Our Revamped Patreon Page & Renewed Effort to deliver the Patreon experience you deserve!
A Note from McNew
We have been on Patreon for over a year now and we have had some amazing individuals step-up and support us since the beginning. While our efforts haven’t been what they could be in regard to our Patreon experience (we were too busy focusing on content), we are stepping up our game now as Steve is getting some help running our page.
I’m going to be taking over the leadership role in the running our Patreon page. In this role, I will be coordinating the efforts of the entire ABV Network to ensure the best possible experience to our supporters… whether we are talking our loyal individuals who have been with us the whole time, or people just wanting to get involved now. In addition to revamping our Patreon gifts for supporters, we’re also adding some cool new features to being a Patreon supporter of the ABV Network.
Check out these new benefits:
Increased Interaction - I will be leading the conversation with our Patreon members. Have a question? Turn to Patreon for a quick response!
Monthly Contests with Focus on Experiences - What’s better than a gift? Well, how about something money can’t buy? That’s what we are focusing on with our new monthly Patreon drawings starting in February… custom experiences you can’t get anywhere else other than our Patreon page.
Unique Content - We’re now creating shows just for you. Every other week we are releasing a show you won’t hear anywhere else other than through our Patreon page exclusively for our patrons.
Surprise Gifts - You never know when we might just send you something kinda cool.
On behalf of Steve and the entire ABV Network team, we thank you for the support and hope you enjoy all of the enhancements to our program.
Patreon “Bourbon Life” Experiences - The Pillar of our Patreon Campaign
Bourbon experiences you can’t buy or get anywhere else.
September 2019 (August 20 - September 5)/Maker’s Mark Distillery - We’ve got an amazing opportunity for someone. Jason Nally, the “environmental champion” is going to give Steve and one lucky Patreon supporter a behind the scenes tour of the Maker’s Mark grounds. In addition to seeing things you would never get to experience on a tour, our winner, along with Steve and Jason will go fishing on Maker’s distillery property. If that weren’t enough, we’ll even get together to do a podcast about the experience. The date for this one is set, it is Wednesday, September 18. We will get there first thing in the morning and stay until 3:30 p.m. It’s going to be the greatest day ever… a true once-in-a-lifetime bourbon life experience!
August 2019 (July 20-August 5)/The Spirits of French Lick - The Spirits of French Lick in partnership with the ABV Network, brings an opportunity for the Whiskey Connoisseur to “Respect the Grain”. Travel down to the distillery grounds in West Baden Springs, Indiana and engulf yourself in history, distilling, and the dark arts with our distilling team. Begin your day with our distiller, Alan Bishop, and our Assistant Distiller, Steven McNeely, by milling in locally grown grains. You will be educated in our methodology of alternate grains, terroir, alchemy, and barrel aging. Your experience doesn’t stop there as we will allow you to use the knowledge you obtained throughout the day to choose a private barrel to be featured in our tasting bar. At the end of your day you will be rewarded with a Spirits of French Lick swag bag to remember your experience by. As a bonus, the Spirits of French Lick will invite you back to participate in Michael Veach’s Bourbon Country Institute on Sunday, October 13th. Michael Veach is a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame and is the foremost authority on bourbon history. The Institute is designed to teach those who want to learn more about their favorite distilled spirit, its history, as well as the attributes that make it different from other whiskeys available in the market. Upon completion of the 7-8 hour class you will receive a certificate of completion. Lunch will be provided for both experiences at our Vintage Italian Café!
July 2019 (6/20 – 7/5)/Bourbons Bistro – We have an incredible prize package for you. Jason Brauner, one of the key individuals in the ascent of bourbon, will have dinner with you and a guest at his restaurant Bourbons Bistro. You can talk bourbon, history, the value of bottles, or whatever you want. Afterwards, Jason will share a couple of pours from his personal whiskey collection. This is the stuff of legends… and it’s exactly what we do at the ABV Network.
June 2019 (5/20 – 6/5)/Neeley Family Distillery - We have a brand new offering at the ABV Network, the #ABVNetworkCrew Club: abvnetwork.com/club. One of the club benefits offered by Neeley Family Distillery is the ability to buy a bottle from a honey barrel reserved exclusively for club members. Well, you are going to get to help pick that barrel! With this prize pack, you will get to come to the Neeley Family Distillery to meet with Royce, PawPaw, as well as Royce's parents Roy and Michele. Steve Akley and Bo Cumberland will be on-hand as well. The family will give you a tour to show you how they make bourbon and share their family history of making whiskey for 11-generations. After the tour, you, Steve, Royce and Bo will sample bourbon right from the barrel. When you find that perfect barrel, you get the first bottle from the barrel on the house! The Neeleys will even throw in a Neeley Family Distillery glass and hat for you to enjoying sipping your special whiskey with. This all goes down at noon on Saturday, June 22 at Neeley Family Distillery in Sparta, Kentucky (about 50-minutes from Louisville) so you will need to be there on that date/time if you want to get your prize.
May 2019 (4/20 – 5/5)/Bourbon Sasquatch Productions – One of the great additions to the ABV Network family has been Bourbon Sasquatch Productions, the division creating movies and TV shows. With this Bourbon Life Experience, you get to be a part of the fun by appearing in one of our TV shows. We’ll be filming on Sunday, June 2 at 8:00 a.m. at Moonshine University in Louisville. The winner of this contest gets to appear in the episode as an extra in a class taught by Colin Blake and Evan Haskill. We’ll have a few other surprise bourbon celebrities in the audience as well.
April 2019 (3/20 - 4/5)/Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery – The ultimate experience for the whiskey fan is to create his or her own whiskey. While factors like huge investments, aversion to risk, and lack of time means most of us probably will never create our own brand, the ABV Network’s Patreon campaign, through our partnership with Stumpy’s Spirits in Columbia, Illinois, allows us to fulfill that very wish for one lucky patron. Adam Stumpf, owner of Stumpy’s, is offering a true once-in-a-lifetime experience: the ability to custom design your own whiskey mash bill and barreling profile. You literally set the grain mixture and, after a consultation with Adam, he will then, in-turn, distill your creation. We aren’t talking a small experimental run, either. We’re talking a full batch meaning approximately 8-barrels of the whiskey you design will be created. Each year, as it ages, you will get a sample so you can see how it’s coming along. What will happen to the whiskey you create? That’s totally up to Adam. It’s his business… it could be released to stores, the gift shop, blended into a product… or, if you really screw this up, he will re-distill it into vodka. No matter what the end result is, it’s an incredible offering we are pleased to be able to have exclusively for our Patreon supporters.
March 2019 (2/20 - 3/5)/Neeley Family Distillery - Have you ever wanted to learn how to make bourbon? Well, here is your chance. Spend a morning at Neeley Family Distillery (neeleyfamilydistillery.com) in Sparta, Kentucky, with Royce Neeley and PawPaw making a batch of Neeley Family Distillery Bourbon. Prepare to roll-up your sleeves, get dirty and have PawPaw yell at you as you make bourbon the old fashioned way; just as the Neeleys have been making whiskey for 11-generations. You will get a chance to cook a mash, run a still and even help make the decision where to make a cut from Heads to Hearts in whiskey production. While what you are making will be laid to rest for years, the Neeleys wouldn't let you get out of there without tasting some whiskey so they will pull a bottle for you straight from the barrel in the gift shop before you leave... unless, of course, PawPaw fires you before you make it to the end of the day. That's a real possibility, but it's also half the fun!