Down the Hatch! Big Bad Bourbon Tasting @ Saugatuck Grain and Grape in Westport

10 Nov

Meet Jeff Marron, the Big Bad Bourbon Daddy.  With Mimi McLaughin, he owns Saugatuck Grain and Grape in Westport and c2h6o that will be opening up in Spring 2013.  In town, his shop is known as a go to place for all your wine, beer, and liquor needs.  Perhaps one of the key reasons why people can’t stop coming by is Jeff’s immense knowledge and his love of classic, old school cocktails.

Food from Saugatuck Grain and Grape’s last scotch tasting, from their FB page

So, whether you’re a devoted Grain and Graper or if you’d like to walk into their doors for the first time, we’ve got a great event to share with you:  the Big Bad Bourbon Tasting from 6-8 on 11/13!  Yes, every year there is a bourbon tasting, right before Thanksgiving.  Vendors such as Wild Turkey, St. George Spirits, and Jim Beam come in and serve up some great bourbons and whiskeys that are Jeff-approved.

A customer tastes some scotch at Saugatuck Grain and Grape’s last scotch event, from their FB page

You’ll also be able to taste one of Jeff’s famous barrel-aged cocktails.  He’ll be serving up a Manhattan that comes from an 1862 recipe that he loves.  Jeff’s all about the classic cocktail, especially those from the 1800s!  He’s also all about making this night a “tasting on steroids.”  Why, you ask?  30-40 bottles will be poured out, so you can drink a few bourbons or drink a few more bourbons.  Plus, there will be food on hand from a local caterer.  Jeff told us that the food for the night needs to be cooked with a bourbon or a rye, making this a true bourbon tasting.

Checking out this free tasting is a definite to do on your list.  Saugatuck Grain and Grape holds events and tastings like this often, so you’ll definitely want to keep up with them on their Facebook page.  Just a tip…expect a Scotch tasting in December. ;)

Saugatuck Grain and Grape

Address: 40 Railroad Place

Westport, CT

Phone:   (203) 557-9120

9 Responses to “Down the Hatch! Big Bad Bourbon Tasting @ Saugatuck Grain and Grape in Westport”

  1. Miguel December 22, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

    I would like to bring my brother to this location because he’s a bourbon lover. That being said is like to ask, are there bourbon tastings everyday or how does it work? Please inform me of any and all useful information :) thank you very much!


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro December 22, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

      No, unfortunately that was an unusual event. Harry’s in Fairfield sometimes does this. You could always ask and they might let you try some. Just say OmNomCT sent you.


  2. Shari February 2, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

    Hi Jeff – can you help me to arrange a scotch tasting for my parents and some friends – please let me know if you would do something like this or if you know af someone who will – thanks


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro February 2, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

      Hey Shari. We wrote about Jeff and Mimi’s venture, Saugatuck Grain and Grape, but we’re not a part of their business (but we do love it). But, we did send over your message to them. Take care and thanks for reading. :)



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