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Thursday, March 21
 

11:00am

Bourbon Judging
Limited Capacity filling up

Thursday March 21, 2019 11:00am - 5:00pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Compass Room 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

6:00pm

Meet and Greet - Wilderness Trail & Gris Gris
Limited Capacity seats available

A great opportunity to meet the Wilderness Trail team for small bites and cocktails.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Pat Heist

Dr. Pat Heist

Co-Founder, Co-Owner, Wilderness Trail Distillery, Ferm Solutions
Dr. Heist is well known in the fuel and beverage ethanol industries for his problem solving skills relative to the microbiology and biochemistry of fermentation and overall process experience. Education includes B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kentucky in Plant... Read More →


Thursday March 21, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Gris Gris - Sambdi Room 1800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

6:30pm

**PRIVATE** Bourbon Dinner - Heaven Hill & Public Service
Limited Capacity seats available

6:30 Cocktails
7:00 Dinner

Thursday March 21, 2019 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Public Service, NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans 311 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70112

7:00pm

Bourbon Dinner - Bulleit & Antoine's
Limited Capacity seats available

Course 1: European Charcuterie Board.  Select Meats & Cheeses, Candied Bacon, Pickled Vegetables, Truffle Honey Sazerac.

Course 2: Grilled Shrimp & Roasted Butternut Salad. Fresh Greens, Grilled Shrimp, Roasted Butternut Squash, Carmelized Fennel, Creamy lemon dressing.

Course 3: Fried Baby Back Ribs with Peach Glaze.

Course 4: Smoked Venison Backstrap & Braised Louisiana Greens, Sweet Potato Cornbread.

Course 5: Dark Chocolate Cake with Bourbon & Chicory Buttercream Frosting.


Thursday March 21, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Antoine's 713 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130

7:00pm

Bourbon Dinner - Four Roses & Doris Metropolitan to be Presented by Brent Elliot
Limited Capacity seats available

Amuse Bouche
Welcome Cocktail
Tomato salad - Four preparations of tomatoes, Moroccan olives, greens, egg yolk
Four Roses Yellow Label

Gulf Fish
Sunchoke, braised lentils, salmoriglio, asparagus
Four Roses Small Batch

Tenderloin
Demi-Marrow Butter
Four Roses Single Barrel

Chocolate Nemesis
Pistachio ganache, chocolate sauce, Amarena cherries, caramelized pistachio
Four Roses Barrel Pick

Speakers
avatar for Brent Elliot

Brent Elliot

Master Distiller, Four Roses
Master Distiller Brent Elliott has accumulated a deep knowledge of the Bourbon industry in his ten years at Four Roses Distillery.A native of Owensboro, Kentucky, Brent graduated from the University of Kentucky where he majored in Chemistry. He began his career at Four Roses in 2005... Read More →


Thursday March 21, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Doris Metropolitan 620 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

7:00pm

Bourbon Dinner - Jefferson's & DTB to be Presented by Trey Zoeller
Limited Capacity seats available

Prepared by: Executive Chef Carl Schaubhut, Chef de Cuisine John Hill, Pastry Chef Jessica Shoemaker

AMUSE: Andouille Toast | bourbon brioche, bresaola, whipped mustard, house pickles

T- PLATE: Smoked Butter Poached Grouper | wilted greens, celery root puree, romanesco

BEAUCOUP: LA Wagyu Filet | raclette & gryuere potatoes, bourban glazed turnips, mizuna, pickled

DESSERT: Charred Oak Caramel Cremeux | chocolate gelato, crispy malted mousse, brown
butter cookie crumble

Speakers
avatar for Trey Zoeller

Trey Zoeller

Founder, Jefferson's Bourbon
Trey Zoeller is the founder and Master Blender of McLain & Kyne, Ltd., producer of the Jefferson's portfolio of bourbons.Founded in 1997, McLain & Kyne, Ltd. develops, produces and markets the Jefferson's family of "very small batch" Kentucky straight bourbons and ryes. McLain & Kyne... Read More →


Thursday March 21, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
DTB 8201 Oak St #1, New Orleans, LA 70118

7:00pm

Bourbon Dinner - Jim Beam & Galatoires to be Presented by Fred & Freddie Noe
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Fred Booker Noe III

Fred Booker Noe III

7th Generation Master Distiller, Jim Beam
Frederick “Fred” Booker Noe III, son of the late Frederick “Booker” Noe Jr. and great grandson of Jim Beam, is a seventh generation distiller and keeper of a family flame that has burned for more than 200 years. Fred is Beam’s Master Distiller, sharing the craft of whiskey... Read More →
avatar for Freddie Noe

Freddie Noe

8th Generation Distiller, Jim Beam
“Freddie’s got a good sniffer on him. He’ll go far if he decides to join the family business,” was the prediction of Freddie Noe’s granddad, Sixth Generation Beam Master Distiller Booker Noe. A good nose and palate aren’t the only things Freddie and his granddad shared... Read More →


Thursday March 21, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Galatoires 209 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

7:00pm

Bourbon Dinner - Maker's Mark & Restaurant Revolution to be Presented by Denny Potter
Limited Capacity seats available

CHEFS JOHN FOLSE AND RICK TRAMONTO WELCOME YOU TO A R’EVOLUTIONARY DINNER featuring Maker's Mark.

