2021 Bourbon Classic Recap

The 2021 Bourbon Classic was a huge success! With 1,415 weekend attendees, 25 special guest chefs and bartenders, and 22 participating distilleries, all making their way across the country, from over 30 states, it was bound to be one for the books. It was great to finally be back together again after months of lockdown. A huge thank you to our sponsors who helped make this event possible: 1792, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Thomas S. Moore, Kentucky Proud, Four Roses Bourbon, Michter’s, Bardstown Bourbon Company, Bell, Blanton’s: The Original Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey, Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, Heaven Hill Distillery, Jefferson’s Bourbon, Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co., Log Still Distillery, Pro Jet Consulting, Rabbit Hole, Barrel Craft Spirits, Glencairn Crystal, Lux Row Distillers, New Riff Distilling, Old Carter Whiskey Co., Castle & Key Distillery, Four Gate Whiskey Company, J. Shepherd, Jeptha Creed Distillery, Old Dominick, Widow Jane, Kentucky Straight Ice, Old Limestone. Also a big thank you to our media sponsors: The Bourbon Review, Edible Kentucky and Southern Indiana, Imbibe, Key: Official City Guide to Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Outfront Media. 

The Cocktail and Culinary Challenge is a crowd favorite with featured cocktails and small plate pairings, prepared by eleven teams of chefs and master bartenders representing sponsoring distilleries. Kentucky Proud products are the focus of this event. Chefs used ingredients that were raised, grown, or processed right here in Kentucky. These inventive and delicious creations were judged by an expert panel including Jack Beguedou, The Hood Sommelier; Robert Bleifer, Chef, Consultant, Culinary Producer; Paul Clarke, Imbibe; Kevin Gibson, Freelance Writer; Dana McMahan, Freelance Writer; and Andrea Meriwether, Chief Curator, BarFare Concepts. 

Our 2021 Bourbon Classic Cocktail and Culinary Challenge winners are…


Best Classic Cocktail

Representing Bardstown Bourbon Company
Bartender Mara Hartings, The Kitchen & Bar at Bardstown Bourbon Company
Cocktail: Falling


Best Classic Small Plate

Representing Blade & Bow
Chef Lee Mayfield, Louisville Thoroughbred Society
Dish: Sweet Potato Crostini with Goat Cheese, Molasses & Balsamic Glazed Figs, Broadbent Country
Featuring: Broadbent Country Ham


Best Classic Pairing

Representing Log Still Distillery
Bartender Jayma Neese, Bob’s Steak and Chophouse
Cocktail: Creole Cocktail
Chef Christopher McIntosh, Bob’s Steak and Chophouse
Dish: Shrimp & Grits with Andouille Sausage and Creole Gravy
Featuring: Wiesenberger Mill Grits, Kenny’s Cheddar Cheese, KY Onions, Celery, Peppers


Best Contemporary Cocktail

Representing Michter’s
Bartender Isaac Fox, La Chasse
Cocktail: Matzatli Mole


Best Contemporary
Small Plate

Representing 1792
Chef Jeff Dailey, Proof on Main
Dish: Cocoa Foie Gros Mousse with Maple Cotton Candy & Black Locust Vinegar
Featuring: Rivercrest Farm Chicken Liver, 3D Valley Maple Syrup


Best Contemporary Pairing

Representing Buffalo Trace
Bartender Jacob Buckingham, Repeal
Cocktail: The Blind Pilot
Chef Joshua Carter, Repeal
Dish: Grilled Carrots with Tahini Yogurt
Featuring: Mount Pleasant Acres Carrots

More to come!

Founded in 2012 by FSA Management Group and The Bourbon Review, Bourbon Classic brings together the best of the Bourbon and culinary worlds through a collection of rare, interactive events. Infused with exceptional tastings, workshops and unrivaled sips, these events are sure to thrill any Bourbon connoisseur and enthusiast. Bourbon Classic 2021 took place November 4 – 6, 2021, in Louisville, the gateway to all the heritage and innovation of Kentucky’s Bourbon Country. Next year, in 2023, we will celebrate out 10th anniversary of the Bourbon Classic and we can’t wait to share with you what exciting things we have in store. Be the first to know about Bourbon Classic news, events, and updates! Join our mailing list for the latest information

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