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Bar Manager Ryan Fussell and executive chef David McMillan have put together an extraordinary evening at Bird Café in Fort Worth on Monday, September 15 at 6:30. (Update, this dinner will be rescheduled, see note above.) Ryan, it seems, is a bit of a hoarder and has somehow amassed one of the greatest collections of Garrison Brothers bourbon vintages ever seen. He’ll be serving our Fall 2011 vintage in a cocktail called Fuss’ that includes Takubetsu jumai sake and flamed rosemary. With each course, he’s featuring the Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013 and Fall 2013 Garrison Brothers bourbon vintages.

Chef David McMillan, a California native, studied fine arts and sculpture at Boston University before a stay in Europe re-set him on a culinary course that has taken him to St. Augustine, Atlanta, Beverly Hills, Boston and Los Angeles as well as the wine country in France and California. Playing multiple roles, David has been chef, owner and caterer for top-rated restaurants, hotels, Hollywood celebrities and world dignitaries. His small plate menu is mouth-watering and I’m not going to even pretend to know what many of these ingredients are:

  • Calves tongue pastrami, house mustard, ementhaller & whiskey braised cabbage on rye
  • Nduja, pain perdue & braised apple
  • Kasu-cured black cod, daikon & roast shitake
  • Latteda chevre & muscat grape preserves
  • Treacle pie & crème fraiche

Garrison_DigitalAnd the food and drink is just half the adventure. The architecture is also overwhelming. The restaurant overlooking Sundance Square, is a looming space with 6,400 square feet indoors and 1,300 square feet of patio, is split between two levels in the renovated 1889 Land Title Building and newly built Commerce Building. In a release, Owner Shannon Wynne called the Land Title Building, “one of the very last of a building style that used to dominate downtown Fort Worth, representing the lavish and detailed Victorian architecture that Americans at the time emulated from Europe.”

Make Reservations Here

Reservations are $85 per person (gratuity included) and can be made by calling Bird Café at 817-332-2473. Only 40 guests will attend and it will sell out quickly. No matter where in Texas you reside, this dinner in Fort Worth will be worth the drive.

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Summertime Fine Drinking and Dining

If you’re on the road in Colorado this summer and looking for a sensational place to dine and drink bourbon, we’ve got a savory suggestion…

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E3 Chophouse, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Brother Charlie is headed to Steamboat Springs, Colorado for a spectacular bourbon dinner at E3 Chophouse. General Manager David Eliason is hosting a Garrison Brothers Pairing on Thursday July 31st at 6:30pm. The night will begin with a sample of both the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 Vintages of Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey and each course will be paired with one of E3’s amazing cocktails.

Appetizer: E3 Beef Tartar w/ Shallots, Dijon, Truffle

Soup: Bourbon Lobster Bisque with Garrison Brothers Bourbon and Claw meat

Salad: Smoked Salmon Salad with Whiskey Colie

Main Course: Oak Smoked Prime Rib with Horseradish Mashed Potatoes, Honey roasted vegetables, Au Jus

Dessert: Chocolate Mousse with Dark Chocolate, Cocoa Nib, Bourbon Butterscotch Whipped Cream

Reservations: Reservations are only $60 per plate through E3 Chophouse at (970) 879-7167

Website:           www.e3chophouse.com

Address:          701 Yampa Street, Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487

 

In the next few weeks, we’ll be announcing events in New York, San Antonio, Houston and Fort Worth. Hope to see ya’ll there.

Have a safe and happy summer!

The Garrison Brothers Crew

 

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Garrison Brothers Bourbon Pairing Dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Dallas

ruthchrissteakhouseWe are excited to be partnering with Chef Thomas Holt and general manager Chris Petruska at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Dallas next Wednesday, July 9. We will begin at 6:30 pm with bourbon cocktails and a Meet and Greet with Dan Garrison. Yeah, sorry, you’re stuck with me. Dinner will be served at 7:00 and paired with Garrison Brothers Texas Bourbon and a few exquisite wines.

