September is National Bourbon month, friends, and that means we’re getting ready to pour a couple of tall drinks and get down to business celebrating one of the finest spirits in all the land. This week, as a preview to all the cocktails the Kentucky for Kentucky team is about to mix here in the office, we’ve gathered up a special collection of 47 drink recipes curated by the Brown Foreman Distillery Company of Louisville, Kentucky. A collection that dates back to 1934.
Founded in 1870 by George Garvin Brown, the Brown-Forman Company is responsible for bringing you spirits known all through the world, including Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniels, and Old Forester. One of the most prestigious companies of central Kentucky, Brown Forman has been mixing up one strong cocktail after another for over a century.
This cocktail book measures in at a small 2”x4” but is a discovery that’s going to serve us all up right with 47 delicious bourbon cocktails. Published a year after the repeal of the 18th amendment, this little book gave Kentuckians a go-to guide for mixing bourbon—and now we’re ready to crack into the archives and let this little guide transport us back to our roots.
These drinks were some of the favorite elixirs of the 1930s—and they’re still just as delicious today. Get out the shakers, strainers, shot glasses, and jiggers, freeze yourself the freshest of ice, and line up the liquor, because we’re giving you a few throw-back recipes to make September a month to remember.
On Friday, August 29th at 10am we’re launching a whole new take on the images of the Commonwealth. Thoroughbred Printing ran this first edition print of ‘Kentucky Icons’ – and more treasures are yet to come. These posters measure in at 18” x 24” and are printed on French Paper Company Paper. At $25 these prints are a steal.
To begin this new line, we asked Kentucky for Kentucky superstar Jeremy Booth to design a ‘Kentucky Icons’ poster laden with a heavy dose of old-fashioned American charm—and with that idea in mind, he stood and delivered. Hearkening back to the good ole days of boy scouts, camp, and summers outside of the city, this collection of Kentucky icons has a wide reach. Booth provided a little background on his design inspiration: “I wanted to make the badges flat and simple. Something pleasing to the eye, easy to understand, and fun. The inspiration came from a personal project I had done in the past of a small collection of camp icons.”
After gathering up a little research on all things Kentucky, Booth got to work crafting 20 iconic images that speak to the simple wonders of the Commonwealth. When asked about what kind of statement this collection makes as a whole, he explained, “This collection to me says that Kentucky is simple, fun, and that we have a ton going on in the great Commonwealth.” We couldn’t agree more, Jeremy; there’s certainly a lot of celebrate when it comes to Kentucky.
Reminiscent of a classic scout badges, our ‘Kentucky Icons’ showcase a wide range of natural and cultural wonders using contemporary, streamlined illustration style. From Cumberland Falls to bars of gold to Lincoln’s top hat to barns and cheeseburgers, we’ve got the...
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All that glitters is gold, friends—at least here at Kentucky for Kentucky. After the success of our sterling silver Kentucky necklaces, we decided to get a little lush and offer you another classic alternative: 14-carat gold plated Kentucky state necklaces made with reserves we swiped from Ft. Knox. These kick-ass Kentucky necklaces were handcrafted by Meghan Carroll of Meg C Jewelry Gallery here in Lexington, Kentucky, and they promise to please. This week, we’ll have 25 limited-edition necklaces on sale for a cool $100. Score one for yourself or for the woman you love in our shop on Friday August 15th at 10am.
Thanks to a tip from The Jesse Stuart Foundation, we discovered several eloquent quotes from one of the most thoughtful and prolific writers of Kentucky. And we’ve created a heavenly marriage between the hand of Bryan Patrick Todd and the pen of Jesse Stuart so that this week’s print may grace the walls of your old Kentucky home. We’ll have a limited run of 250 hand-pulled screenprints for sale at 10am on Friday, August 8th – so you’ll have to be quick. Light blue and white ink, printed on 18” x 24” French Paper Company Paper, these are high-quality Kentucky gems. But before you get a copy in your hands, take a moment and open your heart to the story of Jesse Stuart, an original born and bred kick-ass Kentuckian.
The bard of Appalachia, Jesse Hilton Stuart was born in Greenup County’s W-Hollow, northwest of Ashland, Kentucky, in 1906. He would live in that holler for all but a handful of his seventy-seven years. The second of seven children of illiterate sharecroppers, Jesse was well accustomed to subsistence living in his childhood. He quit school at age twelve to work full time – and we may never have heard of him if he hadn’t gone back to school at age sixteen.
Jesse was an educator throughout his life: he was fond of saying, “First, last, and always, I am a teacher.” Fittingly, he got his first teaching gig before he even graduated high school. He worked as teacher and principal at various schools, both before and after his literary career gained momentum. Stuart’s bestselling book is The Thread That Runs So True, his memoir about teaching in a one-room schoolhouse. He also served several terms as Greenup County school superintendent, and taught...
This week, we’re launching our Jesse Stuart print designed by Bryan Patrick Todd, a kick-ass Kentuckian and expert hand-lettering artist who worked his magic with the iconic quote “If these United States can be called a body, then Kentucky can be called its heart.” On Friday, August 8th we have 250 limited-edition hand-pulled screen prints going on sale at 10am for $30 each. Get them while you can because these prints won’t last long. Before you get yours, it’s time to tell a little tale about the designer himself.
