at some point in your history an impartial third party stated in print that your place had the best cheeseburger. That shit is important! How many of us have been on a long road trip and decided that we could use a cheeseburger? What’s the first thing we do? We Google “Best cheeseburger in East Bumtruck.” No matter how small East Bumtruck is, there will be a joint in town that claims it has been recognized as having “Bumtruck’s best cheeseburger.”

Texas Monthly does this better than anyone. They have a Best Steakhouse issue, Best Burger issue, Best Mexican Food issue and Best Barbecue issue. As Texans, we defer to the experts at Texas Monthly and rarely write them hate notes when they get it wrong. Plus, they’re really good at it. Even if we don’t agree with who is number 1, their list is normally exhaustive. They manage to fit almost everyone in the issue somewhere, and the type size gets smaller, and smaller, and smaller.

So, two weeks ago, USA Today readers, judges and our own fans and followers voted Garrison Brothers Distillery the #1 Best Craft Whiskey Distillery in America. This award MUST be taken at face value. It was a popularity contest. The contest was fun. There were probably ways to cheat. But everyone seemed to get in the game anyway. No one took it too seriously, I hope. We had a great time voting, heckling our competitors, and cheering each other on.

So, what does it mean for our business? Absolutely nothing. But we still have an obligation to our investors, partners, staff and friends to announce the award. Which is why when I was asked by our public relations expert to come up with a flattering quote about the victory, I wrote, “From this austere platform, we will now attempt to become People Magazine’s Sexiest Distillery of The Year.”

Now that would be cool, if there is such a thing.

Operation Hurricane Tough

Like many Americans, those of us at Garrison Brothers Distillery watched with concern on August 25, 2017 as Hurricane Harvey slammed into our beautiful Texas coast, wreaking havoc and tragedy upon the homes, businesses, and lives of our friends and family there. Our business has family and partners up and down the coast, such as Spanky’s Liquors in Port Aransas, which was wiped out.

That afternoon, our events manager Andrea Rohus pulled me out of a meeting. “We have to do something,” she said. I agreed and called master distiller Donnis Todd. I explained that we needed to raise relief money for the victims and I asked how many barrels we filled that morning. “Nine,” he said.

“So, if that bourbon were to go into 750ml bottles we’d be looking at 585 or so bottles?”, I asked.

“Yep,” he replied, “but the objective here is not to sell bourbon. These people need help and money, so let’s bottle this bourbon in specially designed 375ml bottles that could become collectors’ items. The more bottles we donate, the more money we can raise for them.” Operation Hurricane Tough was born.

The Reverend Jason Brand and Andrea began due diligence on charities who might become our partner. “Rev” identified an ex-military group called Team Rubicon, a crisis relief organization comprised of veterans looking for direction and a job. (Coincidentally, Team Rubicon were the first responders when the Memorial Day flood trapped residents along the Blanco River on May 23, 2015, and they were the last to leave when the floodwaters receded.) We talked with their leadership and knew these were our guys.

Our marketing director Rob Cordes created a special bottle design and a website that sent the money directly to Team Rubicon. Every person who made a donation of $100 or more would receive one of the 1,000 or so bottles of Hurricane Tough bourbon that would be bottled in four years. The website was live at noon on Friday, September 1 at:  https://fundraise.teamrubiconusa.org/campaign/garrison-brothers-distillery-supports-team-rubicon-hurricane-harvey/c143825. We issued a press release, posted a message on Facebook, and then sent an email to all our former bottlers and Old 300 members.

Just 72 hours later, YOU had donated

more than $136,000

for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

I can honestly say that this three-day period was the most exciting and rewarding time in my fourteen years running Garrison Brothers Distillery. It feels so good to do good, and you crazy, wonderful people who contributed to this campaign are the best that humans can be. God bless you all!

But we ain’t done yet. First our distribution partner Republic National Distributing Company has agreed to contribute $2 to Operation Hurricane Tough for every bottle of Garrison Brothers Boot Flask Bourbon (more on that later) that is purchased in Texas between now and December 31, 2017.  So please be on the lookout for those badass little bottles.

Plus, we really don’t know how much bourbon those nine barrels will yield when they are dumped in 2022. We guaranteed 1,000 bottles. But we may get 1,100, 1,200 or 1,300. So, if you’re still interested in one of those collectors’ edition bottles, please visit the website above and make a contribution. Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria may be grabbing everyone’s attention today but let’s not forget our fellow Texans along the coast who are still struggling to rebuild their lives after Harvey.

Alright. Enough of this compassionate bullshit. Let’s pour a drink and talk about whiskey!

Garrison Brothers Boot Flask Bourbon

Yeah, we get it. Good straight bourbon is expensive. And it comes in big, bulky bottles. It’s too expensive to take to the ball game, the rodeo or the dance, and your cheap ass friends rarely pitch in for their fair share. And you’ve got to hide the shit when cousin Jim Bob comes over. But once you’ve become accustomed to the good stuff, drinking the cheap stuff sucks arse.

We’ve got your back! We’ve got your back-pocket. Your boot. Or maybe your purse. Introducing the Garrison Brothers Boot Flask.

This bad-ass little bottle contains the same Garrison Brothers straight bourbon whiskey that you’ve grown fond of or have read about. But it comes in a handy little 375ml bottle that is truly ergonomically designed to fit snugly around your calf in your most comfortable pair of boots. The metal star juts out from the bottle locking the package into the boot-leather. By simplifying the package and the bottle decoration, we’ve also made it more affordable.

The Garrison Brothers Boot Flask bottle is hitting liquor stores across the state right now. Just look for these hard-to-miss displays.

Key facts:

  • 94 proof (47% ALC/VOL)
  • Youngest barrel: four years old
  • 12 bottles per case
  • 375 ml bottle

Available at retail for about $40 a bottle. Price will vary greatly depending on state regulations and taxes.

As mentioned, our distribution partner Republic National Distributing Company is donating $2 to Operation Hurricane Tough for every bottle of Garrison Brothers Boot Flask bourbon that is sold in Texas between now and the end of the year. Take one to the game! (Note: Pewter star may set off alarm at TSA security checkpoints. Testing underway now at Austin Bergstrom International Airport. We’ll get back to you.)