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First course: Spicy Ahi Tuna paired with an old fashioned
Second course: Crab and Corn Chowder paired with a Conundrum White Blend
Third Course: Tomato and onion salad paired with a Belle Glos Pinot Noir
Fourth Course: Prime filet with crab and béarnaise sauce paired with Garrison Brothers Spring 2014 Vintage
Fifth Course: Chocolate Sin Cake paired with a dessert wine and Garrison Brothers Fall 2013 Vintage

The entertaining, educational and bawdy subject matter will be all about great food and great bourbon. We’ll discuss the history of Garrison Brothers Distillery, understanding whiskey types and how whiskey is made, proper nosing and tasting of fine straight bourbon, and the history of bourbon whiskey in America.

Reservations are required and seating is limited. A reservation is $100 per person for a meal that would normally cost much more.

Please call (972) 250-2244 to reserve your spot!

Event Web Site:     http://www.ruthschris.com/
Phone Number:    (972) 250-2244
Location: 17840 Dallas Parkway , Dallas, TX 75287
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THESE BOYS WANT TO FRY YOU SOME CHICKEN!

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If you’re headed to the Hill Country this summer, plan your trip for June 20th and 21st, for the Stonewall Peach Jamboree and Rodeo, the finest slice of redneck Americana one will ever experience. The 53rd Annual Peach Jamboree, Parade and Rodeo is Friday and Saturday. There’s an awesome small town rodeo and dance each night and they even let democrats in.

The Peach Parade meanders through town Saturday morning at 10 am. Garrison Brothers Distillery will have a float in the parade — look for the ugly boys with beards and the pretty girls without them  — and we’re sponsoring the Bull Riding at the rodeo. If this all sounds hokey as hell to you, well, GET OVER IT AND PUT YOUR BOOTS ON!

Immediately after the parade, at noon, everyone 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. We’ll have the gravelly Gary Berg and his gorgeous granddaughter Bailey Renee playing off the back porch at The Barrel Barn. And we’ll be auctioning off some of the most beautiful whiskey and wine barrels you’ve ever seen.

Lunch is BYOB and we’re asking for $20 a person. We will donate most of the proceeds to The Hye Preservation Society. The “boys round here” bought the first 150 tickets so only 100 tickets remain available. When it’s sold out, it’s sold out. You can buy tickets at http://www.garrisonbros.com/tour. Just click on the box that says WINNER, WINNER CHICKEN DINNER.

Since we’ve got tons of chicken to fry, there are no refunds on tickets unless you get run over by a parade float.

We’ll also announce this on our Facebook page in the next few days at Garrison Brothers Facebook Web Page. But by then, tickets may already be sold out.

You can learn more about everything going on at the Stonewall Peach Parade and buy event tickets at http://www.stonewalltexas.com/peach_jamboree.html

We hope to see ya’ll here. God bless America!

Kind regards,

Dan Garrison

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Bourbon Dinner with Chef Craig Doyle at Ruth’s Chris Fort Worth

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If you were unable to join us in Hye this past Saturday for The Stillhouse Series Dinner with Chef Jon Bonnell, then you missed an extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime event. That’s the bad news. The good news is that we’re packing the truck with bourbon for another sensational dinner in Fort Worth next week.

We are excited to be partnering with Chef Craig Doyle and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse next Wednesday, April 23. We will begin at 6:00 pm with bourbon cocktails and a Meet and Greet with Dan Garrison. Yeah, sorry, you’re stuck with me. Dinner will be served at 7:00 and paired with Garrison Brothers Texas Bourbon and a few exquisite wines.

First course: Spicy Ahi Tuna paired with an old fashioned
Second course: Crab and Corn Chowder paired with a Conundrum White Blend
Third Course: Tomato and onion salad paired with a Belle Glos Pinot Noir
Fourth Course: Prime filet with crab and béarnaise sauce paired with Garrison Brothers Spring 2014 Vintage
Fifth Course: Chocolate Sin Cake paired with a dessert wine and Garrison Brothers Fall 2013 Vintage

The entertaining, educational and bawdy subject matter will be all about great food and great bourbon. We’ll discuss the history of Garrison Brothers Distillery, understanding whiskey types and how whiskey is made, proper nosing and tasting of fine straight bourbon, and the history of bourbon whiskey in America.

