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Our signature distilleries make the world’s best Bourbon. But that’s not all they do. There are holiday programs, special tasting events and even a Bourbon academy. Here’s a list of upcoming events and activities to help plan your trip.

Jun
6
Tue
Knob Creek® Private Barrel Selection @ Jim Beam American Stillhouse
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Knob Creek® Private Barrel Selection @ Jim Beam American Stillhouse | Clermont | Kentucky | United States

Tuesday, June 6th, 10am-2pm
Jim Beam American Stillhouse, 526 Happy Hollow Road, Clermont, KY
Price: $275

Select your very own barrel of Knob Creek® Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon with seventh generation Jim Beam Master Distiller Fred Noe in Clermont, KY. You and a group of 20 people will go to the exclusive private barrel selection rackhouse to select 1 of 3 barrels to have bottled–all within your visit. The group will get to taste and bottle the selection of their choice in this rare, four-hour experience. The group will also tour the distillery and hand bottle their own Knob Creek® Single Barrel Bourbon. We’ll give you one bottle that’s specially labeled with a metal plate to commemorate the 2017 Kentucky Bourbon Affair event.  A bourbon inspired BBQ lunch will be provided inside the historic T. Jeremiah Beam Home. Each participant will get the option of purchasing additional bottles from the barrel that is selected that day. A unique, one-of-a-kind experience not offered to the general public!

Four Roses Private Barrel Selection @ Four Roses Warehouse & Bottling Facility
Jun 6 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Four Roses Private Barrel Selection @ Four Roses Warehouse & Bottling Facility | Coxs Creek | Kentucky | United States

Tuesday, June 6th, 12pm-4pm
Four Roses Warehouse & Bottling Facility, 624 Lotus Road, Hwy 1604, Cox’s Creek, KY
Price: $250

Four Roses will provide an opportunity for 25 special guests to take part in “a day in the life of a Master Distiller.”  Join our Master Distiller, Brent Elliott by evaluating and selecting our next Private Selection Barrel, which will be sold in the Four Roses Gift Shops.  Brent and our guests will examine barrels of up to 10 of our recipes, and vote to determine their hand-selected Private Selection Barrel. They will individually transfer and filter out excess char into their bottle.  Then, hand label, hand write barrel information, and finally cork the bottle.  Four Roses will ensure all internal processes are completed, and each personalized bottle will be available at the Four Roses Gift Shops by the end of The Bourbon Affair Event.  Lunch will be included.

Elijah Craig Private Barrel Selection @ Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center
Jun 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Elijah Craig Private Barrel Selection @ Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center | Bardstown | Kentucky | United States

Tuesday, June 6th, 1pm-4pm
Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center, 1311 Gilkey Run Rd, Bardstonwn, KY
Price: $250

Head to Bardstown, KY and join Master Distiller Denny Potter in selecting a private barrel of Elijah Craig Bourbon bottled at barrel proof. Use a whiskey thief to taste directly from each barrel inside one of Heaven Hill’s 53 rickhouses. Apply your own face and side labels to a bottle from your favorite barrel. Can’t choose between the three barrels? No problem! Each guest will be able to purchase one additional bottle per barrel.

Russell’s Reserve Rye Single Barrel Selection @ Wild Turkey Distillery
Jun 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Russell's Reserve Rye Single Barrel Selection @ Wild Turkey Distillery | Lawrenceburg | Kentucky | United States

Tuesday, June 6th, 1-4pm
Wild Turkey Distillery, 1417 Versailles Rd, Lawrenceburg, KY
Price: $275

Let the Russells share almost 100 years of distilling experience as they take you on a behind the scenes tour to experience Bourbon & Rye production. As a group, select from prized barrels of Russell’s Reserve Rye and then gear up to bottle your own share on the production line.

Jun
7
Wed
Barrel to Bottle @ Independent Stave Company
Jun 7 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Barrel to Bottle @ Independent Stave Company

Wednesday, June 7th, 9:30am-3pm
Independent Stave Company & Four Roses Warehouse & Bottling Facility
Price: $150
Transportation is provided from the Marriott Louisville East and is required.

Four Roses will provide an opportunity for up to 30 special guests to join Master Distiller, Brent Elliott and Sr. Brand Ambassador Al Young as they explore the art of coopering.  The morning will begin with a tour of Independent Stave Company in Lebanon, KY where you’ll experience world-class oak barrel crafting and a short Oak 101 Presentation by the experts.  After the tour, guests will travel to our Warehouse & Bottling Facility in Cox’s Creek where our barrels from ISC are filled and aged in single-story warehouses.  Join the Four Roses Team for lunch in our new state of the art Bottling Facility and enjoy a tasting of up to 7 of our 10 unique Bourbon Recipes in the Private Barrel Room.

