Enjoy the Heaven & Evan Tour From Bardstown to Louisville Tuesday, May 5 2015 

May 5, 2015 Louisville, KY – Having a well-rounded, palette-pleasing bourbon experience doesn’t have to take an entire day. Bourbon lovers can now sign up for Heaven & Evan, a unique exclusive tour and tasting experience organized by Mint Julep Tours. The experience transports you from downtown to nearby Bardstown and back in just five and a half hours, making it the perfect option for people looking to maximize their time.

For just $175 per person, you have the opportunity to visit two staples of The Kentucky Bourbon Trail—Heaven Hill’s Bourbon Heritage Center in Bardstown, Kentucky, and the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in downtown . Along the way, you will interact with master distillers and taste some of the world’s finest bourbons, including some that are exclusive to each of the properties.

Heaven & Evan will take place on Friday, June 19 and Friday, September 25. On both dates, the event begins at 4 p.m. and ends at approximately 9:30 p.m.

The unforgettable experience begins at The Galt House, where Mint Julep Tours will pick you up and transport you to Heaven Hill’s Bourbon Heritage Center. Once there, you can whet your appetite with heavy appetizers and specialty cocktails before partaking in an intimate bourbon tasting held inside a working rickhouse of America’s largest independent, family-owned producer of bourbon. Master Distiller Denny Potter will lead the tasting, which will include Larceny and William Heaven Hill Bottled-In-Bond, a product available exclusively at the Bourbon Heritage Center. While inside the rickhouse, guests will also be given the rare opportunity to pull and taste Elijah Craig 12-Year-Old Bourbon straight from a barrel utilizing a Whiskey Thief.

“We are excited to partner with Mint Julep Tours to showcase each of the Heaven Hill visitor centers featured on the world famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail®.  Through the Heaven & Evan event, guests will not only develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation for our native spirit, but they will also be provided with a unique opportunity to interact with distillers one-on-one, and enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience complete with behind-the-scenes access and offerings that are not typically available to the public,” stated Larry Kass, Director of Trade Relations for Heaven Hi

After your experience at the Bourbon Heritage Center, Mint Julep Tours will transport you back to to the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. There, inside the Prohibition-Era Speakeasy Lounge, guests will be treated to additional heavy appetizers, desserts and specialty cocktails. Artisanal Distiller Charlie Downs will lead a bourbon tasting that includes Evan Williams Single Barrel and two premium offerings: Evan Williams 12-Year-Old, a new product available exclusively at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, and Evan Williams 23-Year-Old, which normally retails for $289 per bottle.

The night wraps with a guided tour of the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, during which everyone will get the opportunity to sign a barrel of bourbon. As a keepsake, guests will receive a complimentary specialty-labeled bottle of Evan Williams Single Barrel signed by Master Distiller Denny Potter and Artisanal Distiller Charlie Downs.

Guests will be transported back to The Galt Hotel via a tour bus at 9:30 p.m. Heaven & Evan is limited to 23 guests per night, making it an intimate experience that any bourbon lover will not soon forget. Learn more: http://mintjuleptours.com/exclusive-experiences/

ABOUT MINT JULEP TOURSMint Julep Tours is a -based tour, transportation and event planning company with a mission statement that represents the primary purpose of the company: “The purpose of fun is to have some”. Tours include: The City of , Private Horse Farms, Bourbon Distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and special customized corporate outings and events. Specialty horse and bourbon-related gifts are available at the Mint Julep Tours retail store inside the Galt House, Rivue Tower at 140 North 4th Street Suite 326, , KY 40202.

For more information, visit: www.mintjuleptours.com, call 502-583-1433 or emailinfo@mintjuleptours.com.

Jobless Rate Drops in Every Kentucky County Tuesday, Apr 21 2015 

From Ky.gov…

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Annual unemployment rates were lower in all 120 Kentucky counties in 2014 than in 2013, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

“Even though economic opportunities vary across the state, 2014 proved to be an extraordinary year with all 120 counties posting an improvement in the unemployment rate,” said economist Manoj Shanker of the OET.  “The greatest improvement in percentage points was in the coal counties of eastern Kentucky. This is the first time since at least 1990 that all the counties have had a drop in the unemployment rate.”

The annual jobless rate for Woodford County was the lowest in the Commonwealth in 2014 at 4.5 percent. It was followed by Fayette and Oldham counties, 4.8 percent each; Scott and Shelby counties, 5 percent each; Owen County, 5.1 percent; Boone and Campbell counties, 5.2 percent each; and Anderson, Jessamine and Spencer counties, 5.3 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest annual unemployment rate in 2014 — 14 percent. It was followed by Harlan County, 13.9 percent; Leslie County, 12.8 percent; Letcher County, 12.3 percent; Breathitt County, 11.6 percent; Clay, Elliott and Jackson counties, 11.5 percent each; Wolfe County, 11.3 percent; and Knott County, 11.2 percent. In 2014, 19 counties had annual rates at or above 10 percent compared to 36 counties in 2013.

Counties with the largest decline in annual unemployment rates from 2013 to 2014 were Leslie County, -4.9 percentage points; Letcher County, -4.4 percentage points; Knott County, -4.3 percentage points; Harlan County, -4.1 percentage points; and Perry County, -3.7 percentage points.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The statistics in this news release are not seasonally adjusted to allow for comparisons between United States, state and counties figures. The statistics in this news release may be revised in the future.

