Bears’ bourbon sipping on a crisp fall afternoon

Information submitted by Bob Mackey and Steve Papke

A favorite New York watering hole has a wooden sign hanging over its polished mahogany bar, heavily embellished with blazes of brass. The sign simply proclaims, “I drink bourbon and I know things.”

Thirty-five to fifty Bear Society members will learn how much they might not know about the Kentucky libation at a Bourbon Tasting at The Clubhouse on November 18 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Rod Arnold, known nationally and internationally as “The Bourbon Whisper,” will give a presentation of ultra-fine bourbons which will include sips to savor. To learn more about what’s on tap, so to speak, check out 

The cost is $85 per person which includes six plus hearty pours, focusing on “Barrel Select” bourbons. For those not in the know, these are bourbons taken from barrels from a batch not mixed. This bourbon is chosen from individual casks and bottled direct, resulting in a high-quality drink.

With pandemic restrictions in place, only fifty or fewer sippers can enjoy this late afternoon delight. The tasting will conclude right around dinner time, a good opportunity to enjoy a meal at The Clubhouse, and pull out your tasting cards to compare favorites.

We expect a quick and great response but no worries if you aren’t among the elite. Another tasting can be scheduled so more can imbibe and learn.

For additional information, contact Bob Mackey at This first tasting event is offered to Bear Society members exclusively.

As winter approaches, here’s a thought to keep in mind…Whiskey is by far the most popular of all remedies that won’t cure a cold. But maybe it will work on COVID, you never know.

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