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UPCOMING EVENTS: (click the links for full info & tickets)
Kentucky Black Bourbon Guild 
Bourbon Production II: Craft, Experimental & Near Bourbons
Sat • May 11th • 10am-12pm
@ Base 110, 110 West Vine Street, 3rd Floor, Lexington, KY 40507
Become a member • Tickets
Tim Knittel, Certified Stave and Thief Society Executive Bourbon Steward, will facilitate class instruction.
Dine & Discover: Hospitality Training
with the

801 Main St, Shelbyville, KY 40065
Wed • May 29th 
must be 21+
Training will cover topics such as:
  • Hospitality and the Bourbon visitor.
  • Elevating a Visitor Experience.
  • Guest Services and Opportunities.
  • Follow up & Social Media
Reserve a seat for:
  • AM Session 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
  • PM Session 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
May 13 is World Cocktail Day!
RECIPE: Honey Lavender Sour – COCKTAIL 
Because you make lavender syrup, this cocktail is better suited for groups.

  • 1 farm egg white
  • ½ oz honey syrup 1:1 (1 part honey 1 part water)
  • ½ oz lavender-infused simple syrup
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 2 oz Maker’s Mark bourbon
  • ice
  • Dry shake:
    • 1 farm egg white
    • ½ oz honey syrup (1:1)
    • ½ oz lavender-infused simple syrup (steep 1 part sugar, 1 part water and lavender buds)
    • 1 oz lemon juice
  • Add:
    • 2 oz Maker’s Mark bourbon
    • Ice
    • Wet shake.
  • Strain into rock glass over fresh ice.
  • Garnish with lavender sprig.
MAY "Kentucky Bourbon School"
& "Graduate" Kentucky Bourbon School

Dive deep into details you won’t typically learn on the distillery tours & come join us each month for a different bourbon experience available at
The Kentucky Castle. 

230 Pisgah Pike, Versailles, KY • $35/ea

May 8th (6pm)
& 26th (3pm)
Bourbon Production II

Bourbon has traditionally (in modern times) been made from:

  • Limestone water,
  • Yellow dent corn plus malted barley, wheat and/or rye grains,
  • Sour mash fermentation,
  • Column still distillation, and
  • Aging in a new, charred oak barrel.

But the new generation of craft distillers is expanding and experimenting with how Bourbon can be made. Using variants like specially grown heirloom corn, unusual grain bills, sweet mash fermentation, pot still distillation and unusual maturation techniques.

Bourbons (and near Bourbons) probably* will include:

  • Mellow Corn by Heaven Hill - an American corn whiskey (not Bourbon)
  • Old Forester Rye - rye whiskey *technically* isn’t Bourbon
  • Ryemageddon by Corsair - American rye whiskey distilled from malted rye & chocolate rye
  • Wilderness Trail Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon - sweet mash fermented
  • OCD#5 by Glenns Creek Distilling - recovered yeast and small barrel maturation
  • O.Z. Tyler Bourbon - after a year and a day of aging, the Bourbon is TerraPURE filtered before finally being bottled
  • Jefferson’s Ocean - aged at sea!

* The thing about craft, experimental and near Bourbons is that they’re often in very limited releases … so everything is subject to availability. We’ll have an awesome pour list even if it’s not these exact spirits!

This class is part of our year-long “Kentucky Bourbon School” (previously Bourbon University) led by Bourbon-Steward in Residence Tim Knittel of Distilled Living with a new theme offered each month. They will be the 2nd Wednesday and 4th Sunday all year. No need to attend them all - mix and match as you like!

$35 per person, class includes guided bourbon flight and light food.

Dinner reservations at Castle Farm Restaurant available for after the class by calling (859) 256-0322 or visiting

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May 26th (7pm)
An Exploration of American Rye

It has been said that “Rye is the new Bourbon.” About two decades ago, American rye whiskey was produced in total volume of less than 60,000 cases. Today, American ryes are flooding the shelves due to many factors including bartender demand, speed to market, the rise of craft distilleries and Bourbon enthusiasts straying outside the category.

Join us as we taste Bourbon against Rye to discern the different mouthfeels and flavors between the grains, and then taste a selection of a new Ryes on the market.

Pours may include:
• Tanner's Curse Rye
• Bulleit Rye
• Old Forester Rye
• Wilderness Trail Rye
• Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey Classic
• Corsair Ryemageddon
(Pours subject to change based on availability.)

GRADUATE KY Bourbon School is a deeper dive into the history, production and enjoyment of Kentucky's signature spirit. No prior bourbon education required however for these events we'll be skipping Bourbon 101 basics and going into advanced topics. You'll be guided by the KY Castle's Bourbon Steward in Residence, Tim Knittel of Distilled Living with over 10 years experience in the Bourbon industry.

$35 per person, class includes guided Bourbon flight and light food.

Dinner reservations at Castle Farm Restaurant available for before the class.

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