If you purchased the Bourbon Ticket, you will get a special wristband with ten tabs on it when you enter the gate. You 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 Tent for samples from a variety of bourbons. There are some Bourbon Experts on hand if you need additional info or just want to "talk the bourbon talk" with some interesting folks. We do provided ice and you get a cool tasting glass, but we don't provide any mixers, nor do we sell additional bourbon at the event. It is just a tasting event.
Don't forget - you get the VA Brew Tastings also - just take your glass over to the Brew Village.
Additional Food, Brew & Wine are for sale at the event.
We are working on securing Bourbons and will post the list of what will be available closer to the event.
We are thrilled to welcome these bourbon experts that will be on hand to assist you in making your tasting selections:
Susan Reigler, Bourbon Women Association, President
We are thrilled to welcome back Susan. She is a great resource to us and she has a new book that she co-authored with Michael Veach, The Bourbon Tasting Notebook
Here is a little more about Susan......
Award-winning writer Susan Reigler, author of Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide, The Complete Guide to Kentucky State Parks, and co-author of The Ken- tucky Bourbon Cocktail Book, was born in Louisville. From 1992 to 2007, Reigler was a restaurant critic, beverage columnist and travel writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal and has been a judge for the James Beard Foundation Restaurant Awards since 1997. She also currently writes Kentucky restaurant reviews for the international travel and entertainment website, Gayot.com.
Reigler currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Bourbon Women Association. She also belongs to BARDS (Bourbon and Rye Drinkers Society), an invita- tion-only organization of 12 members who meet monthly to discuss American whiskeys.
Brian Prewitt, Master Distiller
A.Smith Bowman Distillery.
We are honored to also have back Master Distiller, Brian Prewitt of A. Smith Bowman Distillery. Brian joined their team in August of 2013. He is a native of Colorado, with nearly 15 years of brewing and distilling experience.
Brian has been interested in the beverage industry since he started working for New Belgium Brewing Company while attending Colorado State University obtaining his bachelor's degree in food science.
Upon graduation, Brian further honed his interest for brewing and distilling by completing the Master Brewers Program at University of California, Davis. From there, he joined The Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, Colo., eventually becoming its brewer.
When Brian saw an opportunity to try his hand at distilling spirits instead of beer, he jumped at the chance to join E&J Distilleries in Modesto, California and was eventually named Senior Distiller. It was at E&J that Prewitt was able to train under two Master Distillers with a combined experience of more than 70 years in the art of distillation, learning about raw material selection, fermentation, distillation, and maturation.
Brian carries on the Bowman family tradition of crafting small batch, award-winning products. He is also passionate about creating new and innovative expressions of spirits.