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The Bourbon Library

95 EpisodesProduced by The Balas BrothersWebsite

The Balas Brothers connect memories from their life with a different bourbon each episode. To drink is to live!MERCH: https://the-bourbon-library.creator-spring.com Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-bourbon-library/support

95 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

Surprise Bottle Night

May 24th, 2022

21:25

In this episode, the fellas all bring a surprise bottle and make each other guess what they have and why...Kyle has a CRAZY story about how he got his very special bottle.

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Coppersea Empire Rye

May 20th, 2022

17:58

In this week's After Hours, we sip on an empire rye whiskey from Coppersea Distillery. Join us!

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Kings County Empire Rye Whiskey

May 13th, 2022

15:40

In this week's After Hours, we sip on an empire rye whiskey from Kings County Distillery. Join us!

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$100 Bourbons Debate

May 9th, 2022

28:46

What bottles of bourbon would you spend $100 on?

That's the question we ask this episode and the debate gets deep, detailed, and at times a little …

Basil Hayden Dark Rye

May 6th, 2022

16:27

Basil Hayden Dark Rye is a subtle exploration of blending, a perfect introduction to wine drinkers, and one way to look back...This week's After …

Pot Still Whiskey Distilled From Barley and Oat Mash

April 29th, 2022

10:55

In this week's After Hours, we talk about the Pot Still Whiskey from Brian McKenzie at Finger Lakes Distilling. It's distilled from a barley and oat …

Angels Envy

April 26th, 2022

16:19

In this episode, the boys sip Angels Envy, find a Reddit thread with a direct source, and debate whiskey finishes. 

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Eagle Rare VS Buffalo Trace

April 22nd, 2022

13:13

In this week's After Hours, we take on the great debate: Eagle Rare VS Buffalo Trace. Who will win!? Join us!

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Thoughts On Four Grain Bourbon

April 11th, 2022

18:05

In this episode, the boys sip Four Grain Bourbon, do blending experiments, and share stories about Alec. 

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Early Times With Grandpa B

April 1st, 2022

17:09

In this episode, the boys are joined by the OG... Original Grandpa. They sip Early Times and talk about old times, World War 2, and Ukraine.

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Ryan Goes Cold Turkey

March 28th, 2022

21:54

In this week's After Hours, we talk about Ryan's recent break from alcohol and our trip to Lousiville where we interviewed Head Distiller Nicole …

AH 30: 7UP Vs. Root Beer

March 18th, 2022

13:15

In this week's After Hours, we sit with our niece and nephew for the ultimate faceoff, 7UP VS. Root Beer. We taste, review, and even mix the two to …

Basil Hayden

March 14th, 2022

14:39

In this episode, Alec remembers one of his best birthdays as a kid and the group tries a bourbon that debuted in the year 1992.

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AH 29: There is Something in the Water

March 11th, 2022

21:10

In this week's After Hours, Ryan is speaking again with filmmaker and friend Brian "Georgie" Randles. They question the magical powers of place and …

AH 28: Old Forester Statesman

March 4th, 2022

26:41

In this special episode of After Hours, Ryan drinks Old Forester Statesman with his good friend and filmmaker Brian Randles in Los Angeles. They talk about Adding lemon to your bourbon and Brian’s desire to explore his …

The Hunt for a Stagg Party

February 28th, 2022

19:03

In this episode, Ryan reminds us that he wasn't a very good boy scout and the gang gets into a heated debate about George T. Stagg

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AH 27: McKenzie Single Barrel Rye Whiskey

February 25th, 2022

19:32

Each Week On After Hours, Ryan and I sit down to explore further into the wide world of whiskey by tasting and reviewing whiskies without the limits of our featured bottle being bourbon. I hope you join us in this …

AH 26: Bardstown Fusion Series

February 18th, 2022

17:31

Each Week On After Hours, Ryan and I sit down to explore further into the wide world of whiskey by tasting and reviewing whiskies without the limits of our featured bottle being bourbon. I hope you join us in this …

The Accusations Against Bulleit

February 14th, 2022

18:57

In this episode, we discuss the complicated relationship between a bourbon and its brand and the accusations against Bulleit, that unjustly made the …

AH 25: Fort Hamilton Rye Whiskey

February 11th, 2022

16:08

Each Week On After Hours, Ryan and I sit down to explore further into the wide world of whiskey by tasting and reviewing whiskies without the limits of our featured bottle being bourbon. I hope you join us in this …

AH 24: Van Brunt Stillhouse Empire Rye Whiskey

February 4th, 2022

17:55

Each Week On After Hours, Ryan and I sit down to explore further into the wide world of whiskey by tasting and reviewing whiskies without the limits of our featured bottle being bourbon. I hope you join us in this …

Does Big Whiskey Actually Make Better Bourbon?

