Bourbon Affair offers aficionados behind-the-scenes access to many distilleries. | Photo by Sara Havens

More than 600 people curious about bourbon will attend the sixth annual Kentucky Bourbon Affair, which runs June 4-8 at various locations in Louisville and at distilleries all over the state.

The five-day Disney World for whiskey lovers will feature more than 45 one-of-a-kind events — from behind-the-scenes tours to private barrel selections to dinners — and has the most distilleries ever before participating this year. With heavy-hitters like Heaven Hill, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey, Old Forester and Jim Beam joining craft distilleries like New Riff, Wilderness Trail and Hartfield & Co., there’s just about something for everyone who enjoys Kentucky’s native spirit.

If you still haven’t bought your ticket, the bad news is a majority of events already are sold out, but the good news is, there are still individual tickets available for some of them.

Mary Gratzer

The Bourbon Affair is put on each year by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.

Mary Gratzer, director of the Bourbon Affair, tells Insider that most of the participating distilleries actually plan their own excursions, because “they know what their guests want,” she says.

The event also offers gold passes a few months before the start date — a VIP pass of sorts offering admission into most of the activities — and Gratzer notes that those often sell out within 24 hours.

The closing event on Saturday, June 8, will be held at the Kentucky Derby Museum and will focus on specially selected single-barrel releases and proper food pairings. Each of those bottles will be for sale, and all the money raised will go toward various charities.

Brands include Four Roses, Wilderness Trail Settlers Select Rye Whiskey, Old Forester 1920 Prohibition, and Elijah Craig.

Tickets to this event are still available and run $175.

Asked which activity Gratzer is most looking forward to, she answers like a pro, “Just like all bourbon is good bourbon, all these events are great events!”

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). 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."