John G. Carlisle Bottled in Bond Celebration Returns March 2, 2024

Mark your calendars for March 2, 2024! The B-Line’s third annual celebration of John G. Carlisle and Bottled in Bond bourbon returns that day to Smoke Justis.

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If you missed it last year or the year before, The John G. Carlisle Bottled in Bond Competition and Celebration® was created in honor of both Bottled in Bond Day -which is March 3 every year- and John G. Carlisle, a senator from Covington, Ky. who got the Bottled in Bond Act through Congress. Our bottled in Bond celebration is a big bourbon party and you’re invited!

March 2, 2024 Bottled in Bond Celebration on The B-Line

The details of the party are still being finalized but we can tell you there will be:

  • A cocktail competition featuring Bottled in Bond bourbons
  • A live music lineup of regional Bluegrass artists
  • A VIP area with special perks and bourbon treats
  • General admission tickets that will include samples of the cocktails in the competition, a buffet, and one ticket for beer or wine.

As soon as all the fun is decided on, we’ll be sure to update you. Meanwhile, mark your calendars for Saturday, March 2 4-9 pm. You don’t want to miss this bourbon event!

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What does Bottled in Bond Mean? What was the Bottled in Bond Act?

If you don’t know the details, here are some from Kathy Witt, writing on the meetNKY blog:

Prior to this legislation, bourbon makers were free to put all sorts of unsavory substances into their spirits to add color and flavor. John G. Carlisle, who lived from 1835 to 1910 and served as Speaker of the House, Secretary of the Treasury and U.S. Senator, was the one who shepherded the Bottled in Bond Act through Congress

As one of the very first consumer protection acts in American history, the Bottled in Bond Act actually beat out the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 by nearly a decade, setting some of the highest standards for spirit manufacturing in the world.

But not every whiskey carries the Bottled-in-Bond label. In fact, to earn this benchmark distinction, bourbon must meet specific criteria, including being the product of one distillation season; aged in a federally bonded warehouse at least four years; bottled at 100 proof (50% alcohol by volume); and labeled with the location of the distillery and the bottling. Of course, as is true of all bourbons, it must be produced in the United States.

Plan to celebrate this momentous bourbon history with us, March 2. If you need a place to stay, check out our hotel listings on Visit Cincy.