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Kentucky Bourbon Affair™

JUNE 5-10, 2018 / LOUISVILLE, KY

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KBA ATTENDEE UPDATE – MAY 30, 2018

 

The KBA is One Week Away!

 

Please continue to email mary@kybourbon.com with any questions, but this communication is designed to loop everyone in on important topics like attendee check-in, event transportation schedules, ticketing, parking tips, dress recommendations, and much more. If you think you may have missed an update, be sure to visit the News page on the KBA website, where we store all these emails and post press releases.

 

Today's update announces the long-awaited transportation schedule! Later in the week, we'll send a recap of all of the most important logistics reminders. But all of these communications are designed to ensure you have the best experience possible in Kentucky next week, and a big part of that is keeping you safe. That's why this week's update addresses responsibility - ours and yours.

 

KBA Provided Transportation Schedule

The schedule for the KBA provided transportation is available here on the KBA website. For each KBA event, the schedule will tell you when you need to check in, when buses are loading, and when they're departing. If you're running late for the bus for your event, it's your responsibility to call or text Mary (502) 727-0008, Adam (859) 583-0301 or Mandy (859) 326-0149 immediately so we can determine the best course of action. All KBA-provided transportation starts and ends at the Omni in downtown Louisville. For some KBA events, using KBA transportation is a requirement or involves multiple stops. For those with multiple stops, you may miss part of the experience if you drive on your own, so for those, be sure to let us know if you're driving yourself. 

 

Parking Tips

If you're coming to the Omni to catch a ride with us, the Omni offers valet parking only, and it's not cheap. For those who prefer to park elsewhere and save a little money, here’s a link to a map of parking garages and surface lots in the city. Just click on the layers you want to see, select a structure, and you'll get the details. The Omni is located near the (1020) in the middle of the map.

 

Keeping You Safe

"How do Kentuckians enjoy their Bourbon?" Responsibly.

Find out what that means to us by clicking here. Every year we remind you that Kentucky Bourbon Affair is a marathon - not a sprint. It's important that you pay particular attention to how alcohol affects your body during this week-long event. Email us in advance if you take medication that interacts poorly with alcohol or if you have allergies that will affect the food you can eat. We want to keep you healthy, hydrated, and well-fed. Throughout the event, alcohol will be a choice - not an expectation. Non-alcoholic options are always available if you need them, and Louisville Water will set up their Quench water bar where you can fill up any personal water bottle you bring. Transportation is provided to all events, but if you need another ride, be safe and use Lyft promo code KBAGUEST2018 for $10 off a Lyft during KBA week in Louisville.



KBA WEEKLY ATTENDEE UPDATE – MAY 21, 2018

 

The Kentucky Bourbon Affair is right around the corner!

 

Please continue to email mary@kybourbon.com with any questions, but this communication is designed to loop everyone in on important topics like attendee check-in, event transportation schedules, ticketing, parking tips, dress recommendations, and much more. If you think you may have missed an update, visit the News page on the KBA website, where we post press releases and other announcements.

 

This week’s update is on attire, the KBA registration desk schedule, another reminder about parking, and an intro to your KBA team. 

 

Event Attire & Updates

Not sure what to wear to your event? Several of the distilleries have provided recommendations and/or requirements for their events, and that info has been added to their event descriptions on the KBA website. Additionally, several of the distilleries have added more details on their experiences, such as their menu or entertainment, so be sure to take a look! As a general rule, if your event includes a distillery tour, flats and closed-toe shoes are always a good idea. 

 

KBA Attendee Check-in & Information Desk 

Ideally, we would like all KBA guests to check in with us at some point before their first event. Knowing this isn’t practical or possible for everyone, we still want to let you know when we’ll be on hand at the Omni to give out name badges, answer your questions, or just hang out. For the dates and times indicated below, the KBA team will be set up on the lower level of the Omni hotel in an area called the lobby gallery (across from the Library Bar/base of the escalators). 

