Old Forester Distilling Company on Whisky Row

A first look at the new Old Forester Distillery on Whiskey Row in Louisville for USA Today.

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First look: Old Forester Distillery in Louisville

Jake Emen, Special to USA TODAY, Published 2:03 p.m. ET June 13, 2018

Guests in Derby Day Attire

Bring ’em on …

Saturday morning, Derby Day, May 5, 9:00am – 11:00am, Downtown Marriott. Individual, couple and small group photos on a “creative background”. Identify guests per name tags if possible.

Ribbon-Cutting at Rabbit Hole Distillery

Rabbit Hole Distillery, at 711 E. Jefferson Street in NuLu, hosts a ribbon-cutting, grand opening party and a peek inside before opening to the public sometime in June. May 1, 2018

The ribbon-cutting at Rabbit Hole Distillery for the Courier Journal

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The Bulleit Distilling Co. ribbon-cutting ceremony held Tuesday, March 14, 2017 in Shelbyville, Ky. included Pietro Di Pilato, SVP, Technical, DIAGEO North America, Ky. State Sen. Paul Hornback, Deidre Mahlan, President, DIAGEO North America, Gov. Matt Bevin (Ky.), Tom Bulleit, Founder, Bulleit Distilling Co., Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison, Ky. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles and Eric Gregory, President, Kentucky Distillers' Association. (Brian Bohannon/AP Images for Bulleit Distilling Co.)

Bulleit Distilling Co. Ribbon Cutting Event

Bulleit Distilling Co. Ribbon Cutting Event
The Bulleit Distilling Co. ribbon-cutting ceremony held Tuesday, March 14, 2017 in Shelbyville, Ky. included Pietro Di Pilato, SVP, Technical, DIAGEO North America, Ky. State Sen. Paul Hornback, Deidre Mahlan, President, DIAGEO North America, Gov. Matt Bevin (Ky.), Tom Bulleit, Founder, Bulleit Distilling Co., Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison, Ky. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles and Eric Gregory, President, Kentucky Distillers’ Association. (Brian Bohannon/AP Images for Bulleit Distilling Co.)

This saw widespread distribution through the PRNewswire. Mary Jean was my on-site editor for this AP Images job in Shelbyville, where I had shot the ground-breaking for the distillery years ago. Happy birthday and wedding anniversary to Tom Bulleit, on the same day as the ribbon-cutting! And many more …

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.

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

The commemorative 14 Hands Limited Release Kentucky Derby Red Blend wine is shown Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2015, in front of the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Brian Bohannon/Invision for 14 Hands Winery/AP Images)

14 Hands Wine photo on Twitter

A set-up of 14 Hands Wine at Churchill Downs a few days before Derby.

Keith Kenison, 14 Hands winemaker, left, and the official bugler, Steve Buttleman, toast the commemorative 14 Hands Limited Release Kentucky Derby Red Blend wine, on Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2015, in front of the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Brian Bohannon/Invision for 14 Hands Winery/AP Images)