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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....

Tickets To Kentucky Bourbon Affair’s Higher Proof Expo, set for June 9 in Louisville, on sale now

Tickets for this year’s Higher Proof Expo – a daylong, hands-on workshop packed with unique educational, culinary and tastings sessions – are now on sale, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced Thursday. This year’s innovative HPEX will be held Saturday, June 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the new Omni Hotel in downtown Louisville, the official host hotel for the annual Kentucky Bourbon...

Bourbon trailblazer Stevens recognized for role in transforming state Bourbon tourism industry

Peggy Noe Stevens, a renowned image branding consultant who has helped transform Kentucky’s Bourbon tourism industry, received the third annual “Lois Mateus Networking Award” Wednesday for her decades of hospitality and professional prowess. During her 27-year career, Stevens has served as the world’s first female Master Bourbon Taster, built tourism destinations for famous distilleries, authored...

UK College of Communication and Information names four to National Advisory Board

The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information recently added four new members to its National Advisory Board: Angela Evans, Larry Forester, Lois Mateus and Peggy Noe Stevens. The college’s National Advisory Board serves as an external advisory body to Dean Dan O’Hair. Members of the board have attained prominence in their respective careers and are chosen for their value in...

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...