Kentucky Bourbon Affair

JUNE 5-10, 2018 / LOUISVILLE, KY

The Kentucky Bourbon Affair


The Kentucky Bourbon Affair™ is the ultimate Bourbon fantasy camp and the only event that’s actually hosted by the legendary distilleries themselves.

Join us in Louisville – the heartbeat of Bourbon culture and cuisine – for behind-the-scenes access, private barrel selections, rare tastings and exclusive nightcap events with the Master Distillers and Bourbon Barons of Kentucky’s signature industry.


Higher Proof Expo Will Return in 2018!

Introduced in 2017, the Higher Proof Expo is the capstone event of the Kentucky Bourbon Affair. Designed to get you even deeper into the history, techniques, science, and lore of Kentucky's Bourbon culture, the Higher Proof Expo workshops will have you tasting and learning from the foremost authorities of the industry.

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Transportation Schedule

We strive to make your Kentucky Bourbon Affair as simple and safe as possible, so we coordinate transportation to and from each of our events. Please see the schedule below for an understanding of departure and return times from the 2017 KBA. Note there are some events for which the provided transportation is required.

Omni Louisville

Opening on March 6, 2018, this luxurious Omni property located in the heart of Downtown Louisville, is designed with intersecting towers that represent the crossroads of the past, present and future of Louisville. Inspired by the city’s rich history and authentic character, the Omni Louisville will transform one of the city’s most significant urban blocks into a unique and vibrant mixed-use environment offering hotel guests, residents and locals a chance to connect and enjoy the best of a great city. 
The hotel will be a prominent landmark against the Louisville skyline, glistening during the day and glowing at night, with the iconic glassy ends of the 612-room hotel. The hotel pool and rooftop bar, designed for seamless indoor and outdoor integration, will allow guests to rest, relax or socialize with spectacular views of the city from above. The essence of Louisville is woven throughout with interior design blending elements of the city’s heritage, culture and character, felt everywhere from the hotel restaurants to a featured bourbon bar to the hotel’s Speakeasy and bowling alley.
Guests for the 2018 Kentucky Bourbon Affair will be able to enjoy a wealth of amenities inside the fascinating property!

  • Falls City Market – Urban Style Grocery Market with a flower shop, beer/wine shop, Falls City craft beer, local sushi bar, pizza & growler, local Heine Brothers’ coffee shop with gelato bar, bakery, butcher, pastries, and crepes
  • Speakeasy with 4 bowling lanes
  • Bourbon retail store
  • Neighborhood services (3 meal restaurant)
  • Bob’s Steak & Chop House


Sponsors​ & Partners

Whisky Live was the culminating event for The Kentucky Bourbon Affair™ in 2017. This premier tasting event allowed guests to sample world-class Scotches, Bourbons and whiskies from around the globe while mingling with experts in the industry. 

Louisville Info

Bourbon isn’t just a drink – it’s a distinctive part of our Bluegrass culture, a way of life. And there's no better host than Louisville for the fifth annual Kentucky Bourbon Affair™. 

Today’s urban Bourbon lifestyle means whiskey-fueled food, decadent desserts, inspired hotels and themed accommodations, and classic bars with walls full of bottles and acclaimed cocktail mixologists. Kentucky Bourbon Affair™ attendees will once again have the opportunity to explore Louisville and all of its eclectic offerings through special evening events and getaways.

While enjoying the Kentucky Bourbon Affair's™ events by day, know that Louisville's famous Urban Bourbon Trail awaits you at night with some of the best dining on the national scene. As Louisville says, "Stamp collecting has never been so much fun. When you’re traveling along the Urban Bourbon Trail, you’re in for cocktails classic and modern, live music, and the Bourbon-inspired creativity of Louisville’s best bartenders and chefs. Each stop is well stocked with anywhere from 50 to 150 varieties of Kentucky’s signature spirit."
The Kentucky Bourbon Affair™ will have events throughout Louisville and the surrounding distilleries of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour.  If you choose to not take advantage of our free transportation and want some help getting around the Derby City and the distilleries, our friends at R&R Limo and Mint Julep Tours are your first calls.  They have some options for you to make your travels stress-free.

Louisville has gained international attention for its culinary excellence and Bourbon innovation. The stylish urban atmosphere is the perfect ending to your day’s journey.  


The Kentucky Bourbon Affair™ is operated by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, which promotes, protects and elevates Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry.
To get in touch with the organizers, email Mary Gratzer at
or call 502-875-9351

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