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  • We Bought a Barrel of Old Weller Antique 107

    There's a little secret to the bar world: If you are willing, you can purchase an entire barrel of whiskey. The distillery will ship you some sample vials, you'll hastily taste them, check a few boxes and months later your whiskey will unceremoniously arrive bottled on the back of some freight truck. It's a functional, yet anonymous, way to make a large purchase of brown liquor.

    But there's another method to buying a barrel. This one requires a quite a bit more effort, long layover flights in the Midwest, and far too much time drinking in Louisville dive bars.

    This past April we traveled to Kentucky to select our very own barrel of Old Weller Antique 107 at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfurt, KY. This was our second trip east—we purchased a barrel of Elmer T. Lee in 2014 which lastest a few short months before selling out—and this time around we brought along Old Gold bar manager Andrew Finkelman, our bartender of five years Collin Anderson, and Paydirt bar manager Andrew Terrell. 

    Together, after much painstaking tasting and thorough note taking, we selected a nearly nine year old barrel of our favorite wheated whiskey. And while Old Weller Antique 107 does share a lineage with the fabled bottled unicorn that is Pappy Van Winkle, its true charm lies in its deceptive heat, mellow sweetness, and soft body that makes the best Old Fashioned in the land.

    We'll be releasing the bourbon on Wednesday, September 21st at the Old Gold and Thursday, September 22nd at Paydirt. Due to the age of our selection, and the greediness of the Angel's Share, we only have a limited number of bottles so please try a pour while you can. It's a very special bourbon and once it's gone, it's gone for good.

    After that, I guess we'll have to take another trip to Kentucky. 

  • High West Tasting!

    The greatest thing from Utah since John Stockton, High West Distillery has quickly become one of the country's most innovative whiskey brands. We're pleased to announce that on Wednesday, August 31st, High West's Adam Opalek will be at the Old Gold to host a tasting of their whiskey between 6-9pm. 

    If that wasn't enough to fill your dance card, we'll be pouring High West cocktails, whiskey pairings, and even food specials made with their fine whiskey as well. 

  • Rainier Pale Mountain Ale Release Party

    Like parties? Like beer? Lucky you.

    We're pleased to host a little release soiree for the delicious new Rainier Pale Mountain Ale on Thursday August 18th. Rainier's first new beer in nearly two decades will be prominently featured, along with special whiskey flights, and food specials that incorporate the beer as well. Fun starts at 4pm and goes until late. Come on out and have a bottle or two.

  • Whiskey 101 in September

    Your whiskey education (whiskucation?) is of paramont importance to us. That's why we have announced the latest Whiskey 101: An Exploration of American Whiskey class. 

    Our next class will be Saturday, September 3rd at 12pm at Paydirt (28th and Sandy). This interactive lesson will cover the origins, styles, and varieties of American Whiskey. This includes bourbons, ryes, and plenty more. Yes, you'll get to drink as you learn, as host/professor Andrew Finkelman helps you learn more about the most fascinating spirit on your liquor shelf.

    As always, space is limited and this class always sells out, so get your tickets right this very second

  • We Will Be Closed on July 4th

    Attention: Americans

    The Old Gold will be closed on Monday, July 4th. We will spend the day grilling meats, playing in the river, badmouthing England, and using illegal fireworks in a manner that is, frankly, extremly reckless. It's the American Way™!

    We will be open once again on Tuesday, July 5th. 

  • New Classes Announced for Whiskey 101 and 201

    Our devotion to alcoholucation knows no bounds (in fact, we might have more accreditation than Trump University): We have just announced brand new classes for both Whiskey 101 and Whiskey 201.

    The Whiskey 201 course will be on Saturday, April 23rd at noon. This $45 class is an advance journey through global whiskeys, including everything from Scotch to Irish to Japanese and more. 

    The Whiskey 101 course will be on Saturday, May 7th at noon. This $40 class is a very special one-of-a-kind Kentucky Derby edition of our traditional Whiskey 101 lesson. In addition to the regular drink-while-you-learn instruction, there will be Mint Juelps for all attendees at the end. Jockey attire is not required.

    Both classes are hosted at Paydirt (2724 NE Pacific), and include about a half-dozen tastings, tasty snacks, run about 90 minutes in length, and always sell out. Get your ticket to the Derby Edition Whiskey 101 here and our advanced Whiskey 201 here. Don't delay!