The Ellis Park Derby will mark the first time in the 98-year history for Ellis Park of Henderson, Kentucky to host a Kentucky Derby qualifying race. Churchill Downs, Inc. of Louisville has just released a new list of prep races for its “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented By Woodford Reserve” and the Ellis Park Derby was elevated from a listed stakes race to a preparation race.

 
Kentucky Bourbon Festival of Bardstown Goes Virtual For 2020 Amid COVID-19 Concerns

For the first time in 29 years, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown, Kentucky will be going virtual due to health and safety of distilleries, attendees and the Bardstown community amid the COVID-19 pandemic, their the traditional live event to a virtual experience for the 29th edition of the annual bourbon festival. H

 
$1,000 Mint Julep for Kentucky Derby 146 Honors 50th Anniversary of First Female Jockey to Ride in Derby

The $1,000 for Kentucky Derby 146 celebrates Diane Crump, first female jockey to ride in The Kentucky Derby, and this year’s Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup program celebrates that milestone. A limited number of them on sale now the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Read more about this and the Kentucky Derby 146 scheduled to run in Louisville in September.

 
BourbonBlog Live This Week: From Cocktails to Old Forester Birthday Bourbon

A BourbonBlog Live continues our 19th week of nightly live shows at 8 pm ET on BourbonBlog.com/live. We are offering up several rare tastes and personalities through this week starting with Tuesday, July 27.
Here is a list of our shows for the weeks from Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2020 early preview tasting to cocktails and more! 

 
New Sōmrus Cream Liqueur Coffee Flavor Release

Rum-based Sōmrus Cream Liqueurs add a new Coffee Flavor to their India-inspired Somrus Chai and Somrus Mango collection with Somurus Coffee Cream Liqueur. We the first spirits and alcohol media outlet to report on the new release with tasting notes in our interview with Monica Badlani, Partner and COO of Sōmrus.

 
Weller CYPB Bourbon Whiskey 2020, Crowdsourced

Crowdsourced Bourbon whiskey? Buffalo Trace tells BourbonBlog they are releasing a new crowdsourced Weller CYPB Bourbon Whiskey 2020.  Although very limited, one batch of this W.L. Weller Bourbon is produced each year. The recommended price is $49.99 and it will be released in select stores this summer.

 
Breckenridge Distillery Rum Cask Finish Whiskey

Breckenridge Distillery releases its new Rum Cask Finish Whiskey as they say their award-winning Breckenridge Bourbon whiskey soaked up the charm of their own Breckenridge, Colorado rum casks. Now available in Breckenridge at the craft distillery and soon to be sold across the country.

 
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2020, the 20th Edition

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2020 will be released in September as a limited-edition, 10-year-old expression for this 20th edition of the annual release from Old Forester and Brown-Forman for sale at $129.99. Here is what to expect from this year’s release.

 
Maker’s Mark Keeneland Limited Edition Autographed Bottle for Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund

Maker’s Mark Keeneland Bottle 2020 commemorative Bourbon whiskey going on sale on July 3 autographed by stakes-winning jockeys. This limited-edition Bourbonbottle benefiting Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).

 
Tales of the Cocktail Goes To Digital Conference for 2020 and Postpones Until September

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation in New Orleans, Louisiana will postpone their annual conference, Tales of the Cocktail, Spirited Awards announcements, and programming until September 2020 due to issues and concerns with COVID-19 and how the pandemic is affecting the restaurant/bar industry and travel for attendees.