 

KBA Info Desk Schedule

 

Monday – June 4 

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

 

Tuesday – June 5 

7:30 AM - 12:00 PM / 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM

 

Wednesday – June 6 

7:30 AM - 11:30 AM / 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM

 

Thursday – June 7 

7:30 AM - 11:30 AM / 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM

 

Friday – June 8 

7:30 AM - 11:30 AM / 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM

 

*Saturday – June 9 

8:30 AM (Higher Proof Expo) / 6:00 PM (Angel’s Fare)

 

Sunday – June 10 

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

 

*On Saturday, June 9, the KBA registration desk moves to the Omni 2nd floor, Olmsted Ballroom foyer to accommodate the Higher Proof Expo and Angel’s Fare. 

 

Transportation Schedule – coming soon!

We know you all are eager for the transportation schedule and we promise it’s coming soon! It will tell you when buses are being loaded, when they’re departing the Omni, and when they’re bringing you back to Louisville. Remember, all KBA-provided transportation starts and ends at the Omni in downtown Louisville. For some KBA events, using KBA transportation is a requirement. 

 

The transportation schedule will indicate this, but you can also check individual event descriptions online if you don’t remember. 

 

Parking Tips

The Omni offers valet parking only, and it's not cheap, so for those who prefer to park elsewhere and save a little money, here’s a link to a map of parking garages and surface lots in the city. Just click on the layers you want to see, select a structure, and you'll get the details. The Omni is located near the (1020) in the middle of the map. Most meters are free after 6:00 PM and on weekends. 

 

Louisville Concierge Reminder

As the host city, Louisville has provided a Concierge to assist our guests. For personalized assistance with any details of your trip to Louisville, please contact Allison Gotting, Destination Services Manager with the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau at AGotting@GoToLouisville.com. Allison can help with restaurants, site-seeing, golf courses, etc.

 

Meet the Team Behind the Kentucky Bourbon Affair and the Kentucky Distillers' Association! 

If you see us wandering the halls of the Omni between June 5-10, be sure to stop and say hi! We can also help answer questions or solve any issues that may arise while you're our guest. Pictured back row (l-r): Adam Johnson, Colleen Thomas, Bryan Alvey, Mary Gratzer, Eric Gregory / front row (l-r) Mandy Ryan, Ali Edelstein

 





PRESS RELEASE – MAY 14, 2018

Kentucky Bourbon Affair™ to Feature Exclusive Private Barrel Picks by Panel of Legendary Hall of Fame Master Distillers

Sales from Epic Closing Event to Benefit Kentucky Charities

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For the first time ever, legendary Master Distillers from the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame have banded together and hand-picked elite single barrels of Bourbon and Rye to be sold at the Kentucky Bourbon Affair closing event.

 

This historic charitable event – called “Angel’s Fare” – also will feature a silent auction of rare whiskies, a vintage spirit tasting and an all-star lineup of Kentucky chefs offering Bourbon-inspired culinary delights in collaboration with Kentucky Proud.

 

“Angel’s Fare” will be held Saturday, June 9, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Omni Hotel in downtown Louisville. Tickets are $150 each and are on sale now at www.kybourbonaffair.com.

 

“This is an unbelievable, unprecedented, bucket-list experience that showcases the heart and soul of Kentucky Bourbon, with five of our signature industry’s most beloved icons coming together to raise money for local causes,” said Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.

 

“This could not happen in any other industry or any other state. More than 200 years of combined experience in crafting the world’s finest Bourbons, all recognized by their peers as the best in the business, working together in a spirit of camaraderie and compassion.”

 

“If you only go to one Bourbon event this year, this is it.”

 

The five Hall of Fame distillers are:

 

  • Jimmy Russell, Wild Turkey (HOF Class of 2001)
  • Chris Morris, Brown-Forman (HOF Class of 2017)
  • Fred Noe, Jim Beam (HOF Class of 2013)
  • Steve Nally, Bardstown Bourbon Company (HOF Class of 2007)
  • Eddie Russell, Wild Turkey (HOF Class of 2010)

 

The blockbuster group came together in April for a remarkable road trip of single barrel selections at five landmark distilleries, which will be sold only at Angel’s Fare under the limited-edition label of Bourbon Affair Release (BAR) 18 – Legends’ Select Series.