Reservations are required and seating is limited. A reservation is $95 per person for a meal that would normally cost much more.

Please call 817.348.0080 to reserve your spot!

Event Web Site:     http://www.ruthschris.com/
Phone Number:     817.348.0080
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Cowboy Bourbon from Garrison Brothers: American Micro Whiskey of the Year

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Author’s Note: This blog is dedicated to all the “professional investors” who, in the early 2000s, told me I’d never be able to make my own bourbon in Texas and should just buy it from a large producer like everyone else does. You sons-of-bitches will never know the pride I feel right now.

Yesterday, the 2014 edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible was released. For those who aren’t whiskey aficionados, the Whisky Bible is considered by many to be the definitive encyclopedia of whiskeys. Internationally recognized as probably the leading commentator on all the world’s whiskies, Mr. Murray tastes more than 4,500 bottlings from all over the world and provides unbiased tasting notes on the world’s leading and lesser known whiskies. Not afraid to express his views and loved by many for his uncompromising stance, Jim Murray’s tasting notes are full of fascinating facts, flavors and bottlings.

 In the 2014 Edition, Mr. Murray named
Cowboy Bourbon from Garrison Brothers
The American Micro Whiskey of the Year.

Those of you who searched all across Texas to find a bottle of Cowboy Bourbon, and paid a small fortune for it, well, you might want to hold on to those bottles. That bourbon just became quite valuable.

The Cowboy will ride again in 2015 but it’s unlikely future bottlings will ever rival the value of the little 375ml pre-release bottles you now possess.

As always, thank you for your support. God bless.

Kind regards,

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Dan Garrison

Proprietor
Garrison Brothers Distillery

P.S. Mr. Murray’s 2014 Whisky Bible is available for purchase here: The 2014 Whisky Bible.

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Garrison Brothers™ Introduces Texas’ First Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Exclusively Available at Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye, Texas

Garrison Brothers™ Single Barrel  Straight Bourbon WhiskeyNovember 1, Hye, Texas  – The bourbon whiskey makers at Garrison Brothers Distillery are pleased to announce the introduction of Garrison Brothers Single Barrel, the first single barrel straight bourbon whiskey ever made in Texas. Initially, these rare bottles will not be available at liquor stores; the bourbon will only be for sale at Garrison Brothers Distillery. Texas Senate Bill 905, recently passed unanimously by the Texas legislature, makes it possible for craft distilleries to now sell what they make. Visitors to Garrison Brothers Distillery may now purchase the Single Barrel and other Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskies at the distillery in Hye, Texas.

“For years, bourbon drinkers and collectors have been asking us to release a Single Barrel, and it’s high time we did. Senate Bill 905 was a great motivator…now we have something new to offer both old friends and first time distillery visitors alike,” said proprietor and distiller Dan Garrison. “We’re extremely proud of our bourbon, we love showing off what we do, and we’re excited to add Garrison Brothers Single Barrel to our stable of fine bourbons. We’re so confident of its quality, taste and character, we’ll put ours up against any Kentucky or Tennessee bourbon in a blind taste test.”

Each bottle of Single Barrel will be truly unique. Garrison Brothers’ master distiller Donnis Todd will select a new barrel from the barn every week. He will offer visitors his tasting notes for that specific barrel and fill a few special bottles — emblazoned with a silver Texas star, of course. Visitors to the distillery can dip the bottle they choose into silver wax and personalize it – college ring imprints, initials, personal notes – no two bottles will ever be the same. Each bottle will have the barrel number and bottle number hand-written on the side.

According to Garrison, “Making straight bourbon requires a commitment of time, money and patience that most craft distillers are unwilling to make. High-priced consultants and professional investor-types told us this could never be done. Well, it’s been done now.”

