LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – People in Lexington got a chance to try the famous Pappy Van Winkle bourbon at the Chevy Chase Inn on Sunday.
The bar sold pours of the highly sought after bourbon to the first 75 people in line at cost.
Bottles of Pappy Van Winkle can be found online selling for thousands of dollars depending on the age.
“We feel that bourbon this special should be enjoyed, not looked at. The prices being charged for Pappy Van Winkle has gotten out of control. So many people right here in the heart of Bourbon Country can’t afford to try this delicious bourbon. Pappy is actually one of the most reasonably priced ultra-premium bourbons when it leaves the warehouse. Our industry and the secondary market is ruining it for working class bourbon lovers everywhere,” said Kevin Heathcoat, owner of Chevy Chase Inn.
A long line showed up at Chevy Chase Inn for the first annual ‘Pappy Thanksgiving’ event.
In addition to being known as a high quality bourbon in the market, the Pappy Van Winkle brand also gained notoriety after a Buffalo Trace Employee was blamed for a theft scheme that became known as the ‘Pappy Van Winkle Heist’.