Local Presenters


We’re also happy to announce that the following local authors and experts will be participating in our afternoon sessions:

Michael Veach, bourbon historian for the Filson Historical Society, author of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage, and member of the 2014 Imbibe 75.

Fred Minnick, bourbon expert for the Kentucky Derby Museum, author of Whiskey Women, and writer for such magazines as Saveur, Wine Enthusiast, and Whiskey Advocate.

Susan Reigler, author of the Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book.

Award-winning writer Susan Reigler, author of Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide and co-author of The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book, was born in Louisville the year Swaps won the Kentucky Derby. Except for a two-year sojourn at Britain’s Oxford University, where she earned a Masters Degree in Zoology, she has lived all her life in the Bluegrass State.

From 1992 to 2007, Reigler was the restaurant critic, beverage columnist and travel writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal. She has been a regional judge for the James Beard Foundation Restaurant Awards since 1997 and has written restaurant reviews for Gayot.com.

In addition to scores of articles about bourbon published in the Courier-Journal, she has written about Kentucky’s amber elixir for Malt Advocate (now Whisky Advocate) and Wine Enthusiast. Reigler is a proud graduate of Woodford Reserve Distillery’s Bourbon Academy and the Filson Bourbon Academy. She currently serves as vice president on the board of directors of the Bourbon Women Association (www.bourbonwomen.org).

Reigler has frequently acted as a judge for bourbon competitions and cocktail contests. She and co-author Joy Perrine host Bourbon Cocktail Mixology each year at The Kentucky Bourbon Festival and Reigler has conducted bourbon tastings for both corporate and charitable events from Savannah to Seattle. She has also assisted in private barrel selections from Brown-Forman, Four Roses, and Jim Beam for restaurants, retailers, and non-profit organizations.

Her other books are Kentucky (A Fodor’s Compass American Guide), Adventures in Dining: Kentucky Bourbon Country, and The Complete Guide to Kentucky State Parks. She lives and writes in Louisville. You can contact her at sreigler@aol.com.

Bernie Lubbers, Whiskey Professor, author of Bourbon Whiskey: Our Native Spirit, and International Whiskey Ambassador for Heaven Hill Distilleries.

Bernie_Tasting2Bernie Lubbers is the International Whiskey Ambassador for the family owned and operated Heaven Hill Distillery located in Bardstown, KY; the largest American owned bourbon distillery, and the world’s 2nd largest holders of bourbon whiskey.  Bernie is the author of Bourbon Whiskey: Our Native Spirit and hosts the popular website; http://www.whiskeyprof.com

Bernie travels the world educating people on American Whiskey, and just how it weaves through the fabric of Kentucky’s and America’s history. Bernie especially has a passion for Bottled In Bond whiskies and how The Bottled In Bond Act of 1897 changed the whiskey landscape here in the U.S.


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