 

For a short video of the experience, go to https://youtu.be/rrih2nd8Gpw.

 

At Wild Turkey, father-and-son Master Distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell led the group throughout historic Warehouse A, built in 1894, to find the worthy 10-year-old private single barrel of their namesake Russell’s Reserve Kentucky Bourbon.

 

Brown-Forman Master Distiller Chris Morris, Master Taster Jackie Zycan and Old Forester CEO Campbell Brown gave the panel an in-depth education of Old Forester before they picked a special 1920 Prohibition Style barrel – the first and only single barrel of that expression.

 

The unique Maker’s Mark limestone cellar was the site of the Maker’s 46 selection, where staff said the Hall of Famers’ preferred recipe of finished oak staves has never been chosen before – and will not be included on the label so it remains confidential forever.

 

At Jim Beam, the party had a tough time picking the best of several barrels of Knob Creek Rye – a daunting task made even more difficult as each was distinctive in taste and finish despite aging in close proximity to each other.

 

At Willett Distillery in Bardstown, the quintet reached consensus on an exceptional Willett Family Reserve 6-year-old single barrel from March 2012, when the Willett family stored its first barrels of Bourbon in generations on the anniversary of founder Thompson Willett’s 103th birthday.

 

“The Angel’s Fare release is truly a historic undertaking,” said Morris, who was inducted in the Hall of Fame last year. “Never before have the Master Distillers of the Kentucky Bourbon industry tasted and selected barrels from a competitive – yet collegial – distillery before.

 

“While there have been projects in the past where our famous Bourbons have been batched together for special releases that raised money for charity, this is completely unprecedented. These special bottle offerings are a ‘must have’ for Bourbon aficionados and collectors. They are a true taste of history.”

 

KDA President Gregory said the bottles will be individually priced for sale between $100 and $200, with opportunities to purchase autographed sets. Quantities are limited, he said, noting that plans are for each year’s BAR series to be completely different.

 

“Get yours now because you may never see this year’s series again,” he said.

 

Jeeps for Joy, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families, has dedicated its resources to facilitate charitable donations from the silent auction and bottle sales.

 

Proceeds will benefit the organizations chosen by the distilleries that participated in the BAR 18 barrel selections: AMPED Louisville (Jefferson Co.), The Lee Initiative (Jefferson Co.), Anderson Humane Society (Anderson Co.), and Guthrie Opportunity Center (Nelson Co.).

 

Renowned whiskey collectors Bill Thomas and Jared Human from the Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Washington, D.C., are organizing the vintage bottle silent auction and tasting. Both will be on-hand to talk Bourbon, pour samples and educate guests on the history and lore of these scarce offerings.

 

With more than 2,600 bottles in its extensive whiskey collection, Gregory said Jack Rose will bring its respected expertise to Angel’s Fare, along with rare and limited-edition selections for tasting and auction.

 

Award-winning chefs will include Newman Miller (Star Hill Provisions/Harrison-Smith House), Todd Stein (The Bar at Willett) and the Omni’s own Steve Gustafson. Guests will dine on Southern cuisine with farm-fresh food and ingredients provided by Kentucky Proud.

 

Kentucky Proud is the official state marketing program for farm products raised, grown or processed

in Kentucky by Kentuckians. It is administered by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and

involves more than 4,000 farmers, retailers, restaurants, school, markets and parks.

 

Tickets are still available to select events at this year’s Kentucky Bourbon Affair™, which runs from June 5-10 in Louisville, the official Host City, sponsored by the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau.

 

Events include behind-the-scenes access at the world’s most iconic distilleries, nightcap events featuring top chefs, Bourbon Barons and Master Distillers, rare tastings, souvenir bottles, and much more.