This Is Where The Cowboy Rides Away

Those who follow the gossip tabloids may have read that earlier this year a federal judge in Austin declared that a California merchant bottling company promoting a brand of whiskey called Cowboy Little Barrel had abandoned their trademark for the product. The California company had sued us three years earlier for trademark infringement. Despite the ruling, the company continues to brazenly market their brand and has even now done away with the words “Little Barrel” on some of the bottles you might see in stores. We think they may be honoring our “cease and desist” request now but it’s tough to tell. And who wants another lawsuit!

In any event, I mention it here to assure that you-the-consumer do not confuse their Cowboy Little Barrel blended whiskey with Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon. We’d hate for you to get screwed at checkout.

On Friday, September 29 at HYE NOON, we will be releasing the 2017 edition of Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon at the gift shop in Hye! (I told you this newsletter was untimely.) Uncut and unfiltered, this batch comes from some of the oldest, tastiest barrels on the ranch and packs a punch at 137 proof. Our ’13 and ’15 releases won American Micro Whiskey of The Year in Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible. We plan on doing that again real soon.

Our gates will open at HYE NOON. No sooner, no later. So, make sure you get there early to grab a spot in line. We’ll keep the Cowboy bottles flowing until we run out. State law limits us to no more than two bottles per person and everyone will need to present a valid drivers’ license indicating they are over 21 years of age. Liquor stores should start receiving their allocations any day now, in case you want more.

So, if you want to grab a bottle of The Real Cowboy, get your ass down to Hye for a visit on the 29th! Only 900 bottles will be released at the Bottle Shop. When it’s gone, it’s gone forever. Hope to see y’all there!

But Wait, Could There Be More Cool Bourbon On The Horizon?

Those who visit frequently or bottle with us have probably been privy to top-secret, classified discussions regarding a few highly-anticipated research and development projects that have been tucked away in one of Donnis Todd’s hidden mystery barrel warehouses. (If one walks the ranch and pays careful attention, one might notice occasional convex protrusions from the earth. These are where the bodies of those unable to keep confidential secrets confidential might be buried. Shhhh.)

Craft whiskey distilleries are known for pumping out exotic blended whiskies that have been smoked or flavored or otherwise treated with wood. Some offer dozens of flavors. With blended whiskey and spirit whiskey, these techniques are common, expected and necessary since most are just brown vodkas; They need to be flavor- and color-enhanced. Believe it or not, some carnivorous, fat-obsessed craft distilleries have even introduced bacon- and brisket-flavored whiskies.

But straight bourbon is a whole ‘nother ball game. Father time rules this game. It takes a minimum duration of two years to produce straight bourbon. Add another six months or so if you factor in cooking and fermenting from scratch and then bottling the liquid once it has aged.

To properly “treat” it with smoke or naturally finish it in another type of barrel, without fake chemical additives, may take another two years. The point I’m trying to make is: flavoring fake whiskey, vodka, gin or rum can be done in days. Research and development of new releases in the bourbon business can take decades.

But good news, my friends: The wizard of whiskey has been hard at work and the mole on Donnis’s nose becomes more pronounced each day. It gives me great pleasure to introduce The Handcrafted Experimentals from Garrison Brothers Distillery.


In West Texas, about 40 miles south of Pecos, there’s a little swimming hole where I took my kids when they were young.  According to the park’s website, San Solomon Springs has provided water for humans and animals for thousands of years. It’s thought that big game hunters may have gathered at springs in the Balmorhea area around 11,000 years ago. Native Americans also used the springs before the sadistic Spanish explorers and settlers came to the area. In 1849, the springs were known as Mescalero Springs, for the Mescalero Apache who watered their horses here.

Mexican farmers called the springs “San Solomon Springs.” They dug the first canals by hand, and then used the water to irrigate crops. They sold those crops to residents of Fort Davis. With plentiful water and the arrival of the railroad, a cattle ranching industry emerged in the 1880s. In 1927, the Bureau of Reclamation dredged the springs and constructed a canal to better harness their flow. To see the water flowing up from the actual underground spring into the canals is mesmerizing, and undeniable evidence that God exists.

In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) to create jobs for Americans following The Great Depression and Prohibition. The Corps arrived here in July 1934. They built barracks, a mess hall and a kitchen to support 130 to 200 men and their supervisors. This would be home for the next few years. The CCC men crafted a 1.75-acre pool around the springs, along with a concession building, two bathhouses, San Solomon Courts, and other improvements in the park. They used local limestone and fashioned adobe bricks for building materials. After laboring all day, the men enjoyed evenings in the rec hall and an occasional baseball game, dance or play.

I’ve always found it fascinating that geographical or historical names from such odd originations can grow to take on magical or spiritual proportions. The park’s name comes from four men’s surnames:  E.D. Balcom, H.R. Morrow, Joe Rhea and John Rhea. Hence the name Bal-mor-hea. These men formed an irrigation company in the area in the early 20th century.

Today, after the spring water flows through the pool and cienegas, it enters irrigation canals and travels about 3.5 miles east to Balmorhea Lake. Farmers use that water to irrigate thousands of acres of crops such as alfalfa and cotton. Many environmentalists are concerned today that fracking could hurt the water quality or otherwise damage this beautiful child of Mother Nature.

About The Bourbon with the Spiritual Name

In 2012 or 2013, we’re really not sure, Donnis filled 22 barrels with fresh 114 proof white dog. These barrels came from The Barrel Mill, a cooperage in Minnesota. In October of 2015, Donnis lugged these barrels in from the barns and dumped the liquid within into stainless steel tanks. He then rolled a few 27-gallon Kelvin Cooperage barrels below the tank spigot and filled the barrels with the already-two-year old straight bourbon. This second round of barrels had far different lignin and chemical compositions than the original barrels because they had been scorched and toasted differently, thus caramelizing the sugars in a wonderful new way. (I can’t explain more or I’d have to bury you in a field.)

