2016 Louisville Author’s Row

[za_team_member member_img=”13536″ link_target=”_blank” member_social_1=”facebook” member_social_2=”twitter” member_name=”Fred Minnick” member_link=”http://www.whiskyliveusa.com/fred-minnick/” member_position=”Author, Speaker, & Photographer” member_social_1_link=”https://www.facebook.com/fred.minnick/?fref=ts” member_social_2_link=”https://twitter.com/FredMinnick” member_desc=”Wall Street Journal best-selling author Fred Minnick wrote the award-winning Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch and Irish Whiskey as well as Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker. Minnick writes about whiskey for Covey Rise, Whisky Advocate, and Whisky magazines.”]
[za_team_member member_img=”13537″ link_target=”_blank” member_social_1=”facebook” member_social_2=”twitter” member_name=”Bernie Lubbers” member_link=”http://www.whiskyliveusa.com/bernie-lubbers/” member_position=”Whiskey Professor – Brand Ambassador at Heaven Hill Distilleries” member_social_1_link=”https://www.facebook.com/bernie.lubbers.3″ member_social_2_link=”https://twitter.com/bernielubbers” member_desc=”In his role as American Whiskey Brand Ambassador, Bernie Lubbers further enhances the ascending profile of the Heaven Hill American Whiskey Collection among both consumers and trade. In addition, he educates these parties on history, production, laws and standards of the products in the Heaven Hill American Whiskey family.”]
[za_team_member member_img=”13538″ link_target=”_blank” member_social_1=”facebook” member_social_2=”twitter” member_name=”Chuck Cowdery” member_link=”http://www.whiskyliveusa.com/chuck-cowdery/” member_position=”Writer, Author” member_social_1_link=”https://www.facebook.com/chuck.cowdery?fref=ts” member_social_2_link=”https://twitter.com/charleskcowdery” member_desc=”Charles K. Cowdery is an internationally renowned whiskey writer, specializing
in American whiskey. He is a Kentucky Colonel (Patton, 206) and a member of
the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame (2009). He is the author of Bourbon,
Strange: Surprising Stories of American Whiskey (2014), “]
[za_team_member member_img=”13539″ link_target=”_blank” member_social_1=”facebook” member_social_2=”twitter” member_name=”Edward Lee” member_link=”http://www.whiskyliveusa.com/edward-lee/” member_position=”Chef, Author” member_social_1_link=”https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1097868933&fref=ts” member_social_2_link=”https://twitter.com/chefedwardlee” member_desc=”Chef Edward Lee is the chef/owner of 610 Magnolia, The Wine Studio & MilkWood in Louisville, KY and the culinary director for Succotash in Maryland. He has received multiple finalist nominations for the James Beard Foundation Awards Best Chef: Southeast. “]
[za_team_member member_img=”13540″ link_target=”_blank” member_social_1=”facebook” member_social_2=”twitter” member_name=”Michael Veach” member_link=”http://www.whiskyliveusa.com/michael-veach/” member_position=”Author” member_social_1_link=”https://www.facebook.com/michael.veach.90?fref=nf” member_social_2_link=”https://twitter.com/bourbonveach” member_desc=”Michael R. Veach is one of the foremost authorities on all things Bourbon. He is a recognized author whose articles are featured in numerous publications. Veach published the now-widely acclaimed book Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage in 2013. He recently released his second book, The Bourbon Tasting Notebook, co-authored with a respected colleague.”]
[za_team_member member_img=”13541″ link_target=”_blank” member_social_1=”twitter” member_name=”Susan Reigler” member_link=”http://www.whiskyliveusa.com/susan-reigler/” member_position=”Author” member_social_1_link=”https://twitter.com/SReigler” member_desc=”Award-winning writer and Louisville native Susan Reigler is the author of Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide (adopted as a textbook for the University of Kentucky’s Bourbon Tourism course), Kentucky Sweet & Savory: Finding the Artisan Foods and Beverages of the Bluegrass State, and is co-author of The Bourbon Tasting Notebook”]
[za_team_member member_img=”13542″ link_target=”_blank” member_social_1=”facebook” member_social_2=”twitter” member_name=”Davin de Kergommeaux” member_link=”http://www.whiskyliveusa.com/davin-de-kergommeaux/” member_position=”Author” member_social_1_link=”https://www.facebook.com/davin.dekergommeaux?fref=ts” member_social_2_link=”https://twitter.com/DavindeK” member_desc=”Davin de Kergommeaux is the author of the award-winning book, Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert, the definitive guide to Canadian whisky. An independent whisky expert, de Kergommeaux has been writing about, talking about, and teaching about whisky for nearly twenty years. His book presents first-hand knowledge of every significant Canadian distillery, past and present, based on site visits,”]
[za_team_member member_img=”13543″ link_target=”_blank” member_social_1=”facebook” member_social_2=”twitter” member_name=”Molly Wellmann” member_link=”http://www.whiskyliveusa.com/molly-wellmann/” member_position=”Mixologist, Entrepreneur, and Author ” member_social_1_link=”https://www.facebook.com/mollywellmann?fref=ts” member_social_2_link=”https://twitter.com/myrtlesbar” member_desc=”Molly Wellmann, a self-taught mixologist, entrepreneur, and author from Cincinnati, Ohio, has immersed herself in the knowledge of craft and classic cocktails and fine spirits, and together with her partners, co-owns and operates, Wellmann’s Brands.”]
[za_team_member member_img=”13544″ link_target=”_blank” member_name=”Chet Zoeller” member_link=”http://www.whiskyliveusa.com/chet-zoeller/” member_position=”Author” member_desc=”Chester “Chet” Zoeller was born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1941. He was raised in the shadow of Churchill Downs and lived within a few short blocks of many of the largest distilleries of the day; the Yellowstone, Seagram’s, Hill & Hill, and Stitzel-Weller distilleries were all within smelling distance.”]

