Monday, October 19, 2015

2015 Bourbon Fall Hunting Season: So Far, So Good



The 2015 Bourbon Fall Hunting Season is in full swing, its almost November and so far I have been extremely blessed. Colorado, Denver, and Boulder get releases later than the rest of the county, but Ive been fortunate to be at the right place at the right time so far!!

First off, I brought the house down and bagged that Pappy 20 right out of the gate, I was the "faux/default" winner of a "right to buy" raffle at Argonaut Liquor in Denver...

I buy a decent amount of bourbon from Argonaut, they always have a great stocked selection of daily sippers on all shelf levels and a ton of store picked single barrels. They get all the "hard to get" releases,  but you gotta be on top of your game here, because everyone knows about Argonaut and the primo gets picked through fast if its not being raffled off..

However, I'm in Denver often from Boulder, and I usually stop in Argo once a week... On a normal Sunday Argonaut trip I purchased a Noah's Mill, a handle of Old Forester 100, a liter of Old Crow(glass bottle), and a Jefferson's Barrel Aged Manhattan...

After I cashed out I stopped by the manger podium and simply asked "did ya'll pick the winners for the Pappy raffle yet"? The liquor manager replied "nobody signed up" and I said "nobody signed up, I had 20 people enter for me"..

Turns out they had a glitch in their system and entries weren't being received, I was the only one to follow up and bring it to their attention and they ever so graciously sold me a bottle.. 

They immediately got their tech guy on it to fix the problem and are doing more raffles for all of the Uber-Rare Fall Bourbon releases this year, so everyone who wins an Argonaut raffle owes me, "technically", duh...

Thanks so much Argonaut!! 

- Bourbon persistency and consistency really payed off here...

Next I was blessed by taking down 1 bottle of last years Parker's Heritage Wheat 13 yr 126.8(one of my favorite pours ever, currently 3 bunkered) and this years Old Forester Birthday 2015 from my beloved and home-store Hazels Beverage World in Boulder...

Everyone wants the small boutique liquor shops to call their home shops to snag their bottles from, but now a days bourbons are on such drastic allocation that smaller shops aren't getting as much if any and its beneficial to "get in good" with the bigger stores..

Hazels is the Kingpin in Boulder for all of your one stop shop booze needs... 

Craft beer, they got that. Belgium Beer, they got that. Wine, they got that. Liquor, they got all of that!! Hopefully they step up their store pick single barrels game and maybe I can con my way onto their tasting panel if so, just saying Hazels, I love you!!!

I buy a ton of bourbon from Hazels, they stock all of your daily sippers at all price levels and they definitely are able to get some "white unicorns"...They're Liquor Department is spot on, the whole crew is a class act, and I try to know everyone by name, they're Liquor Manager is a Gem and puts up with my constant badgering and seeking enlightenment and knowledge on bourbon releases via multiple phone calls and multiple in store stop-by's every single week...

They recently and randomly received 1 PH Wheat from last year that the distributor just so happened to have dropped off(Alleged Denver Distributor Reserves, I'll get more into that later) and I was able to get the only Old Forrester Birthday 2015 they received..

Lucky, blessed, stoked, right place/right time, bourbon relationships, bourbon consistency, and bourbon persistency!!!

Thanks Hazels, I love you, Seriously, Always and Forever!!!!

On a random Monday, 2 weeks ago,  I stopped at AppleJack in Wheat Ridge…

I proceeded to look around, great selection of bourbon on the everyday shelves, multiple locked glass cases with some rarer bottles and older age statements, but as usual I asked to talk to a Liquor Crew member to ask about things not able to be viewed by the public...

We chatted it up for a few minutes about bourbon, he eventually said he had some Weller Antique and some Elmer in the back, I said I'd pass on the OWA, I have a ton open, blended, and bunkered, but I said yes to the Elmer, I currently didn't have one, open or bunkered. The guy went in the back, took about 10 minutes, which was fine because it gave me a chance to chat it up with another liquor crew member... 

Out came my man, he apologized for taking so long, he said he got a phone call, but in his hand he had a Elmer T. Lee Commemorative from 2013, I'm like WTF its almost 2016. He said they "accidentally" got a case of it from the distributor(Alleged Denver Distributor Reserves, stay tuned)...

Boom, I said WTF, asked for more, they said one per customer, good score, Thanks a lot AppleJack!!!!!

Lastly as of now, but tons of more hunting to do this season, I was able to bag 4 bottles of the latest ECBP 135.6 from TotalBev Westminster. I like this store a lot, the last 3 ECBP releases I've been able to add multiple bottles of each to my bunker because of TotalBev Westminster!! Great Shop, fully stocked, big time selection on everything...

Thanks as always TotalBev, much appreciated!!!

I've definitely put in the work trying to bring these bottles home. Hopefully I can keep it moving and add anything from Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, Elijah Craig 18, 23, and more Barrel Proofs, Both 2015 Four Roses Limited Editions, and (whispers) anything Pappy Van Winkle, which are extremely great bourbons at retail if you're one of the few chosen ones, but not worth the hype and secondary markets, says bourbonboomed!!!!

Bourbon problems...

Cheers and Happy Hunting,

Alex @bourbonboomed