All events on Friday, February 20th and Saturday, February 21st will continue as scheduled.


Bourbon Classic 2015 will take place February 20 - 21 at the
Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
501 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202

Tickets for Bourbon Classic 2015, February 20 - February 21, are available through the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. To purchase tickets, visit the Kentucky Center's website or call 502-584-7777 or 800-775-7777.

Friday, February 20, 2015

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.

MC: Jared Schubert

Hannah Hayes, Southern Living
Michael Anderson, Hawthorne Beverage Group
Chef Albert Schmid, Sullivan University


Barton 1792 Distillery
Beth Burrows, Down One Bourbon Bar
Chef Newman Miller, Harrison-Smith House, Bardstown, KY

Blanton's Bourbon
Marie Zahn, St. Charles Exchange
Chef Levon Wallace, Proof on Main

Buffalo Trace Distillery
Jason Cobbler, Harvest
Chef Coby Ming, Harvest

Four Roses Bourbon
Isaac Fox, Volare
Chef Josh Moore, Volare

Heaven Hill Distilleries
Gary Gruver, Southern Wine & Spirits
Chef David Danielson, Churchill Downs

Jim Beam
Sean Thibodeaux, 8-UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen
Chef Jacob Coronado, 8-UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen

Hannah Kandle, Old Seelbach Bar
Chef Patrick Roney, Seelbach Oakroom

Wild Turkey
Amber Yates, Feast
Chef Ryan Rogers, Feast

Woodford Reserve
Jacquelyn Zykan, Doc Crow's
Chef Jonathan Schwartz, Doc Crow's

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm - Classic Cocktails & Small Plates: Tasting & Competition Judging

8:30 pm – 10:00 pm - Contemporary Bourbon Cocktails & Small Plates: Tasting & Competition Judging

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm - Amber Lounge (VIP Only) Sponsored by Michter's

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, Michter's. No better place to get “up close and personal” with the industry’s rock stars!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Ultimate Bourbon Experience

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm - Bourbon Classic University

Country Ham & Bourbon
Steve Coomes, Consultant and Author
Jay Denham, The Curehouse
Megan Breier, Kentucky Bourbon Ambassador at Beam Suntory

The Life of the Barrel
Chris Lady, Alltech Brewing & Distilling

Essential Bourbon Cocktails: Past & Present
Paul Clarke, Imbibe
Michael Anderson, Hawthorn Beverage Group

Straight Up Storytellers
Charles K. Cowdery
Bernie Lubbers
Michael Veach

Bourbon & Cheese Pairings
Tim Gaddis, Many Fold Farm
Seth Thompson, The Bourbon Review

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm - The Bourbon Masters General Session

Join hundreds of fellow enthusiasts as you meet Bourbon Masters 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 personality.

MC: Fred Minnick

Bourbon Masters:
Mark Coffman, Alltech Brewing & Distilling Company
Wes Henderson, Angel's Envy
Ken Pierce, Barton 1792 Distillery
Fred Noe, Jim Beam
Harlen Wheatley, Buffalo Trace Distillery
Jim Rutledge, Four Roses Bourbon
Denny Potter, Heaven Hill Distilleries
Nicole Austin, Kings County Distillery
Joe Magliocco, Michter's
Chip Tate, Tate & Co Distillery
Jimmy Russell, Wild Turkey

5:45 pm – 6:45 pm - Bourbon Classic University

The Art of the Glass
Andy Davidson, Glencairn Crystal Studio
Martin Duffy, Whisk(e)y Still Life
Fred Minnick, Author

Entertaining with North American Whiskey
John Shutt, Blanton's Bourbon

Bourbon Collections
Matthew Landan, Haymarket
Larry Rice, Silver Dollar
Justin Sloan, Bourbon Mafia
Michael Veach, Filson Historical Society

Bourbon Flavor Profiles
Ouita Michel, Holly Hill Inn

Bourbon Icons
Freddie Johnson, Buffalo Trace
Fred Noe, Jim Beam
Jimmy Russell, Wild Turkey
Jim Rutledge, Four Roses

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm - The Ultimate Bourbon Experience

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.

Featured Chefs:
Shawn Ward, Ward 426
Coby Ming, Harvest
Ouita Michel, Holly Hill Inn
Levon Wallace, Proof on Main

Bourbon Classic Book Signings:
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm: Steve Coomes, Fred Noe, Fred Minnick, Chester Zoeller
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm: Steve Coomes, Fred Minnick, Albert Schmid
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm: Bernie Lubbers, Albert Schmid, Chester Zoeller

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm - Amber Lounge (VIP 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 Buffalo Trace. No better place to get “up close and personal” with the industry’s rock stars!

Schedule subject to change


New for 2015 - Bourbon Classic Taste - Tuesday, February 17th

This year, Bourbon Classic will kick off with an exclusive pre-event reception, Bourbon Classic Taste, on Tuesday, February 17th. Chef Ed Lee and Julian Van Winkle will participate in this progressive tasting experience hosted at Copper & Kings American Brandy. Kentucky Proud-inspired food, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Four Roses Bourbon, Copper & Kings Brandy, Copper & Kings Absinthe, Van Winkle Special Reserve (12 year), Van Winkle Family Reserve (15 year), Van Winkle Family Reserve (20 year), and 1,000 Stories Barrel Finished Wine will be available. A limited number of tickets to this Kentucky Proud supported reception are available to the general public.