On Feb. 4, Venture Connectors will host Andrea Wilson, general manager of Michter’s Distillery LLC, and Doris Sims, vice president of bureau services for the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau. They will discuss the state of the bourbon industry, focusing on downtown distilling and bourbon experiences. Wilson and Sims also will share information on the expected economic impact of the bourbon industry on Louisville and what they believe are opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs.
Michter’s is a startup distiller in Louisville that is resurrecting an old brand and reintroducing it to the marketplace. A privately held business with a history tracing back to 1753, Michter’s 65,000-square-foot distillery is located on 5.6 acres in Shively. Additionally, Michter’s is currently renovating the historic Fort Nelson Building across the street from the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, which is slated to offer educational tours and tastings. The distillery’s current production includes small-batch bourbon, single-barrel rye whiskey, sour mash whiskey, unblended American whiskey, 10-year-old single-barrel rye and single-barrel bourbon, 20-year-old single-barrel bourbon and 25-year-old single-barrel rye. Michter’s earned the Robb Report’s “Best of the Best Award” in 2014, and has been named “The Best American Whiskey” by Food & Wine magazine.