A year after the resounding success of #Willett2BCured—a charity event sponsored by The Bourbon Crusaders and Willett Distillery—The Bourbon Crusaders crushed it again. For the fourth year of their annual event, The Bourbon Crusaders partnered with Four Roses to benefit two Kentucky food banks, God’s Pantry and Dare to Care, setting new records along the way and trending the hashtag #BarrelThroughHunger.
Brent Elliott, Master Distiller of Four Roses, led a VIP tasting of Elliott’s Select, Four Roses Small Batch Select, and two short barrels picked for the event, and he also shared a barrel-aged imperial stout collaboration between Four Roses and Brooklyn Brewery. Brent also led all of the guests on a tasting of all of Four Roses’ ten recipes with single barrels collected by members of The Bourbon Crusaders.
Guests mingled with the likes of Chris Morris of Brown-Forman / Woodford Reserve, Dr. Pat Heist of Wilderness Trial, and the team from Four Roses—Al Young, Marcus Niemann, and Mandy Vance. After a night of generous bidding on silent auction items and dinner served by chef Josh Moore, MCs Fred Minnick and Ryan Cecil opened the highly-anticipated live auction. Barrels offered by four Kentucky distilleries and other live auction items helped push the total for donations past last year’s record of $340,000. Especially with the help of the oldest-ever Four Roses barrel offered for a private barrel selection that sold for $65,000, The Bourbon Crusaders raised about $375,000 for God’s Pantry and Dare to Care!
Just like last year, The Bourbon Crusaders proved that it’s not just about the bourbon.