FIRST COURSE: Trio Amuse Bouche - Pimento Cheese Oyster, Iberico Mousseline & Pickled Berries, Smoked Tomato Granita, Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Basil and Blackberry Cocktail

SECOND COURSE: River Oak Smokey Tuna - Raw Vegetables, Bagna Cáuda Maker’s Mark 46

THIRD COURSE: Bone-In Short Rib - Yucca, Beef Chicharrón, Maker’s Mark Cask Strength

FOURTH COURSE: Valrhona Jivara Cremeux - Burnt Honey, Chai, Maker’s Mark Private Select, New Orleans Bourbon Festival 2019


Speakers
avatar for Denny Potter

Denny Potter

Master Distiller, Maker's Mark Distillery
Maker’s Mark is thrilled to welcome back to the Maker’s Mark Distillery, General Manager and Master Distiller Denny Potter. Denny is an expert craftsman with impressive breadth of experience who knows the Maker’s Mark brand very well, having served as the Assistant Master Distillery... Read More →


Thursday March 21, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Restaurant Revolution 777 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70130

7:00pm

Bourbon Dinner - Uncle Nearest & The Pelican Club to be Presented by Sherrie Moore
Limited Capacity seats available

Welcome Cocktail and Passed Appetizers
Tennessee Mule
 
Fried P.J. Oysters, Melted Brie on Crostini
 With Pineapple Ginger Jalapeno Chutney
 Gougeres
 
1st Course
 Cocktail TBD
Richard’s Cajun Crawfish Bisque 
With Cornbread Crawfish Stuffed Heads and Jasmine Pecan Rice


2nd Course
Cocktail TBD
Flash Cooked Mississippi Quail
Stuffed with Foie Gras and Wrapped with Applewood Smoked Bacon
Served with 4 Cheese Stone Ground Grits
 
Main Course
 Cocktail TBD
 Butter Basted “USDA PRIME” Filet Mignon
Barely Mashed Baby Golden Potatoes with Garlic Butter andTruffle Oil
Served with an Oyster Mushroom and Pearl Onion Marchand du Vin Sauce


Dessert
 Old Fashion
 Grand Marnier Decadence Flourless Chocolate Cake
With Bourbon Caramel Sauce and Creole Creamery Green Fairy Ice Cream

Speakers
SM

Sherrie Moore

Director of Whiskey Operations, Uncle Nearest
Sherrie Moore is a 33-year veteran of the Tennessee whiskey industry, having spent 31 of those years making her way through the ranks and holding several titles, including Director and Assistant Vice President, at one of the world’s most well-known whiskey giants. Following a brief... Read More →


Thursday March 21, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Pelican Club 312 Exchange Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130

7:00pm

Bourbon Dinner - Wild Turkey & Briquette to be Presented by Eddie Russell
Limited Capacity seats available

Briquette Nola
Wild Turkey Dinner
Faroe Island Salmon Rillette Crostini’s
Topped with Fresh salmon Roe
Pan Seared “Diver Scallops”
Wild Turkey American Honey Orange Beurre Blanc and Red Radish Micro Greens
Hearts of Palm, Beefsteak Tomato and Lolla Rosa Greens
Wild Turkey Rare Breed Vinaigrette
Braised Kobe Short Ribs Jardinière
Wild Turkey Long branch and Rich Demi Glass served Creamy polenta and a julienne of baby carrots and leeks with a chiffonade of fresh herbs
Wild Turkey 10 year Russell Panna Cotta

Speakers
avatar for Eddie Russell

Eddie Russell

Master Distiller, Wild Turkey Distillery
With more than 35 years of experience, Edward Freeman Russell knows a thing or two about Bourbon. As the son of legendary Master Distiller Jimmy Russell, and the third generation Russell to work at the Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, Eddie Russell is of an unmatched... Read More →


Thursday March 21, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Briquette 701 S Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130

7:00pm

Wine Dinner - Peerless, 1000 Stories & Copper Vine to be Presented by Caleb Kilburn
Limited Capacity seats available

Tuna Crudo: Jumbo lump crab, salmon roe, pickled fennel, cucumber, radish and citrus.

Slow Braised Pork Cheeks: Creamy cheese grits, tempura green onions, and orange bacon demi

Sunflower Seed Crusted Lamb Chops: Cauliflower fried rice coconut yellow curry

The Milky Way: Peanut butter fudge, chocolate chip blondie, brown butter spiced popcorn, malted peanuts, Graham cracker crumbles, sweet cream ice cream and Grand Marnier dulce de leche

Thursday March 21, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Copper Vine Winepub 1001 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112

10:00pm

VIP Welcome Reception - Bourbon & Burlesque
Limited Capacity filling up

Thursday March 21, 2019 10:00pm - Friday March 22, 2019 12:00am
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - River Room 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130
 
Friday, March 22
 

10:00am

Using Microbiology and Biochemistry to Make the World's Best Bourbon Whiskies: A simple look into a very complex process
Limited Capacity seats available

The title says it all!
Dr. Heist will dive into the science of that wonderful Bourbon taste.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Pat Heist

Dr. Pat Heist

Co-Founder, Co-Owner, Wilderness Trail Distillery, Ferm Solutions
Dr. Heist is well known in the fuel and beverage ethanol industries for his problem solving skills relative to the microbiology and biochemistry of fermentation and overall process experience. Education includes B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kentucky in Plant... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Chart Ballroom A 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:00am

From Bourbon Street to Bourbon Country...the Ultimate Road Trip Experience
Limited Capacity seats available

We will share lessons learned and unique opportunities you may not learn about otherwise for your trip planning purposes. It will include planning your visit around bourbon distilleries, culinary ideas, visiting horse farms or experiencing racing at Churchill Downs, Louisville Slugger Museum, and the famous Urban Bourbon Trail in downtown Louisville. The purpose of fun is to have some, so come join us.