 

Special room rates are available at the Omni by visiting the KBA guest link or calling 1-800-THE-OMNI (843-6664) and referencing the Kentucky Bourbon Affair.

 

“The Kentucky Bourbon Affair is truly an extraordinary showcase of the sincerity, work ethic, collaborative spirit and Southern hospitality that is unique to Kentucky’s Bourbon culture,” Gregory said. “Angel’s Fare embodies that culture, bringing people together and serving others in need.

 

I can’t think of a better way to cap off a week celebrating Kentucky’s revered signature Bourbon industry.”

 

For more information, contact: Mary Gratzer, Kentucky Bourbon Affair Director, at (502) 727-0008 or mary@kybourbon.com.

 

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KBA WEEKLY ATTENDEE UPDATE – MAY 11, 2018

 

The Kentucky Bourbon Affair - 25 days and counting!


Here’s a little KBA news for you to close out the week. If you purchased your KBA tickets recently and think you may have missed one of these regular updates, visit the News page on the KBA website, where we post press releases and other announcements.


As always, please feel free to email mary@kybourbon.com with any questions.

 

 

Bottle Engraving

We know Kentucky Bourbon Affair attendees love their Bourbon - and their Bourbon bottles! For that reason, we’ve arranged to have someone at the Omni on Saturday, June 9, to engrave bottles. The engraver’s capacity will be limited based on volume, so if this is something you’re interested in, please plan on checking in at the HPEX registration desk (Omni/2nd floor) at 8:30 a.m. Cost per bottle for KBA attendees is $15 (normally $20). He’ll be staying through the evening event, so if you plan to pick up any special bottles at Angel’s Fare, you can have those engraved as well. 


Help Us Help You!

Be on the lookout for another email from us next week with a few simple questions regarding your contact information and transportation needs. If you are able take the time to respond, we know it will help us make your KBA experience an even better one. 


Room Rate Extension

The Omni in downtown Louisville, our host hotel, has extended the special KBA guest room rate to May 25. Visit the KBA Guest Link or call 1-800-THE-OMNI (843-6664) and reference the Kentucky Bourbon Affair to receive the $179++ rate. KBA attendee check-in, the information desk, event transportation, and the Higher Proof Expo and Angel’s Fare events will all take place at the Omni. 


Louisville Concierge Reminder

As the host city, Louisville has provided a Concierge to assist our guests. For personalized assistance with any details of your trip to Louisville, please contact Allison Gotting, Destination Services Manager with the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau at AGotting@GoToLouisville.com. Allison can help with restaurants, site-seeing, golf courses, etc.

 

 

KBA ATTENDEE UPDATE – MAY 1, 2018

 

It's Derby Week in Louisville! Once the city recovers, we'll start gearing up again for the Kentucky Bourbon Affair - just 5 weeks away.

 

Please continue to email mary@kybourbon.com with any questions, but this communication is designed to loop everyone in on important topics like attendee check-in, event transportation schedules, ticketing, parking tips, dress recommendations, and much more. If you think you may have missed an update, visit the News page on the KBA website, where we post press releases and other announcements.

 

This week’s update is on ticketing, transportation, and a reminder about our Louisville concierge!

 

Ticketing

Capacity at some KBA events is extremely limited, so it is required that you either check in with a KBA team member at the Omni before boarding the transportation or with a distillery representative at the venue. Guests can be checked in in a number of different ways. If the reservation is in your name, we can check you in with either the printed or e-ticket from SquadUP, or by looking you up by name. However, if the reservation is NOT in your name, we will need to scan the printed or electronic ticket to confirm the reservation. If you have any questions about the names on your event reservations, please email mary@kybourbon.com as soon as possible. 

 

Transportation

Using the KBA-provided transportation is required for some events, and the host distilleries make that determination. Their decision could be based on limited parking, responsibility, or that the event takes place over multiple locations with several stops. The detailed transportation schedule, with boarding times, will be released in the coming weeks, but be sure to check the current event descriptions here if you are unsure if using KBA transportation is required.

