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How to Derby 2019 | Derby Like a Local at Liquor Barn

The iconic Kentucky Mint Julep, Oaks Lily, bourbon, hats, bowties, and swag… that’s right, I photographed the event dedicated to How to Derby, or #DerbyLikeALocal, for the second year at Liquor Barn! Local bartenders served up cocktails at the bar, a bluegrass band played on the patio (a perfect venue for a band called the Porch Possums), vendors’ colorful Derby appropriate wares were on display, and attendees could get their 2019 Kentucky Derby Woodford Reserve bottles engraved and signed by master distiller Chris Morris. Check out the photos from the fun evening!

Venue: Liquor Barn
Featuring Brown-Forman's top Derby libations: Woodford Reserve | Old Forester | Finlandia
Vendors: Clayton & Crume | Peake Ties | Kozy Kandles | Finchy Baby Hats
Band: The Porch Possums

Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience 2019 | Kentucky Cocktail Competition

This spring I had the pleasure of photographing the 2019 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience cocktail competition at Ostra Louisville. This was my second year photographing the Kentucky competition, where bartenders compete using Woodford Reserve bourbon whiskey as their key ingredient in an original cocktail or Manhattan variation, with one bartender moving on to the next stage of competition. As a local Louisville photographer, I have a keen interest in all things bourbon, so it’s always a blast combining photography and bourbon cocktails!

As you can see from the photos from the event, the crowd had a great time drinking and watching the competition, the judges enjoyed their cocktail judging duties, and all in all, everyone had a great night of it!

How to Derby | Woodford Reserve and Old Forester at Liquor Barn

If there's anything Kentuckians look forward to as winter warms up into spring, it's the Kentucky Derby and the partying and festivities leading up to it! Louisville really comes alive in anticipation for the horse racing, bourbon drinking, hats, and local flair of the Derby.

A week before Oaks, I shot a fun event called How to Derby at the local Liquor Barn in Springhurst, featuring Brown-Forman's top Derby libations-- Old Forester bourbon, Woodford Reserve bourbon, Korbel Champagne, and Finlandia vodka. Woodford Reserve master distiller Chris Morris and 2018 Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby 144 bottle artist Keith Anderson were in attendance to sign bottles and posters for excited fans. Between the signing tables, the bar serving mint juleps, liquor tasting tables, swag distribution, and live music by The Porch Possums Bluegrass Band, there were also local vendors mingling and selling their derby inspired collections. Clayton & Crume handcrafted leather goods, Peake Ties ties and bowties, Mysterious Rack hats and fascinators, plus bourbon barrel cake, bourbon balls and chocolates, and cigars. If you weren't ready for derby before the event, you certainly were after!

Woodford Reserve Cocktail Contest

This week, I shot photos for a couple of bartenders from Martini Italian Bistro--a local restaurant and bar in Louisville-- for their upcoming Woodford Reserve cocktail contest entries. They had to submit their ideal Manhattan cocktail made with Woodford Reserve bourbon as well as an original inspired cocktail made with Woodford Reserve Double Oaked.

Bartender Alicia Orgel's 'perfect' Manhattan is equal parts Vya sweet vermouth and Dolin dry vermouth, Woodford Reserve bourbon, and aged aromatic bitters. Stirred, garnished with a cherry and a lemon twist.

Her original cocktail is the Persephone's Fury, a Woodford Doubled Oaked based drink with Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, lingonberry puree, pomegranate shrub, and Bittermen's Hellfire habanero shrub. Garnished with a burnt expressed orange peel.

Bartender Jason Stark's take on the 'perfect' Manhattan:

His original, Woodford Went Down to Georgia, made with Woodford Double Oaked, vanilla bean soaked peach bruleed and then muddled with black walnut bitters, Vya dry vermouth, and Madagascar vanilla bean simple syrup.