February 1st, 2022

31:30

The group is split on one of their favorite bargain bourbons...Very Old Barton. In this episode, we discuss how sazerac owns A LOT of brands and how for bourbon...it's actually a pretty damn tasty enterprise. To drink …

AH 23: Single Barrel Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Port Casks

January 28th, 2022

16:44

Each Week On After Hours, Ryan and I sit down to explore further into the wide world of whiskey by tasting and reviewing whiskies without the limits of our featured bottle being bourbon. I hope you join us in this …

AH 22: Ragtime Rye

January 21st, 2022

19:31

Each Week On After Hours, Ryan and I sit down to explore further into the wide world of whiskey by tasting and reviewing whiskies without the limits of our featured bottle being bourbon. I hope you join us in this …

Favorite Bourbons Of 2021

January 17th, 2022

31:08

In this episode, we name our favorite bourbons from 2021, Kyle strikes out, and we look ahead to all the great bourbons in 2022. To drink is to live!

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AH 21: Colkegan American Single Malt

January 14th, 2022

18:16

Each Week On After Hours, Ryan and I sit down to explore further into the wide world of whiskey by tasting and reviewing whiskies without the limits of our featured bottle being bourbon. I hope you join us in this …

Drinking Exceptional Whisky at Kyle's House

January 11th, 2022

37:03

In our first episode 0f 2022, we drink together in Kyles Home Bar. Sipping from two different Blantons bottles, a single barrel EH Taylor, Weller …

AH 20: The X Series

January 7th, 2022

17:54

In this episode, Ryan and Alec taste and discuss the experimental "X Series" from Brendan O'Rourke at Hudson Whiskey. To drink is to live!

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Oh Well, It's Thanksgiving

November 25th, 2021

18:27

In this very special episode, Ryan and Alec are joined by their Dad and taste test four expressions from the Weller lineup. To drink is to live!

Does Big Money Equal Great Bourbon?

November 22nd, 2021

28:11

In this week's episode, we drink and discuss New Riff Bourbon while pondering how long is too long and how much is TOO much. To drink is to live!

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AH 19: Larry's Blind Test #3

November 19th, 2021

18:05

In this episode, Ryan and Alec blind taste test the final four samples from our friend Larry. To drink is to live!

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What's Your Deepest Fear?

November 15th, 2021

40:56

In this week's episode, we discuss our deepest fears and fatherhood while drinking Smoke Wagon Bourbon. To drink is to live!

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AH 18: Larry's Blind Test #2

November 12th, 2021

19:31

In this episode, Ryan and Alec blind taste test four more samples from our friend Larry. To drink is to live!

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Is Whiskey Better When Aged At Sea?

November 8th, 2021

27:17

In this week's episode, we discuss if whiskey is better when aged at sea while drinking Jefferson's Bourbon. To drink is to live!

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If It Looks Like Wine

November 1st, 2021

23:01

In this week's episode, we discuss Noah's Mill while Ryan explores the art of blending. To drink is to live!

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AH 17: Larry's Blind Test #1

October 29th, 2021

25:09

In this episode, Ryan and Alec blind taste test four samples from our friend Larry. To drink is to live!

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The Man That Gave Us Double Oaked

October 25th, 2021

33:11

In this episode, we have a conversation with whiskey legend Chris Morris from Woodford Reserve. We talked about coming out of the whiskey depression, creating double oaked, and Chris' journey to Master Distiller. I hope …

AH 16: E.H. Taylor

October 22nd, 2021

20:03

On this podcast, Ryan and Alec reflect back on past episodes, give the bourbon another taste, and explore a little deeper into the family dynamic. In this episode, we revisit E.H. Taylor from Buffalo Trace Distillery. …

Does Good Beer Make Good Whiskey?

