The 18th Annual AFQAM Training Conference will be held in Lexington, KY on October 8-11, 2019. Information on conferences beyond 2019 can be found on the Training Opportunities page. Conference details and registration are posted in the late spring of each year.
Dinner and Tour at the Buffalo Trace Distillery ($45) Wednesday, October 9th, 5:30pm-9:00pm
Even if you don’t like Bourbon, join the fun on a Buffalo Trace Distillery tour. Learn about master distiller’s quest for perfection, how weather, water, and limestone play a role in the manufacturing, and enjoy a Kentucky themed meal with your AFQAM friends.
Kentucky is known for three things: bluegrass, horses and bourbon. Ninety-six percent (96%) of the world’s bourbon is made in Kentucky. Some of the bourbons produced take 23 years to mature. The process from corn fermentation to bottling is a fascinating. The historical aspects of bourbon making will interest all history buffs and the chemical process of yeast fermentation and ethanol extraction would interest any chemist/biologist, even if you are not a bourbon drinker.
“In Kentucky, buffalo carved a pathway that was followed by America’s early pioneers. On the spot where the buffalo migration route crossed the Kentucky River, we’ve been making legendary bourbon whiskey for over 200 years. Buffalo Trace is the oldest continuously operating distillery in America. During Prohibition the distillery was even permitted to remain operational, to make whiskey for “medicinal purposes.”
In tribute to the mighty buffalo and the rugged, independent spirit of the pioneers who followed them westward, Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey was created. Within the past decade, Buffalo Trace has won more awards than any other distillery in the world, including an unmatched seven “Distillery of the Year” titles. Still American family owned and located in Franklin County, Kentucky, the distillery’s rich history includes such legendary distillers as E.H. Taylor, Jr, George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp and Elmer T. Lee. The distillery sprawls impressively over 130 acres and is home to four centuries of architecture – all still fully operational.” Buffalo Trace Distillery is the home of the famous Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon, EH Taylor, and many more famous bourbons.