BOURBON TASTING: Beanball Bourbon


“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again. Oh… people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come.”

Of course, that quote above is from James Earl Jones as Terence Mann in the 1989 movie, Field of Dreams.  My old roommate and I use to watch this movie every time it was on TV, and I still do.

Baseball is true American.  And, of course, the Baseball Hall of Fame is located in Cooperstown, New York.

Bourbon is also American – as the United States Congress recognized bourbon as a “distinctive product of the United States” on May 4, 1964.   And this bourbon review comes to you from …. Cooperstown Distillery, Cooperstown, New York.

We are sampling Beanball Bourbon; named after the dangerous pitch in baseball.  Gene Marra, owner and distiller of Cooperstown Distillery, has told me, “It is indeed a blend of mostly sourced (MGP/Indiana) whiskey and our own ~80/20%.  It is a 75% corn / 25% rye and wheat mash bill.” For Cooperstown Distillery’s share of the blend, all grains are from local farms.

This bourbon is aged for 6 years and bottled at 90 proof.

Appearance:  Light Amber color.

Nose:  Grassy, butterscotch, raisin, light on ethanol.

Taste: Vanilla, rye, oak, caramel, fruit.

Finish:  Sweet and easy on the palate with a lasting finish.  An easy sipper without an overload of ethanol.

Price Range: $40 to $45 for 750 ml.

Overall Recommendations/Comments:  This is very smooth bourbon.  I was skeptical of a New York bourbon at first, but they have done well with Beanball.  We have tried this several ways  – straight up, on the rocks, in bourbon and ginger, and as well as in an Old Fashioned.  It is good no matter which way you prefer your bourbon.  And for the mid-range price point, it is affordable.  Obviously, you can get some Buffalo Trace or Elijah Craig small batch for less to use for good mixing bourbon, but for this price, go out and get yourself a bottle.  I probably will get getting a second bottle in the near future. You might have to do some searching to find it, but here in upstate/western New York, it is available at many locations.

Cooperstown Distillery opened in October 13, 2013 and specializes in many, some award winning, spirits. These include vodka, gin, rum, white and American whiskey as well.  The distillery itself is open to the public with tours every Saturday at 2:00 pm.  They also have a retail outlet right on Main Street called the “Cooperstown Beverage Exchange”.  There they sell and serve their products along with other New York State beer, wine and spirits.

Their special baseball glass decanter is very collectible. It is a glass, to-scale baseball with 108 stitches, and at the bottom it has an embossed baseball diamond.  Abner Doubleday’s signature is printed on the bottle; the inventor of baseball.  The decanter is available for their Abner Doubleday’s Baseball Bourbon, Classic American Baseball Whiskey, and Double Play Baseball Vodka. (I have been told that the bourbon is the same as Beanball Bourbon – just different bottling. Probably the same is true for their other products but I cannot confirm that.)

“Oh….people will come Ray.  People will most definitely come.” – the same is definitely true if you have bourbon on hand and want to share!  Time to sit back, watch the final days of baseball this season, and enjoy a sip of Beanball Bourbon.

Thanks for reading.  Please feel free to comment or give suggestions.


“Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough” – Mark Twain


Batter up!  Bottoms up!


One Reply to “BOURBON TASTING: Beanball Bourbon”

  1. sue waggott says:

    once again a delightful conversation on bourbon. I really look forward to your tastings.

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