Mayor Offers Bourbon to NCAA-Competing Mayors
Wednesday March 26, 2008
In the spirit of competition, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson is shipping bottles of bourbon to the mayors of Knoxville, Tenn. and Chapel Hill, N. C., in preparation for the upcoming NCAA games against the University of Louisville.
Abramson said the bourbon, supplied by four Louisville-area distillers, will help soothe Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and other Big Orange fans, following their impending defeat Thursday night.
“Bourbon is our secret full-court press,” Abramson said. “Mayor Haslam runs a great city, but I know Knoxville will need a little bourbon to soothe its sunken spirits after Thursday night.”
The U of L men play the University of Tennessee in the East Region on Thursday. The Lady Cardinals, in their first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance, play the University of North Carolina on Saturday.
“These great bourbons will serve as some solace for Lady Tar Heel fans and Mayor Kevin Foy,” Abramson said. “Our city is proud of this historic appearance in the tournament by the Lady Cardinals.”
The bourbons include:
- Woodford Reserve, compliments of the Brown-Forman Corp;
- Bulleit Bourbon, compliments of Diageo Corp.;
- Maker’s Mark, compliment of Makers’ Mark Distillery;
- And a bottle of Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon, compliments of Heaven Hill Distillery. The Evan Williams bottle is signed by Craig Beam, the distillery’s seventh generation master distiller.
United Parcel Service Freight will ship the bourbons today.
Abramson said he expects both Cardinal teams to make the Final Four. He’s also rooting for the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers, who also play in the Sweet 16 on Thursday night, against UCLA.
“It’s great to have three Kentucky teams in the Sweet 16 tournaments,” Abramson said.