Bourbon Classic

Bourbon Classic

The Bourbon Classic is a multi-day event exploring the “best of the best” in the authentic world of bourbon.

The first major Bourbon event launched in Kentucky since the original Kentucky Bourbon Festival began in Bardstown in 1999, the Bourbon Classic is focused on the art and enjoyment of all things Bourbon. First held in Louisville in 2013, highlights of the annual whiskey-lover’s gathering includes an evening “Culinary & Cocktail Challenge” focused on classic and contemporary bourbon cocktails with cocktail artisans paired with chefs who present a bourbon-themed culinary complement.  Past chefs have included Ed Lee from PBS’s Mind of a Chef, and Top Chef’s Sarah Bradley and Kelsey Barnard Clark among dozens of Kentucky’s finest.

On Saturday, “Bourbon University” includes breakout classes on a variety of bourbon-themed topics.  The evening concludes with “The TASTE,” where attendees have the opportunity to sample one of the best collections of bourbon and bourbon-inspired products ever offered to the public.

The Bourbon Classic was co-founded by Tony Butler of FSA Management Group, an established event planning company based in Louisville, and Justin Thompson and Seth Thompson of The Bourbon Review.

“We recognized that there was an opportunity to create a Louisville-based event that showcased not only Kentucky's bourbon heritage, but Louisville’s place within that heritage,” says Tony Butler, co-founder of the Bourbon Classic. “Louisville is a bourbon and culinary hotspot, with some of the best restaurants in the country and a metropolitan gateway to the ‘Napa Valley’ of one of Kentucky’s finest products. This is event brings the city and region together to support the industry at large.”

“This is a truly unique experience that brings together the “rock stars” of the culinary, cocktail, and distilling arts, all under one roof,” adds co-founder Justin Thompson. “It’s a true connoisseur’s weekend.”

The 2021 event will take place in a new location at Louisville Slugger Field November 3-6.

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