Looking for an irrefutable intellectual argument to sell your wife/husband/significant other on your going over to the Silver Dollar saloon to drink bourbon and listen to Buck Owens?

Well, IdeaFestival University – part of IdeaFestival – is there for you.

“Demystifying Bourbon” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tue., Dec. 4 at the Silver Dollar, 1761 Frankfort Ave. in Clifton.

The idea is to study (wink, wink) the creative processes devoted to producing bourbon.

From the class summary:

Kentucky is the birthplace of Bourbon, with a rich tradition and history that dates back more than 200 years. It’s also one of Kentucky’s signature industries, adding hundreds of millions of dollars to the Bluegrass economy each year. The process of making bourbon is as flavorful as the product itself. Learn about bourbon – its history, its taste, and its future –in this class presented by Hawthorn Beverage Group, Willett Distillery, and The Silver Dollar.

The presenter is Hawthorn Beverage Group, a Louisville-based creative marketing agency for the beverage industry offering on-premise menu and bar development, mixology consulting, brand ambassador and training, and seminars and events.

Willett Distillery in Bardstown will supply the study materials, and The Silver Dollar is providing the classroom.


On a less spirits-ual note, IFU is presenting “Lean Bean: Principles for Successful Start-Ups.”

The class is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thur., Dec. 13 at the iHub, 204 S. Floyd St.

This is a big deal, with Tendai Charasika from Greater Louisville Inc.’s EnterpriseCORP discussing the principles and methods of “The Lean Start-up,” the award-winning book by Eric Ries.

From the IL University website:

A timely and important discussion for entrepreneurs and innovators interested in growing a business or a concept efficiently, effectively, and expediently.The goal for every startup should be to build what customers want and will pay for as quickly as possible. “The Lean Startup method teaches you how to drive a startup — how to steer, when to pivot, and when to persevere — and grow a business with maximum acceleration.” — Eric Ries.

Facilitator Charasika is the director of the Louisville office for the Innovation Network and GLI’s EnterpriseCorp. As an entrepreneur and business coach for hundreds of entrepreneurs and start-ups, Charasika helps entrepreneurs manage start-ups using Lean Startup principles to greater success. He also will be a featured speaker at the 2012 Annual Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco last December.

Suggested preparation: Read “The Lean Start-Up: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses,” by Eric Ries. You can attend a Livestream broadcast of the Lean Startup Conference being aired at the iHub on December 3 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST. Click here for more details.

Both of these will sell out, obviously, so best to get that tuition paid up front.

You can register here for “Lean Bean.” The fee is $10.99.

You can register here for “Bourbon.” The fee is $39.99.

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