J.Henry and Sons


Upcoming Events

May 5

144th running of the Kentucky Derby

3:30pm - 6:30pm | Churchill Downs West - J. Henry & Sons Tasting Room, 7794 Patton Rd. Dane, WI

The 144th running of the Kentucky Derby runs on Saturday, May 5, 2018. We have finished our new rick house and have opened up additional spaces for this year’s party! Get your tickets for our Mint Julep party here https://jhenrybourbon-derby2018.eventbrite.com .

Jan 3

Chocolate Covered Cherry Day

Hump day | Nationwide

If you like chocolate covered cherries today is your day and think how much better they can be with Bourbon! #RewardYourself with a glass of J. Henry & Sons Wisconsin Small Batch, Five year aged bourbon! Splurge and get REAL chocolate, maybe dark chocolate and real cherries and you are ready to #RewardYourself! Cheers!

Jan 2

National Buffet Day!

All day long | Wherever you are!

Baby its cold outside and its National Buffet Day! What better way to mark this day than with a Bourbon Buffet?

Three delightful expressions of Small Batch aged five years and proofed to 92, Small Batch aged five years, slow reduced to 103 proof and finished in a Cognac barrel and Single Barrel Cask Strength. We will release our first Seven Year Aged Bourbon in February so soon you will four expressions to choose from. All four grain mash bill with a majority of heirloom, red corn raised on our farm, all aged a minimum in new, charred and toasted oak and all crafted at our farm in Dane, WI for you. Please come see us in our tasting room and sample this Bourbon Buffet! Schedule a Tour Today!  

Dec 31

New Year's Eve Bus Tour and Beverage Party

6:00pm-ring in the new year! | Begin at Lone Girl Brewery in Waunakee, J Henry & Sons, Drumlin Ridge Winery and ring in the new year at Lone Girl!

Tickets for the New Years Eve Tour!

Nov 19

Bourbon, Bitters, Cheese, Chocolates, EggNog, Goodies and Holiday Cheer!

3:30PM - 5:30PM | J. Henry & Sons, 7794 Patton Road, Dane, WI 53529

Holiday Pop-Up Pairings, Tastings and Fun Tickets! 



Nov 3

The Wisconsin Science Festival - The Evolution of the Cocktail

5:30pm and 7:00pm | Discovery Building/Steenbock's on Orchard, 330 N Orchard Street Madison, WI

Oct 16

Bartenders Brunch

11:00-2:00 two seatings for all the Madison Cocktail Week crew | Forequarter, 708 1/4 E Johnson St, Madison, WI 53703

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Oct 10

Bourbon & BBQ

5:00-9:00pm | Lark 60 S Main St Janesville‎ WI

Tue 7 PM · Lark · Janesville
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Oct 3

Chicago Independent Spirits Expo

VIP, Press & Trade ~ 4:30 – 9:00pm General Admission ~ 6:30 – 9:00... | Hilton Chicago Hotel

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Oct 2

The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo's Smoking Garden Party

4:00pm - 8:00pm | Up Down Cigar 1550 N Wells St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Up Down Cigar Garden Party

The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo’s Smoking Garden Party

Oct 2

Executive Bourbon Steward Training of the Stave & Thief Society

8:30am - 5:30pm | Chicago Distilling Company 2359 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60647

Executive Bourbon Steward Training

Master the Art of Tasting

Sep 27

Milwaukee Cocktail Week at GoodKind

6:30pm Reception, 7:00pm Dinner | Goodkind 2457 S Wentworth Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207

MKECW Featuring Goodkind: J. Henry & Sons Bourbon Cocktail Dinner


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Sep 22

Bourbons Brews and Corks Tasting

4:00pm - 7:00pm | Viking Liquors, 1625 East Main St., Reedsburg, WI

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Sep 21

National Bourbon Month Tasting

7:00pm - 8:00pm | Steve's Liquors Tasting Room, 3618 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705

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Sep 17

CSA Cocktail Demos and Drinks on the Farm

11:00am - 3:00pm | Vitruvian Farms 2727 B US Highway 51 Mc Farland, WI 53558

Bike the Barns

May 6

VIP Wisconsin Bourbon Derby Celebration

3:30PM-6:30PM | Churchill Downs North, J. Henry Tasting Room, 7794 Patton Rd. Dane, WI 53529

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J. Henry Wisconsin Bourbon Derby Celebration

