Documenting the 2016 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience finalists

Here are this year’s Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience Finalists (left to right): Austin Carson from Denver, Mizuna; Andrew Olsen from Kansas City, MO, Bluestem; Kimber Weissert from Pittsburgh, Wallace’s TapRoom; Ryan Pucket from Indianapolis, Libertine Liquor Bar; Jonathan Howard from Nashville , Old Glory/ Embers Ski Lodge and Jason Seele from San Francisco, Jack Rose Libation House.
Here are this year’s Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience Finalists (left to right): Austin Carson from Denver, Mizuna; Andrew Olsen from Kansas City, MO, Bluestem; Kimber Weissert from Pittsburgh, Wallace’s TapRoom; Ryan Pucket from Indianapolis, Libertine Liquor Bar; Jonathan Howard from Nashville , Old Glory/ Embers Ski Lodge and Jason Seele from San Francisco, Jack Rose Libation House.

In March, Woodford Reserve and Liquor.com brought about 30 contestants in the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience to Louisville for an educational visit. They arrived on Sunday from all over the country and converged at 21c Museum Hotel. They had drinks at Rye on Market and a long night out to sample the city. Early Monday morning they boarded a bus for a tour of the Woodford Reserve Cooperage in Louisville, and then rode another hour to Midway to visit the distillery.

The bartenders received an extensive tour, with Master Distiller Chris Morris and Elizabeth O’Neill, a Certified Specialist of Spirits, Woodford Reserve Master Taster and Senior Quality Control Specialist, leading small groups.

Bottles of Woodford were opened for a rowdy ride back to 21c to freshen up for cocktails and dinner. After dinner the six finalists were announced and would go on to further rounds in the Manhattan Experience.

See it here online: 2016 WOODFORD RESERVE MANHATTAN EXPERIENCE FINALISTS