Where to Find Pappy Van Winkle — The List

Pappy Van Winkle(Last Update January, 2016)

When I started this site months ago, I had a dream, albeit a humble one.

It wasn't to change the world, but rather to find a tasty corn elixir distilled in Kentucky named Pappy Van Winkle.

I had read an article about it, by a guy, a sportswriter, that was also a damned good bourbon storyteller.

I already loved bourbon but had never met Pappy, but I did and liked him. At 12, he was exceptionally good, but at 20, taste-bud blowing.

Now, of course, Pappy is not a person, but a distilled bottle of sour mash that is harder to find then mermaids or gold at the end of the rainbow.

Beginner's Luck --- Finding Pappy Van Winkle

But somehow, I did find it two years in a row.

First Pappy Van Winkle 12 year which was smooth and next the 20 year...which was...well  let's just say I wish I had another bottle and leave it at that.

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No More Pappy

But alas, there were no more bottles of Pappy in the land until the next go round. Fall? November?

So I've given up. Not on Pappy. But on finding Pappy Van Winkle  in a bottle, at least at a liquor store in this great U.S. of A.

My New Dream

So here is my new dream and it's a bit more humble still.

I will pursue Pappy in the bars across the land or overseas. Wherever it may be found.

So if your favorite watering hole has it let me know. Or, if you like Wright Thompson -- the before-mentioned sportswriter/bourbon storyteller -- run across it in an airport, dive bar or high-class bourbon bar, please let me know and I'll add it to THE LIST.

So far I have sent a few tweets out and received a few locations.

Kentucky -- The Epicenter of the Bourbon Universe, BBall and My Fav Monk

Guess where? Of course, the land of Bourbon and Basketball. And my favorite monk.

Yes, I have a favorite monk. Thomas Merton who lived in a hermitage near Louisville and drank bourbon and beer and wrote some profound things until he got electrocuted by a fan in Bangkok.

The List

But anyway, back to THE LIST. If you can't have a bottle, you should at least, have a shot, a pour, or even a double if you have a nice, crisp benjamin (Franklin) on you.

So far THE LIST is very short (but growing):