In 2017, we transferred these barrels back to The Stillhouse. The bourbon was dumped into a long thin stainless steel trough we call The Whiskey Girl and we all began nosing and tasting the results.

After a round of tear-filled high fives and brotherly hugs, we started talking about names and bottle design, the easy part of getting this sensational liquid to market.

Encased in a 375ml Boot Flask bottle with a Balmorhea blue label and silver wax, the Balmorhea barrels yielded just 4,008 bottles. These little babies will be available for sale to discerning bourbon drinkers from the Hye Atop Bottle Shop on Friday, October 20 at noon. If they don’t sell out that afternoon, they will remain available there until they all find good homes.

We want you to let us know what you think of Balmorhea. If you like it as much as we do, it will have a commercial release to liquor stores probably around 2020.

Key Facts:

  • Aged two years in white American oak
  • Aged another two years in a second new white American oak barrel
  • Proof: 107 PROOF (53.5%ALC/VOL)
  • Release date: October 20, 2017
  • 375 ml at $69.99
  • Available at Garrison Brothers’ Gift Shop only
  • Master Distiller’s Tasting Notes: Bourbon candy. Frozen Popsicle fudgsicle bars, amaretto coffee with cream, sticky buns and pecan brittle. Thick white chocolate syrup.


Founded in 1976 on the Texas High Plains near Lubbock, Llano Estacado Winery has a storied history. The company has been making great wines for more than three decades. They called us in 2015 and asked if we’d consider a collaboration. We jumped at the chance. We dumped ten 15-gallon barrels that had held straight bourbon for two years. We poured the bourbon into stainless steel tanks and loaded a trailer with the barrels. Later that evening those barrels made it to the High Plains.

At Llano Estacado, wine maker Jason Centanni and James Floyd unloaded the barrels and then stacked 8 large Port Wine barrels on the trailer. The driver turned around and headed back to Hye.

Immediately upon arrival, Donnis and our production guys filled the Port Wine barrels with the straight bourbon that was in the stainless steel tank. Every three months after that, Donnis dutifully tasted samples from each of the barrels. After nine months, he walked up with a nosing glass and said try this. I did and Estacado was born

Key Facts:

  • Aged two years in white American oak
  • Aged an additional nine months in French oak casks that formerly held Llano Estacado Port Wine
  • Proof: 115 Proof (57.5%ALC/VOL)
  • Release date: November 17, 2017
  • 375ml for $69.99
  • Available at Garrison Brothers’ Gift Shop only
  • Master Distiller’s Tasting Notes: Still to come

People You Need To Meet

Samantha Olvera – Probably the hardest worker I’ve ever met, Samantha Olvera is a jack of all trades at Garrison Brothers Distillery. She gives tours, works the gift shop, cooks mash, runs the stills and is a fiery, hilarious orator. I love working with her. We all do. This summer, she and I were running the gift shop together on a slow day. “Go home,” I said. She left and came back two hours later driving the Polaris Ranger. The bed of the Ranger was filled with trash she’d collected off Hye Albert Road. No one asked her to do this.

Kaitlin Rangel – After the business went through some challenging times last year, Kaitlin approached me and said I want to run the gift shop and tours. “Absolutely not”, I said. “You don’t have any retail experience.” “Whatever,” she said. “I’ll be in the gift shop if you need me.” Today, she runs the gift shop and tours.  Our t-shirt, bourbon, and merchandise sales revenue have increased pretty much every month since she took over. I greatly underestimated her. She is simply fantastic.

Andrea Rohus – Talk about a personality. Andrea Rohus is an amazing piece of work. She is on top of details like no other.  She is the Energizer Bunny and she never stops working. For the first six months she was with us, I had no idea what she was talking about. At first I thought she was crazy, then I started to “get” her jokes. She is whipsaw funny.

Larry Lindsey – Larry drinks a lot of beer.



2017 Legislative Recap

For those who are fans of making sausage, here’s a quick summary of the excitement at the state capitol during the 2017 legislative session:

  • As always, the distribution tier controlled the money.
  • The money flowed freely from distributors as donations to leaders and legislators.
  • The Governor padded his reelection campaign.
  • The Lieutenant Governor sat on multiple bills and padded his war chest, probably to run against Abbott.
  • Legislators voted against everything the distributors disliked and also against anything small business owners proposed. Nothing material passed in either house.
  • The Texas liquor monopoly became further entrenched.
  • Consumers, craft distilleries, breweries and wineries got the shaft.
  • Everyone blamed the poor administrators at the TABC and they all got fired.

Nuff said. Same old shit. God bless Texas politics!

