Highland Festival Grounds | September 19 - 22, 2024

A Seat at the Table: Grand Traditions with Fresh Perspectives

Host: Jamar Mack, Kentucky Original Black Bourbon Enthusiasts

Melissa Rift, Master Taster, Old Forester
Richie Michaels, Uncle Nearest
Rob Dietrich, Blackened
Tracey & Scott Jacobs, Inclusion Brands

Pouring: Old Forester: Bourbon & Beyond Barrel Select and 1910 Old Fine Whiskey, Uncle Nearest 1881, 1856 and Rye, Inclusion Brands, Blackened – Blend of Straight Whiskey in Brandy Cask

Description: Although whiskey is renowned across the world and bourbon is officially America’s spirit, it’s widely accepted that the producers, brands, and workforce haven’t been representative of the vast diversity of spirit enthusiasts and, in some cases, founders. This has been changing rapidly as dynamic interest and opportunity are leading to expansive ‘next generation’ thinking. Grab a seat, everyone is welcome to lean in and learn from some of these change-makers – while drinking of course!