Bourbon Classic TOP SHELF
A Bourbon and Culinary Experience

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm 

Preston Van Winkle along with Chef Bobby Benjamin of Butchertown Grocery will feature  pairings inspired by the fine quality of 10y, 12y, 15y and 20y
Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon.

Location: Lola at Butchertown Grocery 

Food pairings include:

  • Hamachi with Pickled Jalapeno, Calabrese Chiles, Bourbon Barrel Aged White Balsamic
  • Pork Belly with Curry Apple Sauce
  • Fried Chicken Oysters with Bourbon Maple ReductionGnocchi with Bourbon Mushroom Conservera 
  • Cauliflower with Carrot Hummus and Bourbon Barrel Aged White Balsamic
  • Beignets with Bacon Crème Anglais


Enjoy an open evening to explore Louisville on your own. Suggestions include:  

Urban Bourbon Trail
Museums & Galleries
Other Things to Do

THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2017 (offering two events)

Bourbon Classic SAVOR

A Bourbon and Culinary Experience with Maker's Mark and Dickie Brennan
4:30pm Bus departure from 21 c Museum Hotel in Louisville, KY
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Let your taste buds take a stroll down Bourbon Street without having to leave Bourbon Country! Maker's Mark is excited to host Dickie Brennan and his team from New Orleans at their Distillery in Loretto, KY.  The Brennan family is deeply rooted in the culinary fabric of New Orleans, with famous spots like Palace Cafe, Bourbon House, and Tableau.  Executive Chef Gus Martin, Sous Chefs Geordie Brower and Brian Steinsiek of Dickie Brennan & Co., Barry Himel, the beverage director, and Dickie himself will be sharing their delicious expertise!  
The evening includes round-trip transportation, departing at 4:30pm from 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, KY.  Once arriving at Maker's Mark, you will get an after-hours tour of how they craft their bourbon, complete with a tasting then followed by a selection of hors d'oeuvres and a cocktail as you wrap up the tour.  The Maker's Mark Gift Shop will remain open late so you can try your hand at dipping a bottle into their signature red wax should you choose.
Dinner will feature four courses of Creole staples and will prominently feature seafood from The Gulf.  You will begin with Gumbo Ya-Ya.  Crawfish Ragout will follow, leading into a cast iron seared strip steak with a green peppercorn bourbon au poivre, roasted fingerling sweet potatoes, and fire pecan butter.  Of course you will finish with something sweet, and the team will offer up the Cajun specialty; Tarte a la Bouille.  All of these courses will be paired with craft cocktails created by beverage director, Barry Himel.

Don't wait, as tickets are extremely limited for this intimate, one-night-only dinner, bringing the best of New Orleans to the best of the Bluegrass!
Location: Round-trip Transportation from 21c Museum Hotel, 700 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202

Bourbon Classic BOTTLED IN BOND Anniversary 
A Bourbon Tasting with Old Forester 
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Jackie Zykan, Old Forester's Master Bourbon Specialist, for a walk through bourbon history, focusing on a unique moment in time, the passing of the 1897 Bottled in Bond Act. Zykan will use samples of Old Forester's Whiskey Row Series to illustrate the long heritage of bourbon.

A reception prior with lite bites will take place from 7-8 p.m. in the Frazier Speakeasy, followed by the presentation on the first floor.


Location: Frazier History Museum, 829 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202 



Bourbon Classic Cocktail & Culinary Challenge
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

“Mix things up” at this exciting exploration of what’s classic and contemporary in the world of Bourbon cocktails and small plates.

Teams of master bartenders will be matched with an acclaimed chef and Bourbon Classic sponsor distillery – and vie for the title of “perfect cocktail” and "perfect small plate."

This year we have partnered with Kentucky Proud for this event and each small plate will include at least one Kentucky Proud product for your enjoyment.

Meet the contestants and hear them discuss their creations … chat with the distillers and representatives about what makes the brands unique … and enjoy a tasting portion of each cocktail and small plate. A select panel of media personalities and industry experts will evaluate the cocktails and small plates individually and as pairings and select winners for each category. Click here for tickets.

2017 Cocktail and Culinary Challenge Participants
Barton 1792 Distillery Cillian Browne, Proof on Main Mike Wajda, Proof on Main
Blanton's Bourbon Jeremy Johnson, Meta Jacob Coronado, 8UP
Buffalo Trace Distillery Norma Beekman, Lockbox Jonathon Searle, Lockbox
Four Roses Distillery Becca Dyer, Buck's Colter Hubsch, Buck's
Heaven Hill Distillery Doug Petry, Rye Zach Chancey, Rye
Maker's Mark Chad Reid, 8UP Newman Miller, Star Hill Provisions
Michter's Distillery, LLC Damien Cooke, Red Hog Patrick Roney, Harvest
Woodford Reserve Isaac Fox, La Chasse Alexander Dulaney, La Chasse


Bourbon Classic University
Session I (4 classes/demos will be offered during this time slot)
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Don’t miss this exciting educational opportunity featuring moderated discussions, demos and tastings. Topics will include:

(MeX Theater, 4th Floor)


Moderator Carla Carlton, The Bourbon Babe
Pam Heilmann, Michter’s Distillery, LLC
Joyce Nethery, Jeptha Creed
Victoria Samuels, Maker’s Mark
Jackie Zykan, Old Forester
Since the dawn of the Bourbon industry, women have been playing an integral role. Distillery bottling lines were some of the first jobs available aside from teaching and secretarial duties. Discover their challenges, advantages and how women in Bourbon are still creating a big buzz to this day!