Good Places to Drink Good Bourbon

  • September 29 at Noon – Garrison Brothers 2017 Cowboy Bourbon on sale at the Hye Atop Bottle Shop
  • October 5 from 5 to 7 – Dan Garrison will be pouring samples at Mirage Wine and Spirits in Colleyville
  • October 5 from 8:30 to 10 – Dan Garrison is buying drinks and playing guest bartender at Taverna Rossa in Southlake
  • October 6 from 5 to 7 – Dan Garrison will be pouring samples at Bear Creek Spirits in Colleyville
  • October 7 from 2 to 5 – Tasting and Bottle Signing with Charles Garrison at Total Wine and More on North 75th Avenue in Glendale, AZ 8530
  • October 12 from 11 to 2 – Tasting and Bottle Signing with Charles Garrison at Fort Eustis Army Base at 667 Monroe Ave in Ft. Eustis, VA 23604
  • October 12 from 3 to 6 – Tasting and Bottle Signing with Charles Garrison at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, VA 23665
  • October 13 from 11 to 2 – Tasting and Bottle Signing with Charles Garrison at Norfolk AFB in Norfolk, VA
  • October 13 from 3 to 6 – Tasting and Bottle Signing with Charles Garrison at Oceana Naval Air Station at 1750 Tomcat Blvd in Virginia Beach, VA
  • October 13 from 5 to 7 – Samantha Olvera is pouring samples at the Indianapolis, Indiana Whiskey and Fine Spirits Exposition
  • October 13 from 6 to 8 – Dan Garrison will be pouring samples at Raymond’s Liquors in Mansfield
  • October 14 from 11 to 2 – Tasting and Bottle Signing with Charles Garrison at Little Creek Naval Base in Norfolk VA
  • October 14 from 3 to 6 – Tasting and Bottle Signing at Portsmouth Naval Base in Portsmouth, VA
  • October 18 from 2 to 6 – Mile High Spirits Tasting (Private – Industry Only) at Mile High Station at 2027 W. Old (Lower) Colfax Ave in Denver, CO 80204
  • October 20 from 7 to 10 (Early Admissions) and 7:30 to 10:00 (General Admission) – Tasting with Charlie Garrison at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa at 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. in Las Vegas, NV 89135
  • October 20 at noon – Garrison Brothers Balmorhea bourbon on sale at the Hye Atop Bottle Shop
  • October 21 from 4 to 7 – Dan Garrison will be pouring samples at the Hoot & Holler in Gun Barrel City
  • October 26 from 4 to 7 – Tasting and Bottle Signing at Total Wine and More at 5870 East Broadway Blvd #448 in Tuscon, AZ 85711
  • November 1 from 7 to 10 – Bourbon Dinner with Dan Garrison and general manager Kent Johnson at the Elkridge Club in Baltimore, Maryland
  • November 2 from 6 to 8 – Bourbon Dinner with Charles Garrison at Phoenix City Grille, 5816 N 16th St, in Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
  • November 17 at noon – Garrison Brothers Estacado bourbon on sale at the Hye Atop Bottle Shop
  • November 17 (pending) from 3 to 8 – Bourbon Tasting with Charlie Garrison at Whiskey in the Winter at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch at 315 Chestnut St, in St. Louis, MO 63102
  • December 20 from 6 to 9 – Bourbon Dinner and Bourbon 101 Class with Charlie Garrison at Encanterra Country Club at 36460 N. Encanterra Dr, in San Tan Valley, AZ 85140

Speaking of Grabbing a Drink

Come have a drink with us in Hye. We conduct distillery tours at 10, noon 2 and 4. You can make a reservation or buy a fancy t-shirt here: www.garrisonbros.com.

You don’t have to take a tour to taste our bourbon though. We are serving tastings and cocktails at our Hospitality Cabin Wednesday through Sunday from 10 to 5.

Thanks for drinking good bourbon. Vaya con Dios,

Kind regards,

Dan Garrison

Distiller, Whiskey Peddler and Toilet Scrubber

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Garrison Brothers Distillery Announces Operation Hurricane Tough

Garrison Brothers Distillery Announces Operation Hurricane Tough

In Partnership with Team Rubicon,

A Bourbon Fundraiser For Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Hye, Texas (September 1, 2017) – Garrison Brothers Distillery announced today a unique way to give to the Hurricane Harvey rescue and relief efforts along the Texas Gulf Coast. On the day Harvey slammed into the Texas shore, the team at Garrison Brothers filled nine barrels of bourbon whiskey. The first 1,000 people who donate $100 or more via the website below to Team Rubicon, an organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams, will receive a complementary bottle of our limited release, 4-year-old, 100 proof Garrison Brothers Hurricane Tough Straight Bourbon Whiskey directly from the barrels filled that fateful day.

“Good bourbon has a way of making people smile in the midst of hardship. We want to put our bourbon to work,” said Dan Garrison. “We have friends, family and business partners all along the Gulf Coast, and our hearts are with them all the way. If one thousand people donate, we will raise more than one hundred thousand dollars.”

Please join us and make a donation of $100 or more to Team Rubicon.

Donate here:  http://garrisonbros.com/bourbon-fundraiser-aid-victims-hurricane-harvey

Team Rubicon is a 501c3 non-profit organization directly benefitting families and individuals who lost everything to Hurricane Harvey. One hundred percent of the donations made to Team Rubicon will go directly to relief for the victims. The first one thousand donors who contribute $100 or more will receive a bottle of Garrison Brothers Hurricane Tough Straight Bourbon Whiskey in 2022. The campaign goal is to raise $150,000. Though everyone who contributes may not get a bottle, no contribution is too big or too small.

The bourbon will be available for donors at the gift shop at the distillery in Hye, Texas. Texas antiquated liquor laws prohibit a distillery from shipping bottles of liquor. Therefore, a $100 donor must present a valid driver’s license at the gift shop at Garrison Brothers Distillery, verifying they are over 21 years of age, to receive their bottle. Bottles cannot be retrieved via proxy. “As silly as this restriction is, at least it will enable us to look you in the eye, shake your hand and say thank you,” said Garrison.

Special note: After this release was drafted, Garrison Brothers Distillery’s distribution partner, Republic National Distributing Company, generously offered to donate $2 to Operation Hurricane Tough for every bottle of Garrison Brothers Boot Flask Bourbon purchased in the state of Texas between now and the close of 2017.

Team Rubicon


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We’re Filling Barrel Number 10,000!

To Celebrate, These Boys Want To Fry You Some Chicken

Next month Garrison Brothers Distillery will achieve a major milestone; we will fill our 10,000th bourbon barrel with the most delicious, delightful, sinfully good brown liquor ever made. For us that’s a pretty big deal. So, we’re going to put on a little hootenanny.

The 56th Annual Peach Jamboree, Parade and Rodeo is Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17. There’s a rodeo and dance each night. Mark Chesnutt is performing at the dance. The Peach Parade meanders through town Saturday morning at 10. And the boys round here know how to dress up a tractor. Garrison Brothers will have a float in the parade and we’re sponsoring the bull riding at the rodeo.

Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner is going down on Saturday, June 17 from noon to 4 at Garrison Brothers Distillery in gorgeous Hye, Texas. For the uninitiated, Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner is our annual celebration of everything Hye along with our sister city, Stonewall. Immediately after the Peach Parade, at noon, everybody is invited back to Garrison Brothers Distillery for a fried chicken lunch in our barrel barn. Come early though because we WILL run out of chicken and lunch is first come, first-served.

