It’s National Bourbon Heritage Month. How will you celebrate?

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September 11, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

Louisville restaurants and bars are celebrating an adult beverage that’s pure Kentucky, through and through.

September is National Bourbon Heritage Month. Below is a list of places that are having events or food and/or drink specials to celebrate this month. Some of these are Treat Yo’ Self types of places, but everyone deserves a splurge now and then.

Bristol Bar and Grille, East location, 300 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy., Louisville

Bourbon Brunch: Brunch buffet will include Bourbon Caramel Sticky Rolls with pecans; Honey and Bourbon Glazed Fried Chicken; Bourbon Smoked Salmon; Cheddar Fondue finished with bourbon; Kentucky Bourbon Coffee Cake; and bourbon-spiked toppings at the waffle bar

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 16

Cost: $15 plus tax and gratuity; 502.426.0627 for reservations (Wait a minute, $15? For a nice buffet? Sign me up IMMEDIATELY.)

Bourbon specials: Southern Spring Rolls filled with Marksbury smoked pork with collard greens, black-eyed peas and fried cheese, served with house-made bourbon mustard ($8); Bourbon Barbecue Chicken with bacon cheddar potato salad ($14); Bourbon Glazed Shrimp and Grits ($17)

Corbett’s: An American Place, 5050 Norton Healthcare Blvd., Louisville

Bourbon and Broadway Dinner — A four-course meal inspired by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast musical and infused with Four Roses bourbon

When: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27

Cost: $75 per person plus tax and gratuity; 502.327.5058 or book online at opentable.com

The English Grill in The Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway, Louisville

Bourbon specials in The English Grill: 

  • Rabbit salad with Bulleit bourbon soaked cherries, Treviso, and sherry mustard vinaigrette
  • Short ribs braised with Basil Hayden’s bourbon and cumin topped with celeriac puree and roasted apple and walnut gremolata
  • Kentucky spice cake with Buffalo Trace bourbon whipped cream

Bourbon special in The Brown’s lobby bar:

  • Bison burger with beer cheese, house-made pickles and a Four Roses bourbon barbeque sauce
  • Chocolate walnut pie made with Maker’s 46 and topped with vanilla bean ice cream

Equus and Jack’s Lounge, 122 Sears Ave., Louisville

Bourbon Tasting Dinner — A four-course menu of fall dishes to accompany bourbon cocktails

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 24

Cost: $65 per person plus tax and gratuity; 502.897.9721 for reservations

North End Café, 1722 Frankfort Ave. and 2116 Bardstown Road, Louisville

Bourbon drink specials: 

  • Smokey Joe: Bourbon with smoked black tea, maple syrup and bitters
  • Pecan Bourbon Sour: Bourbon with coffee and vanilla bitters
  • Right Side of the Bed: Bourbon with orange marmalade and vermouth
  • Mirabelle: Bourbon and plum with lemon and peach bitters
  • Umbrian Manhattan: Bourbon with dry vermouth and Campari

Proof on Main, 702 W. Main Street, Louisville

Buffalo Trace Distillers Dinner — A three-course dinner paired with Buffalo Trace and reception with Drew Mayville, lead chemist at Buffalo Trace

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 27

Cost: $85 per person; 502.217.6360 for reservations

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