Flooded with Fame at the Bourbon & Beyond Festival

A few weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity to participate in Bourbon & Beyond – an annual two-day rock concert and bourbon festival at beautiful Champion’s Park in Downtown Louisville. Bourbon & Beyond is just one of a series of bourbon related festivals produced by Danny Wimmer Productions and boasted a legendary rockstar lineup of Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz, Sting and others. However, the entertainment was just a backdrop to the reason why I was there. The common denominator that is behind all of DWP’s productions in Louisville and it’s shining star headliner is and will always be bourbon.  
 

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A Life of Commitment Leads to an Acknowledgement Well-Deserved

Much has been made recently about the diversity, or lack thereof, in the spirits industry. Minorities are underrepresented at all levels of the industry, from brand ambassadors, to C-suites, to distillery workers. Although it is not well known outside the industry, minorities have played a major role at distilleries for well over 100 years. Much has been made recently of the story of Nearest Green, a slave who was rented to Jack Daniel, and taught him the process of distilling whiskey. Fawn Weaver and her team at Uncle Nearest have done a great job of spreading the word about Nearest Green and his contributions to the industry. There are still more stories of minority contribution that need to be told.

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We Bought A Barrel!

Last month, my partner and I had the opportunity to create a private labeled bourbon for our society through the Maker’s Mark Private Barrel Select Program. To say the least, it was a dream come true and the ultimate bourbon experience of a lifetime! 

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