Beverage Events 2018

April 19, 2018
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These are just a sampling of the many events happening in and around Louisville and the Bluegrass region.

April 27, Friday, 7pm 
How to be a Bourbon Badass 
Carmichael’s Bookstore 2720 Frankfort Ave., Louisville 

Founder of Whisky Chicks and author Linda Ruffenach discusses why sharing a glass of bourbon and learning about America’s native spirit are great common denominators to bring people together. Sure to be a lively conversation (and there is sure to be bourbon involved)! 

April 28, Saturday, 11am-4pm 
Wilderness Trail Release at Taste of Danville 
Wilderness Trail Distillery 4095 Lebanon Road, Danville 

Release of 4-year-old Bottled in Bond Bourbon. The first few hundred people can receive “tastes” of the Bourbon. Food from area restaurants, caterers and food truck. Local music. 

April 28, Saturday, 10am-3pm 
Plant Sale Saturday! 
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens 6220 Old LaGrange Rd., Crestwood 

Plant offerings include perennials, shrubs, trees, vines, tropicals, herbs and more. Become a Yew Dell member for early access at 9am. 

May 1–2, Tuesday–Wednesday, 5–9pm 
Kentucky Derby’s Kentucky Proud WineFest 
Belvedere at Waterfront Park, Louisville 

Sample some of the best regional wineries (Kentucky has over 66 and Indiana has almost 30 more). Tickets: $45 and include a complimentary wine glass, samples and event pin. Designated Driver tickets $10. 

May 2, Wednesday, 6–10pm 
Kentucky Derby BeerFest 
Overlook at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville, 129 River Rd., Louisville 

Enjoy the best of spring and summer beers, including both regional and national craft selections. Tickets: $10–$75 and includes beer tastings of over 200 selections, souvenir sampling mug and event pin. 

May 3–4, Thursday–Friday, 11am 
Butchertown Race Days 
Copper & Kings American Brandy Co., 1121 E. Washington St., Louisville 

A hometown Derby celebration, including Derby-themed cocktails and beverages, cash bar. Build-your-own-julep bar, adult tricycle racing, Kentucky artisan market and Kentucky For Kentucky pop-up shop. Free admission. For ages 21+. 

Photo 1: Photo courtesy of Kentucky Wine & Vine Fest
Photo 2: Blackberry, BBQ and Jazz Weekend

May 10, Thursday, 5:30pm 
Cocktail Craft and the Science of Good Taste 
Angel’s Envy Distillery 500 E. Main St., Louisville 

Classes offered monthly on second Thursday. The science and craft of mixology as you make The Henderson, including making a syrup, proper proportioning, and using the right garnish. Includes a full distillery tour with a 3-part tasting. Tickets: $55. 

May 10–12, Thursday–Saturday, Various Times 
Kentucky Wine & Vine Fest 
Various locations, Nicholasville 

A three-day celebration of Kentucky’s wine industry with jazz and ragtime musicians, art show, a Run for the Merlot event, food trucks, Kentucky artisan booths and Farm to Table Dinner. 

May 11–20, Friday–Sunday 
Lexington Craft Beer Week 
Various times and locations 

Celebrating the beer craftsmanship of the Lexington area. 

May 19, Saturday, noon–6pm 
Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest 
Lexington Convention Center 250 W. Main St., Lexington 

The Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest features over 60 breweries and 200 beers. Tickets include 20 beer tastings, commemorative drinkware, local food vendors and local music! Must be 21. Tickets: $10–$120. 

May 20, Sunday, noon–6pm 
Buy Local Fair 
Louisville Water Tower Park 3005 River Rd., Louisville 

Local businesses, artists and craftspeople, farmers, live music, food vendors and local craft beverages, and more. Free admission, parking $5/ car. buylocalfair 

May 31, Thursday, 6:30–8:30pm 
An Evening with Peng Looi 
Frazier Historical Museum 829 W. Main St., Louisville 

As part of the Farm to Frazier: A Kentucky Supper Series. Peng S. Looi, executive chef at August Moon Chinese Bistro, blends Malaysia’s cuisine and local elements. Tickets $125, Frazier members $115. 

June 3, Sunday, 8am-3pm 
Downtown Brew Fest 
Fourth Street Live 400 S. 4th St., Louisville 

Learn the brewing process of beer, enjoy tastings and live music. 

