The 3rd Annual Bourbon Bash Showcase to benefit The Green Beret Foundation kicks off at 6 p.m. tonight at Leiper’s Fork Distillery. The annual event brings together Kentucky and Tennessee whiskey enthusiasts and veterans for an evening of sipping and fundraising. Bourbon author Fred Minnick and radio host Phil Valentine co-host the event.
Event creator Pamela Furr discusses how the event was born, “I had met author and bourbon historian Fred Minnick when he was a National Guardsman. I had no idea he was a leader in the field of bourbon until I saw him commenting on CBS News on the battle between George Dickel and Jack Daniels over the term “TENNESSEE WHISKEY.” So I called him up, told him we should bring him to Nashville for a tasting to raise money for a great cause, and The Bourbon Bash was born.”
T.S. Slemp, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and Green Beret Foundation Board Member, will also speak to the event attendees tonight. According to the Foundation website, ‘The Green Beret Foundation provides direct and continuous support to the Green Beret Community and its families. The Green Beret Foundation facilitates the transition of Green Berets and their families whether that transition is from wounds sustained in combat, illness, injury or “merely” from numerous deployments and/or retirement.”
Tickets are still available at BourbonBashTickets.com or at the door tonight and include the full line up of whiskeys as well as snacks to help soak them up. Some of the distilleries you can expect to explore are local Tennessee favorites H Clark, Tenn South, George Dickel, Jack Daniel, and, of course, Leiper’s Fork. Kentucky brands include Old Forester, Cooper’s Craft, Four Roses, Rabbit Hole, and Woodford Reserve.
Leiper’s Fork Distillery welcomes this event for the third year. Previous years have seen sold out crowds, so this year the event moves out of the still house into a larger tent. Don’t worry; it’s heated! The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. on the distillery grounds at 3381 Southall Road in Franklin. In addition to talks from Minnick and Slemp, there will be a silent auction and guided tastings from brand representatives. Tickets and donations are tax deductible. No costume required.