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Highland Festival Grounds | September 19 - 22, 2024

Rob Dietrich

Rob Dietrich Rob Dietrich is the Master Distiller & Blender of BLACKENED® American Whiskey, and the former Master Distiller for Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. Rob has more than 15 years in the industry and is well-regarded for his unique limited-release, cask finish expressions such as Snowflake, Sherry Cask and more recently, the Masters of Whiskey series. […]

Bourbon & Basketball

Bourbon & Basketball Moderator: Chris Blandford Panelists: Members of the 1980 and 1986 University of Louisville NCAA Championships, Robbie Valentine ’86, Chris West ’86, Wiley Brown ’80 and Scooter McCray ’80 Description: Bourbon isn’t the only thing Kentucky is known for around the country.  Bring up college basketball and everyone has a story to tell in this […]

Fred Minnick’s BLIND BOURBON FINALE: THE B&B23 FAN FAVORITE IS…??

Fred Minnick’s BLIND BOURBON FINALE: THE B&B23 FAN FAVORITE IS…?? Moderator: Fred Minnick, Celebrity Critic and Bestselling Author Pouring: FIVE bourbons chosen by fans during B&B weekend Description: World-renowned bourbon authority, author and ascot aficionado FRED MINNICK will survey the FIVE bourbons voted on by patrons during Bourbon and Beyond 2023 and will blind-fold select […]

Badass Bartenders & Bourbon

Badass Bartenders & Bourbon Moderator: Ian Sulkowski, Brown-Forman Brand Ambassador Panelists:SC Baker, Epiphany Bar and Winner of the B&B Cocktail Competition for “The Louisville”Susie Hoyt, The PearlLily McCabe Lambert, Galaxie BarSherri Jenkins, Epiphany Bar, Freelancer, 2023 USBG Member of the Year Pouring: Cocktails TBD – only BF products used! Description: In 1948 a United States […]

The Firkin Podcast LIVE

The Firkin Podcast LIVE Hosts: Chris Blandford & Brian Probus Special Guest: HAILEY WHITTERS (confirmed by Del) Description: Give me a ‘FIRKIN’ break! B&B patrons will be the very first to see this popular podcast LIVE ON STAGE as hosts Chris Blandford & Brian Probus welcome special guests you won’t want to miss – musicians, […]

The Art of Blending (Bardstown) – BBC’s Discovery Series (TASTING)

The Art of Blending (Bardstown) – BBC’s Discovery Series (TASTING) Panelist: BBC’s VP of New Product Development, Dan Callaway Description: This live blending clinic has been a massive hit at the BBC distillery, WhiskyFest Chicago and private tastings with some of the nation’s most exclusive Bourbon Societies. Join us to deconstruct the blend as Dan […]

The Firkin Podcast LIVE: Every Drink Tells A Story

The Firkin Podcast LIVE: Every Drink Tells A Story Moderator: Chris Blandford & Brian Probus Special Guest: Kaveh Zamanian, Rabbit Hole Distillery Pouring: Two Rabbit Hole expressions Description: There are odes, poems and songs written about love. But perhaps Bourbon company founder Kaveh Zamanian is the first person who can say a bourbon was created […]

HEAVEN’S DOOR BARREL SELECT with AUDIENCE

HEAVEN’S DOOR BARREL SELECT with AUDIENCE Panelist: Matt Wheatley, Head Distiller and Distillery Manager, Heaven’s Door Description: RED ALERT! Be among the first fans to choose one of the first-ever single barrel Kentucky straight bourbons. Nothing more heavenly than that! Join Matt Wheatley, Head Distiller and Distillery Manager for Heaven’s Door to witness this historic […]

The Big Finish: Barreled Again

The Big Finish: Barreled Again Moderator: Kenny Coleman, Bourbon Pursuit Panelists:Brandon O’Daniel, Master Distiller, Copper & KingsOwen Martin, Angel’s EnvyChristian Huber, Starlight DistilleryJessica-Ann Adkins, H&A Barrel Management Pouring: Angel’s Envy Tawny Port, Huber BB Pick, Cooper & Kings Bourbon and Copper & Kings Grape Brandy, Starlight Distillery Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Spanish Brandy Casks, Pursuit […]

The Firkin Podcast LIVE

The Firkin Podcast LIVE Moderator: Chris Blandford Special Guests:Ian SomerhalderPaul Wesley Description: Un-FIRKIN-believable! Last year’s blood-sucking good conversation and Brother’s Bond tasting was just so good, we’ve brought Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley back for an even deeper sip into the story of their hand-selected bourbons. This year they return to spin more tales about […]