Washington, D.C. – Tonight BourbonBlog.com brings you news of an exclusive Bourbon sampling of brands from the Kentucky Bourbon Trail featured at the iconic Bluegrass Ball, hosted by the Kentucky Society in Washington, D.C., and held this evening at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.
This sampling was organized by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association to celebrate the 57th Presidential Inauguration. This non-partisan Bluegrass Ball has been named an “Editor’s Pick” by the Washington Post in 2013, 2009 and 2005.
Distinguished guests included Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Ashley Judd and others political figures and dignitaries attended the Bluegrass Ball.
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“With more than 200 years of unrivaled craftsmanship and tradition, Bourbon is America’s only native spirit and a unique part of Kentucky’s history and culture,” KDA President Eric Gregory tells BourbonBlog.com.
“We are deeply honored to be featured as part of this exciting event to showcase our signature industry that plays such an important and growing role in the Commonwealth and the global economy.”
Seven of Kentucky’s distillers were shared their premium single barrel and small batch Bourbons including Bulleit, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve.
In addition, legendary Master Distillers and Bourbon VIPs attend, including Master Distillers Jimmy Russell of Wild Turkey, Chris Morris of Woodford Reserve and Craig Beam of Heaven Hill, and Maker’s Mark Chief Operating Officer Rob Samuels. See the group pictured below
The Ball’s Kentucky inspired menu was designed and created by Chef Edward Lee, proprietor of the acclaimed 610 Magnolia restaurant in Louisville and an alumnus of the popular “Iron Chef America” and “Top Chef” television programs.
More than 1,000 people attended the black-tie event, which was emceed by Phyllis George, former Miss America and First Lady of Kentucky, and her daughter Pamela Brown, a Kentucky native and popular local TV reporter for ABC News Channel 8.
Guests received gift bags of Kentucky Proud souvenirs and products, including a special KDA Kentucky Bourbon rocks glass to commemorate the event, Bourbon balls and keepsake items from participating distilleries.
The Kentucky Society of Washington, a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1912 with a purpose to promote goodwill, fellowship and amicable relations among Kentuckians in the nation’s Capital region. It’s one of the oldest state societies in the nation’s capital.
“What started as an elegant evening in 1949 to honor then-Vice President Alben W. Barkley has become one of the nation’s go-to inaugural events,” Anne-Marie Kelley, chairman of the Bluegrass Ball tells BourbonBlog.com.
“What better way to celebrate Kentucky than a top-notch meal from one of the nation’s premier chefs, lots of dancing and plenty of Kentucky Bourbon,” she said. “It’s guaranteed to be a five-star event.”