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Pot of Golden Tickets

January 29, 2016

Premium Passes to Elite Bourbon Fantasy Camp on Sale Monday

For Immediate Release – January 29, 2016


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A limited number of all-access tickets to this year’s prestigious Kentucky Bourbon Affair™ fantasy camp – the gold standard of whiskey events – will go on sale at 11 a.m. EST Monday, Feb. 1.

“Golden Tickets” offer top priority to exclusive tours at the world’s most iconic distilleries, nightcap events featuring top chefs and culinary delights, VIP access to special events, rare tastings and souvenir bottles, and early registration for private barrel selections.

The website to purchase tickets is

Cost is $1,595 per ticket to 10 events and includes transportation.

Purchasers must be at least 21 years of age.

Individual tickets will go on sale immediately after the Golden Ticket window is exhausted.

“Golden Tickets are your best opportunity to get first crack at these once-in-a-lifetime offerings and white-glove service from our Bourbon Affair concierge team,” said Eric Gregory, President of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association that conducts the annual showcase.

“Last year’s Golden Tickets sold out in six hours,” he said, “so you’d better act quickly.”

This year’s Affair will be June 14-19 and will feature Whisky Live, an international celebration of the world’s finest whiskies, for the first time in the Commonwealth. The Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau is returning as Official Host City Sponsor.

Nine distilleries are featured this year: Bulleit, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Michter’s, Old Forester, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve. Kentucky’s burgeoning craft distilleries also will be highlighted at an opening VIP party at Vendome Copper & Brass.

In addition to Whiskey Live, the Kentucky Bourbon Affair has added an extra day of tours, giving guests more time to intimately experience the art and craft behind America’s only native spirit.

Each Golden Ticket includes:

  • Special VIP reception Tuesday night at Vendome Copper & Brass
  • Four daytime distillery tours (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday)
  • Three nightcap activities (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday)
  • VIP Access to Whisky Live on Saturday
  • Bourbon Brunch on Sunday
  • Elite Bourbon Affair tool kit
  • Early access to private barrel selections at Four Roses, Jim Beam and Wild Turkey.
  • Customized itineraries and personal service

Adam Johnson, the KDA’s official Bourbon Affair Concierge, said there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy a wide variety of activities with a total of 37 ticketed events over six days.

“There’s plenty to sample and savor even if you don’t get a Golden Ticket, so keep watch on our websites and social media channels for details on individual ticket sales. This year’s Affair is bigger and better – don’t miss out on the fun and excitement.”


For more information, contact Eric Gregory at (502) 875-9351 or Adam Johnson, (502) 875-9351, mobile (859) 583- 0301

The KDA is a non-profit trade association founded in 1880 to promote, protect and elevate Kentucky’s signature

Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Heritage members include Beam Suntory (Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark),

Brown-Forman Corp., Diageo North America, Four Roses Distillery, Heaven Hill Brands, Michter’s Distillery and Wild Turkey Distillery. Proof members include Willett Distillery.


Craft members include Alltech’s Town Branch Distillery, Barrel House Distilling Co., Bluegrass Distillers, Boone

County Distilling Company, Boundary Oak Distillery, Casey Jones Distillery, Copper & Kings American Brandy

Distillery, Corsair Artisan Distillery, Dueling Grounds Distillery, Hartfield & Co. Distillery, Kentucky Artisan

Distillery, Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co., Limestone Branch Distillery, MB Roland Distillery, New Riff Distillery, The Old Pogue Distillery, Second Sight Spirits, Three Boys Farm Distillery, and Wilderness Trail Distillery. The

Distilled Spirits Epicenter is the KDA’s official educational distillery.


Member benefits include media relations, international trade development, private sampling events, technical assistance, economic development support, networking, legal defense, marketing strategies, governmental and regulatory advocacy and innovative tourism experiences through the KDA’s Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® adventures. The KDA maintains an open membership policy, champions a strong commitment to the responsible and moderate consumption of spirits, and fights to curb underage drinking and drunk driving. For more information about joining the KDA’s distilling family, contact KDA President Eric Gregory at (502) 875-9351. Visit and to learn more.



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