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J. Mattingly 1845 Distillery Celebrates National Pet Day With Festival & 2 New Releases

Credit: J. Mattingly 1845 Distillery

Frankfort-based distillery, J. Mattingly 1845, is celebrating National Pet Day this April 13th with two new whiskey releases and an on-site festival. 

The festival will be held at the distillery with celebrations including Buddy Love’s Food Trailer and an appearance from the Anderson County Humane Society which will bring along animals available for adoption. 

And, of course, the distillery will mark National Pet Day with two new whiskey releases: RuhRoh Rye and CIB Bourbon. 

RuhRoh Rye Whiskey 

RuhRoh Rye, the name of which gives a nod to one of the world’s favorite pets, Scooby Doo, is a rye whiskey aged for just under five years. The whiskey has been bottled at 113 proof in 750ml bottles. Tasting notes include orange and citrus jam, leathery oak, and caramel with baking spices. RuhRoh Rye will retail for $120. 

MJ (left) and Benny (right) – two cats named after Mattingly ancestors – inspecting the new RuhRoh Rye. Credit: J. Mattingly 1845 Distillery

CIB Bourbon 2024 

CIB Bourbon is the latest release in J. Mattingly 1845’s Combat Infantry Badge series. These badges are awarded to special forces officers and infantry in the US Army who are at, or below, the rank of Colonel and have engaged in ground combat. This six and a half year old bourbon has been bottled at 116 proof. Tasting notes for the bourbon include brown sugar, banana, smoke, sweet tobacco, spice, and oak. 

The 2024 CIB Bourbon is the first such release since 2021, and bottles are expected to sell out quickly. 50 said bottles will be available from 8:30 am on April 13th. An additional 450 will be released at a later date. 

As part of the Combat Infantry Badge series, J. Mattingly 1845 annually donates a portion of the sales of these bottles to a military-related non-profit organization. In honor of National Pet Day, $30 from the sale of each $155 bottle of CIB Bourbon will be donated to Forgotten Coast K9. This organization helps to match veterans and first responders with service dogs. The dogs can help such people regain confidence and companionship, and provide support with day-to-day life. Forgotten Coast K9’s mission is to stop suicides in such communities. 

Celebrate National Pet Day With J. Mattingly 1845 Distillery 

As well as these two exciting whiskey releases, visitors to the National Pet Day festival will have the opportunity to meet (and maybe even adopt) animals from the Anderson County Humane Society. Representatives from the society will bring along dogs and cats all looking for their forever homes. Who knows, you might come away from the festival with two new whiskeys and a new best friend. 

Buddy Love’s Food Trailer, named for the food truck owner’s dog, a brindle boxer named Buddy) will be providing refreshments. 

The J. Mattingly 1845 Distillery National Pet Day Festival will take place at the distillery on Saturday, April 13th, 2024. Doors open at 8:30 am and the festivities begin at 10 am. 

Entry to the festival is free and pets are (of course) allowed. 

How will you be celebrating National Pet Day?  

Beth Squires

Beth joined Mark Littler Ltd full-time in October 2020 following the completion of her university degree. Since then she has gained wide-ranging knowledge of all things whisk(e)y, and has written extensively for both company and external publications. Beth is passionate about industry innovation, marketing, and sustainability. With a particular affinity for independently bottled rare scotch, Beth is also a whisky bottle investment specialist.

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