Speakers
avatar for Chasta McIntyre

Chasta McIntyre

Fun Enthusiast, Executive Bourbon Steward, Certified Tourism Ambassador, Mint Julep Experiences
As the Fun Enthusiast aka Director of Creative Development at Mint Julep Experiences, I'm sure to find fun and adventure in all corners of the world.I was an adventure travel guide for 4.5 years leading trips all over the US and Canada before moving back to Louisville, KY and helping... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Steering Room 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:00am

Little Book, Chapter 2: Deconstruction
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
avatar for Adam Harris

Adam Harris

Senior American Whiskey Ambassador, Beam Suntory
Adam developed his love of Bourbon and a good cocktail while working in New York City bars. During his time in New York, the cocktails he created were published in several prominent publications, including the Wall Street Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle. He took his first... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Chart Ballroom B

10:00am

Old Forester Olfactory Experience
Limited Capacity full

Five generations and nearly 150 years after George Garvin Brown revolutionized the spirits industry by sealing his whisky exclusively in a glass bottle, America's First Bottled Bourbon has introduced its first Kentucky Straight Rye Whisky, the first new grain recipe in the brand's rich history.

The Old Forester Olfactory Experience is an experiential course introducing Old Forester Rye, led by Master Taster Jackie Zykan. In this immersive course, participants will experience the intricate aromas and flavor notes of Old Forester Rye through sensory exercises, as well as distillate, two year, and mature sampling – showcasing the maturation journey from distillation to a finished Rye palate that is spicy, yet floral.

Speakers
avatar for Jackie Zykan

Jackie Zykan

Master Taster, Old Forester
Getting to know Jackie Zykan, Old Forester Master Taster, is a little like understanding what makes a really good cocktail – it’s all about the ingredients and the right balance.As Master Taster, she speaks bourbon fluently. But understanding the language of liquor is more than... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Chart Ballroom C 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:00am

The Blind Date
Limited Capacity full

Modeled after the core principles of reviews and rating bourbons on the podcast, Bonded In Bourbon; this blind date will lead guests through a unique speed=dating experiment with various brands of bourbon. This casual seminar will force guests to ditch brand loyalty, and challenge their senses by focusing on the 5 core descriptors used in Moonshine University’s Stave and Thief Society teaching manuals: Appearance, Nose, Taste, Mouthfeel, and Finish.

Up to 50 Guests will enter into a private room where 5 Stations will be setup. Like a round of speed dating, guests will have 10 minutes at each table to taste, discuss and judge the presented bourbon ‘date’ with their table-mates. When the buzzer dings; scores will be tallied and then will switch to a new table where they will meet their next ‘date’ and will start the process all over again. Once everyone has worked their way around the room; the bourbons will be revealed while all of the scores will be tallied up. The winning bourbon will be announced and will be crowned the ‘The Best Blind Date’ of the seminar.

Samara Rivers and Armond Davis, founder of Black Bourbon Society and co-hosts of the Bonded in Bourbon Podcast, will host and moderate this event.

Speakers
avatar for Samara Rivers

Samara Rivers

Founder, Black Bourbon Society
Samara Rivers, Chief Bourbon Enthusiast, Founder - is a seasoned event planner and experiential marketing producer. She has a flair for all things fabulous and is meticulous with details and event execution. As an influencer within the African American Community, Samara consults... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Quarterdeck A 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

11:15am

Why Rye?
Limited Capacity full

Join Four Roses Master Distiller, Brent Elliott as he leads discussions about the significance of Rye in the Bourbon making process. Guests will get to sample Rye Whisky, Corn Whisky and Four Roses high-rye mashbill to compare the differences between each.

Speakers
avatar for Brent Elliot

Brent Elliot

Master Distiller, Four Roses
Master Distiller Brent Elliott has accumulated a deep knowledge of the Bourbon industry in his ten years at Four Roses Distillery.A native of Owensboro, Kentucky, Brent graduated from the University of Kentucky where he majored in Chemistry. He began his career at Four Roses in 2005... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Quarterdeck B 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

11:15am

Begin Your Journey to Becoming a Bourbon Badass with Bourbon Basics
Limited Capacity full

Begin your journey to becoming a Bourbon Badass as we ease your way into bourbon.  Join us as we create an experience with gateway cocktails that help your palate appreciate and enjoy the deliciousness of Kentucky Bourbon.