If this all sounds hokey as hell to you, well, it is. This is the seventh year in a row that we have held Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner immediately after the Stonewall Peach Parade to raise money for the Hye Preservation Society. This will be the best and biggest chicken dinner yet and we are expecting more than 500 guests. We’re going to have two parties underway simultaneously.

The Barrel Barn Hoedown will feature the live whiskey and wine barrel auction. Six of the prettiest painted bourbon barrels you’ve ever seen will be auctioned off. The barrels were bought at the auction last year and have been painted by local artists. We’ll also offer an Afternoon in Hye gift package, which is a tour of the area aboard a Cellar Rat Wine Tours shuttle, featuring lunch at Hye Market, a wine tasting at William Chris Vineyards, a tour and tasting at Garrison Brothers Distillery, and an afternoon of cold beer and burgers with friends at The Albert Ice House and The Pig Pen.

The second event is for more respectable types like my wife. It’s our Garrison Garden Party out on the great lawn in front of our gift shop. Underneath the live oak trees, and an enormous, well-ventilated tent, we’ll have a washer pitching tournament, acoustic music from our friend Scooter Pearce and the 10,000th barrel on display for everyone to sign.

At both parties, you can eat all the chicken, potato salad, cole slaw and biscuits and gravy that you want. The parties are BYOB though we’ll have some beer there. We’ll also be drinking wines from William Chris Vineyards, lemonade, iced tea, peach-bourbon tea, and of course, plenty good bourbon.

Guests attending Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner can choose to have their lunch served at the Garden Party or in the Barrel Barn. If you choose an All Access Pass, you can eat at either location. But whichever wristband you choose, you are still welcome to move between the parties throughout the day. We’ll have our Polaris Ranger, a couple of golf carts, and the Hayless Hay Ride ferrying guests up and down the hill. We’ll also have ponies on hand for the more ambitious who want to ride up and down the hill on horseback.

As always, it will be hotter than hades, so the dress code is casual/half-naked.

To make a reservation for Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner, click here.

You can learn more about everything going on in Stonewall and buy event tickets at http://www.stonewalltexas.com/

We hope to see ya’ll there.

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Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon ranked as one of the best whiskeys


Gb-1134 Flagship Single Barrel and Cowboy Rustic

Made in the Hill Country, Garrison Brothers’ Cowboy Bourbon — a hard-to-find whiskey that sent Garrison fans into a frenzy last year over its release — might be more than just hype.

For a second year, a revered whiskey critic has given it the U.S. Micro Whisky of the Year Award in his “Whisky Bible 2017.” The whiskey-loving expert, Jim Murray, releases a book every year announcing what he believes are the best whiskeys in the world (or whiskies, depending on which kind), giving each one a score. The Garrison Brothers bourbon received the distinction of a 96.5, out of a possible 100, in the American Whiskey category.

That’s a small improvement from two years ago, when Murray gave the 2013 version of the Cowboy Bourbon a 96. This year, he also listed the Cowboy Bourbon as the best bourbon nine years and under.

“Four years in Texas evidently equate to 23 in Kentucky: there’s a geography lesson for you,” according to Murray. “Whiskeys from this distillery have absolutely delighted and astonished me in the past: this proves, indubitably, it was no fluke. If you didn’t think Texas was on the world map of Great Whisky, it is now.”
The Cowboy Bourbon is made just as Garrison Brothers’ flagship is: with organic Panhandle corn, soft red winter wheat grown at the distillery, two-row malted barley and Hill Country rainwater. But unlike the flagship, the 2015 Cowboy Bourbon was aged for four years and left at barrel-proof, unfiltered and uncut. If you’ve been able to get your hands on a bottle, treasure it.

Murray’s “Whisky Bible” features tasting notes from more than 4,600 whiskeys from all over the world. He named Booker’s Rye 13-Year-Old, from Kentucky, as the World Whisky of the Year.

Read the article and the comments.

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Whiskey Social and Fundraiser

Whiskey Social and Fundraiser


Whiskey Social and Fundraiser with Dr. Dawn Buckingham, candidate for Texas State Senate, District 24.


Thursday evening, November 3 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Admission is free but a donation to Dr. Dawn Buckingham’s campaign is most welcome.


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Texas Bourbon News, Fall 2016

Welcome back to my occasional “state of the business report” about Garrison Brothers Distillery and my scathing indictment of whatever is currently pissing me off in liquor-land. I was once good about publishing this with some frequency but have spent too much time traveling in recent months.

I would like to thank actor Matthew McConaughey for jolting me out of my writer’s cramp. More on that later.

Sourced Whiskey Sucks

First, I want to talk about why I think Sourced Whiskey Sucks. Today, there are more than 300 brands of some form of whiskey that looks like bourbon on Texas liquor store shelves. When I started this business ten years ago, there were just 25 brands out there. Where did they all come from?

Many are named after famous folks or deceased distilleries. A celebrity car repair guy has one called Jesse James. There’s another named after legendary Texas cattle trader Charles Goodnight, which is owned by a California wine company. Even Larry Hagman from the TV show Dallas managed to posthumously release the J.R. Ewing bourbon brand. Pretty bottle too. There’s a brand out there named after virtually every dead tough guy that ever lived.

Bourbon brands are now a dime a dozen. Not one of these brands explains how or where the liquid was made; how the grains used were farmed or selected; or who made the barrels that were used. Many don’t even know if the bourbons they offer are made with wheat, rye or another flavor grain. If you visit the websites of these brands, you’ll find they don’t list phone numbers or email addresses. If you want to reach them, they make you fill out a form and they claim they’ll get back to you. That seems strange to me. Don’t they want to talk about their whiskey?

Indeed, none of them claim to be any different from any other bourbon whiskey. Their only claim is that the guy pictured on the bottle liked whiskey that might have tasted like the liquor in the bottle. Some even claim the dead guy, like Al Capone, created the recipe for what’s in the bottle. It has become a trite story. Personally, I wouldn’t want to piss off Al and run into him later in a dark alley in an afterlife.

