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Saturday, July 23 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
The New Age of Bourbon

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We are no longer living in bourbon’s stone ages.

Forty years ago, a bourbon distiller would lose his job if he tried to age bourbon in a used barrel, add a two syllable grain or, egad, actually experiment with new yeasts. But today, experimentation, funky grains and used wine casks are bourbon’s future. 

Welcome to the New Age of Bourbon, a time when the old guard have eased up their relentless and clandestine effort to keep bourbon the same. Since 2000, more than 200 finished barrel bourbons and unconventional mashbills havesuccessfully hit the market, won awards and created a healthy new subcategory in America’s spirit. Now that these NewAged Bourbons are proven to be more than just a fad to die when hipsters find a barbershop, what do we do with them?

In The New Age of Bourbon, an esteemed panel explain the trends creating this new style and explain how they actually do give an old tried-and-true spirit new flavor profiles. The seminar will explain how distillers are able to sneak “used cooperage” past the pesky U.S. law that states bourbon must be aged only in “new charred oak.” This seminar also focuses on how the New Aged Bourbon nuances can lead to new style of whiskey cocktails.

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Fred Minnick

Ascot-wearing Fred Minnick wrote the award-winning Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch & Irish Whiskey, the critically acclaimed Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker and the upcoming Bourbon: The Rise, Fall & Rebirth of An American Whiskey. Minnick writes for Whisky Advocate and Whisky Magazine. Minnick lives in Louisville, Ky., where he teaches bourbon classes for the Kentucky... Read More →

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Cody Goldstein

Founder, Muddling Memories
Cody Goldstein is the founder of Muddling Memories, a craft cocktail experience specilaizing in unique bar menu creations and interactive events. He was nominated as one of 2015's Best Bartenders by Timeout New York. His recipes and cocktails have appeared in leading national publications such as Town & Country, Huffington Post, Fortune and Eater. The New York Daily News featured Cody's "New York Inspired Street Food Cocktails" in a two... Read More →
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Wes Henderson

Co-Founder/Chief Innovation Officer, Louisville Distilling Company and Angel’s Envy Bourbon
Mr. Henderson presides over every aspect of the company’s production, operations, and innovation. Before the opportunity to partner with his father to create Angel’s Envy, he served as president and COO of Master Distiller Select, providing consultancy services to craft distillers. Mr. Henderson was also President and CEO of Conecuh Ridge Distillery, a storied craft whiskey and Division President of a subsidiary of Tyco... Read More →
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Paul Tomaszewski

Co-founder/Head Distiller, MB ROLAND DISTILLERY
Paul Tomaszewski helped found MB Roland Distillery in 2009. Since opening, Paul has helped grown the production capacity from a barrel a week to a barrel a day operation. Located in the "Black Patch" of Western Kentucky, Paul developed the unique "dark firing" of corn that has become signature to many of their products. The chief focus of the distillery's production is bourbon whiskey. However, a rye, malt, and wheat whiskies are currently in... Read More →


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