Mint Julep Experiences hosts the Derby Eve Bourbon & BBQ Throwdown at Jim Beam Distillery

March 3, 2020

An exclusive, after-hours Bourbon and culinary event held at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 3, 2020) — Ditch the high heels and black ties for a Derby Eve bourbon experience like no other! Mint Julep Experiences is excited to offer the first-ever Bourbon & BBQ Throwdown at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse on Friday, May 1 — the night before the 2020 Kentucky Derby.

This unique event includes an after-hours private distillery tour and tasting at Jim Beam in Clermont, Ky., plus an opportunity to purchase bottles and design your own labels. After the tour, guests will enjoy two signature cocktails (a cash bar will be available as well), appetizers, a full Southern barbecue feast, live music and much more.

Mint Julep Experiences owner and co-founder Sean Higgins explains what went into the planning process for this inaugural event: “We wanted to build on our existing Derby Week adventures and experiences that showcase both bourbon distilleries and horse farms and create something unique that will be a memorable evening for those looking to have a more laid-back, true Kentucky experience before the big race.”

The cost is $249 per person, which includes transportation from Downtown Louisville, the private after-hours Jim Beam Distillery tour and tasting, a Southern barbecue feast, and two signature cocktails. The tour will depart from the Mint Julep Hub located inside the Omni Louisville Hotel, 210 W. Liberty St. The tour departs at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, May 1, and returns at approximately 10 p.m.

Tickets and more information are available at or by calling 502-583-1433.

Other exclusive Mint Julep Derby offerings:

Mint Julep offers an array of public and custom Derby Week tours, events and transportation for both locals and tourists alike. Here’s a quick rundown of the popular experiences:

Mint Julep Sunset Social at Hermitage Farm — Thursday, April 30

Travel to historic and charming Hermitage Farm for this high-end, exclusive culinary experience to kick off the Kentucky Derby. The event includes guided transportation, a sunset horse farm tour, build-your-own mint julep cocktail, a family-style Southern meal and a craft cocktail.

Bourbon Country Public Tours — April 29-May 3

It’s all about bourbon on this experience, which features full tours and tastings at two Kentucky distilleries, plus lunch at a Southern-inspired restaurant.

Horse Country Public Tours — April 29-May 3

This adventure includes full tours of two of the top Kentucky horse farms, plus lunch at a Southern-inspired restaurant.

Best of Kentucky Public Tours — April 29-May 4

You get the best of both worlds on this experience, which includes bourbon and horses, with a full tour of a Kentucky horse farm followed by a bourbon distillery tour and tasting at Buffalo Trace Distillery, plus lunch at a Southern-inspired restaurant.

Derby Day Transportation to Churchill Downs — Saturday, May 2

Skip the lines, beat the traffic and save your feet with our Derby Day shuttle from the Omni Louisville Hotel to Churchill Downs and back. Departure times will be at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., returning back at the Omni at 8:30 p.m., and the shuttle includes a Mint Julep host, guaranteed departure and water.

For tickets and more information on the Derby Week Tours and Derby Week Experiences, go to

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ABOUT MINT JULEP EXPERIENCES — Mint Julep Experiences is changing the way you experience Kentucky and Tennessee. Since 2008, Mint Julep has created handcrafted, premium adventures to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®, Tennessee Whiskey Trail®, legendary horse farms, historic landmarks and rich culinary destinations. With offices in Louisville, Ky., and Nashville, Tenn., Mint Julep plans authentic getaways discovering the living history of the South in comfort, luxury and style. Named one of Condé Nast Traveler’s “Best Guided Drinking Tours in America,” the family-owned experiential tour company utilizes deep expertise, long-term partnerships and complete hospitality services for hassle-free ventures for any size group. For more information, visit

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