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Kentucky Bourbon

June 4-7, 2021

In Kentucky, bourbon is much more than a drink – it’s a way of life. According to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the Bluegrass State produces and ages approximately 95 percent of the world’s bourbon whiskey. By the 1780s a distinctive style of corn-based whiskey was being distilled in Kentucky. Whether you’re new to bourbon or an aficionado, whether you prefer your bourbon neat or on the rocks, this trip explores all that bourbon has to offer. You’ll discover (and taste) the true spirit of Kentucky, by touring historic Bourbon Country. During this trip you’ll tour distilleries in the beautiful Kentucky countryside, learn about bourbon pairing during a Bourbon 101 event, and create cocktails in a mixology course. Join us to taste a part of bourbon history.

Tim Knittel
Tim Knittel is a Kentucky bourbon industry insider with over 10 years’ experience in bourbon education and event design. He started out at Woodford Reserve in 2009 under the dual direction of James Beard Nominated Chef Ouita Michel and Master Distiller Chris Morris with the culinary program. In 2013 he transitioned to being the first Homeplace Host for Woodford Reserve responsible for VIP tours and tastings, and representing the brand and master distiller at the distillery.

He is a certified Stave & Thief Society Executive Bourbon Steward (often compared to a Bourbon Sommelier), which is the highest classification available for a professional bourbon educator. He is also the Bourbon-Steward-In-Residence at The Kentucky Castle, and an Adjunct Professor at Midway University.


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