Highland Festival Grounds | September 19 - 22, 2024

Fred Minnick for Louisville Magazine at The Silver Dollar in Louisville.

Fred Minnick

Wall Street Journal-bestselling author Fred Minnick travels the world educating and entertaining people through Blind Bourbon. Founder of the American Spirits Council of Tasters, Fred’s a regular on the TODAY Show, Moonshiners, Food That Built America and has appeared on Top Chef, CBS This Morning, NPR and many other media outlets. Winner of the Spirited Award for Best Book, Minnick’s written seven books, including award winners Whiskey Women: How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch & Irish Whiskey and Bourbon: The Rise, Fall & Rebirth of American Whiskey. His talk show, The Fred Minnick Show, features Fred sipping with celebrities, such as Ashley McBryde, Ian Somerhalder, Jeffry Wright, Ludacris, Peyton Manning and more. Fred also co-hosts the No. 1 spirits podcast in Bourbon Pursuit, co-founded Bourbon+ Magazine and serves as an advisor to the Spirits Network. He co-founded Bourbon & Beyond with DWP, building the bourbon programming and bars to complement the music. Learn more at