A Weller Antique 107 Barrel is on the Auction Block at Bourbonanza in Frankfort

Bourbon Hall of Fame Tour Guide Freddie Johnson gives a tour at Buffalo Trace Distillery.

A Weller 107 barrel pick experience and dozens of rare bottles could be yours if you’re the highest bidder at the Bourbonanza rare bottle auction later this month in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Winners of the auction will head to Buffalo Trace with 15 of their closest friends, enjoy a private lunch, and then select their favorite barrel from five options, to be bottled and custom labeled for their personal enjoyment. Buffalo Trace isn’t the only distillery who has donated some of their finest; signed bottles of Booker’s, Knob Creek, 1792, and Four Roses will also be up for grabs.

Now in its third year, Frankfort’s Bourbonanza Festival offers guests a day of bourbon and more, all in historic downtown Frankfort.

The festival opens at noon on October 20th with the “Spirits Stroll,” a free street fair stretching along St. Clair Street between Main and Broadway. Until 5 p.m., the street will feature local distilleries, breweries, and wineries, live music, and demonstrations featuring barrel coopering and mixology. There will also be hand-rolled cigars from Kentucky Gentleman and Kentucky’s Best Burgoo.

Following the Spirits Stroll is the Spirits Soiree, a cocktail party set in the gardens at the Kentucky History Center. Live music plays while a high energy rare whiskey auction takes place, drawing a crowd of Bourbon lovers from surrounding states.

This year’s auction has plenty for lovers of Buffalo Trace’s wheated mashbill, with bottles like Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year, W.L Weller 19 Year, Weller CYPB, and a W.L. Weller “flight” (a liter each of Weller Special Reserve, Weller Antique 107, and Weller 12) all crossing the auction block.

A spread of heavy hors d’oeuvres from local favorite caterers Three Peas in a Pod will be laid out for all guests, and more information about the night can be found here at www.bourbonanza.com.

Tickets to Bourbonanza available here.

Caroline Paulus
Caroline Paulus is the Senior Editor for The Bourbon Review. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky. Follow her on Instagram @misswhiskeyhistorian to keep up with her latest in bourbon news - and a few old finds, too.