January 29, 2014 – The inaugural Kentucky Bourbon Affair scheduled for May 14-18 in the Louisville area has sold out all 50 of its “Golden Tickets” at $1,350 each, and tickets for single events will go on sale sooner than originally planned. Tickets for each of the eight distillery experiences, opening and closing ceremonies, and evening events will be available starting Friday, January 31. The event was created to honor the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Congressional resolution that declared Bourbon as “America’s Native Spirit.”
“We thought that our Bourbon fans would be very passionate about this event, but we have been politely overwhelmed,” Kentucky Distillers Association President Eric Gregory told WhiskyCast’s Mark Gillespie in a telephone interview. “The 50 Golden Tickets sold out in just over a week, and we probably could have sold at least 25 more,” he said. The tickets give their purchasers first choice of five of the eight distillery experiences, along with all of the other events and special gifts. Because the events will be held at eight distilleries ranging from Louisville to Lexington and south to Loretto, no one will be able to participate in more than five because of scheduling and travel time.
Single-event tickets will be priced between $100 and $250, with the highest-priced tickets going for VIP access to the closing event on May 18. Details of the evening have not been officially released, but it is expected to be held at one of Louisville’s exclusive private clubs and will feature live music and high-end Bourbon tastings.
According to Gregory, the overwhelming interest in the Kentucky Bourbon Affair will likely lead to it becoming an annual event each May, but will not detract from the KDA’s support for the Kentucky Bourbon Festival held each September in Bardstown. “We absolutely, positively support the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, and will continue doing so,” he said. “Their events are more centered around Bardstown and things to do there…these events are really centered around the distilleries themselves.”