This is my first post on The TRUTH and I thought I’d tell you about the most fun you can have with your clothes on… the Bourbon Blitzkrieg Run. Since becoming a dad, traveling without the kids has become somewhat of a distant memory but once a year, I go with my dad and my brother (depending on whether or not any new babies are being added to the family) on a guys trip that includes bourbon and hot rods.
By the way, I’m Wayne, referred to as “the Big Guy” here on the blog for the past 8-years. Nice to meet you. I’ll be writing here occasionally to give you the Guys Side of things. Well, this guy’s side, anyways.
For the last three years on Memorial Day weekend, my father and I have participated in the Bourbon Blitzkrieg Run.
I know, my wife says it sounds like a Ramones’ song but it’s not. What it actually is is an organized classic car cruise that ends in Kentucky with distillery tours, tastings and some very unique photo ops.
The Bourbon Blitzkrieg Run was started by a car club out of Chicago called the Tin Militia. This year’s run was especially fun and not just because I got to spend the weekend cruising with my dad in his black 35 Chevy Standard Coupe hot rod with no bickering tweens for miles. There was just something different about it this year; something special.
We left the house at 8 am on Friday morning to meet up with the first group of cars. Many of the drivers from this group drove in from all parts of Ohio. Once we got assembled at the first stop, we headed off towards the next meet up point.
On the way to the second spot on the Bourbon Blitzkrieg Run we stopped by a garage in this small town that had a lot of old gas station signs to take some photos. After we were done with the cool photo op, we meet up with the rest of the group coming in from Chicago.
The range of vehicles was large. There were cars that had been completely restored down to cars that had never been touched. My father’s car is a 1935 Chevy with an LS6 motor in it. It’s a pretty bad ass hot rod if I do say so myself.
From our second stop on the Bourbon Blitzkrieg Run, we all left together and cruised down to the third stop for lunch. After lunch, we fueled up and the entire group cruised to the hotel.
We checked into our room, collected our souvenirs and then went down to return the car to its pristine state and of course, check out the other hot rods. After about an hour, we headed to the first distillery on the tour, Peerless Distillery, in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.
They opened up after hours to give us a private tour, closed the street down and barbecued for us. Before the tour, we had the chance to do some shopping in the gift shop. They had a lot of cool Peerless and bourbon drinkers merchandise available for purchase. The hardest part was trying to decide what to buy, especially since we had more distilleries to visit the next day.
While we were waiting for our tour to begin, we sat down at a table and started talking to a guy who was sitting there. Little did we know that he would turn out to be the owner, “Corky”. In fact, he was the fourth generation owner. See, it pays to be social!
He gave my father and me a private tour. It pays to be nice to people, you never know who you might be talking to. It was really interesting, he told us all about the family history and the distillery. Let me tell you, it was amazing.
Corky’s father served with General Patton in the second world war and was his right-hand man. And since they could prove their lineage they were able to get their great-great grandfather’s liquor license number DSP-KY-50 reinstated.
After we got done talking with Corky we had the official tour. Peerless has a beautiful facility. On the tour, we learned their process for making Bourbon and Whiskey and at the end of the tour, we got to sample some of the product. Aside from the conversation with Corky, that might have been my favorite part.
When the tour ended we went back to the gift shop and purchased a bottle of their “just released” whiskey and had Corky sign the bottle. Then we ate while the others went on their tour of the distillery.
At the end of the event, Peerless selected a car of the show and awarded them a trophy. We took a group photo in front of their amazing building. When it was all over, we left Peerless with our bellies full and headed back to the hotel to prepare for day 2.
All photos were taken with the Huawei Mate 9 phone which in my opinion, even as a long time iPhone devotee, is the best phone to take on a road trip. It has dual-SIM cards: The Mate 9 features a dual SIM card tray, so it’s easy to pop in an international SIM while still being connected to home and you can also add an SD card for more memory for all of the gorgeous pictures you’ll be taking on vacation. Talking about pictures, the Mate 9 also has a top-of-the-line dual lens camera, co-engineered with Leica designed to be as close to a DSLR experience as you can get in a smartphone – with amazing modes like Food Mode, Night Shot, and Beauty Mode and special features like the Wide Aperture mode for the “bokeh” effect, a standalone Monochrome lens, and the ability to shoot in RAW format. The Huawei Mate 9 also has a long-lasting battery with a huge 4,000 mAh battery that can go for up to two day’s normal usage and safely charges the device for a full day’s power in about 20 minutes.
What’s your favorite travel accessory? Do you have an annual guys/girls trip you take with friends or family?