Eight of the country’s most prestigious Bourbon authors will be featured at “Bourbon Under the Rocks,” the opening ceremony for this year’s Kentucky Bourbon Affair, where they will talk about their books, sign autographs and discuss America’s only native spirit.

The Louisville Mega Cavern is one of the largest caverns in the U.S. Appropriately, it’s a massive limestone quarry—it will feel like going home day for much of the limestone born bourbon that is sure to be poured in the cave. The cavern was made by miners blasting out a mind-boggling amount of rock for over 42 years during the middle of the 20th century. It’s an underground adventure rich in history, geology, mining, recycling, green building technology, and just simply HUGE in scale. The man-made cavern spans under a number of roadways and is part of 17 miles of corridors located beneath the city of Louisville, Kentucky.

Here’s a list of the featured authors along with many of their bourbon focused books.

Tim Laird, author of “That’s Entertaining!” and “That’s Entertaining! Cocktails and Appetizers

Thats Entertaining by Tim LairdLaird, Chief Entertaining Officer for Brown-Forman Corp., is a connoisseur of fine wines, spirits and champagnes, a gourmet chef, and a master at entertaining and execution with more than 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. He is a veteran of television and radio having appeared on The Tonight Show, CNN, FOX News Network, The Today Show and many others.  Laird also hosts Secrets of Bluegrass Chefs, Secrets of Louisville Chefs Live and Secrets of Resort Chefs weekly TV shows in Kentucky.

Bernie Lubbers, author of “Bourbon Whiskey – Our Native Spirit

Bourbon Whiskey Our Native Spirit by Bernie LubbersKnown more informally as “The Whiskey Professor,” Lubbers is the International Brand Ambassador for Heaven Hill Brands, Inc. Before Bourbon, he spent 20 years traveling the country as a stand-up comedian. As a result, his whiskey tastings are not only informative, but a lot of fun. Lubbers hosts the popular website WhiskeyProf.com and is a contributing writer for DrinkWire/Liquor.com. Lubbers lives in Louisville, Ky.


Fred Minnick, author of “Whiskey Women: The Untold Truth About How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch & Irish Whiskey” and the upcoming “Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker”

Whiskey Women - The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon Scotch and Irish Whiskey BY Fred MinnickAscot-wearing Minnick has been writing for newspapers and magazines since he was 15 and currently contributes to Parade Magazine, USA Today, Scientific American, Whisky Magazine and Whisky Advocate, among others. He has published three books, including the Wall Street Journal bestseller “Camera Boy: An Army Journalist’s War in Iraq” and “Whiskey Women.” He lives in Louisville and can be found at fredminnick.com.

Susan Reigler, author of “Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide” and co-author of “The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book”

Kentucky Bourbon Country - The Essential Travel Guide by Susan ReiglerFrom 1992 to 2007, Reigler was a 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 is the current President of the Bourbon Women Association. She has conducted many bourbon tastings to benefit non-profit organizations, written about Bourbon for Malt Advocate and Wine Enthusiast and boasts three other books on Kentucky travel and cuisine.  She is co-author of the forthcoming Bourbon Tasting Notebook with Mike Veach.

Noah Rothbaum, author of “The Art of American Whiskey: A Visual History of the Nation’s Most Storied Spirit, through 100 Iconic Labels

The Art of American Whiskey by Noah RothbaumHe is the former editor-in-chief of Liquor.com and the author of The Business of Spirits: How Savvy Marketers, Innovative Distillers, and Entrepreneurs Changed How We Drink. He has spoken at Tales of the Cocktail, the Rochester Cocktail Revival and the National Restaurant Association Show.


Albert Schmid, author of “The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook

The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook by Albert SchmidSchmid has worked as an executive chef and currently is a Professor and the Director of the Hotel-Restaurant Management and Hospitality Management Departments at Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Management Schmid lives in Louisville and also is the author of “The Hospitality Manager’s Guide to Wines, Beers and Spirits” and “The Old Fashioned: An Essential Guide to the Original Whiskey Cocktail!”

Mike Veach, author of “Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage

Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey An American Heritage by Michael VeachVeach is a 2006 member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame and currently works as the acclaimed Bourbon historian at The Filson Historical Society in Louisville. Veach can often be found conducting tasting and history events for a variety of charitable organizations and educating hospitality groups through The Filson’s Bourbon Academy. A native of Louisville, he is co-author of the forthcomingBourbon Tasting Notebook with Susan Reigler.


Molly Wellmann, author of “Handcrafted Cocktails: The Mixologist’s Guide to Classic Drinks for Morning, Noon & Night

Handcrafted Cocktails by Molly WillmanWellmann is a self-taught mixologist in Cincinnati who has immersed herself in the history and proper preparation of classic cocktails. She is co-owner of Japp’s, Neons Unplugged and Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar. The Cincinnati native uses classic cocktails as a base for creating new and innovative drinks containing simple syrups, bitters, liquors and fresh juices she makes herself – and has been voted Best Mixologist/Bartender for CityBeat magazine the last five years.

The Kentucky Bourbon Affair is a five-day Bourbon fantasy camp that will be held June 3-7, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes tours and events at the most famous Bourbon distilleries in the world. It’s the only whiskey event created and executed by the distilleries themselves.

The Kentucky Bourbon Affair will benefit three groups involving retired racehorses, forestry research and a support fund for employees of a recent distillery accident.

“The Kentucky Bourbon Affair is a classic, unforgettable Bourbon lover’s dream. It’s a great escape to experience the art and science of crafting the world’s finest whiskey, our genteel Southern hospitality and Louisville’s passionate spirit. Get your tickets today.”

The event is Wednesday, June 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Louisville Mega Cavern. Tickets are available at Kentucky Bourbon Affair website. Books will be available on-site for purchase.

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