Alltech recently held it’s 31st annual symposium in Lexington, Kentucky. The event attracted more than 2,000 people from over 70 countries. I attended the tracks on Brewing and Distilling. On the brewing side, Alltech is known for it’s Kentucky Bourbon Ale. The made in Kentucky ale is aged for up to six weeks in freshly decanted bourbon barrels from some of Kentucky’s finest distilleries. On the distilling side, Alltech is known for it’s Town Branch Distillery. Named for the Town Branch waterway upon which Lexington was founded and once was the site of much bourbon production, Town Branch Bourbon celebrates Lexington’s rich distilling history.

Guests at this year’s event were taken to church with inspiring performances by Ronan Tynan. Ronan is best known as one of “The Irish Tenors”. Ronan has performed for multiple U.S. presidents, sung “God Bless America” at Yankee Stadium during the seventh-inning stretch and kicked off the Belmont Stakes to a rollicking start when Tynan—a passionate horseman himself—christened the race with a ringing rendition of “New York, New York.” He attributes his success to his faith and the knowledge that the Man Above guides him through every door he opens. You can learn more about Ronan’s amazing life’s journey on his web site here.

How do you follow up a presentation by General Colin Powell, U.S. Army Retired and former United States Secretary of State? Answer: Ronan Tynan. How do you follow up a presentation by Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech President and Founder? Answer: Ronan Tynan. How do you close out four days of a big event? Answer: Ronan Tynan. Simply put, he was inspiring.


“Into the Fire” written by Bruce Springsteen after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, performed by Ronan Tynan.

“Grace” a classic Irish song, performed by Ronan Tynan

This song was written about Joseph Plunket and Grace Gifford who married hours before Joseph was executed for his part in the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, Ireland.

“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2, performed by Ronan Tynan

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