It was a wild ride — one full of bourbon, bourbon knowledge and more bourbon. But Bourbon Classic 2020 is now in the books, and all I have to show for it is a tad bit of a hangover and, thankfully, an encyclopedia full of experiences.
I tasted Pappy, I tasted William Larue Weller, I tasted bourbons not available to the public and I got a taste of what happens when the bourbon industry comes together with local chefs and bartenders for an extraordinary evening of blissful food and cocktail pairings.
I hope this doesn’t come off as, “Hey, look what I got to do and you didn’t!” I’m simply sharing my experiences here so that next year, when this event rolls around, you maybe get a ticket and try it out for yourself. In fact, I think tickets might already be on sale for 2021.
This past weekend’s event was completely sold out, and I met people from all around the country — just one one afternoon session! My table, during the “Best Whiskeys of the World” Bourbon University class, included people from Cleveland, Michigan and Florida. That’s the most fun part of it — witnessing all of these people flock to your hometown for a one-of-a-kind experience in your own backyard.
Instead of giving a laundry list of the sordid details, I thought I’d just share some shots of Bourbon Classic 2020.