1. The Husk - Charleston, SC

2. Bluegrass Tavern - Lexington, KY

3. Parlay Social - Lexington, KY

4. The Village Idiot - Lexington, KY

5. Henry Clay's Pub - Lexington, KY

6. Haymarket Whiskey Bar -Louisville, KY

7. Azur Restaurant and Patio - Lexington, Ky

8. The Aviary - Chicago, IL

9. Pappas Bros. Steakhouse - Dallas, TX

10. Pour Cafe and Wine Bar - Mt. Kisco, NY

11. Otto's - Covington, KY

12. Percy Street BBQ - Philadelphia, PA

13. The Crunkleton - Chapel Hill, NC

14. Palate - Millford, MI

15. Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar -Covington, KY

16. WiseGuy Lounge - Covington KY

17. Congress Street Social Club - Savannah, GA

18. Seven Grand in Downtown LA -  Los Angeles, CA

21. On The Rocks - New York, NY

22. Hardwater Bar on Pier 3 San Francisco - San Francisco, CA

23. Charr'd Bourbon Kitchen and Lounge - Louisville, KY

24. Noorman's Kil - Brooklyn, NY

25. The Rhino - Missoula, MT

26. Acacia - Pittsburgh, PA

27. Butcher & the Rye - Pittsburgh, PA

28. Red Fish Grill - New Orleans, LA

29. Stache - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

30. Luxbar - Chicago, IL

31. Jack Rose Dining Saloon - Washington, D.C.

32. Hotel at The Lafayette - Buffalo NY

33. The Silver Dollar - Louisville, KY

34. Gamlin Whiskey House - St. Louis, MO

35. McCormacks Whiskey Grill - Richmond, VA

36. Murphy's Irish Pub - Sonoma, CA

37. Social Southern Table & Bar - Lafayette, LA

38. The Hamilton Kitchen and Bar - Allentown, PA

39. Twisted Spoke -  Chicago, IL

40. Tate's - Dallas, TX

41. Lilly’s Bistro - Louisville, KY

42. Rickhouse - Bardstown, KY

43. Springhouse - Alexander City, AL

42. Rye on Market - Louisville, KY

43. Bourbon’s Bistro - Louisville, KY

44. Proof on Main St. - Louisville, KY

45. Doc Crow’s - Louisville, KY

46. Seviche a Latin Restaurant - Louisville, KY

47. Z’s Oyster Bar & Steakhouse - Louisville, KY

48. The Old Seelbach Bar - Louisville, KY

49. The Old Bourbon County Kitchen (OBC Kitchen) - Lexington, KY

50. Longman and Eagle - Chicago, IL.

51. Eddie V’s - Tampa, FL

52. Half Barrel - Knoxville TN

53. Spark’s Steak House - Manhattan, NY

54. Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant - Newport, RI

55. Bourbon - Columbia, SC

56. Barrelhouse Flat - Chicago, IL

57. Foxes Cigar Lounge - Gilbert, AZ

58. Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant - Newport, RI

59. Burgers & Lobster - London, UK
Where and How Much? - 29 Clarges St, London W1J 7EF, United Kingdom (near Greek Park Tube Station) Pappy 12, Pappy 13 Rye ($16 - 12 year, $19 - 13 year rye) per double shot glass
Where and How Much? Fifth Floor Harvey Nichols, 109 - 125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RJ, United Kingdom Pappy 10, 12, 13 Rye, 15, 20  ($16 - 12 year, $19 - 13 year rye, $27 - 15 year, $48 - 20 year)  per double shot glass
Where and how much? 9 Stoney Ln, London E1 7BH, United Kingdom
Pappy 20 ($32) per double shot glass
62. Martin's Tavern - Washington, DC
"Currently we are carrying the 10 and 12 as well as Buffalo Trace Experimental Batch." - Cliff Brown

63. Black Fly - St Augustine, FL 

"10 and the 12 year bottles"

64. Morimoto - Napa, CA

 65. Parker Garage - Parker, CO

"They have the 12, 20 and 23"

66. Barrelhouse Flat - Chicago, IL

"Pappy 15-$29 glass"

67. Neat Kitchen + Bar - Westmont, IL

"Has all 6 Van Winkle marks. His place rocks! One of the best whiskey spots anywhere!"

68. Modis - Breckendridge, CO

69. J’s Liquors - Owensboro, KY

"They have every PVW year plus many other very rare bourbons at the cheapest prices I’ve ever found. Awesome place."

70. Park Hyatt NoMI Lounge - Chicago, IL

"Has a little 23 left for $110/pour, and I believe a younger also, but don’t recall price."

71. Bourbon & Branch. - San Franciso, CA.

"$95 a shot for the 23."

72. Big Jones Chicago - Chicago, IL

Stay updated on the Pappy List.

*Thanks to all those who sent locations. Keep them coming.

73. The W - Lee’s Summit, Missouri

74. The Laundry Room - Las Vegas, NV

75. John Howie Steakhouse - Bellevue, Washington

76. The Franklin Room - Chicago, IL

77. Wang’s Table - Haverhill, MA.

78. Outlook Inn - Louisville, KY

79. Prohibition Pig - Waterbury, VT

"12 year, $32 for 2oz and 15 year, $48 for 2oz."

80. Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa - Point Clear, AL

81. Stogeez Cigar Lounge - Sioux Falls, SD

10yr  $12, 12yr $15, 15yr $25, 20yr $35, 23yr $55

82. Whiskey Street - Salt Lake City, UT

83. Eureka - CA, TX, WA (various locations, may not all have Pappy) 

84. Chapter One – Santa Ana, CA

85. La Table - Houston, TX

86. Rainbow Lodge - Houston, TX

87. One Flew South - Atlanta,GA  

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (E Concourse)

88. Justus Drugstore, Smithville, MO 

89. Midgley's Public House - Stockton, CA (Lincoln Center)

"They have the 12, 15 & 23 year. Great food and atmosphere too."

90. Basement Tavern - Santa Monica, CA

"I physically held the bottle. Asked how much for a shot? $150 for the 23-year."

