The B-Line® 2023 Year in Review

The calendar is winding down the last few days of 2023 and what a great year it was here on The B-Line®! We added seven new stops to celebrate our fifth anniversary. a year filled with B-Line things to do and news about this bourbon tour we created in 2018. We absolutely couldn’t achieve all of this alone. Thank you to all our B-Line partners for the amazing bourbon, creative cocktails, delicious meals, exciting bourbon events, and the warm hospitality. Most importantly we thank our visitors. Undoubtedly, our distilleries, bars, and restaurants are here for and because of you. Thank you to everyone who visited one of The B-Line stops this year. We look forward to seeing you again!

The B-Line in the News

Here are a few of our favorite stories from the year. 

John G. Carlisle

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In March, whiskey fans from all over attended the John G. Carlisle Bottled-in-Bond Competition & Celebration®. The second year for this event saw New Riff again honored as the best Bottled-in-Bond among the nominated bourbons. The results of the competition were decided via blind-pour tastings.

CityBeat’s “Best of Cincinnati

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Also in March, CityBeat announced the winners of their “Best of Cincinnati“. Four B-Line stops were honored in the Top 10 Restaurants in Northern Kentucky. Well done Pompilios, Bouquet, Libby’s Southern Comfort, and Coppin’s at Hotel Covington! B-Line stop Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar won the title of “Best Bourbon Bar” as well as “Best Bourbon Cocktail”. Coppin’s brought home the honors of “Best Hotel Restaurant” and “Best Hotel Bar” while Pompilio’s won “Best Northern Kentucky Neighborhood Restaurant”. Wiseguy Lounge took the title of “Best Bourbon Selection (Restaurant)” and New Riff won “Best Local Distillery”.

New Stops Added

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In June we announced the addition of 5 new stops to The B-Line, one for each of our years. We proudly welcomed Pompilio’s Restaurant, Knowledge Bar and Social Room, Caproni’s Restaurant and Bar, Lisse Steakhuis, and Revival Vintage Spirits and Bottle Shop. Then, in July, the Kentucky Distillers Association (KDA) announced 4 new stops to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour®. Two of those stops are located in Northern Kentucky and are automatically stops on The B-Line. We were happy to welcome Augusta Distillery and Pensive Distilling Co. to The B-Line. This brought the total number of stops on The B-Line to 25.

More Direct Flights

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In June Heathrow Airport started direct flights to the Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG to locals and flight crews) via British Airways. The Times UK came to the Cincy Region and published a full report on all the best things to do. Obviously, this included bourbon, or more specifically, The B-Line stops Revival and Second Sight.

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Also delighted by the British Airways direct flight was The Mirror UK . In July they reported on the region’s many offerings. Their story included dining options like Bouquet and great bars including Revival. They also enjoyed distillery tours like those offered at many B-Line stops, including New Riff.

The Best ‘Trail” Road Trips

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InsideHook, a site for the “best in leisure and travel, culture, and wellness”, sang The B-Line’s praises in July. They touted The B-Line as one of the “10 Great American Food Trail Road Trips”. The article mentioned Caproni’s, Lisse Steakhuis, Second Sight Spirits, and Revival Vintage Bottle Shop. The story also singled out Libby’s Southern Comfort for their famous goetta hush puppies and bourbon Cheerwine slush.

24 Hours on The B-Line

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August brought an article from Styleblueprint.com, a “guide to style and substance, with a Southern bent”. They touted The B-Line as a great vacation idea and a more manageable slice than the full Kentucky Bourbon Trail®. They provided a 24 hour itinerary that featured several B-Line Partners. Second Sight Spirits, Libby’s Southern Comfort, New Riff Distilling, Revival Vintage Bottle Shop, Bouquet, and finally Knowledge Bar & Social Room were all included.

Riverside Charm

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The Local Palate is a print and online magazine that celebrates “Food Culture of the South”. In an article all about Covington, The Local Palate celebrated B-Line stops Knowledge Bar and Social Room, Rich’s Proper Food and Drink, Libby’s Southern Comfort, Revival Vintage Bottle Shop, New Riff Distilling, and Prohibition Bourbon Bar.

Dark Charge Winter Block Party

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Just recently The B-Line again partnered with Braxton Brewing Co. for their annual Dark Charge Winter Block Party. Aged in New Riff bourbon barrels, Dark Charge is a celebration and marriage of the region’s brewing and bourbon heritages. New this year was Friday night’s exclusive STAVE: A Night in the Dark. The event centered on a 7-course culinary journey featuring Braxton Dark Charge Variants and New Riff cocktails expertly paired with a delectable dish from our B-Line restaurants.

There you have it, some of the best of The B-Line in 2023. Our 5th year was amazing, full of friends, food, and of course bourbon. We can’t wait to see what is in store next year! Cheers, y’all.

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