Bourbon for a cause | Fredericksburg Standard

The Garrison Brothers distillery and its fundraising group, Good Bourbon for a Good Cause, held another sold-out Red, White & Bourbon event on Saturday to salute veterans and benefit the National Museum of the Pacific War.

Despite the chilly weather, attendees enjoyed two bands, lunch, a live auction, and tastings from over a dozen local wine and beer companies.

“Red, White and Bourbon is the biggest philanthropic event we host each year, and we always look forward to saluting veterans,” said Dan Garrison.

“We started six years ago and the first year we raised $25,000. Last year we raised $50,000 and we are proud that the event continues to grow.

The National Museum of the Pacific War (NMPW) hosted its mobile museum where World War II weapons were on display, along with two vehicles – a DUKW, an amphibious vehicle often seen in local parades, and a Jeep from the World War II where guests could have their photos taken.

NMPW personnel and volunteers were dressed in uniform and periodically fired an M3 anti-tank gun throughout the day.

“We thank Garrison Brothers and their team for bringing this event together, and in particular for it taking place during Veterans Day week to honor them,” said Mike Hagee, President and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, which funds and manages the museum. “This annual event helps us continue to tell the stories of the greatest generation and remind everyone of the impact of World War II on the world today and the continued relevance of its lessons.”

One of the highlights of the event is the opportunity for buyers of the special Red White & Bourbon bottles to dip their bottles in sealing wax and stamp them. While today the wax sealing process is typically used for branding purposes, the tradition is hundreds of years old and began as a way to ensure no one had ever tampered with the bottle.

Many guests also enjoyed tours of the distillery and the opportunity to learn about bourbon making.

Saturday’s event also saw several vendors who set up stalls for wine and beer tastings. These include Alstadt Brewery, Barons Creek Vineyards, Becker Vineyards, Blue Lotus Winery, Fredericksburg Brewing Company, French Connection Wines, Hat Bar Co., Hilmy Wineries, Kalasi Wineries, Lost Draw Wineries, Messina Hof Winery, Pecan Street Brewery, Texas Heritage Vineyard. , Texas Mead Works, Texas Wine Collective and William Chris Vineyards.

Garrison Brothers provided burgers and hot dogs, along with plenty of sides. Fischer and Wieser supplied a range of sauces and toppings.

The entertainment started with Jazz Daddies in the morning and 3 Chord Rodeo performed in the afternoon.

As part of the fundraising effort, a live auction was held with a bung drop from a helicopter. The bungs, which are the caps of the bourbon barrels, were sold in an attempt to win a cash prize. Purchased bungs were dropped from a helicopter and the bung landing closest to a target on the ground won the toss.

Elisha A. Tilghman