Matthew Landan of Haymarket Whiskey Bar
Matthew Landan of Haymarket Whiskey Bar

We received a tip from insider Michael P. about this sweet special on bottles of bourbon — they’ll be 20 percent off on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29, at Haymarket Whiskey Bar‘s boutique shop starting at 4 p.m. Also, once you’re there picking out a fine bottle or two, you can enjoy a free bourbon history class by proprietor Matthew Landan at 5 p.m. — it’s a $20 value!

Landan will  present his lecture on the history of American whiskey, which covers early days of distillation on through Prohibition and then to present-day.

10348744_733428343366537_4452352532742843214_o“The talk covers the origins of whiskey distillation in America,” says Landan.” I talk about the pre-Revolutionary period through the Revolution, the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791, the founding of Louisville and Kentucky and the origins of the name bourbon. … I talk about the Antebellum period, the Civil War, Reconstruction, moonshiners and snake oil salesmen, E.H. Taylor and the origins of Bottle in Bond. … The golden age of whiskey, Prohibition, post-Prohibition, the near death of the industry and the phoenix-like rebirth of bourbon beginning in the mid 1980s continuing through the boom times of the present day.”

Well there you have it. History, bourbon and discounts — sounds like a perfect concoction.

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Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog ( 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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