Blue Note Bourbon Holds Grand Opening Ceremony for Tasting Room, Distillery Tour

The grand opening ceremony included remarks from Blue Note representatives, local leaders, and area chambers before guests took a tour of the distillery and sampled Blue Note’s award-winning bourbons. The tasting room is open to the public by appointment

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 14, 2023 – Blue Note Bourbon held a grand opening ceremony for its new tasting room on July 14 in the New Chicago neighborhood of North Memphis. The grand opening ceremony included remarks from Blue Note Bourbon representatives, local leaders, and area chambers, followed by each chamber and Blue Note Bourbon representatives cutting their ribbons within the distillery. Guests were then taken on a tour of the distillery before sampling Blue Note’s award-winning bourbon. Leaders in attendance included:

  • Chandell Ryan, City of Memphis Chief Operating Officer
  • Michalyn Easter-Thomas, Memphis City Councilwoman
  • Ted Townsend, Greater Memphis Chamber President and CEO
  • Janie Day, President & CEO, Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce
  • John Threadgill, President & CEO, Bartlett Chamber of Commerce
  • Debbie King, Executive Director, Southaven Chamber of Commerce

“The grand opening of the Blue Note Bourbon tasting room and distillery tour is a momentous occasion for us, and we are proud that we can celebrate with local leaders and representatives,” said Logan Welk, President and Chief Operating Officer at B.R. Distilling. “This grand opening is one of the first steps to showcasing our award-winning, Memphis-made bourbon to people across the Mid-South, establishing a tourist and location destination in the North Memphis community, and bringing economic restoration to the area.”

Blue Note Bourbon celebrated the grand opening of its 550-square-foot tasting room where visitors can sample the latest Blue Note Bourbon offerings as well as take a tour of the facility. The tasting room includes a bar that can comfortably sit a small group for tastings, a lounge area with leather furniture, and shelves filled with bourbon and Blue Note merchandise that are available for purchase. The wooden interiors of the tasting room were constructed from recycled oak pallets that were used to store barrels. Just beyond the tasting room is the 27,000-square-foot production facility and bourbon barrel storage area that visitors can tour and learn about Blue Note’s history.

Blue Note Bourbon is named after world-famous Memphis blues music. Like the blues, Blue Note is a smooth full-bodied bourbon with bold notes of caramel, oak, vanilla, and spice that comes from being aged slowly without chill filtering in the deep Delta heat and humidity. Blue Note currently offers three expressions of its bourbon whiskey: Blue Note Juke Joint, Blue Note Uncut, and Blue Note Crossroads. Both Blue Note Juke Joint and Blue Note Crossroads recently won the rare distinction of back-to-back double gold medals in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition out of over 6,000 entries across all spirits. As the producer of Blue Note Bourbon, B.R. Distilling is the only Tennessee distillery to receive Double Gold in the Straight Bourbon category. Blue Note Uncut recently won two distinctions from Whisky Advocate: #7 in Top 20 Whiskies of 2022 and 92 Points. Only whiskies that are 90 points and above in the Whisky Advocate Buying Guide are considered by their reviewers to be truly “exceptional.”

Blue Note Juke Joint is an unfiltered, 93-proof Straight Bourbon Whiskey having a viscous body with a taste of vanilla, allspice, apricot, and pear. It has a finish of allspice that fades into lingering notes of oak, pear, and vanilla.

Blue Note Crossroads is an unfiltered, 100-proof Straight Bourbon Whiskey with the same mash as Juke Joint, but it produces a sweet and spicy flavor.

Blue Note Uncut is an unfiltered, variable proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This bourbon is special because these barrels are survivor barrels of the June 2019 summer storm that caused one of Blue Note’s storage facilities to collapse, destroying thousands of barrels and leaving the surviving barrels exposed to the elements for several months.

B.R. Distilling Company, the producer of Blue Note Bourbon, was founded in 2013 and received its Tennessee Distilled Spirits Plant license in 2014, making it the oldest distillery license in the city of Memphis. The area where the distillery is located originally served as an adhesive plant in the production process for the Firestone Tire & Rubber plant until it closed in 1982

The tasting room and distillery tour are available to the public by appointment for $15 per person Thursday and Friday afternoons. For more information about the tasting room and tours, visit Blue Note Bourbon’s page,

Logan Welk, President and Chief Operating Officer, Blue Note Bourbon

Robert DelPriore, Chairman of Blue Note Bourbon Board

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris


Memphis City Councilwoman Michalyn Easter-Thomas

Ted Townsend, President & CEO, Greater Memphis Chamber


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About Blue Note Bourbon

Blue Note Bourbon is named after world-famous Memphis blues music where it is produced. Like the blues, Blue Note is a smooth full-bodied bourbon. Blue Note Bourbon is non-chill filtered, giving it a rich and savory taste. Blue Note Bourbon is crafted at B.R. Distilling Company, Memphis’ oldest licensed distillery. For more information on Blue Note Bourbon, visit