by Jennifer Sierra
In a recent event held at the Weller Haus Bed and Breakfast in Bellevue, Kentucky, the Dayton, Kentucky business Kate’s Catering, had a bourbon tasting. Kate’s Catering supplied the appetizers and the bourbon tasting notes for the party. The Inn’s owners guided the guests through a meal of appetizers that started light and ended sweet. For those that didn’t like bourbon, there was a separate room dedicated to beers that were paired with the same appetizers.
The beers tasted were Madtree Lift-Kolsh, Country Boy Cougar Bait – American Blonde Ale, West Sixth IPA – Indian Pale Ale, Founder’s Breakfast Stout and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. The bourbons tasted were Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve, Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage, Four Roses Small Batch, Russell’s Reserve Small Batch and Elijah Craig 12 year.
The appetizers featured were Fresh Herbs and Succotash on Multigrain Wafer; Blue Cheese, Honey and Pecans on Crostini , Pimento Cheese and Sausage, Vanilla and Stewed Fruit on a Graham Cracker and Caramel dessert. Each appetizer was designed to work with each course of bites to play off of the tastes of the bourbon and beer.
The packed house had standing room only and the crowd enjoyed the tasting and the festival environment at the Weller Haus Bed and Breakfast. The event was hosted in the event center at the Weller Haus and the evening ended with the local band, Jamison Road, rocking out. The band was terrific and there was non-stop dancing. The crowd sang along with many of the cover songs and the original songs Jamison Road has written. They promote a party atmosphere with a country-rock vibe. This band is worth hiring for your next event if you want to have a good time.
Bourbon popularity is on the rise, especially here in Kentucky were we have the famed Bourbon Trail. This kind of event would be a great idea for a fundraiser instead of the usual, dinners and black-tie galas that seem to be the norm in Cincinnati. This out-of-the-box thinking is the type of event that draws a larger crowd because it is unique. The next time you get an offer to go to a bourbon tasting, go. Even if you don’t like bourbon, it is worth trying the different types of bourbon with food pairings. You just might change your mind about this beverage.