LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Think of it as Willy Wonka, 90 proof.
Like the 1971 movie's lucky golden ticket recipients who witness the inner workings and secrets of a chocolate factory, the Kentucky Distillers Association announced Monday a sort of "elite Bourbon fantasy camp" with unprecedented access to eight bourbon distilleries and unique experiences with distillers over four days in May.
"Exclusive, never seen before content and opportunities for the attendees at the distilleries themselves," explained Joe Fraser, KDA Chairman.
From May 14 through May 18, the Kentucky Bourbon Affair promises "extraordinary experiences at the most iconic Bourbon distilleries in the world, capped by evening events featuring the cosmopolitan allure of Louisville, the heartbeat of Bourbon cuisine and culture."
Kentucky Distillers Association:
· Tour the hallowed grounds of historic distilleries never before opened to the public
· Hang out in a Master Distiller’s man cave while learning to mix his favorite cocktails
· Re-live the campfire legend of how a famous brand was born, then go skeet shooting
· Train your Bourbon palate with culinary pairings from award-winning chefs
· Work in an age-old rickhouse, rolling and dumping barrels in the footsteps of legends
· Blend your very own small batch Bourbon straight from the barrel
· Sit side-by-side with experts in the sensory lab to ensure each barrel is aged to perfection
· Sample Bourbon from the very first barrels of hand-crafted brands
· Hear family histories – and a few tall tales – from the Bourbon barons themselves
· Mix with Master Distillers and other VIPs at opening and closing events unlike any other
"There's going to be people wanting to do everything," said KDA President Eric Gregory. "So instead of an amber ticket, because it's the golden anniversary of Kentucky bourbon being named America's only native spirit, we thought we'll do a golden ticket. And it does have sort of a Willy Wonka-esque sort of theme to it."
Though the KDA said tickets for individual events are available for between $100-$200, golden tickets cost $1350 and guarantee first choice at five tours plus opening and closing events and other special considerations and items, including personalized service from a Bourbon Affair concierge to help plan the trip.
Fifty golden tickets go on sale at noon, EST Tuesday, Jan. 14. A limited number of tickets to individual and nightcap events will go on sale in the next few weeks. The website for more information and to purchase tickets is www.kybourbonaffair.com.