October 18th, 2021

28:17

In this episode, we have a conversation with Marko Karakasevic from Charbay Distillery. We talked about making whiskey from beer and how Marko became a 13th generation Master Distiller. I hope you join us. To Drink Is …

Hudson Whiskey With Brendan O'Rourke

October 11th, 2021

33:13

In this episode, we have an in-depth conversation with Site Lead and Chief Distiller Brendan O'Rourke of Hudson Whiskey. We talked about New York whiskey and Hudson Whisky's new four-grain offering 'Four Part Harmony'. …

Campin' Whiskey

October 4th, 2021

21:11

In this week's episode, we discuss the difference between a distillery and a bottling factory while Ryan explores why Dickel is the best whiskey for camping.

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Committing Larceny

August 23rd, 2021

26:43

In this week's episode, we drink Larceny Bourbon while discussing the history of John E. Fitzgerald and the times we may have POTENTIALLY committed larceny. 

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Everything's Better in Michigan

August 16th, 2021

30:31

In this week's episode, we drink Coppercraft Distillery Straight Bourbon while discussing the best moving advice Ryan ever received and the time Alec …

Worth The Wait with Kyle Merklein

August 9th, 2021

25:45

In this episode, we have an in-depth conversation with Master Distiller Kyle Merklein of Holladay Distillery. We talked about the art and science of …

Brothers-in-Bonding - Community

August 6th, 2021

36:27

On this episode of Brothers-in-Bonding, the guys sip a Mississippi Bourbon and discuss creativity and community. To Drink Is To Live!

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Life of a Tree with Caleb Kilburn

July 27th, 2021

33:49

In this episode, we have an in-depth conversation with Master Distiller Caleb Kilburn of Peerless Distilling Company about how the life of a tree has a serious impact on the flavor of the whiskey. I hope you join us. To …

AH 15: Smooth Ambler

July 23rd, 2021

20:40

On this podcast, Ryan and Alec reflect back on past episodes, give the bourbon another taste, and explore a little deeper into the family dynamic. In this episode, we revisit Contradiction from Smooth Ambler. To drink …

Savoring Bourbon

July 19th, 2021

24:00

In this week's episode, we pause and try to savor the moment with Evan Williams. We ask life's biggest questions like, Is Jack Daniels bourbon? And does whiskey age in the bottle? I hope you join us. To Drink Is To Live!

AH 14: Old Tub

July 16th, 2021

17:34

On this podcast, Ryan and Alec reflect back on past episodes, give the bourbon another taste, and explore a little deeper into the family dynamic. In this episode, we revisit Old Tub from Jim Beam. To drink is to live!

For The Love of Buffalo Trace

July 12th, 2021

34:35

In this week's episode, we dive into the glory of Buffalo Trace Distillery by sipping its namesake, Buffalo Trace Straight Bourbon. We remember our trips there, the excitement of walking the grounds, of course, our …

AH 13: Hillrock Distillery

July 9th, 2021

23:09

On this podcast, Ryan and Alec reflect back on past episodes, give the bourbon another taste, and explore a little deeper into the family dynamic. In this episode, we enjoy a Hillrock tasting. To drink is to live!

Legacy With Whiskey Legend Greg Metze

July 5th, 2021

27:29

In this week's episode, we talk to the whiskey legend Greg Metze from Old Elk. He tells us about how he got started in whiskey, how much whiskey he's made, and his legacy with Old Elk. To drink is to live!

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AH 12: Russells

July 2nd, 2021

18:07

On this podcast, Ryan and Alec reflect back on past episodes, give the bourbon another taste, and explore a little deeper into the family dynamic. In …

The Man, The Myth, The Legend

June 28th, 2021

23:25

 In this week's episode, we discuss living legends while sipping Old Elk. To drink is to live!

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After Hours 11: Knob Creek

June 25th, 2021

16:52

On this podcast, Ryan and Alec reflect back on past episodes, give the bourbon another taste, and explore a little deeper into the family dynamic. In this episode, we revisit Knob Creek. To drink is to live!

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Meet The Beam Brothers You Don't Know

June 21st, 2021

21:12

In this week's episode, meet the Beam brothers you don't know, who are responsible for Yellowstone Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. To drink is to live!

