Posted by Blaine Hitzfield
We are happy to introduce Bourbon Barrel Foods - the maker of gourmet food products that reflect the rich heritage of Kentucky’s Bourbon Country, “The Napa Valley of the Bluegrass”. Bourbon Barrel’s philosophy is to make quality gourmet sauces and seasonings by adhering to 3 words: slow, small, simple. Some of their products are aged in bourbon barrels which are housed in a 120 year old rick system that came from the Old Crow Distillery. They have a hands-on approach that requires them to search for the best the state of Kentucky has to offer and develop relationships with the farmers that get great satisfaction seeing their crops grown from seed to the shelf.
About Bourbon Barrel Foods
Matt Jamie (picture right) is the founder and owner of Bourbon Barrel Foods in Louisville, Kentucky. Established in 2006 as the U.S.’s only soy sauce microbrewery, Bourbon Barrel Foods has become a cornerstone in both the bourbon and gourmet foods industries. Bourbon Barrel Foods is located in the historic Butchertown Market at 1201 Story Ave., Ste. 175 in Louisville, Kentucky 40206.
The idea of Bluegrass Soy Sauce came about while Matt, a Louisville native, was eating oysters and drinking beer in Gainesville, FL. Matt brewed his first batch of soy sauce in his home bar. This initial batch grew into what is now Bluegrass Soy Sauce. Bluegrass Soy Sauce is America’s ONLY microbrewed soy sauce; it is made with Kentucky grown non-GMO soybeans, soft red winter wheat, and limestone filtered Kentucky water. It is aged for a year in repurposed bourbon barrels. The resulting soy sauce is smoky, brothy, and meaty with a subtle sweetness reminiscent of fine Kentucky bourbon.
Since the creation of Bluegrass Soy Sauce, Bourbon Barrel Foods expanded its products to include smoked spices, artisan sugars, gourmet sauces and marinades, grill wood, sorghum, vanilla extract and a Woodford Reserve® branded line. All of Bourbon Barrel Foods’ products incorporate innovative uses of bourbon barrels and are crafted with care in small batches.
In 2013, Bourbon Barrel Foods received a generous sponsorship of new appliances from GE Monogram®. The sponsorship allowed for the creation of the Kitchen Studio. Along with GE Monogram, other Kitchen Studio sponsors include Lodge Cast Iron and Louisville Stoneware. The Kitchen Studio hosts cooking classes, chef-driven events, and corporate team building events.
Bourbon Barrel Foods is affiliated with various organizations that support the company’s goals. The Southern Foodways Alliance is a non-profit, member-supported organization that, “studies, and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the changing American South.” Bourbon Barrel Foods supports the SFA in events, visions, and membership. Greater Louisville Inc. is, “the metro chamber of commerce, dedicated to connecting and growing business.” Bourbon Barrel Foods is an active member in GLI and supports the group’s pro-business environment.
Though Bourbon Barrel Foods continues to grow and change, the company’s motto, “Slow. Small. Simple.” remains an integral part of the company’s culture. The artisan nature of Bourbon Barrel Foods allows it to further define the unique flavors of Kentucky.
For more information and to find products, visit Bourbon Barrel Foods’ website at bourbonbarrelfoods.com. Tours are available by appointment only at 502-333-6103×1.