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Welcome to the AAJ AMPED-UP Virtual Bourbon Tasting Presented by Gavl Video

Thank you for joining us for today’s Virtual Bourbon tasting!

For today’s tasting we’ll experience 4 bourbons from the Old Forester Whiskey Row Series.

  • Old Forester 1910 Old Fine Whisky
  • Old Forester 1920 Style Prohibition Whisky
  • Old Forester 1870 Original Batch Whisky
  • Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond Whisky

Tad Thomas

Tad Thomas is not only AAJ’s incoming Vice-President, but grew up in Kentucky, the heart of bourbon country.  Tad is the founding partner of Thomas Law Offices with offices in Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Ohio and Chicago, IL. Thomas Law Offices is an AAJ Leaders Forum member.  Tad will be joined by Lauren Johnson of Brown Forman and Brian Haara, author of Bourbon Justice. To learn more about Lauren and Brian, please read below the live stream.

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Lauren V. Johnson, WSET II – Brown Forman On Premise Specialist

Lauren has over a decade of industry experience in the Indianapolis region, the last six of which have been spent specializing in the Premium Whiskey brands of Brown Forman. Prior to that, she has had experience working in multiple facets of the bar and nightclub industry ranging from white tablecloth service to VIP client hosting. Lauren is certified WSET II in spirits, has a double major in Political Science and Criminal Justice at Ball State, and is can most likely be found adventuring with her two dogs Tucker and Bella. Her favorite sipper is Old Forester Statesman (or Birthday Bourbon when it’s available), and her go-to cocktail order is an Old Fashioned.


Brian Haara – Bourbon Lawyer and Author, Bourbon Justice

Brian is a Louisville, Kentucky attorney who found a way to combine his passions for law, bourbon, and history.  While already a bourbon enthusiast for decades, Brian happened upon an 1881 lawsuit where James E. Pepper had sued Labrot & Graham over Labrot & Graham’s continued use of the name “Old Oscar Pepper Distillery,” which had been owned by James’s father and grandfather, but which James lost in bankruptcy after his father died.  The story played out better than fiction, and he was hooked.

The interplay between bourbon, law, and history led Brian to blogging as Sipp’n Corn®, which quickly developed into media credentials, collaboration with retailers to select private barrels, and ultimately to Bourbon Justice: How Whiskey Law Shaped America (Potomac Books, 2018).

Bourbon Justice is Brian’s first book, but it won’t be his last.

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