SEPTEMBER 12, 2024

Event Starts at 6 pm |  Auction Begins at 7:15 pm
Online & In-Person at the Speed Art Museum

The Art of Bourbon combines Kentucky’s official art museum with Kentucky’s greatest product to produce the region’s premier bourbon and whiskey auction party! Join us LIVE online or in-person to bid on some once-in-a-lifetime offerings and support the Speed!

The Art of Bourbon is curated with the support of Wall Street Journal-Bestselling Author and renowned Bourbon critic, Fred Minnick. Click here to learn more about Fred. All proceeds support education programs and exhibitions at the Speed Art Museum.

Presenting Sponsor

GTC logo-2color-PMS-tagline

Supporting Sponsors

ASI Logo Vector copy
Land Rover One Color-01
kelley logo copy

Audio Visual Sponsor


2023 Art of Bourbon auction highlights

The exceedingly rare George T. Stagg, sits at the crossroads of bourbon history. By all accounts, this is very special bottle owing to its backstory. This 16-year-old expression, distilled prior to 1917 and bottled in 1928, was produced at the George T. Stagg Company, which was under the new leadership of Colonel Albert Blanton. To protect it from being reused once consumed, Four Roses Distillery, which at the time was right down the road from the Stagg Distillery, developed the first patented tamper proof container. That patent is still visible on the top of the box. Because they were running low on their own whisky to sell, Four Roses marketed the bottle.

Not just a Pappy 23 Year Old. The Pappy. A prized unicorn among all spirits, not just bourbon. This is from the first batch of Pappy 23 Year Old ever produced.  This 1998 bottle is the first year that Julian Van Winkle III went to market with the 23 Year Old, with its tell-tale green-tinted glass and brandishing a gold wax top that’s no longer made, this one is the auction’s unicorn. It was bottled in 1998 and made its formal debut that year.

To participate, you must create an account and register PRIOR to the event.

Join us in-person at the Speed for cocktails, dinner & live auction.

Join us virtually for the live online auction, beginning at 7:15pm

Registration does not include tickets to the in-person event. Bidders will have the ability to bid on all auction items virtually.