Join us as we take you on a leisurely stroll on the path to bourbon enlightenment beginning with a little history, background about the different types of whisky and then move into ways one can enjoy and share your new found passion and knowledge with friends.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Ruffenach

Linda Ruffenach

Founder, Whisky Chicks
Linda Ruffenach, the author of How to be a Bourbon Badass, is a businesswomen, entrepreneur and the founder of the Whisky Chicks.  She believes that sharing a glass of bourbon and learning about America's native spirit are great common denominators to bring people together.  Ruffenach... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 11:15am - 12:45pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Quarterdeck C 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

11:15am

Sip the Map: A Tasting Tour of Kentucky Distilleries
Limited Capacity full

Join Susan Reigler for a photographic tour from her book, “Kentucky Bourbon Country: The essential Travel Guide” while sipping on 10 bourbons from Kentucky’s Heritage Distilleries.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Reigler

Susan Reigler

writer, Speaker, Author, Bourbon Authority
Award-winning writer and Louisville native Susan Reigler is the author of Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide (now in its second edition), Kentucky Sweet & Savory: Finding the Artisan Foods and Beverages of the Bluegrass State, The complete Guide to Kentucky State... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 11:15am - 12:45pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Kabacoff Room 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

11:45am

Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 - The Law That Changed the Way Americans Think About Whiskey
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
avatar for Michael Veach

Michael Veach

Bourbon Historian, Author, Bourbon Veach LLC
Michael Veach was the luckiest student at the University of Louisville's History department when he accepted a job as North American Archivist for United Distillers in 1991. The knowledge learned while spending five years at that position has made him a leading authority on the history... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Steering Room 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:00pm

Just Add Water
Limited Capacity seats available

Some purists insist you should never add a splash to your whiskey because all that does is dilute the spirit. Not so!  Adding water can actually change the flavor in your glass, in some cases, enhance it.  Get ready to amaze your palate and get your hands wet in this interactive seminar.

Speakers
avatar for Carla Carlton

Carla Carlton

The Bourbon Babe, TheBourbonBabe.com
Carla Carlton, "The Bourbon Babe," is an award-winning bourbon journalist, author and speaker.  She is managing editor of Bourbon+ magazine and covers the bourbon industry on her website, TheBourbonBabe.com.  Her first book, "Barrel Strength Bourbon: The Explosive Growth of America's Whiskey," was published by Clerisy Press in June 2017, along with companion ebooks "Still Life: The Resurgence of Craft Bourbon" and "Spirited Perfection: Building Your Bourbon Bar."  She was an invited participant in "Kentu... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Quarterdeck A 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:00pm

Bourbon and Cigar Pairing
Limited Capacity full

If you ask most people about pairing bourbon and cigars chances are you'll hear the same old dogma: pair a full-bodied cigar with a full-bodied bourbon. Unfortunately in that combination you lose a lot of the subtle nuances in both your whiskey and in your cigar as they both compete for your attention. Learn how to pair your bourbon and cigars with balance so you can more fully enjoy both!

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Kimberl

Maggie Kimberl

Writer, Blogger, Cigar Aficionado, Author
Maggie Kimberl is a bourbon writer focusing on bourbon culture and tourism in Louisville and Kentucky. When she's not covering the bourbon beat you can find her browsing through vintage vinyl with her kids or tending to her homegrown tomatoes. Follow her on Twitter https://twitte... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Mark Twain Courtyard 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:00pm

The Secrets of Ultimate Food Pairings by Peggy
Limited Capacity full

Prepare your taste buds for the ultimate line up of new culinary matches and the secrets of how to do pairings alongside your favorite culinary and cocktail creations.  Master Taster and food pairing expert, Peggy Noe Stevens will lead you through the exciting flavors of culinary and Bourbon profiles with a local celebrity chef.

Speakers
avatar for Peggy Noe Stevens

Peggy Noe Stevens

Founder, PNSA
Founder & President, Peggy Noe Stevens & AssociatesFounder of Bourbon Women Association


Friday March 22, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Chart Ballroom B & C 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:15pm

Inside the Barrel: Where Does Flavor Come From?
Limited Capacity full

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Wiehebrink

Andrew Wiehebrink

Spirit Research and Innovation, Independent Stave Company
Always inspired by innovation, Andrew Wiehebrink is a passionate engineer who leverages his expertise to lead ISC’s spirit research division.  Andrew works closely with ISC’s distilling customers to push the envelope of what is possible.   In addition to developing and testing... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Quarterdeck B 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

2:30pm

Why You Can Thank Bourbon for Safe Food in America
Limited Capacity full

In the 19th century, whiskey distillers led the way in guaranteeing the quality of what Americans ate and drank. George Garvin Brown, founder of Brown-Forman, was the first to sell his whiskey exclusively in glass bottles when he released Old Forester in 1870. Col. E.H. Taylor, Jr., who at one time owned what is today Buffalo Trace and built what is now Castle & Key Distillery, was among the distillers who campaigned for the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897. Tastings of Old Forester and Col. E.H. Taylor Bottled-in-Bond will accompany the history.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Reigler

Susan Reigler

writer, Speaker, Author, Bourbon Authority
Award-winning writer and Louisville native Susan Reigler is the author of Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide (now in its second edition), Kentucky Sweet & Savory: Finding the Artisan Foods and Beverages of the Bluegrass State, The complete Guide to Kentucky State... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Steering Room 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

2:30pm

Bourbon Thru Bluegrass
Limited Capacity full

Imagine a Ken Burns documentary on bourbon brought to life through live bluegrass music. Then all throughtout the performance, you actually experience the evolution of bourbon by tasting the different whiskies and bourbon that folks were drinking starting back in the 1700's, move on to what they were drinking throughout the 1800's, all the way up through present day, and you have, Bourbon Thru Bluegrass.

