The Filson’s Bourbon Academy™ Partners:
Among The Bourbon Academy™ partners are The Bourbon Review, the Kentucky Distiller’s Association (est. 1880), The Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Bourbon Country®, and The Urban Bourbon Trail.
The Filson’s Bourbon Historian, Michael Veach, has taught brand-neutral Filson Bourbon Academies – a one-day educational history, review of our special collections archives, and tasting – since 2009. The Bourbon Academy™ offers bourbon enthusiasts, historians, distributors, restaurants, hotels and professionals an in-depth educational background of the history and making of Kentucky bourbon along with hands-on opportunities to taste and compare bourbons with experts.
Upcoming Bourbon Academy™ Dates:
- September 29, 2014 – Chicago, IL – Filson Bourbon Academy – Columbia Yacht Club, 111 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60601, $125 per person.September 29, 2014 – Chicago, IL – Bourbon Tasting Reception – The Monkeys Paw in Lincoln Park, 2524 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, $50 per person.
- October 4, 2014 – Aiken, SC – Filson Bourbon Academy – Rose Hill Estate, 221 Greenville St. NW, Aiken, SC, 29801, $125 per person.
- October 5, 2014 – Columbia, SC – Filson Bourbon Academy – September 5, 2014 at 701 Whaley, Olympia Room, 701 Whaley Street, Columbia, SC 29201, $125 person
- October 6, 2014 – Columbia, SC – Private Staff Training.
- October 11, 2014 – St. Louis, MO – The Filson Bourbon Academy – Glen Echo Country Club, 3401 Lucas-Hunt Road, Normandy, MO 63121, $125 person
- October 13, 2013 – Prospect, KY – Private Continuing Education & Bourbon Tasting, CMAA Ohio Valley Chapter.
- October 18, 2014 – Louisville, KY – Filson Bourbon Academy – The Filson Historical Society, 1310 South Third Street, Louisville, KY 40208, $125 person for non-members; $100 for members.
- November 3, 2014 – New Orleans, LA, SC – Filson Bourbon Academy – Museum of the American Cocktail, 1504 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70113, $125 per person.
- November 15, 2014 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Filson Bourbon Academy – The Ravens Club, 202 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, $125 person.
Bourbon more than 100 years old from Louisville distillery to be opened
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A 104-year-old bottle of Louisville-made bourbon has just been discovered and is soon to be opened.
It’s a big deal around Louisville because there are only two active bourbon distilleries.
In 1920, there were 10 within the city limits on streets like 7th and Logan and Lexington and Payne Street.
When one bottle showed up at Louisville’s Filson Historical Society, historians knew it had to be opened.
Click the video player above to see WHAS11 anchor Doug Proffitt’s report on the history of Louisville distilleries, Bourbon Historian Michael Veach of The Filson Historical Society, and how you can have the opportunity to taste the aged product.
The One-Day Bourbon Academy™:
The one-day Academy is an eight hour class. Participants learn about the heritage of Bourbon Whiskey and have the opportunity to taste several different styles of Bourbon and other American Whiskeys. A typical Academy schedule includes:
- Session 1: The Origins of Bourbon Whiskey
- Session 2: Tasting Bourbon
- Session 3: 19th Century Bourbon
- Session 4: Tasting Tennessee Whiskey and Rye
- Lunch Break
- Session 5: Early 20th Century Bourbon and Prohibition
- Session 6: Tasting Single Barrel and Small Batch Bourbons
- Session 7: Post Prohibition to Present
- Session 8: Blind Tasting and Graduation
The Filson’s Bourbon Barons – Significant Individuals in the Bourbon Industry:
The one-day Academy and The Filson’s Bourbon Barons: “Significant Individuals” can be given together or separately in any order. While the Bourbon Academy is a full-day class, including bourbon tastings, the Bourbon Barons class is half-day. In the “Significant Individuals” class, participants will look at people and Bourbons that helped shape the Bourbon industry of today. It will be an in depth look at individual people and the Bourbons they created or are named for them. A typical schedule includes (all interspersed with bourbon tastings):
- Session 1: What is Bourbon and how to taste. A look at the definition of Bourbon and a brief look at the history. A look at the six sources of flavor and the tastes found in Bourbon.
- Session 2: William LaRue Weller and family. A look at this early whiskey merchant and W.L. Weller Bourbon.
- Session 3: E. H. Taylor, Jr. A look at this important leader in the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 and the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 and his Old Taylor Bourbon.
- Session 4: George Garvin Brown. A look at the creation of Old Forester Bourbon as the first Bourbon sold only by the bottle.
- Lunch Break
- Session 5: Isaac Wolfe Bernheim. The history of Bernheim as a whiskey merchant and his contributions to the State of Kentucky and elsewhere. Bernheim wheat whiskey will be tasted with this session.
- Session 6: James E. Pepper. Distiller and race horse owner, Pepper led the way in many innovations in advertising. James E Pepper bourbon will be tasted.
- Session 7: Julian P. Van Winkle. This whiskey merchant led the way with many 20th century innovations in the marketing of whiskey. His grandson and his Old Rip van Winkle continues this tradition today.
- Session 8: Summary of the influence of these individuals and the shaping of the today’s Bourbon image.
The Bourbon Academy™ Faculty:
Academy programs and events are led by Michael Veach, Filson Bourbon Historian. Since 1997, Michael has served on the staff of The Filson as a Special Collections Assistant, later moving to Associate Curator of Special Collections. In the past 20 years he has dedicated his time studying the distilling industry. In 2006 Michael was inducted into the Bourbon Hall of Fame. Michael is the author of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage (2013), which was praised by The Wall Street Journal, Courier-Journal, and other national media. He is currently completing a second book on bourbon tasting with former Courier-Journal columnist Susan Reigler.
The Filson Bourbon Academy™ offers:
- A One-Day Bourbon Academy™
- A Half-Day Bourbon Academy™
- A Rare Bourbon Tasting and Discussion
- Premium Bourbon Tasting and Discussion
- Private Corporate Events
- Private Staff Training for the Food and Beverage & Hospitality Industries
- Customized Educational and Tasting Lectures for organizations and individuals involved directly or peripherally in the bourbon industry.
The Filson’s Bourbon Academy™ Geographic Scope:
National in scope, The Bourbon Academy™ is available throughout the United States and North America on a first come basis in terms of event scheduling. The Filson Historical Society expects to make the Academy available on an international basis in 2016-17. For more information about The Filson Bourbon Academy™, to schedule or host an event, please contact Michael Veach at (502) 635-5083 9:00am to 5:00 pm Eastern Time, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.