Sat, May 6 at 3:30pm

  • All guests must be 21 years of age
VIP Wisconsin Bourbon Derby Experience
$43.73 with fees

Join us for a J. Henry & Sons Wisconsin Bourbon Derby Experience! Wear your finest haberdashery and bring your Jim Dandy along. Guests will enjoy Derby games and competitions. Win fabulous prizes! Have your picture taken at Churchill Downs West. Sample delicious southern nibbles while sipping a refreshing mint julep. Guests will receive two J. Henry bourbon cocktails, a Kentucky Derby 143 commemorative glass, a photo in the Winner’s Circle, southern snacks and appetizers. Learn to make exquisite cocktails from our celebrity bartendar Mariah Renk of Julep and Maduro. Cheer your pick for the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports! and celebrate with our Southern (Wisconsin) hospitality and Wisconsin Style fun as we enjoy our special, award winning bourbons. Limited ticket availability.


Apr 23

Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Crafts & Drafts Spring Beer Fest Sponsored by Discount Liquors

12:00PM Noon | American Serb Hall, 5101 W Oklahoma Ave Milwaukee, WI 53219

Sun 12 PM · American Serb Hall · Milwaukee

Feb 18

Distill America: A Celebration of American Distilling

V.I.P. from 5 pm - 9 pm, General Admission from 6 pm-9 pm | The Edgewater, 1001 Wisconsin Place, Madison, WI 53703

Join us at our third Distill America for the announcement of our third expression of bourbon!

The Edgewater

1001 Wisconsin Place
Madison, WI 53703

Feb 4

Spirits Class: cocktails and tasting showcasing wheated bourbons

2:00PM - 4:00PM | Gib's Bar, 1380 Williamson St. Madison, WI

Spirits class: cocktails & tasting showcasing wheated bourbon, from approachable everyday sippers to rarities

Wheated Bourbon: Well(er) to Van Winkle

A few things about bourbon are non-negotiable: corn is the dominant grain (at least 51%), fresh distillate gets aged in new charred American oak barrels, and so on. Those broad strokes cemented Bourbon as an iconic American spirit. In this class, we’ll learn how distillers color within those broad strokes by subtly tweaking the supporting cast of grain. We’ll reference some other styles of whiskey, but mostly we’ll enjoy the nuanced possibility afforded by adding just a “whisper of wheat” to a bourbon mashbill.

Why might a wheated bourbon be the ideal gateway for your amaretto-sour-addled friend? Wizened old distillers insist the vast majority of bourbon peaks around 8 years in a barrel, so why do cherished wheaters like Van Winkle take so well to further aging? We’ll explore these questions as we make a few cocktails and sample the following:

  • Buffalo Trace
  • Bernheim Wheat
  • J. Henry
  • Old Fitzgerald Bonded
  • Maker’s Mark Cask Strength
  • Weller 12yr
  • William Larue Weller Antique Collection 2016
  • Van Winkle 15yr 2016

Small plate snacks from Grampa’s Pizzeria will be provided.

Feb 11

Enjoy an Elegant Four Course Dinner paired with J. Henry Bourbons and E. Pira Wines

6:30PM | Graft, 18 N Carroll St., Madison, WI RSVP By Feb. 6 at 608-229-8800

4 Course dinner featuring 4 wines, and 2 whiskeys!

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Jan 9

Dinner and Drinks Heritage Tavern, Wisconsin Brewing Co. and J. Henry & Sons

5:30pm - 8:00pm | Heritage Tavern, 131 E Mifflin St, Madison, Wisconsin 53703

 Join us for a one-of-a-kind evening featuring custom dishes, J. Henry cocktails & barrel-aged beer from Wisconsin Brewing Company!

~Tickets are $65 (tax included, but not gratuity)
~Make your reservation in person or by phone at Heritage Tavern
~Only 75 Tickets are available!
5:30PM – Beer & Appetizers
6:30PM – Dinner

Call (608) 283-9500 or stop by the Tavern today to get your tickets before they are gone!
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Jan 28

Roll Out The (Tequila) Barrel with Wisconsin Brewing J. Henry Barrel Aged Beer and J. Henry BBQ

VIP Dinner 6:00PM, General Admission Release Party and Dance Your Heart Out 7:30PM | Pasqual's Cantina, 1344 East Washington Ave., Madison, WI

Get your tickets today at: http://www.isthmustickets.com/events/40255559/roll-out-the-tequila-barrel

Roll Out The (Tequila) Barrel
Pasqual’s Cantina & Wisconsin Brewing Co.

