I don’t know about you, but I’ve reached the point in my life where I don’t need any more stuff. I’d rather be going out and doing things and racking up the memories instead. When bourbon is your first love, you probably don’t need yet another bottle, and what are the chances you will be able to get something new and different anyway? But since it’s the season for gift giving, it’s time to get creative and consider giving the bourbon lover in your life an experience gift instead. Here are some of the coolest ones I have found:
Camp Distillery at MB Roland – I stumbled upon this recently looking for something else entirely and I had no idea they were planning to do this. This is a two day intensive crash course on how to run your own craft distillery. Think of it as a bourbon nerd’s fantasy camp.
BourbonRocks & Ruins Tour from Mint Julep Tours – Did you know that bourbon archaeology is a thing? Nicolas Laracuente is the Bourbon Archaeologist and his most recent claim to fame is the excavations at Buffalo Trace Distillery which revealed Colonel E.H. Taylor’s original mash tubs. This tour is a behind the scenes look at the discovery with the Indiana Jones of Bourbon himself!
Bourbon Country Institute – This class taught by Bourbon Historian Michael Veach is held 1-2 times a year in Louisville and elsewhere as scheduled. The day-long class focuses on how bourbon history shaped Kentucky and how Kentucky shaped bourbon history. Stay tuned for Winter 2018 class announcement!
Woodford Reserve Dinner Series – If you like farm to table meals eaten with the Master Distiller which are followed by a late night distillery tour, look no further. They even have a New Year’s Eve shindig planned this year!
Aroma Academy at Moonshine University – Do you ever wonder where people get those strange aromas like toffee and butterscotch in bourbon? Wonder no more! Anyone can train their senses to pick up the subtle nuances of America’s Native Spirit!
Jim Beam American Stillhouse – Fantastic events from cocktail classes to distillery tours and other worthwhile educational seminars happen throughout the year.
Did we miss any cool Bourbon Experiences? Leave a comment below to let us know.
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://twitter.com/LouGirl502 Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lougirl502/ and check out her blog LouGirl502.com.