The Bourbon & Brew Grand Tasting was a REALLY good time. Just starting with that.
First and foremost – there WAS Brown Jug Bourbon Cream floats. And they were every bit as amazing as anticipated. They also had it mixed with coffee, which I could also live on. I actually went hunting at all of the open liquor stores near me trying to find a bottle to bring to Thanksgiving for floats, but I kind of live in the middle of nowhere, so no luck. But I’ll keep looking! 🙂
The other winner of the night? Jim Beam Honey. It’s good enough to sip but also great in a hot toddy or mixed with lemonade. Yes, I did find out about those two after buying a bottle after the tasting. I have found a new go-to drink.
I cannot claim to be a country girl or to be a big listener of country music, but the bands were great and the music set the perfect vibe. I even bought and wore a cowboy hat, special for the occasion. Now I am busy looking for more excuses to wear it.
I ran into my niece and her other half there, which made everything that much more fun. The fact that we were at Armature Works on Tampa’s Riverwalk didn’t hurt either, we were able to grab a drink and sit beside the stage while looking out at the lights reflecting on the water. You really can’t beat it.
I have to say, changing things up by making this a ‘tasting’ instead of a festival was a great idea. It was fun to be able to try so many different bourbons and moonshines and really cool that I was able to find a couple of new favorites.