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Issue 133 - Gone Fishin'

Whisky Magazine Issue 133
January 2016


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Gone Fishin'

A Bourbon Affair Experience

As I dabbed my cornbread in the cocktail sauce meant for the tender fried catfish, I gazed upon the water used to cool Jim Beam's equipment. It's at this lake where Booker Noe fished with his grandson, Freddie Noe, and nobody else was allowed. To this day, the lake is closed to the public and all persons, even his father, must go through the 27 year old Noe for permission. He rarely says yes, keeping the large mouth bass, fat crappies and muscular catfish all to himself and select people.

On this day, as a part of the second annual Bourbon Affair, I and other Bourbon Affair guests enjoyed country cooking and then grabbed the Jim Beam branded Zebco 33 poles to fish the same spots as the great Booker Noe.

In case you're wondering why I am just now publishing this fishing expedition, Bourbon Affair recently announced its return for June 14 to 16, 2016. This year, there is a Louisville food festival prior and Whisky Live Louisville debuts after, making that week an incredible, Bourbon-filled trip.

Ran by the members of the Kentucky Distillers Association (Buffalo Trace is not a member), the Bourbon Affair dishes up unique experiences and not holding back on creativity. In the first year, you could shoot guns with Jimmy Russell at Wild Turkey or sip 1950s Old Forester in the archives of Brown-Forman. In its first two years, the distillers have linked Kentucky culture with Bourbon lore, and it's simply the next step in the iconic spirit's evolution.

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