Julep Shindig 2018: Triple Crown Weekend

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Escape to the birthplace of bourbon and interact with the founders of the bourbon lifestyle, the publishers of The Bourbon Review magazine, during this long weekend you are sure to never forget. This experience includes authentic Southern celebrations and behind-the-scenes access to Kentucky’s world-famous bourbon and horse industries. Highlights include: private tour of Woodford Reserve Distillery followed by a sensory-inspired culinary Bourbon pairing; a VIP Clubhouse Experience at Keeneland Racetrack; a private tour of Coolmore's Ashford Stud horse farm, home of 2014 Triple Crown & Breeder's Cup winner, American Pharoah; and the 2018 Julep Shindig, a celebration of the Mint Julep with guest chefs & bartenders curating various interpretations of this classic cocktail, alongside cured meats and other epicurean indulgences.

HORSES & BOURBON A visit to Kentucky is never complete without a trip to Horse Country. On Friday, April 20, you’ll get VIP access to one of the world’s most celebrated horse farms, Coolmore’s Ashford Stud. You’ll get a chance to get up close and personal with some of the greatest living thoroughbreds – including a meet and greet with Triple Crown–winning American Pharaoh – and see their lavish way of living once they retire from racing and go on to a career in breeding. AMERICAN PHAROAH AP (as he is known in Horse Country), who currently commands a $200,000 stud fee, broke the 37 year draught for a horse to win the Triple Crown, and even did one better by becoming the first horse ever to win the “Grand Slam” by adding the Breeder’s Cup Classic trophy for his owners. WOODFORD RESERVE After a genteel country lunch amongst the rolling hills of the Bluegrass, you'll enjoy a VIP tour at Woodford Reserve Distillery, where the time-honored traditions of Bourbon-making are preserved & celebrated. You'll taste straight from the barrel, after seeing the step-by-step distillation process and walking the barrel warehouses. In addition to the tasting, there will be a sensory-culinary pairing with multiple expressions from the Woodford Reserve list of labels. Think of this as part 2 of the tasting experience at Woodford Reserve Distillery, but set in the context of a cheese, country ham & Bourbon pairing; followed by a bacon ‘fat-washed’ Woodford Double Oaked, paired with homemade pork grinds. A DAY AT THE RACES Pick your favorite horse and don your best fedora or other big hat –it’s both decadent, AND depraved (so said author Hunter S. Thompson). On Saturday you’ll be shuttled to Keeneland, an ivy-lined cathedral of Tudor-inspired architecture to watch some of the best horse racing the industry has to offer inside the famous Clubhouse area. The paddock inside the track is a great place to see the ponies up close (and also people watch). Keeneland is where American

Pharoah capped his Grand Slam and won the 2014 Breeder's Cup. But it’s also got great food & drinks; don't forget to sample the Bourbon Bread Pudding, and ask for a little extra sauce. It compliments the Mint Juleps perfectly, as you weigh your next trifecta bet. Also has a classy gift shop for inspiring ideas or that horsebit bow-tie for that special someone (or yourself).


The “Shindig” tradition invokes a social gathering that is both genteel and casual. The Julep Shindig brings together great Southern style food and Bourbon in a relaxed atmosphere. Because day drinking in seersucker is kinda fun, the 2018 Julep Shindig will be a brunchtime warm up for the day-at-the-races. Can you hear the ice being hand-chipped? Or the metal shaker being tossed? Can you smell the freshly-picked mint sprigs yet? Bartenders from across the country will be flown in to prepare some of the best Bourbon cocktails you have ever imbibed. The Bourbon Review Julep Shindig is an annual tradition featuring guest chefs & bartenders, for an authentic culinary & Bourbon experience. You’ll taste multiple cocktails, and dine on Southern cuisine while tapping your feet to live music with rolling hills that surround Keeneland as the backdrop. The founders of The Bourbon Review will be on hand to show you the best of the bourbon lifestyle. How’s that for a day-at-the-races in Kentucky? A sweet, sweet Bourbon Country!

THE DETAILS THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES: Three nights at the stately Cambell House (an award-winning boutique hotel). Offer is valid for two guests only. Two tickets to The Bourbon Review Shindig. Guests will indulge in the finest bourbon, cocktails, and traditional Southern fare. Take it all in on a picturesque Kentucky day at Keeneland Racetrack, while surrounded by the sounds of live music. All participants must be at least 21 years of age to attend. VIP tour of Coolmore's Ashford Stud horse farm, along with transportation and lunch. Meet and greet with the Sports Illustrated 2015 Athlete of the Year, the Triple-Crown winning American Pharoah at Ashford Stud Private culinary & Bourbon tasting at Woodford Reserve Distillery; co-hosted by The Bourbon Review Co-Founders.VIP tour of Woodford Reserve Distillery with a walk through the barrel warehouse Two-year subscription to The Bourbon Review, an award-winning lifestyle publication that covers the art, science, and people of American whiskey. Subscription includes eight issues of the print magazine.

MAKE YOUR PLANS:  You will check in to the Cambell House  Lexington on Thursday, April 19, 2017, and check out on Sunday, April 22, 2017. Please note: Taxes and event gratuities are included. Gratuities for your hotel stay are not included.