A wine break for local bourbon

0819Ns Entertainment (Bourbon)

We now interrupt this column’s regularly scheduled wine and foodie musings for a story about one of its “spirited” friends – bourbon. Bourbon connected directly to this area, to be exact.

Wait, what?

Am I alone in always being taught Bourbon MUST come from Kentucky?

Well, thanks to fellow greater-Scottsdale resident Charlie Garrison, I have learned the error of my ways.

In 2006, Charlie partnered with his brother Dan to launch Garrison Brothers Distillery, a small distilled spirits plant located in the heart of Texas Hill Country. The first legal whiskey distillery in Texas and the only one outside Kentucky and Tennessee to produce authentic bourbon, the small, family-owned business manufactures its spirits straight from the kitchen, still-house and barrel barns on their ranch in Hye, Texas.

Less than a decade later in 2014, Jim Murray’s lauded “Whisky Bible” highlighted the Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon as the American Micro Whiskey of the Year.

“The rise of the micro-distillery, the renaissance of whiskey-based cocktails and Mad Men-esque subliminal marketing have all played a role in helping us ‘put our money where our mash is,’ so to speak,” said Dan Garrison, which recently released a limited run of its highly acclaimed bourbon whiskey to bars, stores, hotels, resorts and restaurants across Arizona, making it the first state outside of Texas to sell the product.

“Bourbon used to be primarily marketed to men – and older men, at that, but the mixology movement and the rise of the craft cocktail have helped expose the spirit to an entirely new, younger demographic that caters to women just as much as men.”

It also helps that the clever brothers have partnered with famed local chefs including the Sanctuary’s Executive Chef Beau MacMillan to host Bourbon cocktail dinners, just as winemakers started partnering with them in recent years to help drive the boom of wine – especially local wine – in the area.

Sanctuary’s Garrison Brothers Distillery Dinner

The Sanctuary’s Garrison Brothers Distillery dinner will take place on Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Sanctuary Resort’s Jade Bar, which is located at 5700 E McDonald Drive in Scottsdale.

This limited-seating event will feature three courses, each with a specially prepared bourbon cocktail. The Independent was lucky enough to get a preview of the planned menu, which we are proud to share with our readers:

1st Course

Green chili mac and aged white cheddar with salted pretzel crust

Garrison Brothers spring 2014 vintage

2nd Course

Chicken fried chicken with hot sauce, house pickles, cowboy beans and buttermilk biscuits

Garrison Brothers fall 2014 vintage

3rd Course

Banana pecan tart with bourbon caramel and bacon ice cream

Garrison Brothers single barrel

Priced at $89, plus tax and gratuity, the event begins at 6:30 p.m. For reservations and more information contact the Jade Bar at 480-948-2100.

Ms. Bailin is a volunteer correspondent at the North Valley Office of Independent Newsmedia.

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