Attendees of the Inside the Barrel event in Elizabethtown Friday evening will be able to sample bourbon, enjoy small-bite meals and learn about the bourbon-making process from a master distiller.

Set to take place at the State Theater’s WesBanco Gallery, the event includes a selection of bourbons from Bardstown Bourbon Co. Each attendee will be able to enjoy four samples during the event.

Steve Nally, master distiller for Bardstown Bourbon Co., also will be present to take attendees “inside the barrel,” walking them through his process.

Board & You, a business specializing in charcuterie boards with café locations in New Albany, Indiana and Louisville, is providing bourbon-focused food pairings for guests as well.

The event is a partnership between the City of Elizabethtown Events Program and Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau.

Janna Clark, executive director for the E’town Tourism, said she hopes Friday’s event will be the first in a series of bourbon-inspired events in Elizabethtown in the near future.

“It will be a special night to visit with friends, make new ones and enjoy Kentucky’s native spirit with amazing food pairings,” she said

Merchandise with the E’town Tourism and Convention Bureau’s promotional slogan “Bourbon’s Backyard” also will be available for purchase.

“Bourbon’s Backyard has become part of our destination promotion here in E’town for several reasons,” Clark said. “Not only does it place us in the heart of bourbon country with so many distilleries in our area, but it speaks to the essence of bourbon as an experience, a culture, the stories of the spirit.”

Doors for the event open at 6 p.m. while the dinner starts at 7. A limited number of tickets still are available. Tickets are $75 per person and are available at

Tables of eight also are available to reserve at a cost of $500. To reserve a table, call the State Theater at 270-234-8258.

Andrew Critchelow can be reached at 270-50a5-1413 or

Andrew Critchelow can be reached at 270-505-1413 or

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