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Michael invites you to join our good friend, The Filson’s Bourbon Historian, Michael Veach and his signature Bourbon Academy™ (see upcoming dates below).

Mike teaches Filson Bourbon Academies – a one-day educational history, review of their special collections archives, and Bourbon tastings.

The Bourbon Academy offers bourbon enthusiasts an in-depth educational background of the history and making of Kentucky bourbon along with hands-on opportunities to taste and compare bourbons with experts.

The Filson Bourbon Academy offers:

~ A One-Day Bourbon Academy

~ Premium Bourbon Tasting and Discussion

~ Customized Educational and Tasting Lectures for organizations
and individuals involved directly or pheriphally in the bourbon industry.

Upcoming Bourbon Academy Dates

~ November 2, 2013 – Louisville, KY – The Filson Historical Society, 1310 S. Third Street
$125 per person, $100 for Filson members

Bourbon Jug~ November 9, 2013 – St. Louis, MO – Gamlin Whiskey House, 236 N Euclid Ave., 63108
$200 per person, $175 for Filson Members

~ November 23, 2013 – Owensboro, KY – The Miller House, 301 East 5th Street –  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
$125 per person, $100 for Filson members

~ December 5, 2013 – Louisville, KY – Repeal Day Bourbon Tasting, including Pre-WWII Bourbons – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
– The Filson Historical Society, 1310 S. Third Street, $100 per person, $90 for Filson members

~ December 7, 2013 – Bloomington, IN – Location to be announced.
$125 per person, $100 for Filson members

~ December 14, 2013 – Washington, D.C. – Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th Street NW – 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
$150 per person, $125 for Filson members

Buying a Ticket and Reserving Your Seat

Reservations are required. Call The Filson to make your reservation at (502) 635-5083 or visit them online at

The Bourbon Academy Faculty

Mike Veach BourbonAcademy programs and events are led by Michael Veach, Filson Bourbon Historian. Since 1997, Michael has served on the staff of The Filson as a Special Collections Assistant, later moving to Associate Curator of Special Collections.

In the past 20 years he has dedicated his time studying the distilling industry, and in 2006 was inducted into the Bourbon Hall of Fame.

Michael is the author of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage (2013), which was praised by The Wall Street Journal, Courier-Journal, and other national media. He is currently completing a second book on bourbon tasting with former Courier-Journal columnist Susan Reigler.

The One-Day Bourbon Academy

The one-day Academy is an eight hour class. Participants learn about the heritage of Bourbon Whiskey and have the opportunity to taste several different styles of Bourbon and other American Whiskeys. A typical Academy schedule includes:

~ Session 1: The Origins of Bourbon Whiskey
~ Session 2: Tasting Bourbon
~ Session 3: 19th Century Bourbon
~ Session 4: Tasting Tennessee Whiskey and Rye
~ Lunch Break
 Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage by Mike Veach~ Session 5: Early 20th Century Bourbon and Prohibition
~ Session 6: Tasting Single Barrel and Small Batch Bourbons
~ Session 7: Post Prohibition to Present
~ Session 8: Blind Tasting and Graduation
Participants completing the one-day course are awarded with a Certification and eligible with a STAR certification to become a “Official Bartender of the Bourbon Trail.” Participants are also presented a Glencairn whiskey tasting glass and a booklet of sources for future study and reference.

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