About Garrison Brothers Distillery

Founded in 2005, Garrison Brothers Distillery is Texas’ first and oldest whiskey distillery. When our bourbon was first introduced in 2010, Garrison Brothers’ Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey was the first whiskey ever legally made in Texas. And it is the first bourbon ever made outside of Kentucky or Tennessee, from corn to cork, at the Distillery. Our bourbon is also made entirely from organic grain. Garrison Brothers has since sold thousands of cases of our highly acclaimed bourbon whiskey.  Located in Hye, Texas, nestled in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, the business is owned by the Garrison family and a few friends. We are proud members of the communities of Blanco, Fredericksburg, Hye, Johnson City and Stonewall.

Garrison Brothers Distillery is open to the public for tours and special events. State law prohibits the distillery from selling bottles on Sundays. For more information, please visit us at www.garrisonbros.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  For media materials, photographs and interviews, please contact Dan Garrison.

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Carnivores and Bourbon Drinkers Unite!

Ye Shall Know The Truth and The Truth Shall Set You Free.

Ye Shall Know The Truth and The Truth Shall Set You Free.

Yeah, I know: Texans have once again drank the state dry of Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Last week I promised to bring a few bottles to tailgate parties. But after visiting four Twin Liquors, two Specs, and Cypress Valley Spirits, I was only able to find three bottles. As I understand it every Twin Liquors in Central Texas is once again SOLD OUT.

To our friends and neighbors here in Texas who are drinking all that bourbon we want to say THANKS! But it may be Hye time we had a little conversation about moderation.

I wanted to let you know about a couple of bourbon-infused events that are coming up soon (assuming we can find some bourbon somewhere).

Carnivore’s Ball

If you’re a fan of great Texas barbecue, you will not want to miss the Carnivore’s Ball at Ceres Park Ranch on Sunday, September 15. Arguably the best brisket smoker in Texas, legendary pitmaster John Mueller, will be feeding the masses. I’ll be sharing bourbon with the guests between 5 and 5:30. Then we’ll all get good and greasy with ribs and brisket.

Reservations can be made here but you better make them quick: https://burgermary.ticketbud.com/carnivoresball

Bourbon 101 at Sigels Elite in Dallas

So far, I’ve hosted five Bourbon 101 classes across Texas. Each has sold out and those who come to tell us they learn a lot and have a great time. The next will be at Sigels Elite in Dallas on Fitzhugh on September 18 from 6 to 8pm. We’ll provide light appetizers, a few different vintages of our bourbon and gift bags for everyone who attends. To make a reservation, send an email with your contact information and the number of guests you’ll have to: store04@sigels.com.

We’re slowly adding more Bourbon 101 Classes to the events section of our website and hope to host one in San Antonio and Austin soon.  Check out http://garrisonbros.com/garrison-brothers-events to find out when I’m heading to your neck of the woods.

See you soon.

Dan Garrison

 

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Reserve 101, Bourbon 101 and An Event for Entrepreneurs

First, I want to let you know that almost all the bottles of Garrison Brothers bourbon we’ve ever introduced are now completely sold out.  All 2010, 2011 and 2012 vintages are completely gone. Only 200 cases of the Spring 2013 Vintage remain in our distributor’s warehouses.  If you see one of these bottles in your local liquor store, you have found a rarity, and I’d love to share it with you. Call me.

To that end, we owe a great big thank you to our fellow Texans. We truly appreciate your support. The next release, the Fall 2013 Vintage, will start hitting stores around October 1 of this year. Between now and then, it’ll be slim pickins.

However, we are putting on a few dog and pony shows around Texas in August, and at some of these, we’ll be sampling the precious bottles we’ve been hording at Garrison Brothers Distillery.

Fireside Chat at Reserve 101 in Houston on Tuesday, August 13 at 6:30

garrison-brothers-tasting326Owners Mike Raymond and Steve Long might need to change the name of their establishment to Whiskey 101. There are few bars in America with such an extensive selection of exotic bourbons and whiskeys. I’ll be sitting by the fireplace talking bourbon with Mike this evening and we’ll have plenty of bourbon for you to taste, including Garrison Brothers vintages-gone-by. As knowledgeable as Mike is about whiskey, and as un-politically correct as I can be about brown vodkas, it should make for an interesting little “sit and sip.”

