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Filson Bourbon Academy II – Individuals That Shaped Bourbon – Belles Cocktail House, Lexington, KY

July 26, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Belles Lexington KY

Join us at Lexington's Belles Cocktail House for the Filson's Bourbon Academy - Part II, including premium bourbon tastings.  This Kentucky Bourbon Educational and Tasting Experience is supported by Lexington's own The Bourbon Review and the Kentucky Distillers Association. Belles Lexington KY 2

This Academy will look at significant people who 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.  The day will include:

Session I: 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 II: William LaRue Weller and family. A look at this early whiskey merchant and W.L. Weller Bourbon.

Session III: 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 IV: George Garvin Brown. A look at the creation of Old Forester Bourbon as the first Bourbon sold only by the bottle.

Lunch Michael Veach 1

Session V: 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 VI: 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 VII: 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 VIII: Summary of the influence of these individuals and the shaping of the today’s Bourbon image.

This event will feature The Filson’s Bourbon Historian, Mike Veach, a member of the Bourbon Hall of Fame and author of "Kentucky Bourbon History: An American Heritage" - as well as a selection of some of the finest Kentucky Bourbons - and of course Belles' famous culinary treats.

Only 55 tickets are available at a cost of $110 before July 1st, $125 after July 1st.

Reservations are required. Please call The Filson to make your reservation at (502) 635-5083 or visit us online at filsonhistorical.org. Please reserve your spot by July 24th!


July 26, 2014
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Filson Historical Society


Belles Cocktail House
156 Market Street
Lexington, KY 40507 United States
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