In late September, I was invited out to OBC Kitchen for a private celebration of BHG’s 50th barrel pick of Woodford Reserve. For those that aren’t familiar, BHG stands for Bluegrass Hospitality Group. They were founded in 1998 and they own and operate six original restaurant concepts, which include: Malone’s Steakhouse (named one of the Great Steak Houses of North America), Malone’s Prime Events & Receptions, OBC Kitchen, Drake’s, Harry’s American Bar & Grill, and Aqua Sushi. The restaurants are located in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Indiana.
This barrel pick is a pretty big deal, because BHG has become the FIRST account IN THE WORLD (yes, in the world!!) to pick fifty private selction barrels of bourbon from Woodford Reserve. Their first private barrel pick was in 2006 and their fiftieth was on June 30, 2017. The account with the next closest number of picks has chosen 18 barrels with their 19th barrel pick already scheduled.