Speakers
avatar for Bernie Lubbers

Bernie Lubbers

The Whiskey Professor, Heaven Hill Brands
Known as The Whiskey Professor, Bernie Lubbers is the Global Whiskey Ambassador for the family owned and operated Heaven Hill located in Bardstown and Louisville, KY; the largest American owned bourbon company, and holders of 25% of the world's aging bourbon. He hosts the popular... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Kabacoff Room 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

2:45pm

Bourbon's New Orleans Connection
Limited Capacity full

Speakers
avatar for Michael Veach

Michael Veach

Bourbon Historian, Author, Bourbon Veach LLC
Michael Veach was the luckiest student at the University of Louisville's History department when he accepted a job as North American Archivist for United Distillers in 1991. The knowledge learned while spending five years at that position has made him a leading authority on the history... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Quarterdeck C 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

2:45pm

Stave & Thief Society
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
avatar for Colin Blake

Colin Blake

Director of Spirits, Education and Creative Services, Moonshine University
Colin Blake joined the Flavorman and Moonshine University team in 2012. With history as a researcher and writer for spirits and cocktails, he is the Director of Spirits Education at Moonshine University, which is the first custom built educational distillery in the US.  Blake uses... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Quarterdeck A 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

ABV Network Panel Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderated by Evan Haskill, the panel will include Steve Akley, Samara Rivers, Armond Davis, Stephanie McNew, Miss Beka Sue, Jeremy Schell, Justine Mays and Phil Kollin.

Speakers
avatar for Samara Rivers

Samara Rivers

Founder, Black Bourbon Society
Samara Rivers, Chief Bourbon Enthusiast, Founder - is a seasoned event planner and experiential marketing producer. She has a flair for all things fabulous and is meticulous with details and event execution. As an influencer within the African American Community, Samara consults... Read More →
avatar for Steve Akley

Steve Akley

Owner, The ABV Network


Friday March 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Mark Twain Courtyard 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

4:15pm

Wild Turkey with Eddie Russell
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
avatar for Eddie Russell

Eddie Russell

Master Distiller, Wild Turkey Distillery
With more than 35 years of experience, Edward Freeman Russell knows a thing or two about Bourbon. As the son of legendary Master Distiller Jimmy Russell, and the third generation Russell to work at the Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, Eddie Russell is of an unmatched... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Chart Ballroom 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

7:00pm

Grand Tasting - Friday (Food Only)
Friday March 22, 2019 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) 900 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130

7:00pm

Grand Tasting - VIP/ Ultimate VIP Friday
Friday March 22, 2019 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) 900 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130

8:00pm

Grand Tasting - Friday
Friday March 22, 2019 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) 900 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130
 
Saturday, March 23
 

10:00am

Maker's Mark with Denny Potter
Limited Capacity full

Speakers
avatar for Denny Potter

Denny Potter

Master Distiller, Maker's Mark Distillery
Maker’s Mark is thrilled to welcome back to the Maker’s Mark Distillery, General Manager and Master Distiller Denny Potter. Denny is an expert craftsman with impressive breadth of experience who knows the Maker’s Mark brand very well, having served as the Assistant Master Distillery... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - River Room 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:00am

Oak 101
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Wiehebrink

Andrew Wiehebrink

Spirit Research and Innovation, Independent Stave Company
Always inspired by innovation, Andrew Wiehebrink is a passionate engineer who leverages his expertise to lead ISC’s spirit research division.  Andrew works closely with ISC’s distilling customers to push the envelope of what is possible.   In addition to developing and testing... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Steering Room 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:00am

The Ascent of Bourbon
Limited Capacity filling up

In 2005, Jason Brauner opened Bourbons Bistro, an establishment focused on a fine dining experience paired with a bar focused on bourbon. This may seem like a no-brainer today in our bourbon-friendly environment, but in 2005, people were scratching their heads as to why someone would want to open a bar/restaurant focused on bourbon. The ABV Network's Steve Akley hosts as Jason Brauner walks you through the days prior to the bourbon boom as he talks people, brands and the phenomen known as bourbon.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Brauner

Jason Brauner

Owner, Bourbons Bistro
Jason Brauner is the owner of Bourbons Bistro in Louisville, Kentucky. The first establishment to incorporate bourbon in its name, Bourbons Bistro has played a role in the resurgence of bourbon. Jason Brauner is a student of the industry and has interacted with all of the major players... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Quarterdeck A 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:00am

Eat Your Bourbon
Limited Capacity seats available

Did you ever thing you could "Eat Your Bourbon"?  With Bourbon Barrel Foods, America's only barrel aged soy sauce microbrewery, take a trip in discovering food flavor profiles only produced using bourbon barrels.  Matt Jamie, founder and owner, taught himself the art of soy sauce brewing by researching and many hours of trial and error.  

