SWE's Kentucky Bourbon Seminar

Louisville , Kentucky
Thursday, April 07, 2016
Society of Wine Educators' Kentucky Bourbon Seminar
  All Events will take place at The Brown Hotel unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, April 6


6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

SWE New Members’ Horsey Happy Hour

Join SWE in welcoming new members and familiar faces to Louisville at this derby-themed reception.

 

Thursday, April 7

 

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Registration

 

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Breakfast

 

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

"The Woodford Reserve Story - a Tale of Flavor"

Speaker Chris Morris

The Woodford Reserve is known as one of the most prominent distilleries in the country. Chris Morris will discuss the creation of the Woodford Reserve, as well as the Five Sources of Flavor Concept in depth. Session attendees will experience the application of this concept by tasting the spirits that have evolved into what are now the Woodford Reserve Distillers Select, Rye, and Double Oaked.

 

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

“All About the Base: Showcasing an Ever-Evolving Cocktail Culture & How to Ensure the Base Spirit Does Not Get Lost in the Build”

Speaker Beth Burrows

The high-end cocktail culture we seem to be encountering today seems to be a direct response to the simplistic era the 90’s Cocktail Culture embodied. We are probably in one of the most exciting and fulfilling times to be an imbiber, and if it weren’t for the 90’s Cocktail Culture, we might never have gotten to where we are today. With fancy infusions and foreign liqueurs so plentiful and at our fingertips, it can be incredibly overwhelming when it comes to crafting a new cocktail. We are no longer living in a world where cocktails exist to cover a terrible base spirit. Our booze is impeccable, and our cocktails are just another way to showcase their versatility. This class will highlight the importance of picking the right base spirit and how to ensure that it does not get lost in the cocktail’s build.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Lunch

 

1:15 PM

Jim Beam American Stillhouse – Private Tour

 

4:00 PM

Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience – Private Tour

 

7:00 PM

“How Bourbon Became America's Official Spirit”

Dinner Keynote

21C Museum Hotel

Speaker Hoke Harden, CSS, CSE

This session will be educational AND entertaining! We’ll take a virtual journey through the thrilling saga of the entwined American and Bourbon history and discover what made Bourbon a unique American spirit. We’ll stumble through the trials, the tribulations, and the triumphs of the Bourbon evolution while suffering through its decline, rejoicing at its resurgence, and celebrating its dominance. Along the way we’ll define what Bourbon is and must be by regulation and law.

 

Friday, April 8

 

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Registration

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Breakfast

 

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

"How to Teach Classic Cocktails"

Speaker Albert Schmid, CSS, CSW

Are you ready to take your spirits classes to the next level? Learn how to incorporate classic cocktails in spirits classes and expand student learning. Gain teaching tips from seasoned professor, award winning author, and chef, Albert W. A. Schmid. This session will focus on whiskey cocktails, but Schmid will provide a template that can be used with any spirit.

 

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

“Welcome to the Golden Age of Bourbon”

Speaker Eric Gregory

KDA President Eric Gregory will discuss Kentucky’s billion-dollar Bourbon boom and the growing economic and tourism impact of the state’s signature spirit, including the skyrocketing popularity of the KDA's Kentucky Bourbon Trail® adventures.  

 

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Lunch

 

2:00 PM

Wild Turkey Distillery – Private Tour

 

4:00 PM

Four Roses Bourbon Distillery – Private Tour

 

7:00 PM

Bourbon Dinner with Bourbon Cocktail Pairings

Bristol Bar & Grill  

Speaker Scott Harper, MS, CWE

 

 

Contact Information

  • For questions, contact:

    Marisa Gaggi
    Meeting and Events Manager
    Society of Wine Educators
    mgaggi@societyofwineeducators.org
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