Here at The Infatuation, bourbon warms us up during New York winters, fuels late-night writing sessions, and has even inspired a cross-country search for great restaurants serving great bourbon. When we heard there was a Knob Creek® Campout happening down in Kentucky, we had to check it out. We may have watched a few too many camping-themed horror movies before the trip and underestimated how many layers of adult onesies we'd need to stay warm, but none of that matters when you wake up at a bourbon distillery.
We weren't entirely sure what we were getting ourselves into, but "Knob Creek® Bourbon" and "pig roast" were all the convincing we needed. And luckily, it's all on film: everything from getting taken to bourbon school by seventh-generation master distiller Fred Noe (heir to Booker Noe's bourbon throne and hopefully one of our long-lost relatives) to chatting with bourbon lover and celebrity chef Michael Symon and indulging in his once-in-a-lifetime pig roast with our fellow campers (an impressive group of Knob Creek® diehards).
You may find yourself tempted to experience bourbon camp for yourself after watching this video, so we came up with a few veteran pointers to help you prepare.
- As Fred Noe wisely advised us, camping out at a bourbon distillery is a marathon, not a sprint. And you can't savor those big, full flavors if you burn out on day one.
- Pack several layers of long johns. In fact, cover as much of your body in as many layers of clothing and bug spray as possible.
- You may have crafted countless Old Fashioneds, but trust us, it's different at a bourbon distillery.
- Do not watch any of the following before your trip: a movie in which a hiker has to amputate his own arm to escape a canyon nightmare, a film featuring city boys taking what turns into a terrifying trip down south, or the one where the plane crashes on a mountain and the survivors end up having to eat each other.
- WiFi is less available in the woods than you might hope. You'll want to wean yourself off of whatever you're currently binge-watching to avoid withdrawal at bourbon camp.
- Like most things, breakfast sandwiches can and should be cooked over a bonfire.
- There is no need to bring your own bourbon when camping at a distillery, but do bring a safe and secure drinking vessel. Spills are not easy to clean up in a tent.
- DO NOT FEED THE BEARS.
So there you have it. With the help of our veteran wisdom and this video, you'll be fully prepared to take on the next Knob Creek® Campout. We'll probably be there perfecting our Old Fashioned skills with you, because there's no way we're missing another opportunity to head back down to the Knob Creek® Distillery for some quality time with our new buddy Fred Noe and a hundred-pound roasted hog.
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