Launching Year Three of Behind the Barrel!

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Behind the Barrel is Back and Bigger Than Ever!

Returning for its third year, USBG's Behind the Barrel offers a unique and exciting educational opportunity for bourbon enthusiasts everywhere. From grain selection to barrel placement in the aging warehouses, Behind the Barrel lifts the veil on Wild Turkey’s production and distilling process.

Bartenders will learn the art of Wild Turkey from Bourbon Hall of Famers® and the only father and son Master Distilling duo in the industry – Jimmy and Eddie Russell. Together, the Russells represent over 95 years of distilling experience. For decades, they’ve acted as guardians of America’s native spirit, never wavering in their commitment to their craft and never compromising their integrity by taking shortcuts or doing things the easy way. This reverence for tradition makes them uniquely qualified to teach bartenders every step of the bourbon-making process – from grain to glass.

Behind the Barrel is a celebration of Wild Turkey’s stubborn spirit. To be chosen for this up-close-and-personal experience, bartenders must demonstrate that, like Jimmy and Eddie Russell, they too have an uncompromising spirit – behind the bar and in life. Where others take shortcuts, they are committed to doing things their own way, the right way.

Participants will spend a weekend dividing their time between educational activities in Lawrenceburg and enjoying the best food, drink and activities Kentucky has to offer. While a strong bourbon foundation is a critical component of the program, Behind the Barrel is sure to leave room for fun – from skeet shooting and a special sugar barrel tasting with Eddie Russell to camping out under the stars on the distillery grounds.  


Behind the Barrel is open to USBG and non-USBG members. This year, we will be offering two sessions for a total of 45 spots to be filled. Both sessions will take place in early October. Please enter your application by 11:59pm PT on Friday, August 12th.   

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In addition, we will be holding three Behind the Barrel happy hour events across the country. Please RSVP if you would like to attend one of these events:  


Los Angeles


July 6th




July 11th


New York


August 1st



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