Barrel Proof Sharpshooter Challenge @ Wild Turkey Distillery
Jun 7 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Barrel Proof Sharpshooter Challenge @ Wild Turkey Distillery | Lawrenceburg | Kentucky | United States

Wednesday 7 Friday, June 7th & 9th, 10am-3pm
Wild Turkey Distillery, 1417 Versialles Rd, Lawrenceburg, KY
Price: $185

Join the Masters, Eddie and Jimmy, as they guide you through the Wild Turkey Distillery located in Lawrenceburg, KY. Explore the rich history and age old process of making the finest Bourbon in the world along with hands on activities to give you even more insight into what it takes to produce this rich and unique liquid gold. Your day at Wild Turkey will include the rare opportunity to “Shoot the Bird” with the Masters in an onsite skeet shoot, led by industry professionals.

Following the skeet shoot, you will be given an opportunity few will ever receive.  You will be tasked to create your own blend of Wild Turkey during the Rare Breed Challenge where your creations will be put to the ultimate test-the palate of a Master Distiller!
Your journey will come to an end at our historical Station Master’s House. Don’t worry about packing a brown bag, we have planned some of our favorite Kentucky themed dishes to be served.

To top off your unique experience you will be the first to receive a 750 ml bottle of our newly packaged, barrel proof Rare Breed bourbon-directly off the bottling line! We can’t wait to see you at the Wild Turkey Distillery.

Bluegrass Terroir – The Mystery & History of Heaven Hill’s Rickhouses @ Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center
Jun 7 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bluegrass Terroir - The Mystery & History of Heaven Hill's Rickhouses @ Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center | Bardstown | Kentucky | United States

Wednesday & Friday, June 7th & 9th, 10am-3pm
Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center, 1311 Gilkey Run Rd, Bardstown, KY
Price: $175

Towering Bourbon rickhouses dot the countryside of Kentucky, embracing their contents and nurturing their maturity. But beyond the barrels inside, rickhouses possess a history and wisdom that are as varied as their architecture and location.

Join us as we explore Bourbon history with local historian, Michael Veach, inside the Heaven Hill rickhouses. Your experience will include site visits to two historic rickhouse locations and one of the newest rickhouse sites in the Commonwealth, Cox’s Creek. Throughout the tour, you will grow to appreciate the complex construction and management of these massive structures but also the variance in flavors and qualities that challenge our distillers in crafting American Whiskey. Alongside Master Distiller Denny Potter, you will experience the sophisticated art of crafting whiskey aged in the 53 Heaven Hill rickhouses, by tasting various ages of whiskey straight from the barrel, as well as tasting previously released products that have aged there. Craft your own personal small batch from a selection of aged whiskey and label and bottle it on site.  Take your own personal batch home, along with a box of samples of barrel proof whiskey from each rickhouse location visited.

Bourbon Science @ Wilderness Trail Distillery
Jun 7 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bourbon Science @ Wilderness Trail Distillery | Danville | Kentucky | United States

Wednesday, June 7th, 10am-2pm
Wilderness Trail Distillery, 4095 Lebanon Road, Danville, KY
Price: $125

This event is a chance to explore the science behind Bourbon making by tasting and experiencing the differences between Kentucky water sources, various grains and processing, mash recipes, and yeast strains. Participants also will examine how bacteria and other microbes play a role in flavor development.

The event concludes with a scientific walk-through of the Bourbon making process and a look at barrel aging and exclusive selection and tasting of various Wilderness Trail Bourbons and Rye Whiskeys. Everyone will receive a special edition bottle of Rye Whiskey, which has yet to be released and is not available to the public. A Bourbon-themed luncheon with the experts offers everyone the opportunity for additional discussion and interaction.

Bulleit Distilling Co. First Look @ Bulleit Distilling Co.
Jun 7 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bulleit Distilling Co. First Look @ Bulleit Distilling Co. | Shelbyville | Kentucky | United States

Wednesday & Friday, June 7th & 9th, 10am-2pm
Bulleit Distilling Co., Shelbyville, KY
Price: $175

Join Tom Bulleit and the team at Bulleit Distilling Company for a first look at the new Shelbyville, KY Distillery.  We broke ground on the state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly and efficient distillery in August of 2014 and plan to begin producing whiskey in early 2017.  Our mission has always been to focus on our whiskey production first, so it will be some time before we open to the public. Hence why we are offering this “first look” to our passionate friends at the Kentucky Bourbon Affair. The experience will include a tour of the new Distillery, lunch and cocktails with Tom Bulleit and a souvenir bottle of Bulleit Bourbon to mark the occasion.