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After Hours 10: Four Roses Single Barrel

June 18th, 2021

12:52

On this podcast, Ryan and Alec reflect back on past episodes, give the bourbon another taste, and explore a little deeper into the family dynamic. In this episode, we revisit Four Roses Single Barrel. To drink is to …

Brothers-in-Bonding - Birthday Bourbon

June 16th, 2021

36:16

On this episode of Brothers-in-Bonding, the guys sip two mystery bourbons and a birthday bourbon as they talk about aging and time. To Drink Is To …

TBL 27: King of the Bootleggers

June 14th, 2021

28:47

Welcome to "The Bourbon Library" episode 27. Get to know the king of the bootleggers, George Remus. To drink is to live! 

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After Hours 09: Fistful of Bourbon

June 11th, 2021

13:00

On this podcast, Ryan and Alec reflect back on past episodes, give the bourbon another taste, and explore a little deeper into the family dynamic. In …

TBL 26: Wheated Flight 26

June 7th, 2021

17:34

Welcome to "The Bourbon Library" episode 26. In this VERY SPECIAL episode, the guys take a flight to space where they get to experience some of the best wheated bourbons in the universe. To drink is to live!

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After Hours 08: Rocktown Distillery

June 4th, 2021

22:43

On this podcast, Ryan and Alec reflect back on past episodes, give the bourbon another taste, and explore a little deeper into the family dynamic. In this episode, we try Rocktown for the first time. To drink is to live!

TBL 25: The Sweet Spot

May 31st, 2021

37:38

Welcome to "The Bourbon Library" episode 25. Once again from the real "Bourbon Library", the guys drink a huge 12-year flight. To drink is to live!

After Hours 07: Eagle Rare

May 28th, 2021

24:04

On this podcast, Ryan and Alec reflect back on past episodes, give the bourbon another taste, and explore a little deeper into the family dynamic. In …

TBL 24: Creativity with Paul Hletko

May 24th, 2021

22:43

Welcome to "The Bourbon Library" episode 24. In this episode we talk to Paul Hletko, he remembers his first batch of FEW whiskey, talks about the …

After Hours 06: 1792 Aged 12 Years

May 21st, 2021

19:29

On this podcast, Ryan and Alec reflect back on past episodes, give the bourbon another taste, and explore a little deeper into the family dynamic. In …

TBL 23: To Infinity & Beyond

May 17th, 2021

26:42

Welcome to "The Bourbon Library" episode 23. At long last, the boys return home and surprise their mother on her birthday, sharing an infinity bottle in the REAL bourbon library. To drink is to live!

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TBL 22: Grandma's Cocktail w/ Urban Bourbonist

May 9th, 2021

22:23

Welcome to "The Bourbon Library" episode 22. In this episode, we speak with Chris from @urbanbourbonist. He shares his earliest whiskey memory, the moment that launched him into his whiskey journey, and gives us tasting …

After Hours 05: Old Grand-Dad

May 4th, 2021

14:56

On this podcast, Ryan and Alec reflect back on past episodes, give the bourbon another taste, and explore a little deeper into the family dynamic. In …

TBL 21: Flavor Memory Lane

April 13th, 2021

23:15

Welcome to "The Bourbon Library" episode 20. In this episode, we dive into flavor memory while sipping Woodford Reserve. To drink is to live!

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TBL 20: Oprah & Popcorn

April 6th, 2021

21:57

Welcome to "The Bourbon Library" episode 20. Named after our dad's bourbon collection and bar, The Bourbon Library is a show where we dive into a …

TBL 19: The Time Traveler

March 29th, 2021

29:14

In this week's episode, we travel back in time with our friend Brian while sipping on Willet Pot Still Reserve. He tells us about growing up in Kentucky and playing soccer. I hope you join us. To Drink Is To Live!

After Hours 04: Old Forester

March 26th, 2021

14:29

On this podcast, Ryan and Alec reflect back on past episodes, give the bourbon another taste, and explore a little deeper into the family dynamic. In …

TBL 18: Kentucky Colonel

March 22nd, 2021

21:30

In this episode, we drink Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. while discussing the history of OFC Distillery, the different expressions from E.H. Taylor, and …

After Hours 03: Michters US 1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon

March 18th, 2021

19:49

On this podcast, Ryan and Alec reflect back on past episodes, give the bourbon another taste, and explore a little deeper into the family dynamic. In …

TBL 17: Visiting Jack

March 15th, 2021

26:46

In this episode, we drink Jack Daniels while discussing its history, Uncle Nearest, and the classic campfire whiskey. I hope you join us. To Drink Is To Live!