The final result was the company's flagship product, Bourbon Barrel Food's Bluegrass Soy Sauce.  Three new products - IMPERIAL Double Fermented Soy Sauce, Bourbon Smoked Bluegrass Soy Sauce and Small Batch Bourbon Ponzu - have joined Bourbon Barrel Foods' collection creating a full line of handcrafted soy sauces.  With a tutorial guided by the founder himself, sample an assortment of our handcrafted soy sauces, as well as a variety of bourbon smoked spices.  Following the session, Matt's book "Eat Your Bourbon", part cookbook and part ode to the story behind Bourbon Barrel Foods, will be available for book signing and purchase.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Jamie

Matt Jamie

Founder and Owner, Bourbon Barrel Foods
Bourbon Barrel FoodsMatt Jamie is the founder and owner of Bourbon Barrel Foods in Louisville, Kentucky. Established in 2006 as the U.S.’s only soy sauce microbrewery, Bourbon Barrel Foods has become a cornerstone in both the bourbon and gourmet foods industries. Bourbon Barrel... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Quarterdeck C 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

11:15am

Bourbon Women Panel - Myths to Marvel: Women in Distilling
Limited Capacity seats available

From myths to marvel, find out the behind the scenes stories of women in the industry. An entertaining and lively discussion including Marianne Eaves/Castle & Key, Alex Castle/Old Dominick, Andrea Wilson/Michters, Joyce Nethery/Jeptha Creed, and Christine Riggleman/Silverback will be led by Master Taster Peggy Noe Stevens. Their no-filter conversation will also include tastings from each Distillery.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Riggleman

Christine Riggleman

CEO, Master Distiller, Silverback Distillery
Christine Riggleman is the CEO and Master Distiller of Silverback Distillery. Born and raised in Manassas, Virginia, Christine married her high school sweetheart, Denver, at the age of 19. Shortly after, Denver joined the Air Force and their journey across the United States and far-off... Read More →
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Alex Castle

Head Distiller, Old Dominick Distillery
Alex Castle is the Head Distiller at Old Dominick Distillery in Memphis, Tennessee. With a pedigree that includes Kentucky’s Town Branch Distillery and the world–famous Wild Turkey Distilling Co., Castle is a rising star in the distilling world. Known for both her scientific expertise... Read More →
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Marianne Eaves

Master Distiller, Castle & Key Distillery
Raised and educated in Kentucky, Marianne’s rise in the spirits industry is a product of dedication, hard work, and natural born talent. After graduating with a chemical engineering degree, Marianne pursued her passion for fine spirits, working her way up the ranks at a global spirits... Read More →
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Joyce Nethery

Co-Owner, Master Distiller, Jeptha Creed Distillery
As far back as she can remember, Joyce has had a passion for chemistry. She earned a Master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Louisville’s Speed Scientific School, and for 15 years worked as a process engineer in industrial scale distillation. She then spent... Read More →
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Peggy Noe Stevens

Founder, PNSA
Founder & President, Peggy Noe Stevens & AssociatesFounder of Bourbon Women Association
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Andrea Wilson

EVP, Master of Maturation, Michter's Distillery
Andrea is Michter’s Master of Maturation as well as its Executive Vice President - General Manager. As Michter’s Master of Maturation supporting Master Distiller Pamela Heilmann, Andrea manages barrel specifications, barrel procurement, heat cycling and temperature monitoring... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:45pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Chart Ballroom B & C 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

11:15am

Bourbon and Cigar Pairing
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If you ask most people about pairing bourbon and cigars chances are you'll hear the same old dogma: pair a full-bodied cigar with a full-bodied bourbon. Unfortunately in that combination you lose a lot of the subtle nuances in both your whiskey and in your cigar as they both compete for your attention. Learn how to pair your bourbon and cigars with balance so you can more fully enjoy both!

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Kimberl

Maggie Kimberl

Writer, Blogger, Cigar Aficionado, Author
Maggie Kimberl is a bourbon writer focusing on bourbon culture and tourism in Louisville and Kentucky. When she's not covering the bourbon beat you can find her browsing through vintage vinyl with her kids or tending to her homegrown tomatoes. Follow her on Twitter https://twitte... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:45pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Mark Twain Courtyard 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

11:15am

Bourbon Mixology
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From presenter Bobby G: When preparing and serving great cocktails, a complete sensory perception should enlighten and leave your guest with a memorable experience. A great bartender is someone who will be able to stimulate all of the human senses without them even knowing it:

Sight - witnessing the artistry of a bartender at work
Sound - the tinkling of shaker, the rattle of crackling ice
Smell - the aroma and character of spirits and liqueurs being mixed with fresh squeezed fruits, peels and herbs
Touch - the encouraging feel of a well chilled glass and the mouth feel of different textures
Taste - the overall impression of a well balanced satisfying concoction

Always remember this: A GOOD COCKTAIL IS NOT A STRONG COCKTAIL. A GOOD COCKTAIL IS A WELL BALANCED COCKTAIL, ALWAYS SEEK THE BALANCE!

Speakers
avatar for Bobby Gleason

Bobby Gleason

Master Mixologist, Beam Suntory
Bobby “G” Gleason began his spirits industry career in 1984 while bartending in South Florida. Now based in Las Vegas, the world-renown educator has been published in a multitude of magazines and has made many TV (CNBC, FOX & Friends, Food Net Work & DIY Network) and online video... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:45pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Quarterdeck B 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

11:15am

Bourbon Thru Bluegrass
Limited Capacity seats available

Imagine a Ken Burns documentary on bourbon brought to life through live bluegrass music. Then all throughtout the performance, you actually experience the evolution of bourbon by tasting the different whiskies and bourbon that folks were drinking starting back in the 1700's, move on to what they were drinking throughout the 1800's, all the way up through present day, and you have, Bourbon Thru Bluegrass.

