The Great Whiskey Road Trip Begins


So it begins. It's September 2018, and Nora and I are officially no longer residents of New York City—after fourteen years and nine, respectively. Leaving our jobs, our friends, and our lives behind was no easy decision, but we are both ready for a new adventure, and ready to start building Lost Lantern.

Over the next few months, The Great Whiskey Road Trip will take us to many places—numerous distilleries, several national parks, and small and large cities all across the country. We don't know how many distilleries we'll visit, how many states we'll pass through, how long we'll be on the road, or where we'll live afterward. Finding that out is part of the fun.

I have written about craft whiskey for years, and I've had the chance to visit a good number of craft distilleries in that time. The Great Whiskey Road Trip will allow us to visit many more, and see for ourselves what makes each one unique.

Our first month on the road will be a little different from the rest of the road trip. We're kicking off our adventure by visiting some of the great National Parks of the West. Nothing could be more different from the hustle and bustle of New York City. In September, we're going first to the Badlands and other South Dakota parks, then to Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Starting in October, we'll be balancing our time more evenly between outdoor adventures and distillery visits.

We invite you to follow along with our adventures, whether you're a whiskey lover, someone in the whiskey industry, or friends and family. If you're a whiskey person, we hope you don't mind the forthcoming photos of mountains and buffalo; for friends and family, we hope you learn a little bit more about whiskey as we recount our adventures. But we can promise a little something for everyone.