Buffalo Trace partners with Anvil to bring the best of Kentucky bourbon to Texas— with a craft beer twist
Kentucky's Buffalo Trace distillery has been turning out some of the country's finest bourbon for centuries. Now, four barrels of the brand's best — as curated by the state's top bartenders — are headed to Texas.
Houston's Alex Gregg, who tends bar at Anvil Bar & Refuge, joined Austin's Bill Norris of Alamo Drafthouse and David Alan of the Tipsy Texan, Dallas' Michael Martensen of Cedars Social and San Antonio's Jeret Peña of The Esquire Tavern for a special private tasting at the distillery in September, where the group consulted on four barrels to bring back home to the Lone Star State.
The barrels are being divided evenly between the cities, with each market getting one quarter of each barrel. The limited-run bottles, which are available at Houston Wine Merchant beginning this week, will have Buffalo Trace's standard packaging, plus a special gold seal containing the outline of Texas and a number indicating which barrel the bottle came from.
To sweeten the deal, Buffalo Trace is donating the empty barrels to four of Texas' most esteemed craft breweries — Houston's Karbach Brewing, Austin's Jester King, Dallas' Rahr and Sons and San Antonio's Ranger Creek. Karbach's David Graham tells us the brewery will most likely fill their barrel with Imperial Porter this December.