All Saturday events will be held at The Henry Clay

Bourbon University Session 1 (Classes subject to change)
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm 

Sweet, Salty, Savory and Fatty--It All Goes with Whiskey!
Beaux Arts Room (4th Floor)

Learn the art of complimenting, contrasting and elevating flavors in this multi-taste pairing of Michter’s whiskeys with smoked salmon, fine chocolates, spicy jerky, country ham and delicate macaroons. 

Presented by 

Steve Coomes
Author, Spirits and Restaurant Journalist
Kelly Ramsey
Art Eatables Bourbon Chocolates                 
Andrea Wilson
Vice President & Master of Maturation
Michter’s Distillery        

Experimental Bourbon
Billiards Room (4th Floor)

Buffalo Trace Distillery has been conducting experiments for more than 20 years, and currently has more than 22,000 experimental barrels aging in its warehouses. Spend some time with the man behind all of the experiments, Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley and join him in a tasting of some of Buffalo Trace’s most coveted releases from its Experimental Collection. Learn from Harlen the thinking behind the experiment while you compare and contrast various whiskey experiments. All of Buffalo Trace’s experimental collection whiskies are highly allocated, so this is a rare treat not to be missed!   

Presented by 

Harlen Wheatley 
Master Distiller, Buffalo Trace Distillery 

The Future of Craft Whiskey
Tavern Room (4th Floor)

Craft distilling is the innovation center and cultural heart of the whiskey world. We've gathered the experts and masters from Castle & Key, Wilderness Trail, Nelson's Green Brier, and Jeptha Creed to talk about where craft whiskey will take us through the end of the decade—and what we'll see in the next one.

Presented by

Clay Whittaker, Moderator
Shane Baker
Wilderness Trail
Marianne Eaves
Castle & Key 
Charlie Nelson
Belle Meade Bourbon 
Joyce Nethery
Jeptha Creed


Bourbon Bar Hop (Double Session)
Check In at the departure sign when you arrive. Bus Departs from the Henry Clay Lobby

New for 2019, we are adding a Bar/Distillery Tour as a double session during Bourbon University. Attendees will be transported to three different bars/distilleries. Each location will present a different session centered around bourbon.

Coopers Craft Visitors Experience
Join us at the newly remodeled Cooper's Craft visitors experience to learn about our newest expression, Cooper's Craft Barrel Reserve. We'll take you through a brief history of the Brown Forman Cooperage and show you why the barrel is one of the most important ingredients in whiskey making. Then you'll get hands on to craft your own take on the classic cocktail, the Boulevardier. 

Old Seelbach Bar
Meet Master Blender David Whitmer of MGP's own distillery line of spirits. David will walk guests through the inspiration behind his craft and the tasting will include sips from George Remus, Remus Repeal Reserve, Rossville Union Mastercraft,  and Rossville Union Barrel Proof.

Whiskey Dry
This session led by Trey Zoeller, Founder of Jefferson's Bourbon will focus on the Old Fashioned and will feature Jefferson's Chef's Collaboration.


Bourbon University Session 2 (Classes subject to change)
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 

Exploring Your Palate
Beaux Arts Room (4th Floor)
Enjoy a personal tasting experience as we explore the flavor nuances of Peerless. We will demystify the traditional whiskey flavor wheel by empowering you and your palate with practical knowledge including our single barrel selections as well as small batch mingling practices. You will learn what makes Peerless a truly exceptional whiskey by tasting through three rare single barrel selections and our award winning small batch paired with palate enhancing treats. 

Presented by 

Caleb Kilburn
Master Distiller
Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co
John Wadell
Single Barrel Curator
Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co

Bourbon and Brunch 
Billiards Room (4th Floor)
Enjoy samples of a bourbon inspired brunch and learn how to incorporate Bourbon throught the entire meal. The James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Restaurant and Chef Award nominee, Chef Paco Garcia will show you how to create a bourbon inspired brunch. Samples of Chef Paco's Bourbon mole enchiladas along with Carajillo, a popular mexican Bourbon Cocktail will be provided. What a perfect pair!

Presented by 

Chef Paco Garcia 
Con Huevos 

Winter Essentials: Bourbon Cocktails for Fighting Off the Chill 
Tavern Room (4th Floor)
Polar vortex got you down? Well, have no fear—these warming whiskey cocktails will get you through to spring. Join our cocktail specialists as they discuss, demonstrate and serve the drinks you need to know for the long nights of winter. From a bourbon punch tapping the season’s citrus, to steaming drinks and robust cocktails, these drinks should be a part of every bourbon lover’s winter survival kit.

Presented by 

Paul Clarke 
Executive Editor, Imbibe Magazine

Brian Downing
Proof Media Mix 


Bourbon Bar Hop (Double Session)
Ongoing from Session 1

Bourbon Classic TASTE 
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

It’s time for a Bourbon experience like no other! Savor Bourbon tastings from our Bourbon Classic distillers, meet the distiller representatives and enjoy delicious dishes from our featured restaurants. Guests will also receive a Glencairn tasting glass. 

Featured Restaurants
Enjoy Bourbon inspired small plates and cocktails from our guest bartenders and chefs. Special guests include:

Pat Bosley, Co-Owner, Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn, Owensboro, KY
Chef Sara Bradley, freight house, Paducah, KY
Chef Kelsey Barnard Clark, KBC, Dothan, AL
Chef Nini Nguyen, Cook Space, Brooklyn, NY

Amber Lounge - VIP Experience (VIP Ticket Holders Only)  
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sponsored by:

VIP ticket holders will enjoy exclusive access to the Amber Lounge, which features special bourbon tastings from Buffalo Trace Distillery, additional food options and comfortable seating. Special guest and award winning bartender Molly Wellmann, owner of Japp's Since 1879 and Myrtle's Punch House will be creating craft cocktails.  

After Party - Whiskey Dry  
412 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202
10:30 pm 
Enjoy drink specials and complimentary appetizers at the bar.