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Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2022 Results Announced!
Ultimate Spirits Challenge® (USC), since 2010 the world’s most prestigious global spirits competition, today releases the results of the 2022 Challenge. USC 2022 proved to be the thirteenth consecutive year of record submissions. Entries arrived from...
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Denver International Spirits Competition
The Denver International Spirits Competition is conducted double-blind by a seasoned panel of beverage professionals. Big Stick Bourbon is proud to have been awarded a Gold Medal! Full Results
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San Francisco World Spirits Competition
The 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition saw nearly 5,000 spirit entries across dozens of categories. Big Stick Bourbon is proud to have won two medals! A Silver Medal in the Small Batch Bourbon – Up to 5 Years Category AND a Bronze Medal for...
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Breaking Bourbon: Capsule Review
Friends for over 30 years, Mike Ryan, an engineer and businessman, and Joe D. Bakker II, a lawyer and retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel who was an Artillery Officer and a Judge Advocate, decided to create Semper Fi Brands. With their direct and...
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A Bourbon is Born
When it comes to lifelong friendships, there’s truth in the familiar phrase, “Great minds think alike.” When Katy native Mike Ryan collaborates with his friend, Joe D. Baker on a project, they “Go big or go home.” The two have created a business partnership...
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Katy-born Big Stick bourbon supports veterans’ charities
Mike Ryan knows his bourbon. He spent the past three decades amassing an impressive collection of bourbons and whiskeys from all over the world until one day he looked at his collection and wondered if he could do better. Ryan, a longtime Katy resident,...
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