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Hoof runneth over for Mike Rowe at Baltimore's Loch Bar

In Russian folklore, drink from a cow's hoof and turn into a calf.

In Baltimore's Four Seasons hotel bar, just ask TV host Mike Rowe about the powers of The Hoof.

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You see, sometime Saturday night, the bar's owner, Alex Smith, produced a cow's hoof at Loch Bar.

Some words on the hoof: Yes, it's a real hoof, once part of a real cow. Now it holds a real bottle of small batch — some may say magical — Kentucky bourbon.

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Smith offers a drink from the hoof to favorite guests and those few who request it.

"The idea was to create the legend behind The Hoof," he said. "We wanted people to suddenly ask about it, 'Wait, is there a hoof here?' All the bartenders know the story of The Hoof."

The story of The Hoof?

There may be a cattle ranch in Montana, Smith said. There may be such hoofs at bars out West. There may be a taxidermist who crafted this particular hoof.

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But that's all. Better to protect the mystery of The Hoof.

By Sunday, Rowe posted on Facebook a photo with The Hoof. Actor Josh Charles, perhaps under its spell, appears to be shouting encouragement.

Rowe explains:

"If the hour is late, it's possible a Greek gentlemen named Alex, or Eric, or possibly George, will approach your table with a bovine hoof, no longer attached to its original owner. You will learn that The Hoof is a 'sacred container,' filled with some sort of fluid that may or may not be whiskey, and you will be invited to drink from it."

Drink he did.

There may or may not have been mooing.

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