The Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame will induct three new members to its ranks, as well as bestow the prestigious Parker Beam Lifetime Achievement Award to a fourth.
“This year’s class truly shows the diversity of personas behind the growing Golden Age of Kentucky Bourbon, from a beloved tour guide whose wisdom and personality embodies and elevates our visitors’ experience, to the leadership and passion of three top executives who have forged the path to our current success,” said Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.
“Each, in their own way, has forever transformed our signature spirit. We are eternally grateful for their remarkable achievements, dedication and commitment to our timeless craft, and for that we offer our heartfelt thanks.”
The Kentucky Distillers’ Association created the Hall of Fame in 2001, in conjunction with the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival, to recognize individuals and organizations that have made a significant and transformational impact on Bourbon’s stature, growth and awareness. It is the highest honor given by Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry.
This year’s inductees are, in alphabetical order:
* Freddie Johnson, VIP Visitor Lead, Buffalo Trace Distillery
* The late Dr. Pearse Lyons, Founder & President, Alltech, Inc.
* Matthew J. Shattock, Chairman & CEO, Beam Suntory
The Hall of Fame will also award Max L. Shapira (President, Heaven Hill Brands) with a Lifetime Achievement Award as one of the industry’s most successful leaders, visionaries and champions.
For those who would like to join in the celebration of the inductees, a limited number of tickets are still available here. This marks the first year the ceremony has been open to the public. Tickets for the luncheon event this Friday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville cost $100 and include lunch and drinks.