Events

Bourbon Classic 2014 will take place January 31st - February 1st at the
Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
501 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202

 

Friday

January 31, 2014

  From the Barrel to the Bar:
Bourbon Classic “Cocktail Challenge”
7:00p.m.–8:30p.m. Classic Bourbon Cocktails & Small Plates: Tasting & Competition Judging
8:30p.m.–10:00p.m. Contemporary Bourbon Cocktails & Small Plates: Tasting & Competition Judging
  “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 each 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 master distillers and their 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 select the winner.

MC:
Jared Schubert, Monkey Wrench, 2013 Bourbon Classic Cocktail Champion

Teams:
Angel's Envy
Bradley Hammond, Rye on Market
Chef Terry French, Extreme Chef, Philadelphia

Blanton's
Chris Wilkins, Proof on Main
Chef Levon Wallace, Proof on Main

Buffalo Trace
Colin Shearn, El Camino
Chef Jonathan Lundy, Jonathan's at Gratz Park, Lexington

Jim Beam
Isaac Fox, Volare
Chef Josh Moore, Volare

Michter's
JR Schiavi, Jack Fry's
Chef Shawn Ward, Jack Fry's

Wild Turkey
Susie Hoyt, Silver Dollar
Chef Tyler Powell, Silver Dollar

Woodford Reserve
Jacquelyn Zykan, La Coop
Chef Bobby Benjamin, La Coop

Judges:
Dana McMahan, travel and food writer
Joy Perrine, Jack's Lounge
Chef Albert Schmid, National Center for Hospitality Studies, Sullivan University

7:00p.m.–10:00p.m. Amber Lounge (VIPs 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 and chat with the founders of The Bourbon Review. No better place to get “up close and personal” with the industry’s rock stars!
   

Saturday

February 1, 2014

  The Bourbon Experience
2:30p.m. – 4:00p.m. Welcoming Session from Master Distillers & Brand Legends:
The Bourbon Boom: Examining the Rising Price of Popularity

Sponsored by the Urban Bourbon Trail

Join hundreds of fellow enthusiasts as you meet the Master Distillers 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—don’t miss it!

MC: Fred Minnick

Master Distillers & Brand Legends:
Wes Henderson, Angel's Envy
Fred Noe, Jim Beam
Harlen Wheatley, Buffalo Trace
Tom Bulleit, Bulleit Bourbon
Daniel Preston, Cacao Prieto Artisan Distillery
Colin Spoelman, King's County Distillery
Willie Pratt, Michter's
Dave Schmier, Redemption Bourbon
Drew Kulsveen, Willett

4:15p.m. – 6:45p.m. Bourbon Classic University
Bourbon Classic Saturday ticket-holders will have an opportunity to attend one session in the first time period and another session in the second time period.
4:15p.m. – 5:15p.m. The Bottle and the Board:
How Bourbon Pairs with Cheese

Tim Gaddis, Star Provisions
Seth Thompson, The Bourbon Review
  Bourbon Recollections...A Trip Through Time
Jeff McKenzie, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP -Session Host
Charles K. Cowdery, Moderator
Fred Noe, Jim Beam
Fred Johnson, Buffalo Trace
  Entertaining with Bourbon Tastings
John Shutt, Blanton's
  Exploring the World of Bourbon & Bitters
Sean Thibodeaux, Bon Temp Beverage
  Bourbon Flavor Profiles
Ouita Michel, Holly Hill Inn
5:45p.m. – 6:45p.m. The Essential Ingredient:
Exploring the Creative, Culinary Side of Bourbon

Albert Schmid, National Center for Hospitality Studies, Sullivan University
  Bourbon & the Bean: What do Chocolate & American Whiskey Have in Common?
Daniel Preston, Cacao Prieto Artisan Distillery
  Five Essential Ingredients for Your Home's Bourbon Bar
Michael Anderson, St. Charles Exchange
  Bourbon and Beer - A Beautiful Marriage
Andrew Dimery, Bluegrass Brewing Company
Daniel Harrison, Country Boy Brewing
7:00p.m. – 9:30p.m. 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.
  Bourbon Culinary Tastings
Guest chefs will be preparing a small plate featuring Kentucky Proud products that complement the flavors of Bourbon.
Featured Chefs:
Coby Lee Ming, Harvest
Brian Enyart, El Camino
Levon Wallace, Proof on Main
Ouita Michel, Holly Hill Inn
7:00p.m. -9:00p.m. Bourbon Classic Book Store

Featured Authors:
Charles K. Cowdery
Joy Perrine
Colin Spoelman
Fred Minnick
Fred Noe
Albert Schmid
David Domine
Kara Newman
6:30p.m. -9:30p.m. Amber Lounge (VIPs 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 and chat with the founders of The Bourbon Review. No better place to get “up close and personal” with the industry’s rock stars!
   
 

Schedule subject to change