On this eve of the running of the Kentucky Derby, I present a few finds that celebrates Kentucky’s other great gift to the world… Bourbon!

FF: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon

OLDFORThe fine folks at Old Forester make some mighty fine bourbons, like the small batch Old Forester Birthday Bourbon that honors their founder.

About Old Forester Birthday Bourbon: “America’s First Bottled Bourbon Honors Founder with Commemorative Small Batch Bourbon For more than 140 years, Old Forester has been crafted using the time-honored methods established by George Garvin Brown, the founder of Louisville-based Brown-Forman and Old Forester, America’s First Bottled Bourbon. To commemorate Mr. Brown’s September 2nd birthday, Old Forester annually releases an expression of its highly-acclaimed bourbon and this year marks the 12th limited edition release. Selected from a single day of production and handcrafted by Master Distiller Chris Morris, this limited edition small batch bourbon is vintage-dated – offering a one-of-a-kind character and flavor profile that will never be replicated. Its unique decanter style glass bottle is a throwback to the late 1800’s when Old Forester was first produced. Each bottle features the founder’s signature and the dates on which the bourbon was barreled and bottled.”

Learn more about Old Forester Birthday Bourbon here.

Learn about the whole family of Old Forester brands here.

FF: Bird Dog Whiskey

BIRDOGMeanwhile, the fine folks at Bird Dog Whiskey make some mighty fine bourbons – flavored and otherwise – of their own. Any number of which will fill out your favorite Derby Mint Julep recipe just perfectly.

About Bird Dog Whiskey: “Bird Dog Whiskey blends the finest aged white oak barrel Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey with all natural flavors to create a smooth, easy-drinking whiskey. At 80 proof, Bird Dog Whiskey offers a variety of amazing tasting flavored whiskeys – Hot Cinnamon, Peach, Maple and the original Blackberry. Our Bird Dog Bourbon has an elaborate medley of corn, malted barley and rye that formulates into a distinctive gentle bourbon. With an assortment of flavors, Bird Dog is perfect straight up, on the rocks or in your favorite cocktail. Bird Dog is packaged in an elegant bottle and cork stopper are reminiscent of days gone by. Bird Dog Whiskey – this dog don’t bite! The distinctive taste of Bird Dog Blackberry Whiskey was nationally recognized during the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. We are extremely pleased to have been selected as a Gold Medal winner during the competition. It’s always nice to bring home the gold!”

Bird Dog comes in many flavor and varieties, but I of course like the Bird Dog Bourbon: “Bird Dog Bourbon has an elaborate medley of corn, malted barley and rye that formulates into a distinctive gentle bourbon. With many layers of distinction, Bird Dog Bourbon flourishes with light undertones of honey and golden raisins which is complimented by the richness of caramelized wood sugar. Aged in traditional charred white oak bourbon barrels and bottled at 80 proof, Bird Dog Bourbon is an extremely enjoyable bourbon.”

Learn more about Bird Dog Whiskey here.

FOUND: Kevin’s Field Bar from Kevin’s Fine Outdoor Gear & Apparel

FIELDNow this is the true find of the day – the perfect thing to set up the classiest tailgate party at Churchill Downs: Kevin’s Field Bar from Kevin’s Fine Outdoor Gear & Apparel.

About Kevin’s Field Bar: “Recreate the ‘under canvas’ ambiance in your own home or out in the field with our British Campaign Bar. Since the early 1700’s British Campaign furniture has been appreciated for its innovative design, durability, versatility, and elegance ensuring British troops the highest level of comfort while operating in distant lands. All partitions are removable for a custom fit and there is even a spot for a decanter and cups, or take the spacers out to make room for books. 100% handmade of rosewood. Imported.”

Add a few bottles of your favorite bourbons (Bird Dog or Old Forester perhaps), some tumblers and Kevin’s Crystal Decanter – and you will have the perfect setting for more than just those two exhilarating minutes.

KEV2About Kevin’s Crystal Decanter: “This new 36 oz. Crystal Decanter is etched with your choice of African, Black Lab, Bob White Quail, Corgi, Elk, English Springer, Fox and Horn, Fox and Hounds, Golden Retriever, Horse, Pheasant, Pheasant Hunting, Pointer, Turkey or Zebras designs. Etched in America.”

About Kevin’s Fine Outdoor Gear & Apparel: “The Kelly family has been serving the hunting, fishing and general outdoor enthusiast for 40 years and each year our customers inspire us to create and find the very best outdoor gear, clothing and home accents available. Because we are avid hunters ourselves, we actually use many of the items you see in our stores and catalog. Not only do we know what we sell, but so do our employees both in Customer Service and in our retail stores. Our Store Associates are outdoor enthusiasts with knowledge in hunting, dog training, optics, clothing, footwear, fishing and so much more.”

Visit Kevin’s Fine Outdoor Gear & Apparel online here.