Speakers
avatar for Bernie Lubbers

Bernie Lubbers

The Whiskey Professor, Heaven Hill Brands
Known as The Whiskey Professor, Bernie Lubbers is the Global Whiskey Ambassador for the family owned and operated Heaven Hill located in Bardstown and Louisville, KY; the largest American owned bourbon company, and holders of 25% of the world's aging bourbon. He hosts the popular... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:45pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Kabacoff Room 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

11:15am

Maker's Private Select Barrel Pick **ULTIMATE VIP ONLY**
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Speakers
avatar for Denny Potter

Denny Potter

Master Distiller, Maker's Mark Distillery
Maker’s Mark is thrilled to welcome back to the Maker’s Mark Distillery, General Manager and Master Distiller Denny Potter. Denny is an expert craftsman with impressive breadth of experience who knows the Maker’s Mark brand very well, having served as the Assistant Master Distillery... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 11:15am - 1:00pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Chart Ballroom A 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:00pm

Dusty Roadshow
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Best-selling bourbon author and bourbon historian Michael Veach, along with Bourbons Bistro owner Jason Brauner, talk about collecting old whiskey, commonly referred to as "dusties." Our experts will get into the history of bottled whiskey, provide tips on how to collect it and most exciting of all, this will be an intereactive session. Attendees are encouraged to bring in bottles where Michael and Jason will evaluate their finds, provide some history on them and assess a value to the bottle. Bring your dusties and a desire to learn as the Dusty Roadshow is coming to New Orleans!

Speakers
avatar for Jason Brauner

Jason Brauner

Owner, Bourbons Bistro
Jason Brauner is the owner of Bourbons Bistro in Louisville, Kentucky. The first establishment to incorporate bourbon in its name, Bourbons Bistro has played a role in the resurgence of bourbon. Jason Brauner is a student of the industry and has interacted with all of the major players... Read More →
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Michael Veach

Bourbon Historian, Author, Bourbon Veach LLC
Michael Veach was the luckiest student at the University of Louisville's History department when he accepted a job as North American Archivist for United Distillers in 1991. The knowledge learned while spending five years at that position has made him a leading authority on the history... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Quarterdeck C 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:00pm

Starting Up a Distillery
Limited Capacity seats available

This seminar covers the steps involved with starting up a new distillery - from planning through execution.  We discuss it all, including the challenges and the ultimate rewards.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Riggleman

Lauren Riggleman

General Manager, Distiller, Silverback Distillery
avatar for Christine Riggleman

Christine Riggleman

CEO, Master Distiller, Silverback Distillery
Christine Riggleman is the CEO and Master Distiller of Silverback Distillery. Born and raised in Manassas, Virginia, Christine married her high school sweetheart, Denver, at the age of 19. Shortly after, Denver joined the Air Force and their journey across the United States and far-off... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Mark Twain Courtyard 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:00pm

**TBD**
Limited Capacity full

Speakers
avatar for Trey Zoeller

Trey Zoeller

Founder, Jefferson's Bourbon
Trey Zoeller is the founder and Master Blender of McLain & Kyne, Ltd., producer of the Jefferson's portfolio of bourbons.Founded in 1997, McLain & Kyne, Ltd. develops, produces and markets the Jefferson's family of "very small batch" Kentucky straight bourbons and ryes. McLain & Kyne... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Steering Room 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:00pm

Barrel Strength Bourbon: A High-Proof Sampling of Bourbon's Spectacular Rise
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Thirty years ago, bourbon was on the rocks.  Now distillers can't keep up with demand, and millions of tourists are pouring into Kentucky not only to drink bourbon, but to see how it's made.  What lead to this unprecedented boom?  Can it continue?  Is it good or bad for bourbon consumers?  We'll discuss these issues and more while enjoying three examples of the power of barrel strength.

Speakers
avatar for Carla Carlton

Carla Carlton

The Bourbon Babe, TheBourbonBabe.com
Carla Carlton, "The Bourbon Babe," is an award-winning bourbon journalist, author and speaker.  She is managing editor of Bourbon+ magazine and covers the bourbon industry on her website, TheBourbonBabe.com.  Her first book, "Barrel Strength Bourbon: The Explosive Growth of America's Whiskey," was published by Clerisy Press in June 2017, along with companion ebooks "Still Life: The Resurgence of Craft Bourbon" and "Spirited Perfection: Building Your Bourbon Bar."  She was an invited participant in "Kentu... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Quarterdeck A 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:30pm

The Common Sense of Scents
Limited Capacity full

Host: Lew Bryson, Whisky/Beer Author (“Tasting Whiskey”), Martin C. Duffy, U.S. Brand Representative for Glencairn Crystal & International Whisk(e)y Educator, and Tom Johnson, The Aroma Academy USA
Do you always believe what your sense of smell is telling you?  Explore the role that your nose plays when drinking a great glass of whisky (or even…egads…a bad one). Who better that the folks from the iconic whisky nosing glass and an academy focused on aromas to open your eyes a bit to what your schnozola is telling you.  Gain a better appreciation of the aromas that whisky possesses and remember….always follow your nose!