Chet Zoeller

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Chester “Chet” Zoeller was born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1941. He was raised in the shadow of Churchill Downs and lived within a few short blocks of many of the largest distilleries of the day; the Yellowstone, Seagram’s, Hill & Hill, and Stitzel-Weller distilleries were all within smelling distance.

Mr. Zoeller attended the University of Kentucky before earning his undergraduate degree from

Western Kentucky University and his law degree from the University of Louisville. He practiced law for a number of years in Louisville before purchasing and operating a telecommunications firm in Savannah, Georgia. After he returned to Louisville, in 1997 he established the McLain & Kyne Distillery Company with his son, Trey. They produced several brands of bourbon—Jefferson’s, Jefferson’s Reserve, and Jefferson’s Rye.

Interested in the history of the whiskey business in Kentucky, Mr. Zoeller began researching the subject, which led to his writing Bourbon in Kentucky: A History of Distilleries in Kentucky, originally published in 2009. He has since updated and revised the book twice. His second book, Kentucky Bourbon Barons, introduces readers to the giants in the industry during the golden years of distilling.

Mr. Zoeller travels the country giving talks on the history of bourbon and Kentucky’s distilleries.

Susan Reigler

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Award-winning writer and Louisville native Susan Reigler is the author of Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide (adopted as a textbook for the University of Kentucky’s Bourbon Tourism course), Kentucky Sweet & Savory: Finding the Artisan Foods and Beverages of the Bluegrass State, and is co-author of The Bourbon Tasting Notebook and The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book.  From 1992 to 2007, she was the restaurant critic, beverage columnist, and travel writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal and has been a judge for the James Beard Foundation Restaurant Awards since 1997. She also currently writes Kentucky restaurant reviews for the international travel and entertainment website, Gayot.com.

Reigler, who is a certified Executive Bourbon Stewart (Kentucky Distillers Association), has conducted bourbon tastings from Seattle to Savannah and has led tastings to benefit non-profit organizations including Locust Grove, Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, The Falls of the Ohio Foundation, and the Louisville Legal Aid Society. She is a member (along with bourbon writers Carla Carlton and Michael Veach) of Louisville liquor retailer Party Mart’s Bourbon Board of Directors, which has the very pleasant responsibility for selecting barrels from Kentucky’s leading bourbon distilleries for exclusive store bottlings. Currently, she serves as the president of the Bourbon Women Association, which has more than 900 members in 34 states.

