The Gratz Park Inn isn’t just the best place to stay at in Lexington’s Historic District — it’s the only boutique hotel in Lexington’s Historic District. You’re just a short walk from enough comfort food, bourbon and good Kentucky weather. What else could you want?
New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm
This Week in Sports and Outdoors: the best adventurers of 2014, a new film about Nolan’s 14, GoPro messes up, performance-enhancing weed and more.
Taking a Beating in the Deserts of Vegas
In the deserts of Vegas, the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro proved it could handle just about everything thrown at it. It can make any sports car lover seriously consider abandoning the track in favor of life in the dirt, gravel, mud and sand.
The Best Support the World Has Ever Seen
In the northeast of England, Sunderland A.F.C. and Newcastle United F.C. are separated by less than 15 miles. Both teams are notoriously average of late, finishing in the middle to bottom half of the English Premier League. But their supporters are some of the most zealous in all of football. The short film “Twelfth Man”, directed by Duane Hopkins and scored by Michael Gardiner, is a visceral experience; it doesn’t take much to intensify scenes where hundreds seem poised to beat each other bloody.
11 States, 15 Hikes
From the Archives: We found the 15 best day hikes near major cities in the South.
What's New, Now
Today in Gear: John John Florence-inspired board shorts, breathable winter cycling caps, Brunton’s HeatSync Collection and more.
Watching the bourbon boom unfold from our HQ in New York, we’ve had a lot of questions. How can a spirit go from the hand of every white collar on Wall Street to a “low-class” spirit, then have another renaissance with bottles worth over $5,000, all in a few decades? And more immediately: Who drinks the stuff? How do they drink it? Why? And why are some of them so goddamn pretentious about it? We figured the best way to get to the bottom of this was to head to the Bluegrass State with a few cameras, some notebooks and clean livers for five days of Kentucky scenery, friendly locals and distillery tours. Here’s yet another update to our investigation, following our play-by-play of day one.
Maker's Mark, Willet, and More
In day two of our Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure, we get lost in the backwoods, explore the Willet Distillery, taste a few bourbon cocktails made by a pro, and more.
A Night in Kentucky's Oldest Family-Operated B&B
Close your eyes. Form a picture in your head of what a historic B&B in the heart of Bluegrass country should look like. What remains though in the mind’s eye should look quite close to Harrodsburg’s Beaumont Inn owned by the Dedman family.
Wild Kentucky Catfish Over Beer Cheese Grits
The Harrison-Smith House in Bardstown, Kentucky is a centuries old family mansion converted into a premiere restaurant, serving local cuisine amplified by knowledgable Head Chef Newman Miller. The atmosphere is comfortable and welcoming and the bourbon is some of the best you’ll find anywhere. Here’s a recipe from their November menu.
How a next-generation master distiller helped relight the stills
Willett Master Distiller Drew Kulsveen doesn’t have time for bullshit. It’s not something he has to tell anyone. The message shoots from his eyes like a railgun. Even at a relatively young age, it’s clear he’s heard it all before. He talks like someone who’s lost years listening to others dribble on, and worked hard to eradicate the behavior in himself; his speech is terse, verging on curt. You can’t blame him for him ignoring the noise. A lot rides on his shoulders. He and his family worked for years to rebuild the family distillery, which reopened in 2012, and now he’s determined to prove a point.
High proof cocktails in the bourbon capital
Sometimes out of the bottle with a beer is the best way to have a bourbon”, admits Chef Newman Miller, owner of Harrison Smith House in Bardstown, Kentucky. But not always. The three bourbon cocktails he showed us are truly made to meet the expectations of the local Kentuckians.
Beyond the Score
Sound design is often overlooked when people watch and look back on movies. This SoundWorks Collection Profile details the intensive sound design of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.
Intern to Master
From the Archives: Talk about working your way up from the bottom. Chris Morris came to Woodford Reserve’s parent company, Brown-Foreman Corporation, in 1976 as an intern. The native Kentuckian stuck it out, rising to the position of Master Distiller as American bourbon rose, too, from a soda additive to a super-premium product on the same level as its haughtier cousins. We caught up with him to hear some drinking stories and find out what’s next for Woodford.