I have been working on The Bourbon Social for quite some time now. People are still learning about it and just hearing about it yes – but it has been in the works for quite some time. It was originally several different concepts, that would be spread out over a year. After several trips out West; for research, adult beverages, and a business meeting or two – I (with help from my family) decided this would become a thing, and it would be pulled together into one event. The next step – what the hell do we call it? And what is the format for the event? I am very blessed to have an amazing family, who also happen to be well connected and deeply rooted in the events, hospitality, and culinary scene in Colorado. We formed an All-Star team of professionals who would serve as an advisory group to my crazy ideas. These people are smart. These people are insanely creative and smart, and they helped me form this awesome, kick-ass, Kentucky inspired, Bourbon infused, one-night soiree – The Bourbon Social. It was going to be awesome.

I came back to Lexington to begin the planning process, and after a little planning and formation, and thinking it was coming together nicely, I took another trip to Colorado. My fabulous advisors had their interest peaked by the updates on development in KY, but you could tell something was missing. So after a long discussion, a lot of brainstorming, and several choice words, we took TBS and flipped it on its head. This baby Bourbon event (HA! originally 1,200 people in one night!) became a three-day, six event celebration and jumped to 2,500+ people. So off I went, back to Kentucky, right back to work on this now massive Bourbon expo. And here we are, Seven and a half months away from the first annual, and we couldn’t be more excited! Our hope in planning this weekend is to entice the Bourbon enthusiast, and the newcomer alike, and to fit within anyone’s budget. This is a ‘Celebration of Kentucky’, so we really wanted to focus on not only Kentucky based Bourbons, but Kentucky people, places, and purveyors. We are giving you a firsthand look (and taste) into the things that make Kentucky great, and the people who make those things. And who doesn’t love supporting these local folks, right?!

Am I bat-shit crazy? The answer is yes. But I like to think I’m crazy with passion. Our plans for this event are to grow it over the next two years into a month long celebration, with one or two smaller events each week, leading up to this end-all-be-all-three-day-blow-out-bash, that is, The Bourbon Social.

We hope you’ll join us on this journey, and help us think BIG! Buckle up… it’s going to be a fun ride!



Kaelyn is the Founder of LexEffect :: Creative Event Management. LexEffect is a full service event management company based in Lexington, KY. They coordinate private events for their clients; large-scale productions for the general public; and events for Non-Profit organizations free of charge.