If you purchased the Bourbon Ticket, you will get a special wristband with (10) tabs on it when you enter the gate. You also get a pretty cool souvenir tasting glass to use for both your Bourbon or Brew tastings. You can redeem these tabs at the Bourbon Tasting Stations for samples from a variety of bourbons. We will have about 70 high-end, small batch or interesting bourbons to choose from. We also have a selection of the trendy flavored bourbons/whiskeys, as those are quite popular also.
NEW THIS YEAR - The (8) Bourbon Stations are not under one large tent. We have found that tent just got super crowded, and hot. So we have spread out the stations, each in their own tent. Located in-front of the (8) Bourbon Stations, is the Bourbon Info Tent and Bourbon Ice Station. There are some Bourbon Info Hosts on hand along with some bourbon distillers (or they may be pouring their bourbons at a Station). YOU CAN ALSO PICK UP A BOURBON CARD AT THE BOURBON INFO STATION. It has a list of which bourbon are at each station and we have some small pencils for you to use to mark/track your favorites.
We do provided complimentary small cups of ice to folks with bourbon wristbands if you want to pop a piece in your tasting glass, but we don't provide any mixers, nor do we sell additional bourbon at the event. It is just a tasting event. If you want a full cup of ice and a soda, you can purchase those from the Water/Soda booths.
Some bourbons will run out before others, pending the choices folks make and the number of bottles we were able to secure. Some types we have lots of, others that are hard to get, may only have a few bottles and they will run out early. You can do "double pours" by turning in two of your tabs, EXCEPT FOR AT STATION #1 (HARD TO GET) or STATION #2 (HIGH END). WE ONLY DO SINGLE POURS FOR THOSE TWO STATION.
Don't forget - you get the VA Brew Tastings also - just take your glass over to the Brew Village and sample some of the hottest VA Breweries around. Additional Food, Brew & Wine are for sale at the event.
How Do Bourbon Tastings Work?
When you enter the bourbon area, you will find (8) Stations, with these same signs up at each of the station. For each (1/2) oz. tasting, our bourbon volunteers will pop off one of your tabs on your wristband.
Double pours (meaning you turn in two tickets for a (1) oz. pour) are permitted at all stations EXCEPT STATION #1 and STATION #8, only single pours are allowed at those stations. No triple or higher pours are allowed at any station. Wristbands/ tabs are non-transferable to another person. Some bourbons will run out earlier than others and may not be available all day long.
Rinse stations are provided outside the bourbon stations to rinse your glass. Small styrofoam cups of ice are available for folks with bourbon wristband at the Bourbon Info/Ice Tent located out in-front of the Bourbon Stations. If you want to mix your bourbon with soda and a full cup of ice, you can purchase those at the Water/Soda booth.
Please get your tasting FIRST, before adding ice to your glass. If you show up at the station with ice in your tasting glass they will ask you to remove it.
Be sure and pick up one of our Bourbon Cards that list all of these bourbon by station and have a place for you to check off your favorites or to make notes about what you like/don't like for your future reference.
DO NOT REMOVE YOUR OWN TAB. The Bourbon pourer will do that when you get your tasting. It should still be attached to your wristband.
Please read "How Bourbon Pouring Works". NOTE: Do not pull your own tab. Our Bourbon Pourers will do that when you get your tasting. All Tabs should be attached to your wristband.