Much of the flavor that is produced in Bourbon is sourced from the grains that it’s used for. Read on to learn about Malteurop and how they craft fine malts for use by distilleries.
Malteurop North America’s roots go back to the late nineteenth century with the 1875 construction of the Milwaukee, WI malthouse. Sourcing barley from North American farmer partners, Malteurop has been crafting fine malts for Kentucky distillers for decades. Today, Malteurop has four North American malthouses and partners with a grain elevator in Louisville housing distillers malt for local supply.
Crafting fine malts
Barley is a hearty and ancient grain. The malting process mirrors life in the field: cool spring showers (Steeping), long summer days for growth (Germination), and drying down for harvest (Kilning). Under the maltster’s careful watch barley is transformed into its even more noble form: Malt.
How distillers use malt
Barley malt is the biochemical powerhouse in Bourbon making. It is rich in enzymes that break down starch from corn, rye, and wheat into precious sugars that will be consumed by the yeast and turned into Ethanol. Barley malt also contains amino acids, which are vital for the growth of yeast during fermentation.
Malteurop has 4 North American malting plants in Milwaukee, WI, Great Falls, MT, Winona, MN and Winnipeg, Canada; some of which are strategically located in the heart of barley farm regions. Malts produced are Kilned Carmel Malts, Crystal Malts, Roasted Malts and other Specialty Malts.
The Kentucky Bourbon Festival held the 2018 Bourbon Capital® Mixed Drink Challenge™ on Tuesday, August 24, 2018. For this annual event, distilleries, bars, and restaurants enter carefully and cleverly crafted cocktails into the competition to see which one will be named the Official Cocktail of that year’s Festival. Spectators get the chance to watch these great mixologists create their cocktails and present them to the judges, and they get the privilege of tasting all the entries.
The theme for this year’s contest aligned with the overall Festival campaign of Scientific Proof. Every team brought their A-game and the crowd was entertained from start to finish.
This year’s winning entry was crafted by The Bardstown Bourbon Company and Bottle & Bond Kitchen and Bar. Their entry, The Modern Prometheus, can be found during the 2018 Kentucky Bourbon Festival, but if you can’t wait to try it, it’s available at the newly opened Bottle & Bond Kitchen and Bar.
Entries to the Mixed Drink Challenge are below, and make sure you check out the video to see some of the action.
The winning team pulled out all the stops when creating the Official Cocktail for the 2018 Kentucky Bourbon Festival….
Butterfly pea flower ice cubes and water should be made day prior to serving, so that water has time to achieve desired color and temperature and ice has time to freeze.
Combine lemon juice, rockmelon puree, lavender simple syrup, PAMA, and Evan Williams BIB in a shaker tin. Fill 3/4 of way with ice. Shake and double strain into whichever tin of the shaker is empty. Discard shaken ice.
In glass, add regular ice 3/4 of way up. Pour about half of the cocktail over ice.
With a hand grinder, crush the butterfly pea flower ice cubes into pebbles. Scoop the pebbles and create a mound of ice atop the regular ice to create a dome. Fasten the edible flower to the side of the glass with a clip. Strain remaining cocktail along the edge of the glass so as to not melt the pebbled ice too quickly. Pack any additional blue ice needed to maintain shape.
The Element of 1920, submitted by The Rickhouse Restaurant and Lounge.
Add bourbon, Cointreau, preserves and bitters to clean shaker. Add one scoop of ice, shake until frosted. Pour shaker contents into beaker (including ice). Add orgeat and sweet & sour. Garnish with skewered apricots.
"Escape the Elements" with this creation from The Old Talbott Tavern.
Muddle blackberries into simple syrup then add in Knob Creek SB. Stir with ice. Double strain into cocktail glass over ice. Dash bitters. Flame rosemary and garnish. Place cocktails into (Bookers) smoking box and fill with Applewood Smoke.
Visit Bardstown during the second week of September to experience the Festival that draws people to our quaint little town in celebration of Bourbon. There’s truly something for everyone at the Festival, and it’s an experience you simply don’t want to miss.
Step into Historic Spalding Hall to peruse the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History. The museum has been newly renovated, and it doesn’t disappoint. A wide range of Bourbon bottles from past and present can be found, and the current exhibit follows the story of Prohibition and houses items donated by the Frazier museum in Louisville.
You’ll definitely want to check out Bardstown Mainstreet for all your shopping needs. There’s shopping for the whole family. The Bourbon connoisseur of the family will definitely want to shop at the Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace, and of course, the rest of the downtown shops are more than worth checking out, plus they are all locally owned and operated.
My Old Kentucky Home
There’s more to Bardstown than bourbon. My Old Kentucky Home, named for the state song written by Stephen Foster, is a 19th Century, Federal style mansion originally owned by the Rowan family. While there you’ll be able to tour the house and the grounds, and your tour guide performs the song for which the house is named.
The Talbott Tavern is one of the oldest buildings in Bardstown, dating back to 1779. The Tavern has served many purposes over the years, a stagecoach stop used to offer travelers a hospitable place to stay. Today, the Tavern serves as a Bed & Breakfast, restaurant, and Bourbon Bar.
Located next to the Talbott Tavern, the Jailer’s Inn served as the Old Nelson County Jail from 1797 until 1987. It was the oldest operating jail complex in the state of Kentucky, but today it serves as a Bed & Breakfast. Tours of the jail are offered daily, and there’s a stock and pillory out front that make for a great photo op.
My Old Kentucky Dinner Train
The Dinner Train seating fills up quickly because who wouldn’t want to eat a delicious four-course meal while taking in the beautiful scenery of the Central Kentucky countryside. In addition to the normal experience, they are offering a special excursion on select dates that includes a Bourbon tasting hosted by a master distiller and a souvenir rocks glass.
Around the Town Carriage
Looking for a change of pace? These horse-drawn carriage rides and guided tours offer a unique way to see Historic Bardstown. Around the Town Carriage offers many different carriage styles, and are accommodating to most group sizes.
If you’re interested in the Civil War, Museum Row is the place to go. Here you’ll find the Civil War Museum, Historic Bardstown Village, Museum of MidAmerica, and Women of the Civil War Museum. Together, these Museums are the largest and most complete museums in America that are devoted to the Western Theater of the American Civil War.
Welcome, and thank you for visiting the Kentucky Bourbon Festival blog. Here you’ll find all things bourbon and Festival related. The Kentucky Bourbon Festival began in 1992 as a Bourbon tasting and dinner and has grown into the week-long festival that it is today thanks to the support of our distilleries, sponsors, and many volunteers. There’s something truly irresistible about the community of Bardstown, making it the perfect place for us to host the Festival and for you to spend your week. We are very excited for the Festival this September, and we hope to see you there! Be sure to check back for posts about product launches, Festival updates, news, history, science, and maybe even some messages from Master Distillers.