Want a hell of a bourbon collector’s item to show off at your next home gathering (whenever that may be)? Better yet, want to know know your bid on it went to helping the restaurant industry in this dire time of need? Here’s your chance!

The wonderful owners of Pappy & Co and the Van Winkle Family are generously donating this priceless 25 Year Old Rip Van Winkle barrel head, one of only 16 in existence. According to Pappy & Co, this barrel head is #9 of 16 commemorating the oldest release in the ORVW history.  

The barrel head features a signature from family patriarch Julian Van Winkle.

“As a family, along with our family-run businesses, Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery and Pappy & Company, are honored to join in support of The LEE Initiative Restaurant Workers Relief Fund,” write the Van Winkles in the auction listing.

“We recognize the great need across the service industry of which we are so humbled to play a small role, and hope to effect change in any way that we are able. Through Pappy & Company, we have designated that 100% of the proceeds of sales of our special edition barrel head will directly benefit the LEE Initiative’s Restaurant Worker Relief Fund.”

The LEE Initiative Restaurant Relief Workers Program, founded by Louisville Chef Ed Lee, has helped out those in the restaurant industry that have suffered since on the onset of COVID-19. The program is now running in 19 cities across the nation. To learn more and contribute – click here.

As of publication, the top bid was already $3,325. The family hopes the barrel head will raise up to $20,000 for Chef Lee’s cause. The auction is open until April 29th – link here to place your bid.

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