(North Lobby, Main Lobby Level)
Alex Dulaney and Isaac Fox, La Chasse
Step lightly with us on this delicate high wire act as we uncover how the pros are successfully balancing small grains in Bourbon with Big culinary flavors. Learn by tasting how the difference in sauces on a Pork Shoulder Slider impact the finish of the various grains in Bourbon.

(Mary Anderson Room, Main Lobby Level)
Nic Christiansen, Butchertown Grocery 
Paul Clarke, Imbibe
Adam Geisler, Bartender
Bourbon’s history is closely aligned with that of the cocktail, and both have been an integral part of America’s culinary culture for more than two centuries. Classic bourbon drinks like the Old Fashioned and the Mint Julep are familiar to any whiskey drinker—but what contemporary cocktails are taking bourbon into the future? This session will focus on three cocktails born in the first decade of the 21st century, and use them as case studies to examine how bourbon cocktails are maturing and evolving over time, as well as explore how bartenders continue to find inspiration in this distinctive American spirit.

(Todd Hall, 4th Floor)
Bernie Lubbers, Heaven Hill Distillery
Hickory Vaught, Bluegrass Music Ambassador of Kentucky
Experience performances from the leaders in Bourbon and Bluegrass music. All five senses, and maybe a couple new ones, will relish in the beautiful history and native spirit of the United States. Drink up the history of Kentucky’s spirit through this exciting Bluegrass bash!
The Bluegrass Music Ambassador of Kentucky, Hickory Vaught and The Whiskey Ambassador for Heaven Hill Distillery, Bernie Lubbers will lead us down the meandering timeline of the evolution of Bourbon. The duo will take us on a Bluegrass fueled Bourbon history lesson the likes of which you’ll never experience again.


4:00 - 5:30 pm

(Bomhard Theater)

Bobby Burke, Moderator
Shane Baker, Wilderness Trail Distillery
Marianne Barnes, Castle and Key
Campbell Brown, Old Forester
Pam Heilmann, Michter’s Distillery, LLC

Joyce Nethery, Jeptha Creed
Corky Taylor, Peerless
Kaveh Zamanian, Rabbit Hole Distillery
This is a focused, one-on-one conversation designed to deliver unique insights into the product and the personalities.


Bourbon Classic University 
Session II (4 classes/demos will be offered during this time slot)
5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

Round two of sessions will continue to offer information on all things Bourbon. Classes will feature…


(Todd Hall, 4th Floor)
Jordon Skora and Stacey Yates, Bourbon & Biscuits

Join the team behind the new web series Bourbon & Biscuits for a live presentation of the show format which includes a culinary demonstration of a Kentucky classic and a bourbon cocktail recipe. Become an active participant in the session as you enjoy making a tableside Old Fashioned, Louisville’s Official Cocktail.

(MeX Theater, 4th Floor)
Bill Samuels, Maker’s Mark
Vote on your favorite tale you want to hear from the legend Bourbon storyteller, Bill Samuels. Offerings of Maker’s 46 will be included with his infamous ‘46’ tale and a sweet tea cocktail will be paired with some delicious KFC bites for his world-famous ‘Colonel Sanders’ story. Hold on tight and may bourbon have mercy on your soul!

(North Lobby, Main Lobby Level)
Steve Coomes, Author, Food & Spirits Writer
Andrea Wilson, Michter’s Distillery, LLC
For centuries, Kentucky farmers made their own bourbon and cured their own hams out of necessity. But now bourbon and ham aficionados are enjoying the perfection found in pairing these uniquely Kentucky products to create a taste experience along with the sweet deliciousness of chocolate! Join us for this one-of-a-kind pairing of unique American hams, fine chocolate and great Bourbons.

(Mary Anderson, 4th Floor)
Christy Cates, Blanton’s Bourbon
Whether you’re hosting or attending a get-together today, there’s bound to be Bourbon. A must-have at parties, since parties existed, Bourbon provides a classic connection of familiarity with fellow partygoers wherever they are. From up-scale soirees to backyard barbeques, Bourbon will always be the belle of the ball.

Bourbon Classic TASTE
The Ultimate Bourbon Experience and "Toast to the Commonwealth" celebration of Kentucky's 225th Anniversary of Statehood
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

It’s time for a Bourbon experience like no other! Savor Bourbon tastings from our Bourbon Classic distillers, then meet the distiller representatives and discuss what makes their product unique. As you mingle, enjoy delicious dishes that have been specially selected to complement the bourbon tasting experience. You’ll also explore displays of Bourbon-related products – the items that enhance the enjoyment of food and Bourbon, or specialty foods that feature Bourbon.


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