To purchase tickets, use the following information:

Bourbon Classic TOP SHELF click here
Bourbon Classic SAVOR click here
Bourbon Classic BOTTLE IN BOND Anniversary click here
Bourbon Classic Cocktail and Culinary Competition click here
Bourbon Classic TASTE (and educational sessions) click here 


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

Tickets for Top Shelf are available, click here.


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
3:30pm Bus departure from 21 c Museum Hotel in Louisville, KY
3:30 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 3:30pm 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

Tickets for SAVOR are available, click here.

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 

Tickets for Bottled in Bond are available, click here.


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

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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 …


  • Women of Bourbon
  • Small Grains Paired with Big Flavors
  • 21st Century Bourbon Cocktails - Modern Classics
  • The History of Bourbon Through Bluegrass Music


Up Close and Bourbon: New Masters / New Perspectives
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


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…


  • Bourbon Creations
  • Bourbon Legend - Bill Samuels
  • Country Ham, Bourbon & Chocolate
  • Entertaining with North American Whiskey


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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