Sat, Jan 28 at 7:30pm

General Admission
$32.05 with fees
General Admission + 1 Gose-Rita Growler
$54.35 with fees
V.I.P Dinner
$80.90 with fees

Join us Saturday, January 28th as we help Wisconsin Brewing Company roll out their latest barrel aged Beer – Gose-Rita is a collaboration between Pasqual’s Cantina and Wisconsin Brewing Company.  This special small batch beer has been made by taking a traditional sour gose and barrel aging it in the same barrel that was used to rest Pasqual’s Cantina’s single barrel reposado by El Mayor Tequila.  

We will be rolling out the barrel with a VIP dinner and a meet and greet with Kirby Nelson, President and master brewer of WBC.  Enjoy a 3 course, Wisconsin inspired menu with some international fusion, presented by Chef Ben Roberts.  Your dinner will be paired with 3 exclusive WBC barrel aged beers and the spirits who’s barrel’s aged these brews.

If you can’t make it to the VIP dinner, join us for the Gose-rita release party in our Cantina Bar at 7:30 where WBC will be taking over our tap lines for the evening. Price of general admission will include two beer tickets and traditional Mexican Street Food.  Growlers of select WBC beers will be available for purchase. 

Then Dance your heart out with music by DJ Angel who will keep the party going and the beer flowing.  


Dec 1

Wild Card Thursday! Free J Henry Bourbon Tasting!

4:00PM-7:00PM | Star Liquor 1209 Williamson St, Madison, Wisconsin 53703

Thu 4 PM · Star Liquor · Madison

Dec 1

J. Henry Bourbon and Barrel Aged Beer Release Party

6:00PM-8:00PM | The Free House Pub 1902 Parmenter St, Middleton, Wisconsin 53562

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Public · Tasting · Hosted by Wisconsin Brewing Company

Dec 7

A Very Merry Oktoberfest

5:00 - 8:00 PM | Up Down Cigar 1550 N Wells St, Chicago, Illinois 60610


Up Down Cigar presents A Very Merry Oktoberfest with Quesada Cigars, Goose Island beer, a selection of spirits, and food from Flo and Santos.

$75.00 all inclusive before 12/5/16
($85.00 after)

Meet special guests Manuel Quesada, creator of Quesada Cigars and a true gentleman of the cigar industry, and Terence Reilly, fifth generation member of the Quesada family.

Your evening includes:
– 7 Quesada cigars ($80.00 retail value) including 1 BCS barrel aged cigar
– A variety of Goose Island beer
– Bavarian themed food and hors d’oeuvres from Flo and Santos Restaurant
– Single Malt Scotches, J. Henry Wisconsin Bourbon and Diplomatico Rum.

You MUST pre-register for this event and space is very limited (tickets also available in store at Up Down Cigar or by calling 1-800-587-3696). http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2720015

ALL DAY 12/7/2015 enjoy 20% off 20 or more Quesada cigars, plus bonus Quesada presents.

Oct 12

J. Henry & Sons Bourbon Cocktail Dinner, Fillin' Glasses, Takin' Names

10/12/2016 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM | Heritage Tavern, 131 E. Mifflin St, Madison, WI 53703

Alex Kjell, is a steadily rising star of Madison’s beverage culture and her J. Henry Bourbon cocktail pairings for this four-course dinner will show why. J. Henry proprietor Liz Henry, another of the boldest women we know, will be on hand to drop whiskey knowledge and dispense life advice, as will husband and co-owner Joe Henry. Join us. Madison Cocktail Week registrations are open and filling fast, just got the menu – WOW!

1st course: Foie Gras-Pork Liver & Coconut Mousse; cherry jam, toasted macadamia nut, brioche toast
Cocktail – J Henry Bourbon, door dounty cherry, hibiscus, thyme, emon and champagne
2nd course: Bourbon Plank Roasted Wisconsin Trout Almondine; creamed grits, haricot vert, toasted almond
Cocktail – J Henry Bourbon,orgeat, kumquat shrub, basil and lime
3rd course: Whiskey Aged Wagyu Beef Loin; corn husk smoked summer sweet corn, potato gratin, beef reduction sauce, amaro gastrique
Cocktail – Barrel Char infused J Henry Bourbon Black Manhattan
4th course: J Henry “Crack Cake” whisky soaked pumpkin cake, hickory nut-brown butter- crumble, sea salt maple caramel sauce, candied heirloom squash & ginger
Cocktail – J Henry Bourbon, brown butter, maple, bourbon ice cream float