When I was younger, there were clear, noticeable differences between bourbon brands. There were nights when a Blanton’s was perfect for what I was doing or what I was eating. On other nights, I’d read a book while sipping from a glass of something old and rare. If I was angry for some reason and wanted to blow off some steam, Rebel Yell would suffice. Today, everything is starting to taste the same.

If you truly don’t care who grows, cooks, distills or bottles what you put in your body, then sourced whiskey is for you. Drink the dead guy’s juice.

But consider this: beverage alcohol is the only consumer product where there is no accountability whatsoever for the actual producer. The producer is anonymous. Though every bottle is required to have a “producer’s statement” on the label, which explains who made it and how they made it, more often than not the company name is fictitious. It is a DBA (“doing business as”). Ever visited the Noah’s Mill Distillery? No one has. It doesn’t exist. It is a DBA.

I am ecstatic that Blue Bell Ice Cream is back on store shelves. When I enjoy my Blue Bell vanilla milkshake drizzled with a hefty Garrison Brothers floater, I know that the ice cream in that shake was made at a Blue Bell Creamery. But if you drink sourced whiskey, and you don’t like it or it harms you, there’s not much you can do about it.

I am NOT calling for nutritional labels on liquor bottles. The amount of crap the regulators already require on a liquor label makes designing a bottle daunting. However, I do believe that a truthful producer’s statement should be a mandate. Consumers should insist on it. A Garrison Brothers bottle reads: “Cooked, distilled, barreled and bottled by Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye, Texas.” So there it is: You don’t like my bourbon? You know who to talk to about it.

Marketing companies are talented though; they can create fictitious brands and founder’s stories out of thin air. McConaughey would say with a slow west Texas drawl that they know how to “soooo-liccccc-ittttt.”  Thank goodness he won’t be doing that for Wild Turkey.

There are other reasons that I encourage you to buy whiskey from those who actually produce the whiskey. These reasons have to do with American jobs, our economy, our growing national debt and our shrinking gross domestic product. But all that sounds like an educational buzz-killer, so I won’t go into it now.

I will tell you that I love the people who work for me! And if you’re drinking sourced whiskey instead of ours, it makes it difficult for me to pay my people what they deserve.


How To Sell Our Foreign-owned Stuff to Millennials (read: “our children”)

Recently, it was announced in the New York Times that Uvalde, Texas native Matthew McConnaughy would be the new spokesperson (oops, I mean creative director) for Wild Turkey bourbon. My favorite line in the Times article about McConaughey accepting the position is: “They can smell it. Millennials, and I know this for a fact, can smell sooo-lic-it-a-tion. And it’s a turnoff.”

They’re certainly smelling it now.

Don’t get me wrong. I love McConaughey. Linklater’s Dazed and Confused is the ultimate portrayal of my teen years growing up in the Spring Branch area of Houston. The guy is an outstanding actor and writer. I’m a Texas Longhorn and a Life Member of the Texas Exes so I know what a big supporter McConaughey has been for the team.

I am also a huge fan and admirer of Jimmie and Eddie Russell who make Wild Turkey. Wild Turkey was and is a distinctly American product. I have had the honor of raising a glass with Mr. Russell at a bourbon tasting. I’ve even glowed about their bourbons in an earlier bourbon blog. I love Wild Turkey bourbon! And kudos to Gruppo Campari for giving Jimmy and Eddie the freedom to collaborate on a slew of exciting super-premium bourbons that they have released in recent years.

If you watch the introductory mini-movie McConaughey created for Wild Turkey (see link here), while walking around the Wild Turkey distillery, he says that he senses that there is “a story here.” He’s right and it goes like this…

The Wild Turkey Distillery was built in 1869 in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky by the Ripy Brothers. You can still visit the Ripy mansion in Lawrenceburg, which has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Ripy Brothers sold Wild Turkey to the Gould Brothers in 1952.

In 1980, the Gould family sold Wild Turkey to Pernod-Ricard, a multinational French company and the second largest distilled spirits company in the world. Wild Turkey was then sold again to Gruppo Campari in 2009 for $575 million. This was a huge mistake by Pernod-Ricard because an enormous bourbon sales boom was right around the corner.

So, technically, the Wild Turkey brand has been foreign-owned for more than 36 years. Wild Turkey is not alone; many distilleries are no longer American-owned. Japanese brewer Suntory owns Jim Beam Brands and Makers Mark. Japanese brewer Kirin owns Four Roses. Hudson Baby Bourbon from New York is owned by William Grant & Sons (London).

Matthew just accepted heaps of Euros from a multi-national liquor company called Gruppo Campari. Who can blame him? Interestingly, one of the objectives cited for bringing on McCounaghy as their spokesperson was to attract more international customers and more women. That is awesome! Because there is nothing more attractive than a lady with a glass of good bourbon in her hand.

I visited the newly expanded Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg last year and took a tour of the impressive facility overlooking the Kentucky River. Campari spent $50 million to expand the operation. The visitors’ center is stunning. You can drink off the floor. The new 134,000 square foot facility expansion makes Wild Turkey one of the biggest whiskey distilleries in all of North America. It is capable of producing up to 11 million proof gallons of liquid annually.

What struck me while I was there was not the stunning river views, the rich history of the Ripy’s and Gould’s, or the tour guide’s bad jokes. What surprised me — what shocked me, really — was that there were no people, anywhere. There weren’t even Oompa Loompas helping out.

We spent two hours driving all over the property from the gift shop to the fermentation rooms to the stillhouse to the rickhouses and back to the visitors’ center. Other than the two clerks working in the gift shop and the tour guide, the only other humans we observed at the distillery were two guys hunched over a computer in a room that looked like the SpaceX mission control center. Other than a few lonely souls in the bottling hanger, it appears the entire Wild Turkey Distillery, which can churn out 50 million bottles a year, is almost entirely automated.

Jimmy and Eddie Russell make great bourbon. But are you buying “American” when you buy Wild Turkey? Tough call. All bourbon must be made in America but that does not mean the bourbon that’s produced is American-owned. Though Wild Turkey is made here, the profits and many of the jobs they create are headed to Italy. If you buy Wild Turkey bourbon you are supporting a brand with a rich American history. But don’t let McConaughey fool you into thinking you are creating jobs or helping our economy.