Reservations are recommended and can be made at www.reserve101.com/whiskey-tastings-houston. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds benefit Lucky Dog Rescue.

 

Dallas Entrepreneurs Center Happy Hour on August 21 from 5 to 7:30

If your interest leans more toward business than bourbon, please join me and the Dallas Entrepreneurial Center for a discussion and happy hour at The Softlayer Building on Stemmons Expressway.  We’ll be pouring bourbon for guests and I’ll discuss what’s involved with starting your own liquor business.

We’ll talk about the regulatory environment, capitalization requirements, and the business and personal planning and sacrifices that are required. You have my word that I will answer the hard questions too. For me, business is personal, so this should be fun.

Reservations can be made at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7124982013. Attendance is limited to the first 80 who RSVP.

Ye Shall Know The Truth and The Truth Shall Set You Free.

Ye Shall Know The Truth and The Truth Shall Set You Free.

Bourbon 101 at Specs on Central in Dallas on August 22 from 6 to 8

Join me at the enormous Specs on Central Expressway in Dallas for Bourbon 101. In addition to sampling a delicious appetizer plate from Spec’s kitchens, we’ll taste three different vintages of Garrison Brothers bourbon. Discussion topics will include:

  • Proper Nosing and Tasting of Fine Whiskey
  • My story: Hill Country Moonshiner to Glorified Whiskey Peddler
  • Prohibition and its Lasting Effect on Whiskey in America
  • Scotch, Irish, Canadian, Japanese, Blended Whiskeys and Brown Vodkas
  • How We Make Fine Bourbon at Garrison Brothers Distillery
  • The Strange Fringe Benefits of The Whiskey Business

We’ll also have a little bag of door prizes for each attendee. To register, and this will sell out soon, call 214-369-2800 and ask to speak with the manager on duty. Email me at dan@garrisonbros.com if you have any trouble making this reservation.

So gang, summer’s over! Time to throw out the skinny margaritas and the light beer and get back to the more serious business of drinking great bourbon. Hope you can join me.

 

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WINNER, WINNER CHICKEN DINNER

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If you’re headed to the Hill Country this summer, plan your trip for this coming weekend, June 21st, for the Stonewall Peach Jamboree and Rodeo — undoubtedly the greatest display of pure, country, redneck-Americana one can experience. The 52ND Annual Peach Jamboree, Parade and Rodeo is THIS Friday and Saturday.

There’s a rodeo and dance each night. The Peach Parade meanders through town Saturday morning at 10 am. Garrison Brothers Distillery will have a float in the parade — look for the really pretty girls and the really ugly boys with beards — and we’re sponsoring the Barrel Races at the rodeo. If this all sounds hokey as hell to you, well, GET OVER IT AND PUT YOUR BOOTS ON!

Immediately after the parade, at 12:30, 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. We’ll have the legendary Charlie Montague playing off the back porch at The Barrel Barn. And we’ll be auctioning off some of the most beautiful whiskey and wine barrels you’ve ever seen.

Lunch is BYOB and we’ll be asking for $20 a person. We will donate most of the proceeds to The Hye Preservation Society. The “boys round here” bought the first 150 tickets so only 104 tickets remain available. When it’s sold out, it’s sold out.

Since we’ve got tons of chicken to fry, there are no refunds on tickets unless you get run over by a parade float. If you’re going to join us for lunch, you can buy tickets at http://www.garrisonbros.com/tour. Just click on the box that says WINNER, WINNER CHICKEN DINNER.

We’ll also announce this on our Facebook page in the next few days at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Garrison-Brothers-Distillery/157733482684?ref=hl. But by then, tickets may already be sold out.

You can learn more about everything going on at the Stonewall Peach Parade and buy event tickets at http://www.stonewalltexas.com/peach_jamboree.html

We hope to see ya’ll here.

Kind regards,

Dan Garrison

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