Lexington Spirits News — May 2019

Lexington Spirits News — May 2019

Photo by AJ/ Ace


Jim Beam has announced a $5 million donation to the University of Kentucky so they can create a new institute designed to teach the next generation of distillers.

Photo by AJ/ Ace

The 5th and final bottle of the Maker’s Mark UK Themed bottle series honors Coach Calipari with the 2012 Championship team. This series started in 2016 with an image honoring the 1978 NCAA Championship team. The bottle was released in April with a signing at Keeneland.

Total Wine opened in the former Hamburg Gordman’s location.

Woodford Reserve revealed its celebrated annual Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Cup.


Thursday May 2
The Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction & Derby Gala is Thursday, May 2 at Donamire Farms. From 6 to 8 pm enjoy a Silent Auction and Wine Pouring to benefit Lexington Cancer Foundation. Linda and Jerry Bruckheimer are Auction Chairs.

Master Distiller of Town Branch Distilling, Mark Coffman, will be at Total Wine in Hamburg for a bottle signing on Thursday, May 2nd from 4 pm until 6 pm.

The 2nd Annual Run for the Rosé at Liquor Barn in Beaumont is Thursday, May 2 at 6 pm.

Sunday May 5
Lexington Diner Kegs & Eggs Country Roads brunch tour visits three craft breweries on Sunday, May 5 at 11 am.

Thursday May 9
A tasting with Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller of Wild Turkey, at Whiskey Bear on Thursday, May 9 at 7 pm. He will share his experiences and guide guests through a selection of Russell’s Reserve whiskeys.

Friday May 10
Lexington Craft Beer Week runs Friday, May 10 through Sunday, May 19. At various locations around Lexington, beer lovers can find special events, beer dinners, tap takeovers, and new releases.

Sunday May 12
Pivot Brewing has a Mother’s Day Cheesecake Takeover on Sunday, March 12 at 2 pm. They are pairing four cheesecake bites with a flight of four ciders.

Wednesday May 15
West Sixth Brewing and Goodfella’s Distillery team up for a Beer Cocktail Competition. The mixology specialists at Goodfellas each picked a West Sixth beer and crafted a signature Beer Cocktail. You decide who’s is best. Wednesday, May 15 at 7 pm, Goodfella’s (distillery district).

Friday May 17
Taste of the Bluegrass is Friday, May 17 at 7 pm, Keene Barn at Keeneland, benefiting God’s Pantry.

Saturday May 18
The Lexington Brewing Co. Pro-Am Brewfest competition is Saturday, May 18 at 11 am at Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co.

Sunday May 19
Walk through the key process elements of making bourbon in a Lexington Bourbon Academy Master Class. 5 pm, Beyond the Barrel.

Tuesday May 21
Join Wine+Market for an Italian Aperitivo Class with special pairings of wine and a small plate of Italian cuisine on Tuesday, May 21 at 6 pm.

Saturday June 15
The Kentucky Wine & Vine Fest is Saturday, June 15 from 1 to 9 pm at R.J. Corman Railroad Group in Nicholasville, KY. Enjoy wineries from across the state, tastings, crafts, food , and live music.

Sunday June 23
Join the mixologists of Lockbox as they lead guests through a riff on James Bond’s famous Vesper martini, The Big Lebowski’s White Russian, and a couple of surprises, Sunday, June 23 at 2:30 pm.

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This article also appears on page 13 of the May 2019 print edition of Ace Weekly.

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