 

Louisville Concierge

As the host city, Louisville has provided a Concierge to assist our guests. For personalized assistance with any details of your trip to Louisville, please contact Allison Gotting, Destination Services Manager with the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau at AGotting@GoToLouisville.com. Allison can help with restaurants, site-seeing, golf courses, etc.



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KBA WEEKLY ATTENDEE UPDATE – APRIL 19, 2018

 

We’re less than two months away from the 2018 Kentucky Bourbon Affair! Hopefully you’re getting excited and looking forward to being a part of this special event.

 

Whether you’re a first-time attendee or have enjoyed the Bourbon Affair in the past, we want to make your experience with us as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. For that reason, we’ll be sending these weekly updates between now and the KBA 2018 kick-off on June 5. 

 

Of course, you’re always welcome to email mary@kybourbon.com with any questions, but this communication can loop everyone in on important topics like attendee check-in, event transportation schedules, ticketing, parking tips, dress recommendations, and much more. This week’s update is on the host hotel, parking and a Louisville concierge.

 

 

Lodging

The Omni in downtown Louisville is the 2018 KBA host hotel, so attendee check-in, the information desk, event transportation, and the Higher Proof Expo and Angel’s Fare events will take place there. The special KBA guest rate is $179++ per night and the cutoff to secure that rate is May 14. Visit the KBA Guest Link or call 1-800-THE-OMNI (843-6664) and reference the Kentucky Bourbon Affair to receive our group rate.

 

Parking

The Omni offers valet parking, but for those who prefer to park elsewhere, here’s a link to a map of parking garages and surface lots in the city. Just click on the layers you want to see, select a structure, and you'll get the details. The Omni is located near the (1020) in the middle of the map. Most meters are free after 6:00 PM and on weekends. 

 

Louisville Concierge

Lastly, Louisville is thrilled to be hosting the Kentucky Bourbon Affair and has provided a Concierge to assist our guests. For personalized assistance with any details of your trip to Louisville, please contact Allison Gotting, Destination Services Manager with the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau at AGotting@GoToLouisville.com. Allison can help with restaurants, site-seeing, golf courses, etc.



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PRESS RELEASE – APRIL 12, 2018

 

Tickets to Kentucky Bourbon Affair’s Higher Proof Expo on Sale Now

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tickets for this year’s Higher Proof Expo – a daylong, hands-on workshop packed with unique educational, culinary and tastings sessions – are now on sale, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced today. 

 

This year’s innovative HPEX will be held Saturday, June 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the new Omni Hotel in downtown Louisville, the official host hotel for the annual Kentucky Bourbon Affair™ fantasy camp. Tickets are available at www.kybourbonaffair.com

 

The Expo features 19 exclusive learning sessions, lunch and pop-up experiences with the best of Louisville and Kentucky’s food, drink and retail for the Bourbon aficionado. A one-day pass is $150 with access to four sessions and lunch. Seating is limited as classes range in size from 40-65 attendees. 

 

First introduced as part of last year’s Kentucky Bourbon Affair™, the Higher Proof Expo ranked as one of the top experiences of the entire week, KBA Director Mary Gratzer said. “That’s a high compliment given the elite, behind-the-scenes access that the Kentucky Bourbon Affair offers,” she said. 

 

HPEX educational programming is curated by Stave & Thief Society, the official Bourbon Certification Program of the KDA, which sifted through dozens of submitted presentations to select the most exclusive experiences for attendees.

 

“This year's HPEX is a collection of some of the most exciting topics we've ever put together for an event,” said Colin Blake, Director of Spirits Education at Stave & Thief Society/Moonshine University. “Last year set the bar high, but we’ve exceeded opportunities for this year. 