91. Modis - Breckenridge, CO.

"They have Old Rip, 15 and I think 20 (if not 1 more). They even serve a Pappy 15 Old Fashion on the menu, but I’d rather have it without bitters, sugar and orange"

92. Bald Headed Bistro - Cleveland, TN 

93. Picasso's at the Bellagio - Las Vegas, NV

94. Ray's at Killer Creek - Alpharetta, GA

95. Ashton Cigar Bar – Philadelphia, PA

10,12,15,20, & 23

96. Oblix, The Shard - 31 St Thomas St, London, SE1 9RY

Prices per 50ml shot: 13 yr ($50), 15 yr ($57), 20 yr ($67), 23 yr ($116)

97. Delta Sky Club Lounges - Atlanta, GA (Airport)

98. Whiskey Down at MGM Grande - Las Vegas, NV

"had 3-4 bottles of Pappy including lot b but they also had a bottle of 17 yr old hand made Special Reserve barreled in 1974 bottled in 1994 101 proof"

99. The Federal Grill - Houston, TX

"10yr, 12yr, 15yr, 20yr and 23yr very reasonable!"

100. The Metropolitan Grille - Seattle, WA

"has 20 and 23 year old Pappy"

101. Japango - Boulder, CO

"a Japanese and Sushi restaurant in Boulder CO, we typically get a large allocation due to our relationship and volume with Buffalo Trace, and in general our reputation for our whiskey and bourbon selection. We had our own Weller barrel this past year, and we will have our own single barrel of both Eagle rare, and Buffalo Trace for 2017. We typically have all Pappy's throughout the year, as well as the complete antique collection. Largest Japanese whiskey selection in CO as well."

102. Barleymash - San Diego, CA

"They had a few options (this was a year ago this month) but I had the 12 at the time.”

103. 35 Steak House + Martini Bar at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Las Vegas, NV

104. The Collins Bar - Birmingham, AL

"has them all and going fast"

Just arrived in Door County! Mink River Basin (125+ whiskies!) in Ellison Bay, JJ’s in Sister Bay, Donny’s Glidden Lodge on the Lake just north of Sturgeon Bay. Cheers!

105. Mink River Basin - Ellison Bay, WI

106. JJs La Puerta - Sister Bay, WI

107. Donny’s Glidden Lodge - Sturgeon Bay, WI

108. Dead Rabbit - New York, NY.
109. Dram Bar - Brooklyn.
"We always have a good allocation of pappy every year. This year we have the ORVW10, 12 and 13yr rye, PVW15 and 20."
"Better belly burst than good liquor be lost."                                          -Jonathan Swift
110. Brasserie Saint James - Reno, NV and San Francisco, CA
"won 2014 Great American Beer Festivals best mid-size brewpub and Brewers in the nation, also offer a full tasting flight of all PVW at both places."
111. CWS - Lake Worth, FL
112. Swig & Swine - Charleston, SC
113. Jack Binion's Steakhouse - Tunica Resorts, MS
114. The Lobby Bar - The Ritz Carlton - Amelia Island, FL
"Family reserve 20.   1 bottle"
116.Cotton and Rye - Savannah, GA
"15 year 2 oz pour is $40
20 year 2 oz pour is $60"
117. The Haymaker - Phoenix, Az
"We have over 120 whiskeys at each location, including many Pappy’s.  In fact, I have backups of 10,12,15 and 20 year old Pappy’s as well."
118. Grind Burger Kitchen - Louisville, KY
"Pappy 10 and 12 year"
119. The Black Marlin - Tustin, California
"has the 10, 12, 15, 20 & the 23 year old Family Reserve."
120. Smoke - Plano, Tx (Dallas)
"had the 10 and 23"
121. North End BBQ and Moonshine - Indianapolis, IN

"has the 10 and 12 as of this evening."

122. GT Fish & Oyster - Chicago, IL

123. Kirby's Prime Steakhouse - Woodlands, TX

"has 10, 15 & 20 as of New Years Eve"

124. Mad Oak Bar 'n' Yard - Oakland, CA

"We have tons of Pappy on hand. 10yr, 12yr, 13yr, 15yr, 20yr & 23yr.

