In an effort to help those impacted by COVID-19, I’m contributing tips to a featured bartender each week for every neat pour or cocktail I post on social media. It’s not an original idea; it’s simply my Turkey spin on it.

This week I’m supporting Meagan Northcutt, who you’ll find behind the bar at EXPO in Louisville’s Whiskey Row. Meagan grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Kentucky six months ago. She found her love for bourbon – specifically Wild Turkey – while attending Behind the Barrel last April:

“I never studied up or knew much about bourbon, but after that experience and my time at Camp Runamok, I couldn’t get enough. Those experiences and the beauty of Kentucky got me here.”

While bourbon played a major role in Meagan’s move, she’s very much a rye fan. Be it sipping rye whiskey with Eddie Russell straight from the barrel, or crafting a “Rynar,” her favorite drink, composed of equal parts Cynar and Wild Turkey 101 Rye, she understands the words “Kentucky’s finest” applies to more than one spirit. Well, two spirits from the single best distillery in the world. 😉  

I invite you to join me and adopt Meagan this week. All it takes to tip is a simple contribution to the following PayPal Pool (public and anonymous options available):  

This pool has ended, but you can still help Meagan out via Venmo: @Meagan_Northcutt

Remember – every penny counts. No amount is too little and will go a long way in helping Meagan in this time of uncertainty. Also, it’s important that I mention that 100% of your donation will be forwarded directly to Meagan at week’s end. No reductions. No gimmicks. You have my promise.

Thanks for your consideration. Together, through compassion and unity, we will overcome these hard times. We’ll prevail as we always do and be all the better for it.

Cheers and thank you all!

David J.

Photos courtesy of Meagan Northcutt