Bourbonham Trail

Bourbonham Trail

You are invited to join us on the Bourbon Trail to learn from numerous industry professionals. Seminars will be held on the half hour of every hour with 30-minute breaks between sessions. 2:30-3 p.m., 3:30-4 p.m., 4:30-5 p.m., 5:30-6 p.m. Stay tuned for more information.

Brown Forman- Redmont Room

Seminar Schedule:

1:30-2 p.m. VIP Meet & Greet
Please join us in kicking off Bourbonham with a casual meet and greet hosted by Lexie Phillips, Jack Daniel Assistant Distiller; James Joseph, Old Forester Brand Ambassador; Fitz Bailey, Coopers’ Craft Brand Ambassador; and Casey Gray, Woodford Reserve Brand Ambassador. Each are experts on their brands and will be available to answer your questions, provide historical facts, as well as details behind how these exceptional Brown-Forman brands are crafted. We hope you can join us to learn something new about the brands many of you already know and love.
2:30-3 p.m. Old Forester
Join James Joseph, Old Forester Brand Ambassador, as he walks you through the history of Brown-Forman’s iconic founding brand, Old Forester Bourbon Whisky. A long time bourbon favorite of Alabamians, Old Forester has a storied past dating back to 1870. James will be “tasting” you through a few this brand’s most important milestones.
3:30-4 p.m. Jack Daniel’s 
We are very excited to have our Jack Daniel Assistant Distiller Lexie Phillips in Alabama for her first Bourbonham. You may already be aware of the main distinction between Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey, but there is so much more to the story. We hope you can join Lexie as she shares Jack’s before and after “charcoal mellowing” experience along with lesser known Jack history and a very special “Jack fan favorite” tasting.
4:30-5 p.m. Woodford Reserve
Over twenty five years ago Owsley Brown took a leap of faith, founding our one of a kind small batch bourbon, Woodford Reserve. We’ve brought Woodford Brand Ambassador, Casey Gray, here from Kentucky to share details on the five sources of flavor responsible for the over 200 different flavor notes in this unique Bourbon. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear about Woodford’s bourbon making process and experience a very special, limited release tasting.
5:30-6 p.m Coopers’ Craft
Fitz Bailey comes to us from Louisville KY to share details on Brown-Forman’s newest bourbon, Coopers’ Craft. Created by Woodford’s Master Distiller, Chris Morris, Coopers’ is an homage to the men and women who make Brown Forman’s whiskey barrels in Louisville KY and Trinity AL. Come enjoy a hands-on experience and learn for yourself how great whiskey barrels, a major ingredient in the whiskey making process, are made. You won’t want to miss Fitz’s session as he’ll be sharing a one of a kind whiskey tasting we’re keeping under wraps until the end the day.

Breaking Down Bourbon- Glen Iris 1

Seminar Schedule:

1:30-2 p.m. and 3:30-4 p.m. Distilling Down with Stephen Beam

America’s Native Spirit has strict standards which must be adhered to in order to be called Bourbon. And while the TTB regulations dictate the regulations, master distillers have the ability to craft bourbon spirits that make the bourbons they create unique to their distillery. Stephen Beam will demonstrate how grain selection, proof, yeast and variations of charred oak barrels can influence the final product while tasting participants through unique DISTILLERY ONLY pours during the seminar. Stephen Beam – a seventh-generation descendent from the family that created Jim Beam – is co-founder and master distiller at Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon, KY. Limestone Branch Distillery is home to whiskey brands Yellowstone Bourbon and Minor Case Rye along with Bowling & Burch Gin. Stephen along with brother Paul have carried on the family tradition by becoming Kentucky bourbon distillers and put down roots in Lebanon, just a whiskey stone’s throw from the distilleries of their ancestors and where local grain and limestone waters are readily available.

2:30-3 p.m. and 4:30-5 p.m. Rye and I with Ian Stirsman

Ross & Squibb Distillery is the recently renamed 174 year old Lawrenceburg, Indiana distillery that transformed the town into “Whiskey City USA” and helped make Indiana the rye capital of the world. Master Distiller Ian Stirsman will provide participants with an overview and history on the role of rye in whiskey/bourbon and taste through a variety of DISTILLERY ONLY ryed bourbon mashbills. Ian Stirsman was recently named the first master distiller at Lawrenceburg, IN-based Ross & Squibb Distillery. Ross & Squibb is home to the brands George Remus Bourbon and Rossville Union Rye Whiskey. Stirsman has worked in a variety of roles in MGP’s distilling operations before earning his Master Distiller certification in 2019. Prior to joining MGP, he worked as a process engineer and shift manager for PH Glatfelter Co., a global manufacturer of engineered materials. He graduated in 2010 from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering with a minor in biological sciences.

Republic National Distributing Company- Vulcan Room

Beyond Kentucky

Seminar Schedule:

Offerings from bourbon & whiskey producers in North America paired with cigars and chocolates featuring:
Clyde Mays
Bowman’s
Chattanooga Whiskey
Sazerac Rye
Uncle Nearest
Joseph Magnus
Widow Jane
Davidson Reserve
Three Chord
Coppercraft
Hooten & Young
Stranahan’s
Pendleton
Blackened Whiskey