125. Emeril's Delmonico - New Orleans, LA

126. Prohibition Kitchen - St. Augustine, FL

"They have the 10, 12 and 15, starting at 20 a shot."

127. Joe's Stone Crab - Miami Beach, Florida

128. Maxie’s Southern Comfort - Milwaukee, WI

129. Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar - Galt House - Louisville, KY

130. Industry Public House - Pittsburgh, PA (near Pittsburgh International Airport)

"has Pappy 15 as of New Years Eve at $50 a pour"

131. The Reeds at Shelter Haven  - Stone Harbor, NJ

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Bourbon Dispatches – Issue 6 – A Bourbon Legend – Parker Beam

“You can make bourbon anywhere but, if you want to sell it, you better damn well make it in Kentucky.”
~ Parker Beam, Heaven Hill Master Distiller Emeritus, 1941-2017

You --- like me --- probably got introduced to the name Beam and Bourbon in high school or college with Jim Beam's Standard White Label. That's what you drank when you really wanted to throw down. Maybe you broke up with your girl or were at the Georgia-Florida game. Either way, you wanted a little extra Umpph! to your partying so you mixed it with coke, shot or chugged the hard stuff.

So a few days ago, Heaven Hill said that Parker Beam, its Legendary Master Distiller, moved on to the great distillery in the sky.

Parker Beam who was the grandnephew of Jim (Park Beam, Parker's grandfather was Jim Beam's brother) actually worked at Heaven Hill (not Beam) who makes Evan Williams (the world's second best-selling Bourbon). In 1960, he started working with his dad Earl. Parker took over the reigns of Master Distiller in 1975. His son, Craig also took up the bourbon-making trade and he is Co-Master Distiller at the company.

Parker fought ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and released the Promise Of Hope bottling of the annual Parker’s Heritage Collection to help raise money and awareness for the ALS Foundation.

Heaven Hill Brands President Max L. Shapira said this about Parker:

“I, along with our entire Heaven Hill family, am saddened to share that our Master Distiller Emeritus, Parker Beam, passed away last night after a long and valiant battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS. All of us within the company, and the general public, watched with awe and admiration as Parker and Linda waged a much-publicized war against this terrible disease, using their courage, his standing as one of the industry’s great Master Distillers and his wide sphere of influence to generate international awareness, and millions of dollars, for ALS research and treatment.”

Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers' Association also praised Parker Beam:

"Parker Beam wasn't just a name on a bottle — he was the living embodiment of the whiskey inside — authentic, classic, well-seasoned and distilled from old-fashioned hard work and gentleman integrity,"

If you have some Heaven Hill Whiskey in your collection (Elijah Craig Bourbon, Larceny Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon, Pikesville Rye Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye Whisky and Parker’s Heritage Collection) now would be a good time to pour a shot and drink it down for one of the better guys in the Bourbon biz.

Cheers, Parker. Rest in Peace.


Bourbon Dispatches – Issue 5 – Beam Backtracks on Booker

First it was a hundred, now it's $75.

But I still bought me a bottle of Booker's for $50 last week --- just in case.

Anyway, kind of reminds me of Maker's. They were going to dumb down the proof a bit, but public outcry kept it at 90 and that's a good thing.

Bourbon is hot and from time to time these big-time liquor companies get a little greedy. They want to CAPITALIZE on it. But, we the people speak and well, they make a few concessions.

So keep drinking the good brown stuff and when these big old distilleries try and overreach let's just remind them that it is us. The end users, the ones that buy it off the shelf are the ones they should be listening to. Not stockholders.

Booker's at $75 acceptable. Booker's at $100 gouging. What a difference $25 makes.


Beam Suntory Changes Plans for Booker’s Bourbon Price Hike


Bourbon Beats Canadian Whiskey – Bourbon Dispatches, Issue 4

Truth be told, I don't drink much, if any Canadian Whisky. But when someone sends you a text and says, "I got two bottles of it and can't drink it any more, do you want it." I usually say yes.

