Commerce Lexington Spotlight

Thank you to Commerce Lexington for your partnership on this event!

Friday, November 15, 2019
8:00 a.m.
The Grand Reserve
903 Manchester Street, Suite 190, Lexington
Join us for a discussion featuring Brian Haara, Linda Ruffenach, & Fred Minnick.
Sample some recipes from Linda Ruffenach's book!


Tickets required and available at or 859-254-4447
PARKING: Free parking is available at the venue on Manchester Street.
Brian Haara
Brian Haara

Brian is a Louisville, Kentucky attorney who found a way to combine his passions for law, bourbon, and history. Discovery of the interplay between bourbon, law, and history led Brian to blogging as Sipp'n Corn®, which quickly developed into media credentials, collaboration with retailers to select private barrels, and ultimately to his first book, Bourbon Justice: How Whiskey Law Shaped America.

Bourbon is responsible for the growth and maturation of many substantive areas of the law, such as trademark, breach of contract, fraud, governmental regulation and taxation, and consumer protection. In  Bourbon Justice, Brian Haara delves into the legal behind one of America’s most treasured spirits to uncover a past fraught with lawsuits whose outcome, surprisingly perhaps, helped define a nation.

Fred Minnick
Fred Minnick

Fred Minnick is a Wall Street Journal best-selling author and the writer of seven award-winning books, such as Bourbon, Rum Curious, and Whiskey Women. Minnick is the editor-in-chief of Bourbon+ magazine, senior contributor to Forbes, and co-founder of the popular "Bourbon & Beyond Festival." He is the "bourbon authority" for the Kentucky Derby Museum and regularly appears in the mainstream media, including CBS This Morning, Forbes, and NPR.

Bourbon is not just alcohol-this amber-colored drink is deeply ingrained in American culture and tangled in American history. Bourbon: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of American Whiskey, Fred Minnick traces bourbon's entire history, from the 1700s with Irish, Scottish, and French settlers setting up stills and making distilled spirits in the New World, through today's booming resurgence.

Linda Ruffenach
Linda Ruffenach

Linda Ruffenach is a businesswoman, entrepreneur, and the founder of Whisky Chicks. She believes that sharing a glass of bourbon and learning about America’s native spirit are great common denominators to bring people together. Ruffenach takes pride in creating experiences that make learning about Kentucky bourbon approachable, fun, and informative. Her sense of community and commitment to paying it forward drive her to empower others to bring out their inner badass.

There is no right or wrong way to drink bourbon— in a cocktail, straight up, on the rocks, or with a splash of soda. You will never know which is your way until you try them all, and How to Be a Bourbon Badass will guide you on the path of your own bourbon adventure.