Hi Everyone and welcome too the next chapter of Bourbon Built, LLC. We are Shawn Beirne and Butch Sager, owners of Gifthorse in Louisville KY. We are honored to be a part of this great line of products and hope to continue to the traditions set forth here.

We always welcome feedback and suggestions you might have into the Dry Goods for Wet Counties line.

Thanks and Hope to see you Soon.

Blue, Brews and BBQ!

This year, we will be set up at the 8th Annual HollyDays Art & Gift Market. The event is all weekend, but join us Friday night for Blues, Brews & BBQ – A Night in the Bluegrass ($15). Preview Party with BBQ, beer, bourbon, and entertainment by CheKane. Food and drink donated by Mark’s Feed Store, Heaven Hill and Fall Falls City Brewing Co.

  • Friday, December 6 – Sunday, December 8, 2013
  • Slugger Field
  • Learn more on the event Facebook page here.

NuLu Fest is one of our favorite events of the year, and we think it will be yours too. NuLu Fest is the official after-party to Idea Festival and takes place in Louisville’s East Market District. Come enjoy live music by Sonablast Records, micro-brewed beers by Louisville Beer Store, and numerous food and retail booths by local vendors. There will be activities for all ages. The event is free, family-friendly and open to the public. – NuLuFest.com

  • Saturday, September 28, 2013
  • 700 block of East Market Street
  • Noon – 11:00 p.m.

jockeysDistance Drove: 163 miles

Horses, catfish, Henry Clay and southern summer heat. This past weekend we set out to photograph Lexington. We naively thought we could cover Lexington/Fayette County in a day. We are nothing if not foolhardy.

Our trip began at Keeneland, where I am embarrassed to say, neither of us had ever visited. Keeneland, even being nearly empty, was quite a site. Churchill is a downtown venue, surrounded by homes and concrete. Keeneland on the other hand, was mostly green space. Even the parking lots were hidden beneath the canopy of mature trees. As a Louisville native, I love Churchill, but Keeneland was the perfect mix of southern charm and sophistication.

After Keeneland, we briefly stopped at the Kentucky Horse Park, then went over to Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate. Once we finished our tour of the grounds, we went out to Ramsey’s, as recommended by a friend. They were right on the mark. Kevin and I ordered the left side of the menu, then waddled back out to downtown Lexington to see Mary Todd Lincoln’s home, the Lexington Public Safety Museum and Triangle Park.

Lex, you were wonderful. Can’t wait to come back in October to see some races and drink all your bourbon.

springfieldDistance Drove: 130 miles

The Lincoln Homestead, a search for a tree shaped like a donkey, the Annual African American Heritage Festival (AAHF) and a mess of beer. To say that Washington County was fun would be an understatement. We knew some folks in Springfield, so we spent the evening there after visiting the Lincoln Homestead and trying in vain to find this mythical tree that supposedly looks like a donkey. The locals swear it’s there and that you can’t miss it once you see it, but all we saw were historical plantation grounds (beautiful) and a mess of corn.

Springfield was a buzz for one of their most popular summer events, AAHF, so once we wrapped up on Main Street, we sat down to dinner with several of our closest friends who traveled in from Louisville for the festival. Shopping, eating, drinks and fireworks ensued. In all, Washington County was amazing. Can’t wait to visit Springfield again.

smith berryDistance: Drove 99 miles

This weekend was amazing. As our first real trip, we wanted to try close to home (Louisville), so we went with Oldham and Henry Counties. Even though both counties are close to Louisville, I had not spent any time in either. In Oldham, we visited Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, Fox Hollow Farm and attempted to visit Westport General Store (closed). Since the General Store is now closed, we went across the street to Knock on Wood instead for lunch. In Henry, we visited Smith-Berry Winery, Main Street and downtown Eminence.

As our first leg, this was a great one. We met some wonderful people, got to roam through a vineyard that was a tobacco farm prior to the government buyout, see a tractor put a boat in the Ohio, eat lunch in a place that looked untouched since the 50s (best benedictine and bacon sandwich I have had in a while), visit a botanical garden (bullfrogs are super loud) and visit a farm that is covered in stone sculptures (got attacked by a duck there, not the friendliest creatures). It was crazy and I honestly cannot stop talking about it. Coming back to work was hard.

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