The Filson Bourbon Academy™ is a program unique to The Filson. Since its founding in 1884, The Filson has preserved the region’s collective memory, not only in Kentucky but also the Ohio Valley and Upper South. The Filson continues to collect and tell significant stories of the region through its extensive research collections and educational programs.
The Filson’s Bourbon Academy™ mission is centered on education and adding to our already internationally recognized archives and special collections of a product that is synonymous with Kentucky – Bourbon.
Upcoming Bourbon Academy™ Dates: Please click the links for each location to make your reservation!~ March 1, 2014 – Louisville, KY – Filson Bourbon Academy - The Filson Historical Society, 1310 S. Third Street, Louisville, KY 40208, $125 per person, $100 for Filson members ~ March 30, 2014 – Brooklyn, NY – Filson Bourbon Academy – The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost St., Brooklyn, New York, 11211, $200 per person ~ March 31, 2014 – New York, NY - Rare Bourbon Tasting and Talk - Flatiron Room, 37 West 26th Street, New York, New York, 10010, $200 per person ~ April 29, 2014 – Louisville, KY – Kentucky Derby Week - Premium Bourbon Tasting, Talk & Cocktail Reception - 21C Museum Hotel, 700 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202, $200 per person ~ September 29, 2014 – Chicago, IL – Filson Bourbon Academy – Columbia Yacht Club, 111 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60601, $125 per person ~ October 4, 2014 – Aiken, SC – Filson Bourbon Academy – Rose Hill Estate, 221 Greenville St. NW, Aiken, SC, 29801, $125 per person ~ November 3, 2014 – New Orleans, LA, SC – Filson Bourbon Academy – Museum of the American Cocktail, 1504 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70113, $175 per person
The Filson’s Bourbon Historian, Michael Veach, has taught 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.
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 ~ Customized Educational and Tasting Lectures for organizations and individuals involved directly or pheriphally in the bourbon industry.
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, and in 2006 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 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
Participants completing the one-day course are awarded with a Certification and eligible with a STAR certification to become a “Official Bartender of the Bourbon Trail.” Participants are also presented a Glencairn whiskey tasting glass and a booklet of sources for future study and reference.
The Filson’s Bourbon Academy™ Partners:
Among The Bourbon Academy™ partners are the Kentucky Distiller’s Association (est. 1880), The Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Bourbon Country®, and The Urban Bourbon Trail.
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 2015.
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 email@example.com.