The Kentucky Bourbon Affair is a non-stop Bourbon fantasy camp put on by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. The 2016 event has expanded from five to six days because you can never absorb too much bourbon knowledge, right?
Golden Tickets Sell Out Fast
The exclusive “Golden Tickets” go on sale Monday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. EST . You better be quick because they will sell out quickly. Last year’s tickets sold out in less than six hours so get your dialing finger or your favorite web browser ready to go to Kentucky Bourbon Affair.
UPDATE SOLD OUT: Well, apparently the secret is out about the Golden Ticket. Last year took six hours, this year took 15 minutes to sell out. There is now a waiting list for Golden Tickets.
“Talk about a gold rush,” said Eric Gregory, President of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association that coordinates the signature showcase. “The word has clearly gotten out that the Kentucky Bourbon Affair is the hottest ticket around.”
Tickets to individual events will go on sale at Noon EST on Tuesday.
“Golden Tickets” offer top priority to exclusive tours at the world’s most iconic distilleries, nightcap events featuring top chefs and culinary delights, VIP access to special events, rare tastings and souvenir bottles, and early registration for private barrel selections. Kentucky Bourbon Affair Golden Tickets are $1,595 per ticket. Individual tickets will go on sale immediately after the Golden Ticket window is exhausted.
Kentucky Bourbon Affair Golden Ticket includes:
- Special VIP reception Tuesday night at Vendome Copper & Brass
- Four daytime distillery tours (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday)
- Three nightcap activities (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday)
- VIP Access to Whisky Live on Saturday
- Bourbon Brunch on Sunday
- Elite Bourbon Affair tool kit
- Early access to private barrel selections at Four Roses, Jim Beam and Wild Turkey.
- Customized itineraries and personal service
“Golden Tickets are your best opportunity to get first crack at these once-in-a-lifetime offerings and white-glove service from our Bourbon Affair concierge team,” said Eric Gregory, President of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association that conducts the annual showcase.
This year’s Affair will be June 14-19 and will feature Whisky Live, an international celebration of the world’s finest whiskies, for the first time in the Commonwealth. The Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau is returning as Official Host City Sponsor.
Nine distilleries are featured this year:
- Bulleit’s Stitzel-Weller Distillery
- Four Roses Distillery
- Heaven Hill Distillery
- Jim Beam American Stillhouse
- Maker’s Mark
- Michter’s Distillery
- Old Forester Distillery
- Wild Turkey Distillery
- Woodford Reserve Distillery
Kentucky’s burgeoning craft distilleries also will be highlighted at an opening VIP party at Vendome Copper & Brass.
In addition to Whiskey Live, the Kentucky Bourbon Affair has added an extra day of tours, giving guests more time to intimately experience the art and craft behind America’s only native spirit.
Adam Johnson, the KDA’s official Bourbon Affair Concierge, said there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy a wide variety of activities with a total of 37 ticketed events over six days.
“There’s plenty to sample and savor even if you don’t get a Golden Ticket, so keep watch on our websites and social media channels for details on individual ticket sales. This year’s Affair is bigger and better – don’t miss out on the fun and excitement.”
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