Michter’s Barrel Strength Release @ Michter's Distillery
Jun 7 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Michter’s Barrel Strength Release @ Michter's Distillery | Louisville | Kentucky | United States

June 7th, 8th & 9th, 10am-2pm
Michter’s Distillery, 2351 New Millennium Dr, Louisville, KY
Price: $250

Be a part of a very special Michter’s Limited Release – Michter’s Limited Release Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.  Michter’s has never before released this product and it will only be released in Kentucky at the time of the 2017 Kentucky Bourbon Affair.  This experience includes a welcome cocktail, personal tour of the Michter’s facility, learning the details of the special release, as well as a Bourbon inspired 4-course lunch. Guests will receive a souvenir bottle of the very special Michter’s Limited Release Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, a set of commemorative rocks glasses and a photo.  (All guests will be required to advise of any food allergies or dietary restrictions.)

Molecular Bourbonology @ Woodford Reserve Distillery
Jun 7 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Molecular Bourbonology @ Woodford Reserve Distillery | Versailles | Kentucky | United States

Wednesday & Thursday, June 7th & 8th, 10am-2pm
Woodford Reserve Distillery, 7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles, KY
Price: $195

Take your Bourbon and culinary taste buds to the next level! Experience the pairing of Woodford Reserve Bourbon with food based on molecular commonalities. Explore the molecular pairings of Distiller’s Select, Double Oaked and Rye. Work side-by-side with Master Distiller Chris Morris and Award-winning Chef-In-Residence Ouita Michel to explore the flavor wheel. Experiment with Bourbon and food and enjoy a gourmet lunch prepared by Ouita Michel’s team. Commemorative engraved bottle of Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select included.

The Town Branch Experience @ Alltech's Town Branch Distillery
Jun 7 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
The Town Branch Experience @ Alltech's Town Branch Distillery | Lexington | Kentucky | United States

Wednesday & Thursday, June 7th & 8th, 10:30am-3pm
Alltech’s Brewing & Distilling Co., 475 Angliana Ave, Lexington, KY
Price: $125

​Alltech will be hosting the Kentucky Bourbon Affair day events in partnership with Saxony Thoroughbred Farm, a picturesque horse farm located in the heart of Bourbon country. Participants will be arriving first at the farm for a tour of the facilities as well as up close interaction with the thoroughbreds of Saxony Farm. Saxony is primarily a nursery with an emphasis on mares and foals but also specializes in boarding, racing sales and quarantine for thoroughbred horses. After the farm tour, a catered lunch will be provided onsite. A custom menu has been created with an emphasis on Bourbon and cocktail pairings. Afterwards, guests will travel to Town Branch Distillery to receive a special tour and tasting led by our Master Distiller Mark Coffman, as well as fill, cork and label their own bottle of Town Branch Single Barrel Bourbon.

Paired to Perfection @ Home of Rob Samuels
Jun 7 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Paired to Perfection @ Home of Rob Samuels

Wednesday, June 7th, 5-8pm
Home of Rob Samuels, Louisville, KY
Price: $195
Transportation is provided from the Marriott Louisville East and is required.

It’s customary that the drink should complement the dish, but tonight the bourbon sets the menu. Join us for an intimate 3-course dinner at the home of Rob Samuels, Maker’s Mark COO and grandson of the founders.   Owner/Mixologist Isaac Fox of La Chasse will guide you through the creation of 3 spectacular cocktails that you will handcraft. While you’re busy mixing your libation, Chef Alex will be preparing each course to compliment your creation. The deliciousness doesn’t have to stop here. Each guest will depart with a unique Maker’s Mark Private Select.

Jeptha Games @ Jeptha Creed
Jun 7 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Jeptha Games @ Jeptha Creed  | Shelbyville | Kentucky | United States

Wednesday, June 7th, 6:30-9:30pm
Jeptha Creed Distillery, 500 Gordon Ln, Shelbyville, KY
Price: $125

Join Jeptha Creed in the first Jeptha Games!  Participate in three events against your fellow Bourbonites! Winners receive a bottle of Bloody Butcher’s Creed Straight Bourbon Whiskey.  From there, join Master Distiller Joyce Nethery on a tour of the distillery.  Bottle your own bottle of Bloody Butcher’s Creed Whiskey and take it home before it hits the shelves!  Next enjoy a Jeptha Feast, a twist on a Scottish Feast, with a Bourbon toast.

Angel’s Envy Past to Present Dinner @ Angel's Envy
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Angel’s Envy Past to Present Dinner @ Angel's Envy | Louisville | Kentucky | United States

Wednesday, June 7th, 7-9:30pm
Angel’s Envy, 500 East Main Street, Louisville, KY
Price: $200

Guests will get an in-depth tour of the distillery by Co-Founder Wes Henderson and Master Blender Kyle Henderson. Tastings include Angel’s Envy Port, Rye, Cask and never released Angel’s Envy First Barrel. This isn’t simply one of the rarest bottles of whiskey, the spirit in this bottle comes from the first barrel Lincoln and Wes Henderson filled together.  Guests will also enjoy a pairing dinner in the distillery courtyard along with live music.

