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On this installment of the NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we talk Bourbon! We welcome Tracy Napolitano, Executive Director of the New Orleans Bourbon Festival, and Liam Deegan, proprietor of Barrel Proof, a whiskey driven bar in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans.

Pictured above from left – Bryan Dias of NOLADrinks and Tracy Napolitano of the New Orleans Bourbon Festival.

NOLADrinks Show – 8-10-17 – Bourbon

We start things off talking about driving in the recent bad weather here in New Orleans (“wipers on, lights on!”) We also talk about this weekend’s Red Dress Run taking place in town.

We then continue the show from our recent taping at Barrel Proof, a great whiskey-driven bar located in the Lower Garden District on Magazine St. They have been around for over 3-years and it’s an ideal place to talk about the main theme of this episode – Bourbon!

First-off, Tracy Napolitano, Executive Director of the New Orleans Bourbon Festival, stops by to chat about the event. This year’s event, the festival’s inaugural instnace, was a great success and very well done. We talk about the event – the grand tastings, seminars, the terrific guests and speakers, and more. We then chat about next year’s event, which takes place from March 8th through the 10th. Tickets are on sale and the planning is well under way. We discuss how the 2nd annual fest will look featuring a new location, expanded seminar offerings, and more.

Then, Liam Deegan (pictured), proprietor of Barrel Proof, joins Tracy and I to chat about the Bourbon industry. We touch on numerous topics including what is Bourbon, the growing trend of craft distilleries making this particular style of whiskey, single barrel selections, fraud on the secondary market, collecting, and more. It’s a very interesting conversation and if you’re into to Bourbon (or looking to get into it), you’ll want to check out!

We close out our segments from Barrel Proof chatting with Liam about the spot, some things going on at the bar, and where you can check out their impressive line-up of whiskey as well as beer, wine, other spirits, and pop-up restaurant.

The show closes with some talk about another weekend event in the French Quarter – Dirty Linen Night and some news from the Champagne world. Below that map that shows you where to find Barrel Proof, you can subscribe to, stream, and download the NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias podcast!

Cheers, You All!

~ Bryan