Julep Shindig 2017: 3-Day Bourbon Country Getaway for Two

$3,100.00 $4,500.00


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Bourbon Country beckons with a tour of the award winning Woodford Reserve Distillery, a day at the races, meet and greet with the Triple Crown winning American Pharoah, Southern food, and (of course) Bourbon, April 20th – 23rd, 2017.  



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; 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 a night of great food and drinks with over 20 bourbons to sample at The Bourbon Review's Julep Shindig.


A visit to Kentucky is never complete without a trip to Horse Country. On Friday, April 21, 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.


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.


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.

That night, the publishers of The Bourbon Review will be teaming up for a very special bourbon tasting with Woodford Reserve at Belle's Cocktail House, one of the Top Bourbon Bars in America, just 2 blocks from the Gratz Park Inn. 


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). Sip your Bourbon slowly during the day however, because you’ll want to save room for the party afterwards. 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. Its 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, perfect for post-racing celebrating. 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. 

You’ll top off Saturday night with The Bourbon Review Julep Shindig. You’ll be able to taste over 20 bourbons, sip on 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 night in Kentucky?



  • Three nights at the historic Gratz Park Inn. 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 evening 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 & greet with the Sports Illustrated 2015 Athlete of the Year, the Triple-Crown winning American Pharoah at Ashford Stud
  • Private tasting with Woodford Reserve Bourbons, at Belle's Cocktail House.
  • VIP tour of Woodford Reserve Distillery with a tasting and a walk through the barrel warehouse
  • Lunch from Wallace Station, an award-winning country store by James Beard nominated chef, Ouita Michel. 
  • 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.
  • Taxes and event gratuities are included.


Rooms feature one king bed or two queen four-post beds with Tempur-Pedic mattresses and fine linens. All rooms are decorated with 19th-century antique reproductions, mahogany furniture, and artwork from the region. Modern bathrooms are spacious, well lit, and equipped with luxe bathrobes and European toiletries. Amenities include a flat-screen TV with cable channels, high-speed wireless Internet, air conditioning, and more.


Upon arriving to the Gratz Park Inn, you will enjoy a cocktail reception to mingle with the other guests. On Friday, April 21, 2017, you will be picked up at the Gratz Park Inn for your exclusive bourbon tastings and horse-farm tours (lunch included). On Saturday, April 22, 2017, enjoy a tour and bourbon tastings at Woodford Reserve Distillery, then attend The Bourbon Review Julep Shindig at Keeneland Racetrack. You will check in to the Gratz Park Inn on Thursday, April 20, 2017, and check out on Sunday, April 23, 2017. 

Upon purchasing your Shindig package, we will send a confirmation email to you. A full itinerary will be mailed by mid-February. Event details are subject to change.

Please note: Taxes and event gratuities are included. Gratuities for your hotel stay are not included. Photos are of past Shindig events and represent the Shindig experience "generally."