June 5, Tuesday 5:30pm 
Harvest & Nouvelle Wine Dinner 
214 S Clay St B and 624 E Market St, Louisville 

Nouvelle Wine Bar and Harvest Restaurant will host famed California winemaker Peter Stolpman for a 4-course wine dinner starting at Nouvelle and finishing at Harvest. $65 a guest (tax, gratuity not included). Reservations: 502-384-9090 

Photo 1: Photo courtesy of The Kentucky Bourbon Affair
Photo 2: Photo courtesy of The Bourbon Women Sip-osium Conference

June 5–10, Tuesday–Sunday 
The Kentucky Bourbon Affair 
Times & locations vary, Louisville 

The ultimate bourbon fantasy camp hosted by legendary distilleries. Included are behind-the-scenes access, private barrel selections, rare tastings and exclusive nightcap events with master distillers. 

June 9, Saturday, 10am–5pm 
Beer Cheese Festival 
Downtown Winchester 

Transforming Main Street into Beer Cheese Boulevard in downtown Winchester. Live music, food and shop vendors. 

June 23, Saturday, noon–5pm 
Kentucky Craft Bash 
Festival Plaza at Waterfront Park 231 Witherspoon Ave, Louisville 

Sample over 30 local breweries that will serve more than 70 varieties of beer. Sample experimental beers and collaborations rarely found outside of a brewery’s taproom. Commemorative cup and food trucks. Tickets $50–$75. 

June 23, Saturday, 10am–3pm 
The Bourbon Academy 
Woodford Reserve Distillery 7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles 

An interactive day with Master Distiller Chris Morris or Master Taster Elizabeth McCall learning the fine art of crafting bourbon. Includes behind-the-scenes tour of the Woodford Reserve Distillery, interactive demonstration of using grains to make mash, charring a barrel and tasting a variety of whiskeys. Bourbon-inspired lunch included. 

July 20–21, Friday–Saturday 
Louisville Blues, Brews, BBQ Festival 
Louisville Water Tower Park 3005 River Rd., Louisville 

Get lost in a soul-satisfying haze of New Orleans– and Memphis-style blues and pit barbecue smoke. Sample craft beers. 

July 21-22, Saturday & Sunday 
Blackberry, BBQ and Jazz Weekend 
Huber’s Orchard & Winery 19816 Huber Road, Borden, IN 

BBQ lunches and Blackberry Sangria available and jazz music live on the patio! 

August 24–26, Friday–Sunday, noon 
Bourbon Women Sip-osium Conference 
Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway, Louisville 

Workshops with industry leaders, distillery excursions, bourbon tastings and mixology and more. 

August 25, Saturday, 6:30–10:30pm 
The Bourbon Mixer 
The Henry Clay, 604 S. 3rd St., Louisville 

The Whisky Chicks and the Bourbon Brotherhood joined forces to create the Bourbon Mixer, whose proceeds benefit a local nonprofit. This year’s beneficiary is the Coalition for the Homeless. Includes a silent auction, live music, Southern cuisine and desserts. 

Photo courtesy of The Kentucky Bourbon Affair

September 1–2, Saturday–Sunday, 4–11pm 
Four Roses Bourbon Rock The Water Tower 
Louisville Water Tower Park 3005 River Rd., Louisville 

Live music, bourbon and barbecue—for years, that’s how Louisville has celebrated the last days of summer. Bourbon Tasting Lounge with Four Roses Bourbon. 

September 10–16, Monday–Sunday 
The Kentucky Bourbon Festival 
Various times and locations, Bardstown 

Six days of smooth bourbon, delicious food and entertainment. From black-tie galas to historical tours, there is something for all ages and interests. 

September 15, Saturday, 2–8pm 
Hops on the Hill 
Mile Wide Brewing 636 Barret Ave., Louisville 

Designed to bring tasteful hops from Tennessee. Save the date and look for more details at 

October 10–14, Wednesday–Sunday 
The Bourbon Social 
Various times and locations in Central Kentucky 

A series of events celebrating over 100 bourbons, whiskeys and aged beer. Also features local small plates and sweet treats by local chefs, restaurants and foodie people, live music and other bourbon-inspired fun. 

October 12–13, Friday–Saturday 

Bourbon Chase 
The Bourbon Trail 

The Bourbon Chase is a unique overnight relay adventure in which teams of runners cover 200 miles of scenic byways along the famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Participants enjoy bourbon tastings afterwards. 

December 5 
Repeal Day 

Raise a glass to the anniversary of the Repeal of the Prohibition and the return of distillation. Look for events all over Bourbon Country.

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