And Matthew, couldn’t you show a fellow Texan a little love and consider signing on as our creative director? We can’t afford a pot to piss in. We don’t have any Euros to throw your way but we’re willing to offer a Whataburger double-meat cheeseburger, a cool t-shirt and a really good bottle of bourbon. I recognize this is a low-ball offer and you probably won’t accept it but Matthew… “it’d be a lot cooler if you did.”

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About Garrison Brothers Bourbon

Today, we offer three brands of bourbon:

Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey (The Flagship) – This is the brand that got us where we are today. She is our workhorse, and we are damn proud of her. Every year we release a new vintage of this highly coveted bourbon. Today, every barrel that’s married together to create our flagship small batch bourbon is three to four years old.

I can say without hesitation that The Flagship is the highest quality, finest tasting bourbon whiskey in the world. And yes, we have the quantitative and qualitative scientific research to reinforce this claim. Gas chromatography and mass spectrometry testing indicates our bourbon contains lower levels of higher alcohols (the stuff that causes headaches, hangovers, burn and dryness) than any bourbon on the market. We have also conducted hundreds of blind taste-tests with bartenders and sommeliers of Garrison Brothers against more than 25 brands of bourbon, some as old as 23 years of age. In the tests, Garrison Brothers is selected as the favorite 90% of the time.

A few cases of the 2014 vintage (my personal favorite) and the 2015 vintage are still available at liquor stores but only for a limited time. When they’re gone, they’re gone forever. The 2016 vintage should start reaching liquor stores in late October. More on this beautiful liquid later.

Garrison Brothers Single Barrel Bourbon – Garrison Brothers Single Barrel Program is sold by the barrel and is unique — we ONLY offer 15-gallon barrels. This is ideal for consumers, retailers, and bars because they do not have to commit to 225-250 bottles like they would with a traditional 53-gallon barrel. Instead, the bottle yield after Angel’s Share is just 50 to 80 bottles.

You can taste some very unique Garrison Brothers Single Barrel bourbon at bars in Texas like Reserve 101 in Houston, The Houstonian Hotel, Stampede 66 in Dallas, and Moonshine Patio and Grill in Austin. You can also buy a bottle at all Total Wine and More stores, at Pogo’s in Dallas, and dozens of other Texas liquor stores.

Want your own barrel of our bourbon? Done deal. Simply visit this page and email me the order form. You can come to Hye as our guest and taste all the barrels you’d like. A Single Barrel order is confirmed when we receive a completed Single Barrel Order Form. I’ll make the arrangements with your favorite liquor store and our distributor to make sure you get your bottles within 60 days. Nice Christmas present, huh? Most retailers will charge you $100 to $110 a bottle. But I’m happy to negotiate on your behalf.


Garrison Brothers Single Barrel Sampler – Don’t want to commit the cash for a full barrel? No problem. The Single Barrel Sampler carton contains six bottles from six different barrels. Each bottle is unique and unusual: different color; different tint, different mouth-feel; and different flavor. You can find these at Twins, Specs and many other great liquor stores. If they don’t have any, please make them order you some.

Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon – Every odd year (2015, 2017 and 2019), we release one of the most highly coveted bourbon whiskies in America: Cowboy Bourbon. This was the American Whiskey of the Year in Jim Murray’s 2014 Whisky Bible! Like Pappy Van Winkle, bourbon connoisseurs wait outside liquor stores for the bottles to be delivered and snatch them up to sell on the black market. The next release is in the spring of 2017.

Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey, The 2016 Vintage

This new bourbon is the definition of a collaboration. Initially, our master distiller Donnis Todd selected 202 30-gallon barrels that were 38- to 41-months old. All of these barrels were 24-month seasoned oak, commonly known as wine wood instead of whiskey wood, which makes them damned expensive. The yard-seasoning reduces the bitter tannins in the wood. They had all aged in the rick-house we call Barrel Barn Dos and were originally filled at 114 to 116 proof. The bourbon was good — really good — but in my estimation, not perfect.

I pulled rank and convinced Donnis to marry in another 110 15-gallon barrels that were 48- to 53-months old. He acquiesced and the 2016 Vintage of Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey was born.

Tasting Notes: Sparkling tawny, burnt orange appearance. Clever effervescence. A deceptively flat gunsmoke and leather nose. Captivating malted milk balls and white chocolate taste, melting with an astonishingly gooey finish, rich with marzipan, dried cherries and apricot.

We are releasing 24,000 bottles of this bourbon whiskey this fall. I hope you’ll purchase a couple for yourself and your friends. If you like it, please tell everyone you know. If you don’t, just keep that to yourself.

Let’s Get Together for a Drink

This fall, we have committed to hosting a shitload of exciting tastings, classes and bourbon pairing dinners around the country. I’d love to see you in Dallas at the Stampede 66 dinner with chef Stephan Pyles. Come visit and let us buy you a drink! This should be an event for the ages.

To make a reservation, please contact the bar, restaurant or store directly. More information is available at www.garrisonbros.com/events.



