Join us for an exciting lineup of master distillers & bourbons curated by Fred Minnick, Edward Lee, and you the fan.
Curated Bourbons by Chris Cosentino, Edward Lee & Fred Minnick.
- Angel’s Envy
- Barrell Bourbon
- E.H. Taylor
- Elmer T. Lee
- Four Roses Small Batch
- Jefferson’s Reserve Very Old
- Knob Creek
- Old Grand-Dad Bonded
- Rabbit Hole
- W.L. Weller Special Reserve
- Bib & Tucker Small Batch
- Jefferson’s Ocean
- W.L. Weller – 12 year
Founder of Rabbit Hole Distillery
Rabbit Hole’s Founder, CEO and Whiskey Maker, Kaveh Zamanian, has taken an unconventional path to become the head of a modern bourbon brand and a whiskey distillery in the heart of Louisville. He has a PhD in clinical psychology and is a certified psychoanalyst. After 24-years of clinical practice and academia he turned his attention to the world of craft spirits. With his wife, Heather Bass, a Louisville native, and their children, Henri, Lilia and Isabella on his side, he embarked on the challenging path of creating imaginative and distinct styles of whiskey. He established Rabbit Hole in 2012 and started making personal recipes of Bourbon and Rye whiskey at a distillery in Kentucky. The first batch of his Bourbon and Rye whiskies were released on October of 2016 and in the same month construction began on the Rabbit Hole Distillery in NULU. The architecturally bold and ambitious distillery, designed by celebrated architect, Doug Pierson, is scheduled to open early 2018.
Master Distiller at Castle & Key
When she was younger, Marianne loved science and especially math; she discovered a fascination with mechanics and signed up for auto shop where she developed a passion for working on cars and diagnostics. Then, steering a different direction, she chose to pursue Chemical Engineering after learning of the flexibility in application of this degree. As a Chemical engineering student at the Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville, with many internship options to choose from, Marianne made a life-changing choice by accepting one at Brown-Forman, a global spirits company and maker of Woodford Reserve. In merely four years she achieved the title of Master Taster as protégé to Master Distiller Chris Morris. At that time she was proud to be recognized by Forbes as a 30 under 30 honoree in Food and Beverage.
In 2015 Marianne was invited by entrepreneurs Will Arvin and Wes Murry to become a partner – and Master Distiller – in the bourbon start-up venture on the abandoned site of the historic Old Taylor distillery in Frankfort, KY. Marianne and her partners are now in the process of making- and honoring – history by reviving the historic distillery and its grounds, originally erected in 1887 by the Father of Modern Bourbon Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor. They are resurrecting craft methods and sourcing, all the while utilizing a combination of new and original equipment. Wine Enthusiast Magazine has recognized Marianne as being one of the nations top 40 under 40 tastemakers.
With her uncompromising respect for both history and innovation, Marianne is creating recipes using time-honored traditions and innovative ingredients to create distinctive Bourbon and Gin. For example, instead of buying bulk grain from unknown producers, Marianne is sourcing heirloom seeds from a local farmer who will bring back a long forgotten strain of white corn similar to that used when the original proprietor of the distillery. Also taking inspiration from the past and future, Marianne will lead her team to elevate the bourbon tourism experience – a concept coincidentally created by Col. Taylor himself – with renovated structures, formal gardens and event spaces built to entertain. “With this venture I’m able to bring together my engineering and technical background, creative drive and entrepreneurial spirit, all while leaving my mark on KY’s Bourbon History – what more could I ask?”
Rabbit Hole Bourbon
Founded in 2012, Rabbit Hole Distilling focuses on innovative mashbills and creative partnerships to craft modern whiskeys. Their state-of-the-art distillery, located in the NuLu neighborhood of Downtown Louisville, is slated to open early 2018.
Wall Street Journal-bestselling author Fred Minnick loves whiskey so much he figured out a way to write and talk about for a living.
Minnick’s given private bourbon tastings to world leaders and celebrities, as well as appearing on CBS This Morning, NPR, New York Times, Esquire, Fox News, and many others just to talk about bourbon. The ascot-wearing Kentuckian covers whiskey in every possible way, too. Whiskey Women (Potomac Books, 2013) won multiple awards and inspired the creation of dozens of whiskey women clubs. Minnick’s Bourbon:The Rise, Fall & Rebirth of An American Whiskey (Quarto, 2016) broke new historical ground on a widely covered topic, solving mysteries such as the “Father of Bourbon,” medicinal whiskey and how bourbon became America’s Spirit, while Bourbon Curious(Quarto, 2015) established sommelier-level flavor profiles for bourbon.
His whiskey columns range from the basic-and-informative style in Covey Rise Magazine to the edgy insider writings in Whisky Magazine, where Minnick is the American contributing editor. He provides quick-hitting, easy-to-read, click-friendly stories to Parade.com, scientific whiskey takes to Scientific American, bourbon advice to Men’s Health, and in-depth geeky features to Whisky Advocate, where Minnick scores American whiskey and pens the “American Spirit” column. In June, Minnick releases his first rum book—RumCurious.
Minnick serves as a regular keynote speaker for conventions across the country and seminar moderator for Tales of the Cocktail, Arizona Cocktail Week, Kentucky Bourbon Festival and the Bourbon Classic. He is the Bourbon Authority for the Kentucky Derby Museum and is a judge on the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. View his work on FredMinnick.com.
The Big Bourbon Bar
Presented by Courier Journal
The Big Bourbon Bar is an impressively-designed destination featuring our incredible lineup of bourbons serving signature bourbon cocktails created by the best bartenders from across the country. Entry to The Big Bourbon Bar is included with your ticket and all signature bourbon cocktails are available for purchase all weekend long. The Big Bourbon Bar is presented by Louisville Courier-Journal.
The Hunter’s Club
An exclusive bar with experimental, rare, and hard-to-find bourbons, The Hunter’s Club is a bourbon hound’s dream come true.
Bourbon & Beyond is proud to offer festivalgoers access to bourbon’s best and brightest in a series of free and intimate workshops throughout the weekend. Entry to the Bourbon Workshops is first-come, first-serve. Follow us on social media to be the first to find out about our distilling, bartending, pairing, and cooking workshops.
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The Bourbon Barrel Cooperage
Stop by the The Bourbon Barrel Cooperage to get a behind-the-scenes look at how coopers craft the oak barrels used to age bourbon.
Experience the excitement of making bourbon at The Distillery, where festivalgoers can discover the life of a master blender, taster, and distiller.
The History of Bourbon
Discover and learn about bourbon history at our History of Bourbon exhibit.