 

“Top-shelf presenters from all aspects of the industry are coming together to showcase everything from Bourbon culture to deep dives into various production methods, an exploration of the experimentation happening in the industry, food pairings and even music.”

 

This year’s sessions include: 

 

  • Master Sommelier and Executive Bourbon Steward Scott Harper will explore the similar flavor profiles of wine and Bourbon and guide attendees on proper selection of Bourbon according to wine preference. Guests will learn how to train their palates to detect subtleties, connect profiles, and enjoy a whole new way to experience Bourbon paired with white and red wines. 

 

  • Michter’s program will guide attendees as they sample various country hams from different producers, chocolates and confections, and selected Michter’s whiskies and cocktails. Participants will enjoy a food pairing with whiskey and learn how whiskey can complement, contrast, enhance and compound flavor.

 

  • MB Roland co-founders Paul and Merry Beth Tomaszewski will tell the story of hemp production and farming in Kentucky, hemp seed information, and how small grains impact flavor. In addition to tasting their hemped Bourbon, attendees will sample MB Roland’s standard and wheated Bourbons.

 

  • Bourbon author and music lover Fred Minnick will share his techniques of pairing various music genres with different Bourbons. “We should use all of our senses for Bourbon tasting, including hearing,” Minnick said of his workshop. 

 

  • Many people think the Bourbon barrel is the same from distillery to distillery, but Master Taster Peggy Noe Stevens will debunk that myth. Her seminar will take a deep dive into the maturation of a whiskey and the flavor effects of wood, toast, char and proof when it comes to pairing food. 

 

View the full lineup at https://kybourbonaffair.com/higher-proof.html

 

Tickets are still available to select events at this year’s Kentucky Bourbon Affair™ camp, which runs from June 5-10 in Louisville, the official Host City, sponsored by the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

Events include behind-the-scenes access at the world’s most iconic distilleries, nightcap events featuring top chefs, Bourbon Barons and Master Distillers, rare tastings, souvenir bottles, and much more. 

 

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PRESS RELEASE – MARCH 30, 2018

 

Kentucky Bourbon Affair™ Adds Live Concerts to All-Star Lineup

KBA Teams with Bourbon & Beyond to Bring Indie Rock Bands to Louisville

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that it is partnering with the Bourbon & Beyond festival to bring two live concerts to the KDA’s Kentucky Bourbon Affair™ fantasy camp in June.

 

Real Estate, an indie rock band out of Brooklyn, will appear at Headliners Music Hall with Habibi, on Wednesday, June 6, presented by Bourbon & Beyond and 91.9 WFPK. The entities have also collaborated to bring Louisville favorite Tony and the Tan Lines to Headliners Friday, June 8, for a second Kentucky Bourbon Affair Concert.

 

Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 30, at 10 a.m. EDT at headlinerslouisville.com.

 

We’re proud to partner with Danny Wimmer Presents and add live music to our Kentucky Bourbon Affair showcase,” KDA President Eric Gregory said. “It’s a perfect complement to our one-of-a-kind events featuring Kentucky’s unique Bourbon culture.”

 

The fifth annual Kentucky Bourbon Affair kicks off June 5, offering unique experiences across the Commonwealth. The six-day Bourbon fantasy camp is comprised of more than 45 events from 17 different distilleries. Learn more atwww.kybourbonaffair.com.

 

Danny Wimmer Presents, creators of Louder Than Life, one of America’s premier hard rock destination festivals, last year added Bourbon & Beyond to their Louisville line-up, with heavyweight headliners Stevie Nicks and Eddie Vedder.

 

Held on back-to-back weekends in September, the first-ever Bourbon & Beyond and the fourth annual Louder Than Life drew a combined 110,000 people to Champions Park in 2017. In January, DWP announced a 10-year lease for Champions Park and plans to continue the annual Louder Than Life and Bourbon & Beyond festivals, with a future country music festival now in development.

 

I love attending the Kentucky Bourbon Affair™,” says DWP’s Danny Wimmer. “It’s such a revered event and is always a great time. I am so proud that my company has been invited to participate in the Kentucky Distillers’ Association’s incomparable celebration of Bourbon.”