Reigler holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Indiana University and a master’s degree in zoology from Oxford University, which she attended as a Humphrey Scholar. She is a lecturer and research associate in biology at Indiana University Southeast where her current research is an investigation into the possible effects of bourbon warehouse staining on polymorphism in geometrid moths.

Find her bourbon (and other) books at

http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Reigler/e/B001JSDZI6/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Michael Veach

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Michael R. Veach is one of the foremost authorities on all things Bourbon. He is a recognized author whose articles are featured in numerous publications. Veach published the now-widely acclaimed book Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage in 2013. He recently released his second book, The Bourbon Tasting Notebook, co-authored with a respected colleague.

Early in his career, Veach was the North American Archivist for United Distillers for over seven years. He then spent 17 years within The Filson Historical Society as an archivist and historian. Today Mr. Veach provides independent industry consulting, education, and other services. In 2006, he was inducted into The Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame in recognition of his knowledge, activities, and accomplishments surrounding bourbon.

Veach holds a BA and MA in History from the University of Louisville. He travels across the country researching, lecturing, and hosting special seminars designed to spread the knowledge of Kentucky Whiskey products and enhance the appreciation of Bourbon. Mr. Veach resides in his hometown of Louisville, KY in the heart of Bourbon Country.

Molly Wellmann

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Molly Wellmann, a self-taught mixologist, entrepreneur, and author from Cincinnati, Ohio, has immersed herself in the knowledge of craft and classic cocktails and fine spirits, and together with her partners, co-owns and operates, Wellmann’s Brands.

Under the direction of Wellmann, her throughly trained bartenders carefully create the perfect cocktail served with a smile, for every guest that sits down at the bar; using classic recipes as a base for creating new and innovative cocktails donning homemade simple syrups, bitters, liqueurs, and fresh juices.

Wellmann currently co-owns The Famous Neons Unplugged, Japp’s Since 1879, The Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar, Myrtle’s Punch House, and newly acquired businesses, Melt Eclectic Cafe, and Bottle & Basket.

In 2013, Molly published, “Handcrafted Cocktails; A Mixologist’s Guide to Classic Drinks for Morning, Noon, & Night,” featuring over a hundred recipes complete with process and instruction.

Wellmann, her team, and establishments, have been featured in local, national, and internationally published outlets, including, Esquire Magazine, USA Today, The New York Times, Food and Wine Magazine, The Washington Post, People Magazine, and many more. Wellmann’s bar, Japp’s Since 1879, was named one of the top eighteen bars in the country by Esquire Magazine, in 2016.

Locally, Wellmann has been featured in Cincinnati Magazine, the Cincinnati Business Courier, The Cincinnati Enquirer, and many well-read blogs, websites, and podcasts.

Wellmann is also a practiced public speaker, participating in many cocktail forums, entrepreneurial conferences, and for her work with women’s organizations, Women Helping Women, Dress for Success, WEspeak, among many other leadership organizations.

Additionally, Wellmann hosts a weekly radio show on WNKU, “The 5 o’clocktails,” an hourlong program featuring a history lesson on cocktails, spirits, and the folks who crafted their recipes.

Davin de Kergommeaux

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Davin de Kergommeaux is the author of the award-winning book, Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert, the definitive guide to Canadian whisky. An independent whisky expert, de Kergommeaux has been writing about, talking about, and teaching about whisky for nearly twenty years. His book presents first-hand knowledge of every significant Canadian distillery, past and present, based on site visits, interviews, and extensive research, all founded in six university years of studying of whisky grains. He is the founder, and head judge for the Canadian Whisky Awards, and publishes comprehensive notes about Canadian whiskies on canadianwhisky.org. His writing and tasting notes appear regularly in Whisky Magazine and various lifestyle publications. De Kergommeaux has also contributed to or co-authored four other books about whisky, and two about spirits and cocktails. Follow him on twitter and instagram @Davindek.

