Featuring Clyde Mays Bourbon, the Official Spirit of the State of Alabama
One might ask what a Purple Heart, Medal of Valor and Alabama Moonshine have in common and the answer is simple; Mr. Clyde May, founder of Clyde Mays Bourbon. Mr. May was born and raised in Bullock County, Ala. When he returned to his beloved Alabama from World War II with a Purple Heart and Medal of Valor, the decorated war hero also returned to making Alabama moonshine. In the woods southeast of the state capital of Montgomery, in the hills and hollows of the Conecuh Ridge, using fresh spring water, local grains, copper stills and charred oak barrels for aging, Clyde May made a small batch craft whiskey that quickly gained regional notoriety for exceptional quality. The addition of oven-dried apples and hints of cinnamon resulted in a distinct whiskey flavor known as “Alabama style” which only came from Clyde May’s backwoods barrels.
Clyde passed away in 1990 and the making of moonshine moved to the next generation of the May family, to his late son, Kenny May and his brothers. Representing the family now is L.C. May, Clyde’s grandson and Kenny’s son. L.C. will join guests at Fort Payne Main Street’s Bourbon on Main, Thursday, June 28 at 6 p.m., to talk about Clyde May’s Bourbon, its history – and of course, walk tasters through the proper way to enjoy bourbon.
In addition to a Clyde Mays Bourbon tasting, Vintage 1889, will feature a cocktail buffet with several eatables incorporating bourbon — think chocolate bourbon pie. The bourbon theme will be carried throughout the party décor. Silent auction items will include an Orca Cooler full of Conecuh Sausage from Greenhill Engineering and Conecuh Sausage, hand hewn 100 year-old tobacco walking sticks courtesy of Barnes Kentucky Tobacco Farm, a whiskey barrel end table from Sharon and Guy Barnes, a handcrafted charcuterie board from Brad Schrader of Mountain Modern, a charcoal grill from DC Gas, an Icemule large canvas tote/cooler from Fort Payne Footworks, a 10K white gold diamond cross necklace from Southern Jewelry, barware from Carter’s Beverage, original artwork from Boom Town Makers Market, a Fort Payne gift basket chocked full of gifts from Bruce’s Foodland and Sally’s Smoking Butt Barbeque and many other generously donated items.
Tickets are available online in advance for $35 per person/$60 per couple. The ticket price includes tasting, cocktail buffet, access to silent auction, entertainment and the Cigar Bar. There will be a cash bar for all other beverages. Must be 21 to attend.