The legendary Stitzel-Weller Distillery begins a new chapter in its 86-year history with the opening of the Garden & Gun Club. The destination cocktail bar, inspired by Garden & Gun Magazine’s hospitality franchise, is located on the second floor of the Stitzel-Weller Distillery offering a unique food and drink experience along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®. Both intimate and inviting, the Garden & Gun Club at Stitzel-Weller Distillery is conceived to be a natural extension of the Garden & Gun brand, bringing its distinct voice to Louisville and paying homage to the modern lifestyle long synonymous with the magazine.
“There is no better place for this club – with its distinctively southern atmosphere that mixes old with new – than on the grounds of this historically significant distillery that also welcomes a new generation to the art of bourbon making,” said Steve Rust, President at Diageo. “In fact, the Blade and Bow keys have grown to symbolize the southern traditions of hospitality, warmth, and enjoying the finer things in life – exactly what the Garden & Gun Club experience will provide. We’re proud to offer this one-of-a-kind experience to our guests.”
In a licensing partnership with Stitzel-Weller Distillery, Garden & Gun has evolved its longstanding relationship with Blade and Bow Whiskey into a hospitality experience with the opening of the Garden & Gun Club at Stitzel-Weller Distillery. This new collaboration embraces the exceptional spirit that flows from the historic distillery and brings to life the essence of Garden & Gun’s defining Southern brand.
“The historic Stitzel-Weller Distillery holds a special place in the hearts of G&G readers and bourbon aficionados around the world,” said Christian Bryant, Garden & Gun vice president and publisher. “We know this new and unique G&G Club experience will be a must-stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®.”
The space inside the historic distillery offers an elevated experience featuring thoughtful décor, a curated drink list including a Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old tasting experience, and a unique bar menu that is a modern-day take on classic southern favorites developed by executive chef Ann Kim. The Garden & Gun Club space features a custom-designed bar along its back wall and offers a combination of bistro tables, banquette seating, and a comfortable lounge area with a total capacity of 60 people. The Stitzel-Weller Distillery shop will also feature Garden & Gun Club branded merchandise alongside a selection of vintage barware.
The exclusive Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old tasting experience, available for purchase, will include a glass, handcrafted in North Carolina by Garden & Gun Made in the South Award winner Terrane Glass, as well as a signature wool tartan bag, a Blade and Bow enamel pin, and a tasting notes guide.
The Blade and Bow-infused cocktail menu features an Old Fashioned, New Fashioned, Paper Plane, Manhattan, and Bourbon Bloody Mary. In addition, the Garden & Gun Club boasts a full bar menu, stocked with top brands including Ketel One Vodka, Tanqueray, Zacapa Rum, Johnnie Walker, Don Julio, and Guinness. Wine and additional beers will also be available.
The Garden & Gun Club’s food menu was designed by executive chef Ann Kim who thoughtfully translated the identity of G&G’s modern Southern brand into a dining experience. The cuisine at the Stitzel-Weller Distillery experience features an elevated bar menu including pimento cheese served with crudité and local potato chips, a country ham and cheese board featuring artisan cheeses and Newsome’s ham, among other savory options.
The Garden & Gun Club is open to the public, no membership required, and is independent of distillery tours. The club will initially be open with limited hours: Thursday – Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. and closed on major holidays. Additional hours and special events will be added over time.
For more information, visit www.stitzelwellerdistillery.com/garden-and-gun-club.