Oct 13

CANCELLED! To Be Rescheduled: Beef & Bourbon featuring J. Henry & Sons Bourbons paired with a beautiful Mariner's Inn Special Menu

6:00PM reception, 6:45PM dinner service | Mariner's Inn, 5339 Lighthouse Bay Dr, Madison, WI 53704

If you are feeling like a little bourbon, a little beef, Join us at Mariner’s Inn on Thursday, October 13 for this elegant and entertaining menu. Call (608) 246-3120 to make reservations today, a welcome cocktail served at 6:00PM and dinner service begins at 6:45PM. Call today to reserve your place at this inaugural Beef & Bourbon Dinner at Mariner’s Inn!



J. Henry In the News

05/26/16 Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation -- Farm Bureau Members Age Bourbon the Wisconsin Way

Earlier this year, Dane County Farm Bureau members Joe and Liz Henry introduced their award-winning, Wisconsin-made bourbon to the craft distillery industry. Already established in the seed corn business, their dream of adding a value-added product to the marketplace and agritourism opportunity comes true. Read Full Article >>

02/03/16 The Whiskey Wash -- J. Henry & Sons Bourbon from Wisconsin a True Farm Whiskey.

The farm distillery. It is a romantic notion some whiskey drinkers are entranced by – this idea that the grains come from the fields right next to the barn where the whiskey is made and then aged onsite before being bottled for sale. Read Full Article >>

10/13/16 The Waunakee Tribune -- Tribune Profile: Joe Henry: From his Farm Comes Bourbon.

Joe Henry’s roots run deep into the soil of the family farm his father bought in 1946. He tried to move on, but the pull was too strong. Today he continues his father’s work and has added a whole new dimension. Read Full Article >>

11/02/15 The Badger Herald -- Baldwin, Johnson cosponsor legislation, encourage continued growth of craft beverage industry.

Democrats and Republicans stand on the same side of the aisle when it comes to scaling back taxes for small breweries. Read Full Article >>

07/27/15 Liz Henry from J. Henry and Sons visits News 3

to talk about what is expected at the Top Shelf Summer Taste at Nau-Ti-Gal on July 27th.
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07/22/15 WMTV 15 Morning News Interview

05/21/15 DeForest Times-Tribune -- Vienna Couple Rolls out the Bourbon Barrels

For nearly 70 years, members of the Henry family have tirelessly worked the earth to produce seed corn and other bounty. But today a portion of the grain grown at the picturesque Town of Vienna farm is being used to produce award-winning handcraft bourbon. Read Full Article >>

04/01/15 J. Henry and Sons Takes Gold!

J Henry & Sons wins Gold Metal for Bourbon aged Five years or more at the 2015 American Distiller Institute. Read Full Article >>

03/22/15 The Capital Times -- Farmer Joe Henry makes Wisconsin Bourbon from Grain to Bottle

Joe Henry has been part of a Dane County farming family since 1946, growing seed corn and soybeans as well as corn, rye and wheat. But it wasn’t until he and his wife and business partner, Liz Henry, took a drive around Kentucky’s bourbon country that it struck him: why not turn some of that Wisconsin red corn into whiskey? Read Full Article >>

03/02/15 Isthmus -- Discovering the cutting edge of cocktails at the seventh annual Distill America

Distill America helps underscore what a burgeoning sector craft distilling is, in the country generally, but also in Wisconsin and Illinois. Well-established, well-regarded national craft companies like St. George Spirits and Ransom Wines & Spirits are represented, but so are local, newborn family operations like J. Henry & Sons from Dane, Wis. The family makes bourbon from their own red corn, a varietal developed by the University of Wisconsin in 1939. Read Full Article >>

02/09/15 Blaska's Bring It! -- Make my Whiskey Local

Farmers, it is said, are the only entrepreneurs who buy at retail and sell at wholesale. But that’s only if you’re selling commodities. Raw milk is a commodity; processing it into an artisanal cheese adds value. That’s what Joe and Liz Henry have done since day one on their farm in the Town of Vienna, 20 miles north of Madison. They have continued the seed corn business started by his father, Jerry Henry, in 1946. Now they’re adding even more value with the release of their first craft whiskey: J. Henry & Sons Wisconsin straight bourbon. Read Full Article >>

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