A separate report issued in February showed that the unemployment rate dipped to 4.8 percent in the Louisville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)  during the fourth quarter.wellness_worksite

Rand Paul Set to Announce Presidential Campaign in Louisville KY Tuesday, Apr 7 2015 

Rand Paul, the U.S. Senator from Kentucky, is expected to announce his candidacy for the Presidency at the Galt House in Louisville today at Noon.  Over the rest of the week, he plans to barnstorm the four early voting states — New Hampshire, South Carolina, Iowa and Nevada — in a “Stand with Rand” tour.

He released the video here in advance of the announcement, which mixes news clips from sources as diverse as Newt Gingrich and Jon Stewart.

“On April 7, one leader will stand up to defeat the Washington machine and unleash the American Dream” reads the screen in the video.

 

Madness is Here in Louisville KY, UK in Action Thursday night: Cards, Hoosiers on Friday afternoon Monday, Mar 16 2015 

Time to tune out if you’re not into college hoops. Louisville KY is not the #1 rated market for watching basketball on TV for nothing. The top overall seed, Kentucky, will play late Thursday night in Louisville KY’s KFC Yum! Center. Louisville’s Cardinals are a #4 seed, and open Friday (on TBS) at 4:10 with UC-Irvine’s Anteaters in Seattle. Indiana made the big show as a #10 seed, and play Wichita State in Omaha Friday at 2:45 on CBS. Make your “get-out-of-w0rk” plans now for Friday.

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 6.26.11 AMAnd who’s coming to Louisville, along with Kentucky? Cincinnati and Purdue face off Thursday in an 8/9 matchup for the opportunity to play UK. South Region games played here will be a 3/14 contest between Iowa State and Alabama-Birmingham, followed by #11 UCLA and #6 SMU.

Winners from those games play on Saturday. If you’re looking for tickets, you can find them from your friendly neighborhood scalper. Kentucky fans will be dominant at Yum all weekend.

Games will be televised on four stations, so it’s time to find out where on your cable system that TruTV, TNT and TBS are located, along with CBS, WLKY-TV in Louisville. That station gets the highest ratings in the country for the tournament every year.

Here’s a link to the official printable bracket. Best of luck in your office pool.

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It’s Conference Tournament Week for Louisville, UK and WKU Sunday, Mar 8 2015 

Whatever work you need to get done this week, do it on Monday and Tuesday. Starting Wednesday the region becomes mired in Basketball, and Spring, Fever. It’s Christmas all over again for sports bars, and March Madness affects even casual fans, as they try to memorize starting lineups for local teams and figure out where Alcorn State is.

So here’s where our teams are playing:

acctourneyWestern Kentucky’s first game in the Conference USA Tourney is Wednesday at Birmingham. WKU is the 5th-seed in the 12-team league. The Toppers get Marshall, then would face 4th-seed Alabama-Birmingham Thursday at 6. If WKU keeps winning, it will play in the semifinals at 5:30 Friday and the Championship at 2:30 Saturday.

Louisville is the #4 seed in the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, and will likely meet North Carolina Thursday at 2, unless Boston College or Georgia Tech upsets the Heels. Winning the Thursday game would set up the Cards to play Friday at 7, likely against top-seed Virginia. The championship game is Saturday night at 8:30.

Kentucky, the top seed in the SEC Tournament in Nashville, gets the Alabama-Florida winner at Noon Friday. The Saturday game will be at Noon, likely against 4th-seed LSU. The SEC title game is at Noon Sunday.

Then, on Sunday, you can start filling our your NCAA Tournament brackets.

Episode 77: Tailspin Hangovers & Drinkin’ with Lincoln (and Liz) Tuesday, Feb 24 2015 

Still feeling run down from this weekend’s Tailspin Ale Fest, the boys still managed to find their way down to the BBC Taproom for the podcast. John couldn’t hang, and drank Highland Coffee Iced Coffee. We talk about one of the best beer festivals in the area, along with the stand out beers and the

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HB168 Podcast Sunday, Feb 8 2015 

Tonight, on a very special Louisville Beer Podcast, we speak to Adam Watson, President of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers and co-owner of Against the Grain Brewery and Elizabeth Post, spokesperson for the Kentuckians for Entrepreneurs and Growth about HB168. HB168 is an act that will protect our local beer industry, family owned distributors, retailers and local

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Details on Lock, Stock & Smoking Barrels 2.0 Friday, Jan 30 2015 

Last year during Louisville Craft Beer Week, The Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. hosted the 1st Lock, Stock & Smoking Barrels at their beautiful location in Butchertown. If you missed it, you missed some amazing one-off Kentucky beers that were aged in Copper & Kings’ used brandy barrels. There was some great stuff there: Takashi, from Against

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House Bill 168 Protects Local Jobs, Craft Brewers Thursday, Jan 29 2015 

Local jobs, family businesses and consumer choice are on the line here in Kentucky. On Tuesday, Kentucky’s legislature returns to debate a host of important topics including House Bill 168 introduced by Speaker Greg Stumbo. It is an act that will protect our local beer industry, family owned distributors, retailers and local entrepreneurial craft brewers

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Docent. Funny Title for a Fun Job Tuesday, Jan 6 2015 

Docents are one of the best assets to museums. They volunteer their time to learn in-depth about exhibitions and then share their learned knowledge with visitors on guided tours. They field questions and comments about art, the process of art,  and who it is making art in order to aide patrons to a better understanding […]

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