If you’ve followed us the past 4-5 years, you know that perhaps our favorite annual whiskey event is the Bourbon Classic. We’ve attended every year since 2014, and it’s the only event we’re sure to get as many ModernThirst writers and friends to travel to Louisville for on a yearly basis. Simply put, it’s a blast. The Culinary Challenge has long been my favorite, and the new location worked great last year. And tickets are on sale now.

If you’re going to come to Louisville for only one event, make it this one. You might even meet the ModernThirst team there!

Bourbon Classic Announces 2019 Dates
Tickets Available Now!

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 21, 2018) – Bourbon Classic returns to celebrate the best of Bourbon at its seventh annual event, February 20 – 23, 2019.

Highlights include Top Shelf, a tasting event featuring Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon, Cocktail and Culinary Challenge, showcasing classic and contemporary Bourbon cocktails paired with a chef’s Bourbon-themed culinary complement, Bourbon University, breakout classes focused on a variety of bourbon-themed topics; and TASTE, which will provide ample opportunities for the public to sample top brands of Bourbon, food pairings from featured restaurants and Bourbon-inspired products.

One of Bourbon Classic’s signature events, Top Shelf, will kick off the week with a four-flight tasting of the fine quality of Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon. James Beard Award winning Chef John Currence of City Grocery  restaurant Group (Oxford, Mississippi) and Chef Mike Wajda of Proof on Main in Louisville will provide progressive food pairings to complement the evening’s libations, while guests mingle with Bourbon Royal Family Julian and Preston Van Winkle.

“For our seventh year, we are excited to announce a new venue for the event, the Henry Clay. This venue will allow us to again hold all our weekend events under one roof. We can’t wait to once again bring Bourbon enthusiasts from all over the nation to Louisville,” says Tony Butler, co-founder. “The Bourbon lifestyle continues to evolve from cocktails to the inclusion in culinary masterpieces, our event is one-of-a-kind —combining Bourbon tastings, educational sessions and culinary experiences.”

The Bourbon Classic was co-founded by Tony Butler of FSA Management Group, an event planning company based in Louisville, and Justin Thompson and Seth Thompson, of The Bourbon Review.

Bourbon Classic tickets are on sale now and are available to purchase at

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Bill is the Co-Founder, Editor-in Chief, and official Bourbon-o-Phile for ModernThirst.com, and Founder and Chief Blending Officer for Four Gate Whiskey Company. He is a native of Louisville, KY in the heart of Bourbon Country. He attended the University of Kentucky in the mid to late 1990s. He has also been published on Liquor.com. He has conducted various bourbon and whiskey tastings in cities across the country, and consulted for multiple national labels. He is married with two daughters, and lives in east Louisville. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @BillStraub and email him at Bill@ModernThirst.com.

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