Speakers
avatar for Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson

The Aroma Academy USA
Tom Johnson is a communications consultant and former bartender based in Louisville, Kentucky. In his role as a trainer for the Aroma Academy, he has taught thousands of people how to properly nose and assess fine wines and spirits. He holds an advanced certification from the Wine... Read More →
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Lew Bryson

Author
Lew Bryson has been writing about beer and spirits full-time since 1995. He was the managing editor of Whisky Advocate from 1996 through 2015, writing a regular column on American whiskey, reviewing craft, Canadian, and American whiskeys, and a frequent feature writer. He is currently... Read More →
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Martin C. Duffy

US Brand Representative, Glencairn Crystal
Martin C. Duffy, Whisk(e)y Educator, is an internationally known spirits educator and enthusiast. His appreciation of adult libations started during his early years as a bartender and continues on to this very day. A stellar presenter on the finer qualities of spirits (ham always... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - River Room 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

2:00pm

**MOVIE PREMIER** Kindred Spirits: The Story of Kentucky Craft Bourbon
Limited Capacity seats available

Only the finest Kentucky has to offer goes into the making of this product.  This isn't by accident...with a heritage steeped in tradition, the dreams of many and the bond of a shared vision of excellence, we present to you Kindred Spirits.

A film by Susie Youngson, Bo Cumberland and Steve Akley

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avatar for Steve Akley

Steve Akley

Owner, The ABV Network


Saturday March 23, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Chart Ballroom B & C 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

2:15pm

Badass Bitters, Infusions, Syrups and Shrubs
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The newest trend in cocktails is experimentation in flavors.  Join us as we provide ideas and recipes for the at-home mixologist.  We will play around with different botanicals, fruits, spices and other intriguing ingredients to develop unique concoctions that can be used with your favorite bourbon, spirit or for those that don’t imbibe, non-alcoholic cocktails.  Participants will walk away with recipes and samples to try at home.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Ruffenach

Linda Ruffenach

Founder, Whisky Chicks
Linda Ruffenach, the author of How to be a Bourbon Badass, is a businesswomen, entrepreneur and the founder of the Whisky Chicks.  She believes that sharing a glass of bourbon and learning about America's native spirit are great common denominators to bring people together.  Ruffenach... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Quarterdeck B 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

2:45pm

The Story of Uncle Nearest: The First African-American Distiller
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Speakers
avatar for Fawn Weaver

Fawn Weaver

Co-Founder, Chief Historian, Chief Encouragement Officer, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey
Fawn Weaver is a serial entrepreneur who has silently invested in real estate, tech and lifestyle brands for the past 23 years. Weaver is often active in her investments, serving in leadership capacities behind the scenes. She’s the co-founder of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, serving... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Kabacoff Room 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

2:45pm

From Bourbon Street to Bourbon Country...the Ultimate Road Trip Experience
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We will share lessons learned and unique opportunities you may not learn about otherwise for your trip planning purposes. It will include planning your visit around bourbon distilleries, culinary ideas, visiting horse farms or experiencing racing at Churchill Downs, Louisville Slugger Museum, and the famous Urban Bourbon Trail in downtown Louisville. The purpose of fun is to have some, so come join us.

Speakers
avatar for Chasta McIntyre

Chasta McIntyre

Fun Enthusiast, Executive Bourbon Steward, Certified Tourism Ambassador, Mint Julep Experiences
As the Fun Enthusiast aka Director of Creative Development at Mint Julep Experiences, I'm sure to find fun and adventure in all corners of the world.I was an adventure travel guide for 4.5 years leading trips all over the US and Canada before moving back to Louisville, KY and helping... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Steering Room 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

2:45pm

The Ephemeral Nature of Tasting
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Speakers
avatar for Michael Veach

Michael Veach

Bourbon Historian, Author, Bourbon Veach LLC
Michael Veach was the luckiest student at the University of Louisville's History department when he accepted a job as North American Archivist for United Distillers in 1991. The knowledge learned while spending five years at that position has made him a leading authority on the history... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Quarterdeck C 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

5:30pm

Jim Beam with Fred and Freddie Noe
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Speakers
avatar for Fred Booker Noe III

Fred Booker Noe III

7th Generation Master Distiller, Jim Beam
Frederick “Fred” Booker Noe III, son of the late Frederick “Booker” Noe Jr. and great grandson of Jim Beam, is a seventh generation distiller and keeper of a family flame that has burned for more than 200 years. Fred is Beam’s Master Distiller, sharing the craft of whiskey... Read More →
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Freddie Noe

8th Generation Distiller, Jim Beam
“Freddie’s got a good sniffer on him. He’ll go far if he decides to join the family business,” was the prediction of Freddie Noe’s granddad, Sixth Generation Beam Master Distiller Booker Noe. A good nose and palate aren’t the only things Freddie and his granddad shared... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - Chart Ballroom 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

7:00pm

Grand Tasting - Saturday (Food Only)
Saturday March 23, 2019 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) 900 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130

7:00pm

Grand Tasting - VIP/ Ultimate VIP Saturday
Saturday March 23, 2019 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) 900 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130

8:00pm

Grand Tasting - Saturday
Saturday March 23, 2019 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) 900 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130