Bourbon Classic 2017 information will available in the comings weeks. In the meantime, take a look at our 2016 agenda. 


Bourbon Classic TOP SHELF:
A Bourbon and Culinary Experience

Julian and Preston Van Winkle along with Chef Sean Brock of Husk Restaurant will feature a progressive pairing inspired by the fine quality of 10y, 12y, 15y and 20y Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon.

  • 7:30  p.m. –  10:00 p.m. Bourbon Classic TOP SHELF at Copper & Kings


Bourbon Classic LOFT:
A Bourbon and Culinary Experience

This event will feature some of the finest Bourbons from Four Roses and five of the hottest, up-and-coming chefs in Bourbon Country. You'll have the opportunity to sip some fantastic Bourbon and enjoy, out-of-this-world, culinary small plates in a one-of-a-kind environment.

  • 7:30  p.m. –  10:00 p.m. Bourbon Classic LOFT at the Four Roses Bourbon Barrel Loft at the Bluegrass Brewing Company


Bourbon Classic SAVOR:
A Bourbon and Culinary Experience

Bourbon Classic is thrilled to welcome the Blackberry Farm culinary team to Bourbon Country for a sit-down dinner that will feature a Bourbon tasting of Pappy Van Winkle 15-Year-Old Bourbon. The Frazier Museum in Downtown Louisville will play host to this event in their new exhibit Spirits of the Bluegrass: Prohibition and Kentucky. There will be a cocktail hour before the sit-down meal that will include a tasting of the ultra-rare Pappy Van Winkle 15-Year-Old Bourbon, co-hosted by Preston Van Winkle who is co-owner of the Pappy Van Winkle line of Bourbons. After cocktails and Pappy, folks will enjoy a four-course meal prepared by Blackberry Farm's Corporate Chef Josh Feathers.     
Editor of The Bourbon Review and Co-Founder of the Bourbon Classic, Justin Thompson adds, "For the last decade, Blackberry Farm has mopped up almost every major food and hospitality honor, including multiple James Beard Awards.  We are very excited for them to come to Bourbon Country.  It is very rare for Chef Feathers to share his talents for a sit-down dinner away from his kitchen at Blackberry Farm so we couldn't be more pleased.  Plus, there's Pappy!" 

  • 7:30  p.m. –  10:30 p.m. Bourbon Classic SAVOR at the Frazier Museum


From the Barrel to the Bar:
Bourbon Classic Cocktail Challenge

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

Teams of master bartenders will be matched with an acclaimed chef and Bourbon Classic sponsor distillery – and vie for the title of “perfect cocktail.” 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 individually and as pairings and select the winner.
  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Classic Cocktails & Small Plates: Tasting & Competition Judging
  • 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Contemporary Cocktails & Small Plates: Tasting & Competition Judging
  • 10:00 p.m. – Awards Presentation
  • 7:00 p.m.– 10:00 p.m. Amber Lounge (VIP Ticket Holders Only) Sponsored by Micther's Distillery, LLC
    • VIPs will enjoy exclusive access to the Amber Lounge, which features special bourbon tastings. Take advantage of one-on-one time with our sponsor brand distiller. No better place to get “up close and personal” with the industry’s rock stars!


  • 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – Bourbon Classic University: Session 1
    • Kentucky Perfection: A Pairing of Bourbon and Country Ham
      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. Join us for this one of a kind pairing of fine American hams and great Bourbons.
    • The Cocktail Solution
      Whether you’re throwing an intimate get together or a good ol’ fashioned barnburner; Bourbon cocktails are always #winning. Join Butcher and the Rye's Michael R. Anderson for an hour of Cocktail 101 to help you impress your guests at any event, as well as a guided progressive tasting with tips on selecting Whiskies for your favorite libations! This session is sure to be informative and entertaining, a must see!
    • New Kids on the Block: The Young Faces of Distilling
      Learn all about the advantages and challenges of being a young face in the Bourbon industry. These fresh up and comers will discuss how they manage their Bourbon operations and who they look to as mentors while establishing their own industry reputations.
    • The Cheesy Side of Bourbon: Bourbon & Cheese Pairings
      A match made in heaven? No question about it. What better company could Bourbon keep than with the delicious and rich variations provide by cheese. From tooth pick samplers to crispy golden sandwiches; Bourbon just got a new best friend.
    • Entertaining with American Whiskey
      Take a tour through American Whiskey while you taste and learn the fundamentals of hosting a successful and informative American whiskey tasting. A must-have at parties, since parties existed, Whiskey provides a classic connection of familiarity with fellow partygoers wherever they are. 
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Bourbon Masters General Session Sponsored by Urban Bourbon Trail
    • Join hundreds of fellow enthusiasts as you meet Bourbon master distillers and brand representatives of our sponsoring brands. Enjoy the intimate setting as you hear the story of their personal journeys and the stories behind the development of some of Bourbon’s most famous brands. This is a focused, one-on-one conversation designed to deliver unique insights into the product and the personalities.
      Alltech / Town Branch – Mark Coffman  Kings County – Colin Spoelman
      A Smith Bowman Brian Prewitt  MB Roland Distillery Paul Tomaszewski
      Barton 1792 – Ken Pierce   Mitchter's – Joe Magliocco
      Buffalo Trace – Harlen Wheatley   Old Taylor Marianne Barnes
      Four Roses – Brent Elliott  Wild Turkey – Eddie Russell
      Heaven Hill – Charlie Downs 


  • 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. – Bourbon Classic University: Session 2
    • The New Whiskey Row: Same City, Same Great Bourbon
      Discover the new face of distilling in downtown Louisville. Learn about the advantages of being located in the Possibility City, the impact of tourism and the distilling business from a Whiskey Row perspective. 
    • Take the Bourbon with the Sweet: Bourbon & Sweets
      Sweet deliciousness paired with bold, beautiful Bourbon? A real no-brainer and crowd favorite, you’ll learn all about the interesting stories behind the products and taste their pairings at this exclusive event.
    • Who Nose Bourbon?
      There’s more to Bourbon than meets the tongue. Gain a deeper understanding into the aroma of Bourbon and how smell plays a key role in its appreciation. You’ll have the opportunity to sip and sniff a variety of different Bourbon samples in this interesting session designed to enhance your understanding and enjoyment.
    • Cocktails with Personalities
      Combine the executive editor of Imbibe Magazine with a hot new up and coming bartender and mix-in “The Bad Girl of Bourbon” – you’re about to experience Bourbon cocktails with a whole new attitude. These one-of-a-kind personalities will put their own unique twist on the Kentucky legend. Hold on to your seats, this one’s going to be interesting. 
  • 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Bourbon Classic Taste "Bourbon Street Meets Bourbon Country" 
    • 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.
  • 7:00 p.m.– 9:30 p.m. – Amber Lounge (VIP Ticket Holders Only) Sponsored by Buffalo Trace Distillery
    • VIPs will enjoy exclusive access to the Amber Lounge, which features special Bourbon tastings. Take advantage of one-on-one time with our sponsor brand distiller. No better place to get “up close and personal” with the industry’s rock stars!
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