Old Forester & The Brown Family @ Brown-Forman
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Old Forester & The Brown Family @ Brown-Forman | Louisville | Kentucky | United States

Wednesday, June 7th, 7-10pm
Brown-Forman, 850 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, KY
Price: $150

Almost 150 years ago, George Garvin Brown was the first man to exclusively put bourbon in a bottle.  He called this exceptional bourbon, Old Forester and made a lasting commitment to its consistency and quality.  Meet his descendants who have carried his legacy forward.   Hosted in the historic Brown-Forman Global Headquarters, we will sip history, eat delicious local Southern fare and share family stories.

Jun
8
Thu
Predicting Your Palate: Understanding Maker’s Mark Private Select @ Maker's Mark
Jun 8 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Predicting Your Palate: Understanding Maker’s Mark Private Select @ Maker's Mark  | Loretto | Kentucky | United States

Thursday & Friday morning, June 8th & 9th, 9:30am-1pm
Thursday & Friday afternoon, June 8th & 9th, 12-3:30pm
Maker’s Mark, 3350 Burks Spring Rd, Loretto, KY 40037
Price: $175

When faced with retirement, Bill Samuels, Jr. set out on a journey to create his perfect version of Maker’s Mark. He thought long and hard about what he loved most about Maker’s and with the help of our cooperage, landed on the oak finishing technique that gave us all Maker’s 46. While we all love the taste of Maker’s 46, the process itself was something we really wanted to dive deeper into and explore what characteristics oak brings to our bourbon.

In exploring further with our cooperage, we created five proprietary staves that our customers, your favorite bars, restaurants, and liquor stores, can choose from to create their perfect version of Maker’s Mark. On this day at the Distillery, you will get to go through that experience! You will dive deep into the wood and learn about each of the five stave options and what flavors that each can bring to Maker’s Mark. Then you will get to create a blend of those stave-finished bourbons to enhance what you love most about Maker’s.

Your visit will include lunch from Chef-In-Residence Newman Miller at Star Hill Provisions. And no trip to Loretto would be complete without dipping a bottle in our signature red wax. You will choose one bottle to dip from our limited selection of special offerings of Private Select that most closely matches your palate.

Jim Beam® Bourbon Express @ My Old Kentucky Home Train Depot
Jun 8 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Jim Beam® Bourbon Express @ My Old Kentucky Home Train Depot | Bardstown | Kentucky | United States

Thursday, June 8th, 10am-2pm
My Old Kentucky Home Dinner Train Depot, 602 North 3rd Street, Bardstown, KY
Price: $175

Begin your Burbon journey at the historic My Old Kentucky Home train depot with a tasting of Beam’s award-winning whiskey portfolio with Jim Beam Master Distiller Fred Noe.  Hop aboard the steel skirted train cars built in the late 1940’s after World War II for lunch and cocktails as you take in the history and scenic view of Jim Beam® Country.  You’ll even stop in at the Jim Beam® American Stillhouse at the distillery in Clermont, KY.

Michter’s Barrel Strength Release @ Michter's Distillery
Jun 8 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Michter’s Barrel Strength Release @ Michter's Distillery | Louisville | Kentucky | United States

June 7th, 8th & 9th, 10am-2pm
Michter’s Distillery, 2351 New Millennium Dr, Louisville, KY
Price: $250

Be a part of a very special Michter’s Limited Release – Michter’s Limited Release Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.  Michter’s has never before released this product and it will only be released in Kentucky at the time of the 2017 Kentucky Bourbon Affair.  This experience includes a welcome cocktail, personal tour of the Michter’s facility, learning the details of the special release, as well as a Bourbon inspired 4-course lunch. Guests will receive a souvenir bottle of the very special Michter’s Limited Release Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, a set of commemorative rocks glasses and a photo.  (All guests will be required to advise of any food allergies or dietary restrictions.)

Molecular Bourbonology @ Woodford Reserve Distillery
Jun 8 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Molecular Bourbonology @ Woodford Reserve Distillery | Versailles | Kentucky | United States

Wednesday & Thursday, June 7th & 8th, 10am-2pm
Woodford Reserve Distillery, 7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles, KY
Price: $195

Take your Bourbon and culinary taste buds to the next level! Experience the pairing of Woodford Reserve Bourbon with food based on molecular commonalities. Explore the molecular pairings of Distiller’s Select, Double Oaked and Rye. Work side-by-side with Master Distiller Chris Morris and Award-winning Chef-In-Residence Ouita Michel to explore the flavor wheel. Experiment with Bourbon and food and enjoy a gourmet lunch prepared by Ouita Michel’s team. Commemorative engraved bottle of Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select included.