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Wide-ranging class of six to be inducted into Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame Thursday

The Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame on Thursday will induct six individuals into its hallowed ranks and bestow its Parker Beam Lifetime Achievement Award on a beloved icon who patiently resurrected one of the state’s most historic distilleries and returned the family-owned brand to global prominence. A limited number of tickets are still available at www.kybourbonfestival.com for the event from 4 p.m....

Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame to induct three new members, honor Lifetime Achievement recipient

The Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame will induct three individuals into its hallowed ranks on Sept. 14 in Louisville and bestow its prestigious Parker Beam Lifetime Achievement Award on one of the industry’s most successful leaders, visionaries and champions. “This year’s class truly shows the diversity of personas behind the growing Golden Age of Kentucky Bourbon, from a beloved tour guide whose...

Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame annual induction set for Sept. 14 at Frazier History Museum in Louisville

Members of the general public will be able to rub elbows with Bourbon royalty and living whiskey legends at the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame annual induction ceremony. A limited amount of tickets are available now at www.kybourbonfestival.com for the luncheon event on Sept. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Louisville’s Frazier History Museum. Tickets are $100 and include lunch, drinks and...

Kentucky Bourbon Affair to feature exclusive private barrel picks by Hall of Fame master distillers

For the first time ever, legendary master distillers from the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame have banded together and hand-picked elite single barrels of bourbon and rye to be sold at the Kentucky Bourbon Affair closing event. This historic charitable event – called “Angel’s Fare” – also will feature a silent auction of rare whiskies, a vintage spirit tasting and an all-star lineup of Kentucky...

Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame inducts late Margie Samuels who made mark with Maker’s

Performance painter Arron Kizer, with back to camera, and cellist Adam Rafery created a unique portrait of Margie Mattingly Samuels at her induction into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. (Photo provided)   Margie Mattingly Samuels, who created the distinctive name, cutting-edge design and iconic red wax of her family’s Maker’s Mark distillery, was inducted this month as the newest member...

Tasty Timeline: Historians create first-ever Bourbon chronology of pioneer distilleries

A portion of the Bourbon timeline created by four Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame historians (Photo from Kentucky Distillers’ Association)   After a yearlong effort with four Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame historians, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association released the first-ever Bourbon historical timeline of pioneers, landmark events and noteworthy occurrences.   “Today’s Bourbon...