In case anyone was wondering where I'll be or what I'm doing.
Fly into Louisville. Arrive in at the Hampton Inn Bardstown around 5:30. I'll probably just find dinner and acquaint myself with Bardstown that evening. I could use a good restaurant recommendation.
1pm- Lunch at the Burk's House on the Hill at Maker's Mark
2pm- Maker's Mark distillery tour
4pm- Maker's Mark Tasting and Bottle Dipping
7pm- Cocktails and Dinner at Bill and Nancy Samuels house
10am- Jim Beam Distillery Tour
12pm- Lunch at the Knob Creek House with Fred Noe
3pm- KY Bourbon Festival Hall of Fame Ceremony
6:30pm- Bourbon-que and Tasting at the Jim Beam Family Home
9:20am- Bourbon Pancake Breakfast (Bourbon and Pancakes? Am I in heaven?)
10:30am- Tour Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History
12:15pm- Hang out in downtown Louisville until 3pm. My goal is a Seelbach cocktail at the Seelbach Hotel, a hot brown at the Brown Hotel and to find the best Julep in Louisville
6:30- Tasting and Black Tie Gala at the KY Bourbon Festival (I'll be the guy in the Blackwatch plaid dinner jacket). Event ends at 1am.
9/20 Sunday- Fly back to Portland at some ungodly hour to get to SunRiver so that Jacob Grier and I can present the mixology session at the Oregon Restaurant Association's conference. If you happen to see some half awake guy in a rumpled tux on Sunday at PDX, you'll know the bourbon won.
If you are going to be at the Bourbon Festival and would like to get together, let me know. I am on a press trip, so my schedule is pretty tight and no, I can't get you into any of these events unless its open to the public. That said, this is my first trip to the bourbon festival and I'm pretty excited and want to soak up as much as I can. Hopefully, I'll see some old friends and make some new ones while I'm out there as well.