Each “Legends Series” session includes samples. | Courtesy of Kentucky Derby Museum

For six years now, the Kentucky Derby Museum has hosted the “Legends Series: Bourbon Masters,” intimate, informational and inspiring discussions with leading bourbon movers and shakers. There are usually three sessions a year, and the first one of 2019 will take place on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Hosted by the bourbon author, writer and expert Fred Minnick, who also is the editor of Bourbon+ magazine, the series offers a behind-the-scenes look at the industry as well as tasting samples brought along by the distiller in the spotlight.

Thursday’s “Legends Series” is timed well with the grand opening of Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery next week. Michter’s Master Distiller Pam Heilmann and Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson will join Minnick on stage to talk about the history of the brand, the products and presumably share some secrets about the new downtown distillery.

The event, which includes appetizers and bourbon samples, runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per session or $200 for all three.

The other two “Legends Series” for the year include a look at craft bourbon with Kaveh Zamanian of Rabbit Hole, Autumn Nethery of Jeptha Creed and Corky Taylor of Peerless on Thursday, Feb. 21, and an in-depth discussion with Kentucky Owl founder Dixon Dedman on Thursday, March 21.

Sara Havens

Sara Havens

Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog (barbelleblog.com) daily. She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."


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