During the Great Depression, OA Bakhaus took a risk and relocated his family from Oklahoma to Lexington, Kentucky to make a better life. He worked tirelessly, acquiring several businesses, including the purchase of Bennie Robinson, Inc in 1948 – the one that would become Kentucky Eagle. A lot has changed since then. Beers have come and gone; the business has grown in size and scope. Second-generation leader Ann Bakhaus took the company from an exclusive Anheuser-Busch distributor to a total beverage distributor. What hasn’t changed is the will to go above and beyond every day. Excellence in all we do. Connection to our community.
Today, Mr. Bakhaus’ legacy is carried on, through the third generation of leadership and the work of the entire Kentucky Eagle team. From our 190,000 square foot, LEED-certified facility, we distribute beer to central and southern Kentucky, and wine and spirits statewide.
We deliver good times by distributing beer, wine, spirits, and beer cheese to your favorite outlets, assuring quality control through our product knowledge. With a strong family legacy and dedicated family of employees, we push ourselves to succeed every damn day.
We are leading Kentucky Eagle into a new era of innovation. We intend to be the most forward-looking distributor in our industry, constantly challenging the status quo.
The patriotic men of the 10th brought diversity, courage, and hope to the Rocky Mountains when they arrived in the 1940s to train just a few miles south of what is now Vail.
They were part of the greatest generation of men, wanting to make each day count and each day better than the last. The mentality they had was strong after being shaped from the rigors of mountain warfare, their egos humble.
Camp Hale, the legendary home of the 10th Mountain Division, was constructed in 1942, located 22 miles west of Vail between Leadville and Minturn in the Pando Valley. The initial population of Camp Hale included 15,000 soldiers, 3,000 administrative, medical, and other non-skiing staff, 5,000 mules, and 200 dogs.
In January of 1945, the 10th deployed to Italy’s Apennines Mountains, where they would battle the German army for the next two and a half months. On May 2, 1945, Germany surrendered to the Allies in Florence, Italy, ending the 10th’s Italian Campaign.
After World War 2, many of the 10th Mountain Division warriors came home to the USA and continued skiing. The 10th Mountain Division veterans started many of the US ski areas we now love. At least 62 ski resorts have been founded and managed by former 10th Mountain Division veterans.
The tradition of excellence established by the original 10th Mountain Division continues with today’s 10th Mountain Division Light Infantry (LI). Now based at Ft. Drum in Watertown, New York, the 10th Mountain Division LI has the distinction of being the most deployed military unit when a humanitarian, natural disaster, or conflict arises in the world.
The 10th Mountain Whiskey and Spirit Company is an extension of the mountain lifestyle, bringing together the old with the new. Generation after generation, men and women alike, all share this same passion, enjoying it for a day, a weekend, a lifetime, or somewhere in between. No matter how long it’s embraced the combination of friends, mountains, memories, and spirits, brings people together like no other.
To encourage these relationships, to embrace the mountain lifestyle, and to honor the 10th Mountain soldiers who inspired our way of life, we created a tribute spirit company in Vail Colorado. Not only is it a tribute to the 10th Mountain soldier, but it is also a tribute to those that enjoy the mountain lifestyle, living it fully, every day.
Bardstown Bourbon will be doing its Art of Blending experience for the VIP event at the 2nd Annual Bourbon Ball.
The Bardstown Bourbon Company is a New Blend of Bourbon Makers, pushing the boundaries through innovation, while honoring the traditional art of making whiskey. Set on 100 acres of active farmland in the heart of the Bourbon Capital of the World®, we produce the highest-quality Kentucky bourbon, whiskey, and rye brands as well as offer custom whiskey production through our one-of-a-kind Collaborative Distilling Program. We are the first Napa Valley style destination on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® to combine distilling, culinary, and beverage expertise to create a modern, authentic bourbon experience.
In the heart of the Bourbon Capital of the World, we are passionate about making great whiskey. In our state-of-the-art facility, we have the capability to produce over 50 different mashbills, otherwise known as recipes, across the entire whiskey spectrum. We have distilled for some of the best whiskey brands in the world, and have taken all of that knowledge to create our own sought-after expressions.
291 Colorado Whiskey is a globally acclaimed, small batch whiskey nestled in the shadow of Pikes Peak. Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Michael Myers, a former New York City fashion and beauty photographer, with a love of whiskey and passion for the old west, aims to replicate the taste, smell and folklore of that time, to create a one of a kind, bold and beautiful, Colorado Whiskey.
Myers, no stranger to whiskey or the West, set out to create a flagship whiskey that evoked the Wild West. He grew up on rural family farms in Georgia and Tennessee, across a countryside defined by rolling hills, horses, Jack Daniels and George Dickel. For decades since then, he carried with him an iconic vision of walking into an old west bar, saying “give me a whiskey”, and the bartender slamming down a bottle– that bottle would be 291 Colorado Whiskey.
291 Colorado Whiskey is “Hardmade the Colorado Way”. Myers built his original still from copper photogravure plates that he had once used to create enduring photographic scenes, from western landscapes to the Chrysler Building. On September 11, 2011 — ten years after 9/11 changed his life and the lives of so many others — Myers pulled his first whiskey off of that still, building his future in whiskey, off his passion for photography. Almost 12 years later, Distillery 291 is distilling, by hand, from scratch, twelve distinctive Colorado whiskeys. Utilizing grains from the Colorado plains and water collected from Pikes Peak reservoirs, Myers turned his artist’s eye towards whiskey and hasn’t looked back. Everything matters..