Event Location

Thursday, September 29, 2016 – 6:30pm to 9:30pm Stampede 66: Garrison Brothers Bourbon Dinner w/ Dan Garrison Stampede 66 at 1717 McKinney in Dallas
Monday, October 3, 2016 – 7:00pm to 10:00pm Texas Tailgate & Craft Roadshow with Dan Garrison The Silo
4601 Clinton Drive
Houston, TX 77020
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm TWM: Bourbon 101 Up Close and Personal with Charlie Garrison Total Wine and More
Centennial Gateway East
5720 Centennial Center Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89149
Thursday, October 6, 2016 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm TWM: Bourbon 101 Up Close and Personal with Donnis Todd Total Wine and More
San Antonio “The Rim”
17530 La Cantera Pkwy Ste103
San Antonio, TX 78257
Thursday, October 6, 2016 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm TWM: Bourbon 101 Up Close and Personal with Dan Garrison Total Wine and More
Plano East Collin Creek Village
721 N Central EXPY Ste 200
Plano, TX 75075
Friday, October 7, 2016 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm TWM: Bourbon 101 Up Close and Personal with Charlie Garrison Total Wine and More
Stephanie Street Power Center
501 N. Stephanie Street
Henderson, NV 89014
Friday, October 14, 2016 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm TWM: Bourbon 101 Up Close and Personal with Dan Garrison Total Wine and More
981 Interstate 20 W
Arlington, TX 76017
Saturday, October 15, 2016 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm TWM: Bourbon 101 Up Close and Personal with Dan Garrison Total Wine and More
Hulen Fashion Center
5200 S Hulen St
Fort Worth, TX 76132
Friday, November 18, 2016 – 4:00pm to 8:00pm Garrison Brothers Tasting @ Fossil Creek Liquor with Dan Garrison Fossil Creek Liquor – Plano
1100 Preston Rd P
Plano, TX 75093



Speaking of Grabbing a Drink

Come have a drink with us in Hye. We conduct distillery tours at 10, noon 2 and 4. You can make a reservation or buy a fancy t-shirt here: www.garrisonbros.com. You don’t have to take a tour to taste our bourbon. We are serving tastings at our Hospitality Cabin Wednesday through Sunday from 10 to 5.

Thanks for drinking good bourbon and Vaya con Dios.

Kind regards,





Dan Garrison
Distiller, Whiskey Peddler and Toilet Scrubber

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Building a Bourbon Boat




We’re not bullshitting you. We’re going to build a boat. Right here in Hye, Texas. And we need your help to do it. We need your used Garrison Brothers bourbon bottle corks.

We are putting our money where our mouth is too. We will pay a bounty of $5 for every Garrison Brothers bottle cork that is sent to us. And we’ll throw in an extra $5 bucks to cover your shipping costs.

Please send each and every Garrison Brothers bottle cork you have to:

Garrison Brothers Is Building A Boat
517 West 39th Street
Austin, Texas 78751

Please Include your name, your business name, your address, your email address and your phone number.

This offer applies to bartenders and bourbon drinkers only! It does not apply to current or former Garrison Brothers personnel. Only corks from the 2015 Vintage, Garrison Brothers Single Barrel and later vintages can be redeemed.

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Unfiltered: Straight Bourbon and Peanut Butter


Garrison Brothers Bottle FillingIf you are a veteran bourbon drinker, you have probably seen the term “unfiltered” or “non-chill filtered” on a whiskey bottle. But what does that really mean?

When you buy a jar of organic, all natural, unfiltered peanut butter at the store, you fully expect a little oil to appear on the top of the peanut butter when you open the jar. You understand that peanuts contain oil. You understand that oils separate from solids. You understand that you just stir it up and you’re right back in business. When you buy a jar of commercially produced peanut butter, you will not see the oils (lipids/fatty acids) on the top of the peanut butter because the producer uses chemicals that dry out the oil. These chemicals also affect the taste and texture of the peanut butter.

StillLife3 copyBourbon is an agricultural product just like peanut butter but it is made from grain, water and wood. The same exact situation occurs with organic, all natural, unfiltered bourbon.

One of the beautiful aspects of whiskey, straight bourbon especially, is the color. Straight bourbon has a reddish crimson tint that glistens, shines and sparkles when held up to the light. The color comes from microscopic sugar crystals floating in the liquid, much of which are derived from the White American oak barrel that the bourbon has matured in. When the bourbon is freshly dumped from the barrel it does not have that crystalline glossiness. It’s a little bit murkier and cloudy with char and sediment from the bourbon barrel.

Bob Stickney Photography 011 copyTo make it shine, most commercial whiskey distilleries will cool the spirit down to below 50 degrees Fahrenheit by pushing the whiskey through a heat exchanger. When bourbon is colder than 50 degrees, the lipids, fatty acids and oils in the spirit, which come naturally from the grain and wood, begin to clump together.

The commercial distilleries then force the liquid through a plate filter. The plate filter has cloth or paper pads in it. The acids and oils attach to the paper pads and are left behind in the filter. This is how you make shiny whiskey.

You are more likely to see fatty acids and oils floating in bourbon than in scotch whiskey. Scotch makers remove the solids (the shells and grains) from the wash before they distill the alcohol. This is called sparging the wash. They use a lauter tun to do it. They only distill the liquid. Most of the fatty acids, lipids and oils are removed along with the solids. I only know of one bourbon maker in the United States who does this. I have tried their bourbon and did not much care for it. It lacked flavor.

Filtering BourbonSo for the bourbon connoisseur, it is a simple debate. Do you prefer bourbon that looks shiny but might have some of the flavor removed? Or do you want a full-flavored bourbon that might not be as shiny? Personally, I know my answer. I didn’t buy that bottle to hang it on the wall and show friends how shiny it is.

But there’s a downside to non-chill filtered bourbon whiskey. Recently, a retailer in Florida called me. “Your bourbon has been tainted,” he said. ”There’s something floating in it.” He was correct. His case of bourbon had been placed in an area of the warehouse with a serious draft. It was below 50 degrees. And what happens below 50 degrees? The fatty acids, oils and lipids clump together and it truly looks murky. I asked him to shake the bottle up. He did. And “ta da.”

If Garrison Brothers were to bottle all our bourbon at barrel proof – 135, 140 or 145 – that murkiness or clumping would not happen. But we like it at 94 proof, so we must add a little rainwater. That added water causes it to get murky when it is colder than 50 degrees.

If this ever happens to a bottle of Garrison Brothers that you’ve bought, please do not panic. Don’t go rushing off to the store to complain and please don’t send me the bottle; the feds won’t legally allow me to replace it or give you your money back. Instead, do this: Shake it!

(Shake it up baby now! Shake it up baby. Twist and shout. Twist and Shout. Come on, come on, come on, come on baby now. … Sorry, got distracted.)

As soon as you shake the bottle up, the cloudiness will disappear and that bottle of bourbon will taste and look delicious.

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