So long story short. I am taking a nap, but the no-longer Canadian Whisky drinker brings it by and leaves it on the porch. I did not hear the knocking. So I wake up and have two almost full bottles of Candian Club sitting on my front porch. And in its own way that's kind of nice. You know the whiskey gods making a delvery of FREE whiskey while you're sleeping.

Anyway, it had been awhile so I took a quick taste. Poured it in a shot glass and was not too impressed. It was a little too pale for my liking. I am a Bourbon drinker and 90+ proof if possible. I like it kind of dark.

So anyway, I thought of Don Draper ordering Old Fashions when Canadian Whisky was all the rage. I love me some Mad Men. In fact, here's a little piece I wrote years ago about the "Draper Effect."

Now anyway, back to Candian Whisky which I poured over ice for a day or two because it just didn't look strong enough to drink straight. At the same time, I had started to watch Deadwood. If you haven't seen it (it's from 2004) you should. Particulary if you like to drink shots and cuss. They drink shots and cuss alot, but it's also a helluva story.

So after about two days of iced Canadian Whiskey, I just got fed up and pulled out a bottle of 1792 and drank it neat. It was flat out earth-shattering and reminded me why Bourbon is just tremendous. It explodes in your mouth, full of flavors and eccentricities that Canadian just doesn't have. (And we are talking about a $25 Bourbon.)

Now If I had to choose a cocktail which I don't drink much (preferring neat or on the rocks Bourbon instead) I'd take the Manhattan. Now why is likely due to my dad. He used to order them when I was a kid in a darkish bar or restaurant. He would say "I'd like a BlackJack Manhattan" (meaning a Manhattan made with Jack Daniels). But it sounded like a pirate drink to me.

So anyway, I'll save the Canadian Club for the cocktail occasions and the Bourbon for drinking straight!

  • Don't forget to check out FB and Twitter for the latest in liquor stores and bars that have Pappy.
  • The Pappy List has been updated.
  • If you struck out this year and want to bid on some Pappy, we have two 23s, a 20 and a 15 up for grabs. One 23 will ship. The other 20 and 23 are a local deal in DC. The 15 is a local deal in Montana.


Pappy Van Winkle Stories and Rivalry Weekend – Bourbon Dispatches, Issue 3


Well if your team lost Saturday (which mine did) all you can do is grill a nice juicy steak and drink some Bourbon. Me, I usually drink the cheap stuff (under $25) when I watch football.

Don't really like the beer thing. Just feel bloated. So today I was out of Buffalo Trace so I bought me some Evan Williams Black, put it on ice and felt sorry for myself. Why? We hired the guy that was supposed to be the next Saban and instead (so far) he looks like Goff.

Maybe he is just green (inexperienced) or maybe he is one of those wunderkinds who is a great Assistant but never pans out as a HC.

Anyway that brings me to Pappy Van Winkle, the Nick Saban of Bourbons. And maybe Urban Myer who is just a notch below. After that, Harbaugh, Sweeney and ... who the hell knows?

Tom Herman is the flavor of the year. And speaking of that why so many many flavored Bourbons? If you don't like Bourbon straight up --- just drink Vodka.

Anyway, after the rivalry week beat down I traipsed over to the local watering hole bought a new bottle and grilled a steak. What the hell else can you do when your OC calls a pass on 2nd and 8 (and the QB throws an int) when all you need is to run the clock down? (After a time out no less.)

So here is the question: Have you found any Pappy yet?

If so shoot us your story.

If not, we will be auctioning a 20 year this week. (Look if you do not want to know about auctions just let us know and we will take you off that list. Shoot me an email at [email protected]). If you do, go here to learn how you can participate. Next one: PVW 20 Year - starting Bid $999.

If you just want to get a bottle at retail enter one of the auctions, contests, or raffles. This is a Pappy Club page but for the next 24 hours you can access it.

Enjoy the Chase! Cheers!

Here are a few cool stories about PVW if you like to read:

Penn State is going to the Big 10 Championship and Penn's Getting Pappy

Like a Little Smoke With Your Pappy? Try These.

My Black Friday Bourbon Booklist (ok shameless plug, but show me some love.)

Oh yeah the Pappy List has been updated so check it out!