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After Hours 02: Blanton's Original Single Barrel

March 11th, 2021

17:45

On this podcast, Ryan and Alec reflect back on past episodes, give the bourbon another taste, and explore a little deeper into the family dynamic. In this episode, we revisit Blanton's Original Single Barrel. To drink …

TBL 16: Sunday Breakfast

March 8th, 2021

22:38

In this week's episode, we drink Makers Mark while discussing Sunday breakfasts and the lineage of one of the most consistent whiskies on earth.

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After Hours 01: Elijah Craig

March 4th, 2021

18:23

On this podcast, Ryan and Alec reflect back on past episodes, give the bourbon another taste, and explore a little deeper into the family dynamic. In this episode, we revisit Elijah Craig. To drink is to live!


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TBL 15: Caramel Apple Pops

March 1st, 2021

21:13

In this week's episode, we look back at the candy Old Tub made us think of and Jim Beam's legacy. To drink is to live!

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Find A Bourbon That Speaks To You

February 19th, 2021

25:54

The Balas Brothers connect memories from their life with a different bourbon each week. We drink Smooth Ambler and Alec realizes he's in love with …

TBL 13: Wild Turkey

February 10th, 2021

19:54

Welcome to "The Bourbon Library" episode 13. Named after our dad's bourbon collection and bar, The Bourbon Library is a show where we dive into a …

The Bourbon Library TRAILER

February 9th, 2021

0:24

Named after our dad's bourbon collection and bar, The Bourbon Library is a show where we dive into a different bourbon each episode, discussing …

TBL 12: Four Roses

January 28th, 2021

14:17

Welcome to "The Bourbon Library" episode 12. Named after our dad's bourbon collection and bar we gather on the phone with our brother Devon, our …

TBL 11: Fistful of Bourbon

January 21st, 2021

15:49

Welcome to "The Bourbon Library" episode 11. Named after our dad's bourbon collection and bar we gather on the phone with our brother Devon, our …

Knob Creek

December 21st, 2020

16:34

Welcome to "The Bourbon Library" episode 10. Named after our dad's bourbon collection and bar we gather on the phone with our brother Devon, our …

The Bourbon Library 09: Henry Mckenna Single Barrel

December 14th, 2020

17:32

Welcome to "The Bourbon Library" episode 9. Named after our dad's bourbon collection and bar we gather on the phone with our brother Devon, our Uncle …

Three Boys

October 8th, 2020

11:47

Welcome to "The Bourbon Library" episode 8. Named after our dad's bourbon collection and bar we gather on the phone with our brother Devon, our Uncle …

The Bourbon Library 07: Eagle Rare

October 1st, 2020

18:59

Welcome to "The Bourbon Library" episode 7. Named after our dad's bourbon collection and bar we gather on the phone with our brother Devon, our Uncle …

1792

June 30th, 2020

18:54

Welcome to "The Bourbon Library" episode 6. Named after our dad's bourbon collection and bar we gather on the phone with our brother Devon, our Uncle …

Bottled In Bond With Old Grand-Dad

June 1st, 2020

27:49

In this episode, we tackle one of the 'Olds', Old Grand-Dad Bottled In Bond. We hope you drink along. To drink is to live!

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The Perfect Christmas Whiskey Gift

May 16th, 2020

18:47

In this episode, we sip Old Forester Old Fine Whiskey, discuss how Christmas got easier when buying for our Dad. To drink is to live!

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A Brief History & Sour Mash

May 1st, 2020

14:10

In this week's episode, we give you a brief history of Michters US 1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon. We find out what small batch means and give the details on sour mash. I hope you join us. To Drink Is To Live!

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Blanton's Original Single Barrel

April 24th, 2020

14:38

In this episode, we drink Blanton's, discuss its history and the iconic Buffalo Trace Distillery. To drink is to live!

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A Love Of Bourbon Grows

April 17th, 2020

17:58

In this episode, we discuss Three Boys Distillery and our growing passion for bourbon. To drink is to live!

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