At John Howie Steak, We’re Celebrating World Whiskey Day!


Today’s May 18th — World Whiskey Day.

A day when connoisseurs and newbies alike, celebrate whiskey by raising a glass or two to what is arguably the greatest spirit in the world.

At John Howie Steak (JHS), we’re passionate about whiskey. We do like to serve the sort of whisky we can justifiably be proud of, and currently there are 650-700 bottles of the very finest at our premier steakhouse in Bellevue, WA.

(Read more about that in the article `John Howie Steak: A Dining Destination For Whiskey Lovers’ by clicking HERE.)

Recently, Chef John Howie and General Manager Tim Lodahl went back to Kentucky to nose, taste and pick more private barrels to add to our impressive selection that are highly personalized in their taste profile for JHS guests, and definitely one-of-a-kind.

“We started our barrel selections at Jim Beam Distillery,” says Tim Lodahl. “We selected one each of Knob Creek Bourbon and Rye Single Barrel. Three barrels were selected for us from their master distiller. Then we went to Maker’s Mark Distillery.”

Debbie Howie, wife of Chef John Howie, and Shannon Lodahl, wife of Tim Lodhal, were part of the selection team as well, and they created our fifth barrel from Maker’s Mark. It’s called Maker’s Mark Private Selection JHS #5 – The Wives Barrel, and will be available in October this year. We’re going to mix a special cocktail with the bourbon from The Wives Barrel that month that will benefit breast cancer research.

Creating barrel selections can be hard work so they finished their trip with taking in the fastest two minutes in sports — the Kentucky Derby!

Here are some moments captured on camera from the trip that we’d love to share with our guests.

After all, it’s World Whiskey Day, and we’ve got the `liquid sunshine’ constantly on our mind…


Kentucky trip for JHS bourbon