The 14th of June is Bourbon Day.
Bourbon fell out of fashion in recent years but interest has revived particularly with craft bourbons coming on the market.
Not only is bourbon a delicious beverage, but it also makes for a delicious ingredient in many dishes!
Legally, bourbon has to be made following certain standards to be sold labelled as “bourbon” in the U.S., Canada or the European Union.
Since 1991, Bardstown, Kentucky has held a Kentucky Bourbon Festival every September.
It’s often mentioned that September is Bourbon Heritage Month. However, the United States Senate Resolution cited in support of this (S. Res. 294, 110th, August 2007) actually only refers specifically to September 2007:
“A resolution designating September 2007 as “National Bourbon Heritage Month”. Status: Agreed To (Simple Resolution) on Aug 2, 2007.”
These types of Senate resolutions are one-time shots, applying only to a specific moment in time and do not infer, imply, indicate or endorse a continuous observance on-going into the future.
See also: Bourbon
Activities for today
- find a recipe that calls for bourbon as an ingredient;
- have some friends over for a bourbon tasting;
- look for bars that might be featuring bourbon tonight, either in tastings or in special offers;
- try a bourbon flight at a bar;
- try bourbon in a cocktail;
- take a tour of a distillery;
- plan a visit of bourbon distilling country.
The earliest print mention of a Bourbon Day in June that CooksInfo is aware of dates from 2013:
“Did you know that this Friday [Ed: June 14th] is National Bourbon Day? And that it is traditional to celebrate this day by bringing cases of bourbon to my front door and leaving it there as tribute… You’re not buying that one, are you?” — 5 things you need to know this week. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: The Times Leader. Monday, 10 June 2013. Page 1, col. 2.
Dwyer, William. 4 Places to Celebrate National Bourbon Day. Rye, New York: Westchester Magazine. June 2017. Accessed May 2021 at http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/June-2017/Mash-Up/
Happy National Bourbon Day 2018. Lexington, Kentucky: Ace Weekly. 14 June 2018. Accessed May 2021 at https://www.aceweekly.com/2018/06/happy-national-bourbon-day-2018/
Louisville celebrates growth of industry on National Bourbon Day. WDRB News. 14 June 2016. Accessed May 2021 at https://www.wdrb.com/news/louisville-celebrates-growth-of-industry-on-national-bourbon-day/article_d38424a8-ba46-56d7-810e-f436c8162ed7.html
Mulvey, Keley and Tyler Lauletta. It’s National Bourbon Day — here are 2 ways you can improve your whiskey experience. Business Insider Magazine. 14 June 2016. Accessed May 2021 at https://www.businessinsider.com/national-bourbon-day-whiskey-drink-essentials-2016-6