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We are pleased to welcome Barry Brinegar, Executive Vice President & Co-Founder of RD1 Spirits and Kash Daniel as our next guests for Bourbon Sessions at the Ripy Mansion.


Barry has been active in the local business community for the last 30+ years. His career started in healthcare – first as a field medic in the 1st Marine Division, then as an RD – before evolving into medical and pharmaceutical device sales, and eventually digital marketing.


After enjoying bourbon at an early (legal) age, Barry’s appreciation grew when he started spending time with local bourbon groups, including the Lexington Bourbon Society, for whom he served on the board of directors. Barry, working with other local business owners and fellow bourbon enthusiasts, quickly grew his love and appreciation for bourbon history and its production. He set out to surround himself with refined partners and industry consultants, providing insight on how bourbon continues to shape and support the local business community.


From Day 1, Barry has felt a supernatural presences that he believes could be William Tarr, helping open doors and get the distillery back up and running after being shuttered for decades.


Barry will start off the evening with a cocktail made of Manchester Reserve 96.4 proof. A history of the brand and its partners will be presented including the history of RD1 including


-1865 established date

-1871 William Tarr & Thomas Meggiben

-1878 Distillery Fire

-Railroad speculation

-Meggiben first KDA President

-Whiskey Trust

-Stoll and Vanzetti

-American Medicinal Spirits Company – Prohibition

-RD1 Spirits resurrected 2020


Following this history, Barry will teach us how to “sample like a pro” with a tasting of both Kentucky Straight Whiskey Manchester Reserve 114 proof and 96.4 proof. A short Q&A session will also follow the tasting.


Tasting will be accompanied by light appetizers. Tours of the Ripy Mansion will also be available as well as the cash bar.


All proceeds in excess of event costs go directly towards the continued restoration efforts of the historic T.B. Ripy Mansion.

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