Hard Water, San Francisco, CA: Celebrity Chef Charles Phan knows his way around Bourbon Country. He’s visited Willet, Heaven Hill and Buffalo Trace Distilleries to select personal-barrels. Phan says, “The hardest part is not to drink it all.” The James Beard winning chef recently opened Hard Water in San Francisco, which boasts more than 200 Bourbons, one Tennessee whiskey and zero gins or vodkas. The list includes seven private barrel selections and a secret 12-year-old Old Rip Van Winkle private barrel selection. Well, it’s not secret anymore.
Pope House, Portland, OR: Consider yourself a Bourbon aficionado? Visit Pope House in Portland to prove it. By entering their “Bourbon Derby,” you can try 50 of their different Bourbons. Upon completing the derby, you get a lucky horse shoe with your name on their “Bourbon Derby Wall of Fame,” and more importantly, 10% off your Bourbon for life.
Acme Bar & Company, Berkeley, CA: With over 160 whiskies (including Evan Williams on tap!), Acme Bar & Company boasts extremely rare selections you won’t find on any store shelf. If you’re feeling adventurous, sit down and try one of their featured Bourbon flights to expand your whiskey taste buds.
Trick Dog, San Francisco, CA
Rickhouse, San Francisco, CA
Pour House, Sacramento, CA
Seven Grand, Los Angeles, CA
Multnomah Whiskey Library, Portland, OR
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Rob Roy, Seattle, WA
Canon Whiskey and Bitters Emporium, Seattle, WA
Liberty Bar, Seattle, WA
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