Halls Chophouse restaurants will send a historic bottle of bourbon on a journey across the state beginning Monday.
A bottle of 25-year Old Rip Van Winkle bourbon will travel between all four Halls Chophouse locations, as a part of the restaurant’s "Chophouse for a Cause" charity series. The bottle is one of only 710 produced by Pappy Van Winkle, an opportunity company president, Julian Van Winkle calls, "a once in a lifetime offering."
Every dollar from every drop goes to Happy Wheels, a nonprofit organization providing toys to hospitalized children across South Carolina.
The one-ounce bourbon pours are $500 and include a hand-etched Halls Glencairn whiskey glass and the opportunity to sign the collector’s case, which will reside at Halls Chophouse Charleston once the campaign comes to a close. The bottle was donated to Halls Chophouse by Rick Havekost, owner of Micky Finn's.
Halls Chophouse hopes to sell all 20 pours, which would amount to a potential $10,000 donation to the local charity.
"When we found out we would be receiving one of these precious bottles, our collective mind thought immediately of how we could benefit our community," said Tommy Hall, proprietor of Halls Chophouse. "Especially during this particularly different holiday season, our focus turned towards the families and children who may not have expected to celebrate this year in the hospital. It's a way to honor the legacy of my dad (Bill Hall). I know he would have loved this."
Happy Wheels and Halls Chophouse serve the same communities including, Charleston, Columbia and Greenville. “We are honored and grateful that the Hall family has chosen to partner with Happy Wheels for such a rare and unique opportunity," said Tracey Rankin, program director of Happy Wheels Columbia. “Happy Wheels will be able to provide many smiles to hospitalized kids across the state because of your generosity. Thank you!”
The bourbon will begins its journey at Halls Chophouse in Charleston Monday, then it will be sent to Summerville, followed by Columbia and finally to Greenville. The exact travel schedule of the bourbon will be announced on the Halls Chophouse social media pages this week.