Louisville-based artist Bryan Patrick Todd may have a weakness for Kentucky bourbon and barbecue, but his passion runs toward lettering, and, particularly, vintage-style signage. For his line of work, Todd explains, new designs can be located in the everyday: “For inspiration I love looking at old signage wherever I go. Getting my mind away from the workspace has always proven to be the most helpful way to get myself out of a rut, or get hit with a good idea.”
Since he began teaching himself how to become a designer six years ago, Bryan Patrick Todd’s public and private work has flourished in Louisville, a vibrant city full of incredible food, drink, parks galleries and music. The feel of the city has very much shaped the type of work Todd has been able to create and his general professional trajectory, “It’s a city that takes leisure time seriously, and I mean that in the best way. I very much feel a part of the creative community. People from here are really proud to show the city off and I think that’s definitely shown through in some of the work I’ve done.”
Bryan also feels that the distinctive identity of the larger state...
When we asked David Kring to knock it out for the Commonwealth he didn’t hesitate to put on his gloves and climb into the ring to kick a little ass. Channeling the spirit of Muhammad Ali, David got to work and threw down 100 epic bowls with classic heavyweight style – we’re all going to rejoice in this victory. In celebration of The Greatest himself, David has created a collection of Muhammad Ali bowls that we’re selling in sets of two – a double threat, if you will. For this project, we drew vintage inspiration from the image of a young Ali gracing the front of a Wheaties box. Friends, once we saw that iconic image we knew – as any kick-ass Kentuckian should – that we needed to eat our Breakfast of Champions from a bowl bearing the likeness of the one and only People’s Champion.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Muhammad Ali has also been called ‘The Louisville Lip” for good reason – as a fighter, he had a big mouth, a strong personality, and an ego he could back up. Known to embody his catchphrase “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee," Ali was one of the most influential figures of sport in the 20th century. His professional record of 56 wins, 5 losses, and 37 knockouts continues to be an impressive ledger, one that allowed him to become known as one of the best ever heavyweight champions.
Muhammad Ali revolutionized sport – and David Kring has kicked ass with his new line of bowls. Use them at breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but make sure whatever you’re eating packs a punch. These are world-class...
With loads of lakes, rivers, caves, bridges, bourbon, horses, bike trails, cliffs, streams, and beautiful green forests - Kentucky is a vacationland for everyone. True dat. We first discovered the ‘Kentucky Vacationland For Everyone’ saying on an old 1969 Kentucky Highway Map. We loved it so much we started printing it on t-shirts. Now we’re excited to announce that we are bringing the ‘Kentucky Vacationland For Everyone’ party to your house. Specifically, your walls. On Friday, July 25th, we’ll have available for purchase 120 one-of-a-kind ‘Kentucky Vacationland For Everyone’ vintage Kentucky county map prints. These kick-ass map prints are sourced from an old 1950’s-1960’s bound notebook (prepared by the General Highways Department of Planning) we picked. The notebook contains 120 (each representing a different county) maps of Kentucky’s highways. The maps date back to the 1950’s, 1960’s and several from the 1970’s. At the handy size of 11” x 14” these prints are sure to please. Hang this print proudly in your old Kentucky home and let everyone know - Kentucky Is A Vacationland For Everyone. Hand printed in Lexington, Kentucky by Chris Hamersly of Push Push Press. Available Friday, July 25th. 10am. Get Yours, $20.
*Only 120 prints available. You will not be able to select a specific county, they’ll be shipped at random.
* Overall prints are in good condition. Given their age, there is some wear to a few of the pages at the bottom edges. Some light yellowing on some of the maps as well.
This week, we’re launching a selection of beautiful, handcrafted cutting boards cut, sanded, and finished at the hands of Lexington firefighters who have a passion for woodcraft. And, as usual, they’re in limited supply. We’ve only got 25 to share with the world – so get them while they’re hot. Sanded to a silky finished and sealed with mineral oil, the Kick Ass Kentucky-shaped cutting board is perfect for in-home display, daily use, or special occasion entertaining when you want everything to taste especially delicious.
There’s a story behind these boards. Andy Carter and Tad Willis, Lexington Firefighters together since 2004, began a new venture in the summer of 2011 when a friend asked them to make built-in bookshelves for Two Chicks, a local Lexington boutique. Though Andy originally had little experience with woodworking, Tad had been crafting ornate wood pens and furniture for years, and so they joined forces and began making a series of bookshelves for various friends, acquaintances, and small business owners around the Bluegrass. However, it wasn’t until Tad and Andy began making cutting boards for the same boutique that they realized the huge demand for beautiful and unique custom boards. As Andy says, “This is when bout business began…we honestly had no idea of the popularity of the cutting boards nor the demand.” Their business grew steadily as the word spread through the Commonwealth that these two firemen were making boards unlike any others.
Andy explains the evolution of Red Wagon Cutting Boards, “In our early days of cutting board making, we did most everything by hand (pieced the wood together, shaped the boards with a bandsaw, hand-sanded, etc.). As business increased, we quickly...