In 1783, Evan Williams set up his distillery on the banks of the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville is once again becoming the world's bourbon epicenter with new distilleries and other bourbon attractions popping up each year. But the trailblazer in all this was the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience and the Bourbon Brotherhood took over the entire facility.
After receiving a welcome cocktail, we descended to the basement and hidden behind a bank vault door, was the Speakeasy room. While enjoying our welcome cocktails, Darshwood the Magician mingled with guests and conjured up bourbon magic before our very eyes.
Bristol catered the affair, providing an appetizer buffet with cheese and fresh fruit display, Evan Williams Bourbon BBQ meatballs, roasted vegetable and cream cheese pinwheels, drunken chicken tenders on skewers, assorted deviled eggs and edamame vegetable fritters.
Our special guest was Charlie Downs, Artisanal Distiller at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. Charlie has been with the company for over 40 years, so he knows a thing or two about making bourbon. After hearing from Charlie, we toured the other floors of the facility to learn about the history of bourbon. We began by traveling back in time to experience life and distilling in 1783, then checked out the artisanal distillery where we all got to sign the barrel of bourbon made there that day. Then we went upstairs to the vintage 1890's bar and the swinging 1960's bar. Along the way, we sampled four different premium bourbons: Evan Williams Single Barrel, Larceny, Elijah Craig and Evan Williams 12 year.