Meet Laurent Lebec, one of our friends from Chicago’s Big Star.
Housed in a defunct 1940’s gas station, Big Star is a Bourbon and beer-focused restaurant featuring an authentic Mexican street food inspired menu in the Wicker Park neighborhood.
We took some time to sit down with Laurent, over Bourbon of course, and got to know a little bit more about his job.
How long have you worked at Big Star?
I started at Big Star a mere two weeks after they opened.
We all know about the unique process of handcrafting Four Roses Bourbon, but have you ever taken the time to think about the process behind our unique packaging?
Our very mellow Small Batch Bourbon comes in a bottle that boasts an interesting story. Go ahead, grab a bottle, (pour yourself a glass) and turn it upside down. What you do see? The Small Batch bottle has been created in the shape of a rosebud when turned upside down.
As the Kentucky Bourbon Festival and Bourbon Heritage Month come to a close, I find it gratifying to sit back and reflect on some of the moments that made the week, and month, so special.
One of the events I look forward to most each year is Let’s Talk Bourbon, held at the Distillery. Guests were taken on a journey, examining the history and process of making Kentucky Bourbon.
We love a good backyard cookout at Four Roses. What better way to spend a mellow evening, mingled together with friends, family good food and even better Bourbon? We’ve come up with five simple ways to work Four Roses Bourbon into your next backyard barbeque that we’d like to share with you!
Take a look, and please share with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #HandcraftTheMoment so we can check it out!
We recently spent the afternoon at Taj Louisville, one of our very favorite spots in Louisville, Kentucky’s East Market District, also known as NuLu. Recognized for its impressive local Bourbon collection and unique décor, bursting with various antiques and relics, Taj has become an all-welcoming, neighborhood hangout.
Thanks to our friend Elias Parise of TILT, a restaurant and bar brand based in Portland, Oregon, for sharing a neat video highlighting our Distillery grounds and featuring Master Distiller Brent Elliott. As they said, heritage, quality and attention to detail are just a few of the similarities that TILT and Four Roses Bourbon have in common. So, cheers and we hope you enjoy.
For more information on TILT, you can check them out on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
As many of you may know, legend has it that Four Roses began with a love story between founder, Paul Jones, Jr., and his Southern belle. It is said that he sent a proposal to her, and she replied that if her answer were “Yes,” she would wear a corsage of four red roses on her gown to the upcoming grand ball.
He later named his Bourbon “Four Roses” as a symbol of his devout passion for the lovely belle, a passion he thereafter transferred to making his beloved Four Roses Bourbon.
We like to celebrate Bourbon every day at Four Roses, but one of our favorite days of the year falls on June 14—National Bourbon Day. We look forward to toasting to America’s Native Spirit with you on this special holiday each year.
We asked our friend and journalist, Carla Carlton, to be a guest blogger for April Straight Up. Carla used this opportunity to discuss the record-breaking bourbon production over the past couple of years and how we’re now living in the “new” Bourbon renaissance.
If you’d like to read more from Carla, and we recommend you do, check out some of her other work on her website, TheBourbonBabe.com.
Meet Mark Corley, a bartender at The Silver Dollar – located in Louisville’s Clifton neighborhood and known for its extensive Kentucky Bourbon selection and made-from-scratch Southern food.
Mark may sound familiar as he was awarded “Judges’ Choice” with his Wild Wilda Mint Julep in the 14th annual Four Roses Bourbon Rose Julep Cocktail Competition.
We spent the afternoon with Mark, over Bourbon, to learn a little bit more about his job.