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    It’s Filson Bourbon Academy time again.  This all-day course takes students through the history and politics that influenced bourbon as we know it today.  Participants will get to do tastings at the end of each session, and will be awarded a diploma upon the completion of course material.

    Some of the interesting things you will cover during your stint in the bourbon academy include the history of George Remus, the Prohibition era bootlegger who successfully pleaded insanity after killing his wife.  Remus had been one of the biggest and most successful bootleggers during Prohibition, and his base of operations was right up the river in Cincinnati.

    You will also learn why early Kentucky settlers started making their whiskey with corn instead of rye, how they used that whiskey, and how it came to be stored in charred oak barrels.  There’s a legend out there that Elijah Craig had a barn fire that miraculously charred only the insides of his barrel staves, and this Baptist preacher became the father of bourbon.  Spoiler alert- that’s a marketing legend.  You’ll get to learn the truth during the Filson Bourbon Academy.

    There’s also a lot of mystery and controversy surrounding how bourbon got its name, and that will be covered during the course as well.  There are a lot of conflicting theories out there, and this is an opportunity to get the information from Michael Veach, the man who literally wrote the book.

    The fall 2015 session takes place September 26th from 9-5 at Bourbons Bistro.  Space is extremely limited for the Filson Bourbon Academy.  You can purchase your tickets by clicking here.  A boxed lunch and course materials will be provided.

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    About Maggie Kimberl

    I'm a Louisville native with a passion for traveling and homegrown tomatoes. I write the bourbon news, which keeps me plenty busy since Louisville is the center of the bourbon universe. See bourbon news happening? Contact me on Twitter @LouGirl502!

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