Edward Lee

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Chef Edward Lee is the chef/owner of 610 Magnolia, The Wine Studio & MilkWood in Louisville, KY and the culinary director for Succotash in Maryland.  He has received multiple finalist nominations for the James Beard Foundation Awards Best Chef: Southeast. He has been featured in Esquire, Bon Appétit, GQ, Gourmet; won on Food Network’s“Iron Chef America,” “Top Chef: Texas, Season 9”; and has appeared on Cooking Channel’s “Foodography,” and many more appearances.  Most recently, he was nominated for a daytime Emmy for his role as host of the Emmy-winning series, Mind of Chef on PBS.

Chef Lee has published articles in Gastronomica, Esquire, Local Palate and many other journals. Lee’s self-authored best-selling cookbook, Smoke & Pickles, (Artisan Books, May 2013) chronicles his unconventional journey from the kitchens of Brooklyn to becoming a lauded Southern chef.

His signature blend with Jefferson’s Reserve called Chef’s Collaboration Blend is a luxury small batch bourbon he developed with Master Blender Trey Zoeller.

Twitter:                @chefedwardlee

Instagram:           @chefedwardlee

Facebook:           Chef Edward Lee

Web Sites:           www.610magnolia.com

www.milkwoodrestaurant.com

Bernie Lubbers

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In his role as American Whiskey Brand Ambassador, Bernie Lubbers further enhances the ascending profile of the Heaven Hill American Whiskey Collection among both consumers and trade. In addition, he educates these parties on history, production, laws and standards of the products in the Heaven Hill American Whiskey family. He concentrates on Heaven Hill’s specialty Bourbons including Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage, Elijah Craig, Parker’s Heritage Collection, Larceny, as well as critically-acclaimed Rittenhouse Rye, and Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey. Heaven Hill’s American Whiskey portfolio has been recognized with “Distiller of the Year” awards by both Whisky Advocate and Whisky Magazine.

Before joining Heaven Hill, the nation’s largest independent, family-owned and operated marketer and producer of distilled spirits, and the world’s second largest holder of aging Bourbon, Lubbers spent seven years in the supplier tier implementing special training and educational programs with consumers and trade. He is widely known as “The Whiskey Professor”, having authored the 2011 book Bourbon Whiskey—Our Native Spirit, and he hosts the popular website www.whiskeyprof.com. Lubbers is a past winner of the “Global Ambassador of the Year” award in Whisky Magazine’s “Icons of Whisky” presentation, is cited in numerous trade publications and has served as judge at whiskey competitions.

Originally from Louisville, KY, Lubbers graduated with a B.A. in Business from the University of Kentucky. He resides full time in Louisville, where he is also a musician and comedian.

Chuck Cowdery

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Charles K. Cowdery is an internationally renowned whiskey writer, specializing
in American whiskey. He is a Kentucky Colonel (Patton, 206) and a member of
the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame (2009). He is the author of Bourbon,
Strange: Surprising Stories of American Whiskey (2014), The Best Bourbon
You’ll Never Taste. The True Story of A. H. Hirsch Reserve Straight Bourbon
Whiskey, Distilled in the Spring of 1974 (2012), and Bourbon, Straight: The Uncut and Unfiltered Story of American Whiskey (2004).

He is the producer/director/writer of “Made and Bottled in Kentucky” (1992).
Other books include Blues Legends (1995), 20 profiles of notable blues
musicians. Cowdery was a contributor to the book 1001 Whiskies You Must
Taste Before You Die (2012).

He is a regular contributor to Whisky Advocate Magazine, and the editor and
publisher of The Bourbon Country Reader, the oldest publication dedicated
exclusively to American whiskey.

In 2012, Cowdery was cited by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals as an expert on
the history and marketing of American whiskey in Maker’s Mark v Diageo. He
wrote the ‘Bourbon’ article in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture,
Volume 7, Foodways (2007).

He is available for speaking appearances and guided tastings.

Cowdery also works as a marketing writer for a variety of commercial clients, and is an attorney. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.