The Kentucky Distillers’ Association will feature an exclusive sampling of bourbon brands at the Bluegrass Ball on Jan. 19 in Washington, D.C. The non-partisan event, hosted by the Kentucky Society of Washington, is the first of a series of black-tie celebrations surrounding the presidential inauguration.
Seven Kentucky distillers will pour premium single-barrel and small-batch bourbons: Bulleit, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve. Bourbon VIPs scheduled to attend include Master Distillers Jimmy Russell of Wild Turkey, Chris Morris of Woodford Reserve and Craig Beam of Heaven Hill, as well as Rob Samuels, chief operating officer of Maker’s Mark.
The Kentucky-inspired menu will be created by Chef Edward Lee, proprietor of 610 Magnolia in Louisville and a contestant on TV’s “Iron Chef America” and “Top Chef.”
The Kentucky Society of Washington, a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1912 with a purpose to promote goodwill, fellowship and amicable relations among Kentuckians in the nation’s Capital region. The Bluegrass Ball started in 1949 to honor then-Vice President Alben W. Barkley, a Western Kentucky native who served under President Harry S Truman.
Tickets to the 2013 Bluegrass Ball are $250 each and may be purchased here.