In August of 2007, The United States Congress passed a resolution declaring September National Bourbon Heritage Month. Nowhere is there more bourbon heritage to celebrate than Kentucky, and Louisville is densely packed with historical bourbon related sites. Many Louisville establishments are having special events to celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month. Here is what I’ve found so far:
-Every Wednesday in September, Bourbons Bistro will have free “Bourbon Bites” at the bar to accompany your bourbon.
-Every Tuesday starting in September, Art Eatables will host “Taste Test Tuesdays” where they will roll out a new experimental bourbon truffle for $2. There will be a limit of one per person so everyone has a chance to try something new. The first truffle will feature Maker’s 46. The following weeks’ scheduled bourbons are Old Forester Birthday, ORVW 10, Larceny, and a Private Barrel Knob Creek.
-During the entire month of September, Angel's Envy will plant a tree for every picture of their products you post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hastag #AE4TheTrees. So far 91 photos have been posted, and they will max out at 10,000. Help the earth and the bourbon industry out!
-September 4 from 5:30-8 p.m. Westport Whiskey and Wine will be offering 20% off bourbon flights as well as $2 pours of their favorite bourbons under $25.
-Septmeber 5 from 5-9 p.m. The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience on Main Street will host free tours and tastings as part of the First Friday Trolley Hop. Charlie Downs and Max Shapira will be on hand for bottle signings and photo ops, and Fred Minnick will be signing his book Whiskey Women. Click here for more information about my experience with The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience.
-September 7 Haymarket will host a Bonded Bluegrass jam with Hickory Vaught.
-September 7 at 21C there will be a Cochon Heritage BBQ contest to celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month.
-September 7 at 11 a.m. Bourbon Barrel Foods will host Eat Your Bourbon For Breakfast.
-September 10 from 6-9 p.m. at Westport Whiskey and Wine, the Kentucky Whiskey Chicks will host the first in a series of Kentucky Sampler events.
-September 10- from 5-10 Garage Bar will host a Luau in honor of Bourbon Heritage Month because, you know, bourbon is to Kentucky as hula skirts are to Hawaii.
-September 11 Proof on Main will host Fork and Bottle featuring Drew Kulsveen and Hunter Chavanne of Willett Distillery.
-September 11 from 5:30-8 Westport Whiskey and Wine will ofer 20% off flights as well as $1 pours of some Jim Beam products.
-September 13 from 7-10 p.m. at the Polo Barns of Saxony Farms in Lexington, the gents from The Bourbon Review will host a Bourbon Heritage Month shindig. Click here for details.
-Septmeber 14 at 1 p.m. take a walking tour of Cave Hill Cemetery with Filson Bourbon Academy historian Mike Veach. Veach will guide you to the burial sites of some of Kentucky's most prominent bourbon families. The tour is $35 per person. Tickets can be purchased through Cave Hill's webiste.
-Monday September 15 is Master Distiller Night at Haymarket Whiskey Bar. This month's Master Distiller will be Colin Spoelman of Kings County Distillery, Brooklyn.
-September 16-21 is the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown. This will be a nonstop five days of celebrating Kentucky’s native spirit. Click here for more information. Bulleit Frontier Whiskey is sponsoring free rides home for anyone who has had too much to drink. Click here for details or call (270) 765-7297 for your ride.
-September 23 at 7 p.m. at Westport Whiskey and Wine Bill Nolan of Buffalo Trace will offer a history lesson of the distillery as well as a tasting of its products. The cost is $15 per person and reservations are required.
-September 23 Varanese will host a Maker's Mark Bourbon Dinner. The cost will be $55 per person and does not include tax or gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling (502) 899-9904.
-September 25 Westport Whiskey and Wine will offer 20% off bourbon flights as well as $2 pours of certain Heaven Hill products.
-September 26 at 7 p.m. during the Trolley Hop, Bourbons Bistro will host Bourbon 101 in their beautiful private event space. This event is only $20 per person and includes a fight of bourbon. Gratuity is not included.
-September 26 at Cox's on Hubbards Lane is cigar customer appreciation day featuring a bourbon tasting.
If you have a Bourbon Heritage Month event you’d like me to add to the list, tweet me @LouGirl502!
Photos Courtesy of The Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Art Eatables, Haymarket Whiskey Bar, and KY Whisky Chicks