 

Launched in 2014, the Kentucky Bourbon Affair each year welcomes thousands of Bourbon aficionados, enthusiasts and visitors to the Commonwealth for a week of exclusive experiences, rare tastings and culinary events at the world’s most famous distilleries.

 

Gregory said with all of the smaller, exclusive experiences offered, the live music events give the KBA a chance to engage more of the community and gain a new audience. “Kentucky Bourbon brings people together, and that is what the Kentucky Bourbon Affair is all about,” Gregory said. “We appreciate the investment that DWP has made in our community and partnership in promoting the Kentucky Bourbon Affair and our signature industry.

 

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The KDA is a non-profit trade association founded in 1880 to promote, protect and elevate Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Member benefits include media relations, international trade development, private sampling events, technical assistance, economic development support, networking, legal defense, marketing strategies, governmental and regulatory advocacy and innovative tourism experiences through the KDA’s Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® adventures. The KDA maintains an open membership policy, champions a strong commitment to the responsible and moderate consumption of spirits, and fights to curb underage drinking and drunk driving. For more information about joining the KDA’s distilling family, contact KDA President Eric Gregory at (502) 875-9351. Visit www.kybourbon.com and www.kybourbontrail.com to learn more.

 

KENTUCKY BOURBON TRAIL®, BOURBON TRAIL™, KENTUCKY BOURBON TRAIL CRAFT TOUR®, KENTUCKY BOURBON AFFAIR™, KBT™, ORDER OF THE WRIT®, KENTUCKY DISTILLERS’ ASSOCIATION®, and KENTUCKY BOURBON TRAIL OFFICIAL SPONSOR® and associated designs and logos are trademarks/service marks of the Kentucky Distillers' Association.

 

Please enjoy our Bourbon and distilled spirits like a true Kentuckian – Responsibly.

 

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KBA NEWS – MARCH 2018

 

Congratulations! You’ve got your tickets to the 2018 Kentucky Bourbon Affair!

 

Now it's time to book your room. The KBA has arranged a block of rooms at the new Omni Hotel in Downtown Louisville at the group rate of $179++ a night.

 

Just opened in March of this year, you’ll be one of the first guests at this state-of-the-art property in the center of our host city – Louisville! The Omni is the official hotel of the Kentucky Bourbon Affair and transportation to all KBA events will be departing from the Omni. The Omni is also home to our Saturday events: Higher Proof Expo and Angel’s Fare. And when you have some free time, the Omni is within walking distance of some of Louisville’s best bars, restaurants and attractions!

 

The room block is limited and the group rate is only guaranteed until May 14, so don’t wait!

 

Visit the KBA Guest Link or call 1-800-THE-OMNI (843-6664) and reference the Kentucky Bourbon Affair to receive our group rate.

 

Questions regarding any KBA events or your trip to Louisville, email: mary@kybourbon.com or call (502) 727-0008.

 

 

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KBA NEWS – FEBRUARY 2018

 

Individual event tickets for the 2018 Kentucky Bourbon Affair are now available!

 

Don't miss your chance to explore iconic Bourbon distilleries, rub shoulders with Master Distillers, and meet fellow Bourbon lovers from around the world!

 

The 2018 schedule offers events planned by:

Angel's Envy | Bulleit | Four Roses | Hartfield & Co. | Heaven Hill | Jeptha Creed | Jim Beam | Limestone Branch | Maker's Mark | Michter's | Old Forester | O.Z. Tyler | Rabbit Hole | Town Branch | Wilderness Trail | Wild Turkey | Woodford Reserve | Bourbon Women | Whisky Chicks

 

Some of the events are very exclusive and will sell out quickly, so act fast in order to get what you want. Visit the ticket page to read up on all the events and plan your Bourbon adventure!

 

Questions regarding events or the ticketing process, email: affair@kybourbon.com

 




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