291 Colorado Whiskey has been recognized for its spirit from such notable publications as Whiskey Magazine, Whiskey Advocate, The Whiskey Bible, American Whiskey Magazine, Spirits Business Journal, IWSC as well as the most respected competitions including San Francisco World Spirits Competition, World Whiskies Awards, Luxury Whiskey Masters and more. Named 2022 American Craft Producer of the Year, World’s Best Wheat- 2021, World’s Best Rye-2018, as well as, Best American New Make-2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023, as well as 2-time US Micro-Whiskey of the Year (Runner-up 2020, 2018) 2023 Colorado Distillery of the Year; 291 has earned bushels of national and international awards and is the most highly awarded Colorado Whiskey and at the top of craft whiskeys throughout the US.
That said, what will always define 291 Colorado Whiskey is its spirit, passion permeates every sip.
Bourbon With Friends Podcast is a self-funded podcast heard in 76 countries around the world, featuring numerous celebrity guests such as Sam Heughan, Ian Somerhalder, Graham McTavish, Michael Ray, Jefferson White, and Terry Bradshaw. We have also recently founded "With Friends Media Group" to encourage more people to get into podcasting and new shows include "Outlander With Friends" which debuted as one of the top 50 TV podcasts on Apple.
Our podcast has a strong focus on philanthropy and giving back to the community, having donated over $50,000 since January 2022. The 2022 Ball raised over $30,000 for Folds of Honor and we are expecting this year's event to be even bigger and better.
Co-Hosts Paul & Connor will be leading the 2023 Bourbon Ball and are very excited to bring this event to the local community to support our great veterans and their families!
Thomas Fountain was born and raised in the mountains of North Georgia and that way of life is reflected in his songs. The music that has influenced him as a singer/songwriter is well rooted in the past. However, he has taken that vintage edge and blended it with a distinct modern sound to make what he refers to as, “Solid Mountain Country”. His classy look, smooth vocals, and genuine style is what gravitate people, pull them in, and make them fans for life. Thomas’ fans are treated like friends and family and he wants to make sure every one of them enjoy the ride. His first single “FLOAT” from the debut self-titled EP, was played in rotation on various terrestrial and digital radio outlets across America.
Thomas is fresh off the release of his 2nd EP titled “Mountain Climber”, and was featured on NBC’s lifestyle show, Atlanta and Company and Today In Nashville to support the EP. Singles like “Break My Heart”, “Mountain Climber”, and “Window Pane” show the versatility of Thomas as a songwriter. All three singles garnered massive amounts of media within the industry and saw play on large market stations 94.9 The Bull, New Country 101.5, and 96.5 The Bull, all Iheart stations. The music video for his upbeat and fun sing along single “It Don’t Matter” released in 2021, premiered on CMT.com. Being a Georgia native, Thomas is consistently selling out shows in the Atlanta area and his fan base is quickly expanding around the southeast and beyond.
Thomas has shared the stage with acts like Chris Stapleton, Charlie Daniels, Travis Tritt, Trace Adkins, Kellie Pickler, LoCash, Brett Young, and Riley Green to name a few. He is putting his own mark on the country music world doing things the only way he knows how, with honesty. Fountain says “I want my songs and lyrics to make people feel something. Not just now but years from now”. It seems to be working as Thomas’ fan base continues to grow rapidly. It’s only a matter of time before everyone knows who Thomas Fountain is.
Upon booking your ticket. Please select whether you would like the chicken or steak option for your main course.
Veterans, Active Duty, First Responders and their family members receive 25% off. Email email@example.com for that code!
VIP Castle & Key - $150
GA Castle & Key - $75
VIP Bourbon Ball - $500
GA Bourbon Ball - $250
Bourbon With Friends The Kentucky Castle & Castle & Key will host hundreds of members from the local community at our second annual philanthropy event. The two day event will be filled with dinner, dancing, drinks and live entertainment, as well as a silent auctions. All net proceeds will benefit Folds of Honor: A non profit organization that provides educational scholarships to families of fallen or disabled soldiers
This year. We have incorporated more technology to make the silent auction completely easy and painless right from your phone! VIP Ticket Holders will get first access to the bidding site which will end promptly at 10PM the evening of the ball and have set baseline increments so bidding is fair and accurate. Winners will be notified via notification on their device!
Folds of Honor provides educational
scholarships to children and spouses of
fallen and disabled service-members
across this great country. We honor all
service-members from each military
branch who have given their life or
become disabled in service to this
country. We provide educational
scholarships to their dependents as a
way for us to say "Thank You" for your
The Castle & Key Event will be June 30th from 5:30-8:30 at Castle & Key Distillery.
Castle & Key will be doing an exclusive VIP tour and behind-the-scenes bourbon tasting with Brett Connors, Head Blender and Whiskey Wizard, and Murray Harwich, Guest Experience Assistant Manager and E.H. Taylor Descendant.
The Ball will be hosted at The Kentucky Castle in Versailles, KY on Saturday July 1, 2023
from 5-11 P.M.
All Proceeds go to Folds Of Honor
Tickets on sale soon!
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