Wright Thompson in Conversation with Julian Van Winkle III and Nate Kaeding of Big Grove Brewery via Zoom (11/12)
Wright Thompson, author of PAPPYLAND: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and The Things That Last (Penguin Press), will be in conversation with Julian Van Winkle III and Nate Kaeding of Big Grove Brewery via Zoom on Thursday, November 12 at 8:00 pm (ET).
With PAPPYLAND, Thompson tells the story of how Julian Van Winkle III, the caretaker of the most coveted cult Kentucky Bourbon whiskey in the world, fought to protect his family’s heritage and preserve the taste of his forebears, in a world where authenticity, like his product, is in very short supply. Van Winkle, the third-generation head of his family’s business, is now thought of as something like the Buddha of Bourbon – Booze Yoda, as Wright Thompson calls him. He is swarmed wherever he goes, and people stand in long lines to get him to sign their bottles of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve, the whiskey he created to honor his grandfather, the founder of the family concern. A bottle of the 23-year-old Pappy starts at $3,000 on the internet. As Julian is the first to say, things have gone completely nuts.
Wright Thompson is a senior writer for ESPN. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi with his family.
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