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2018 New Orleans Bourbon Festival
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Susan Reigler

Author, Professor, Executive Bourbon Steward
Louisville, KY
Award-winning writer and Louisville native Susan Reigler is the author of Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide (now in its second edition), Kentucky Sweet & Savory: Finding the Artisan Foods and Beverages of the Bluegrass State, The complete Guide to Kentucky State Parks and is co-author of The Bourbon Tasting Notebook (with Michael Veach), The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book and More Kentucky Bourbon Cocktails (with Joy Perrine). From 1992 to 2007, Reigler was the restaurant critic, beverage columnist, and travel writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal. She has also written about bourbon for Wine Enthusiast, Malt (now Whiskey) Advocate, and LEO (Louisville Eccentric Observer). She has been a judge for the James Beard Foundation Restaurant Awards since 1997 and in 2015 she was invited to join Les Dames d'Escoffier International, a society of women culinary professionals.A certified Executive Bourbon Steward, Reigler has lead bourbon tastings from Seattle to Savannah as well as tastings to benefit non-profit organizations including Locust Grove, the Falls of the Ohio Foundation, and Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill. She has been a judge for craft spirits awards and numerous bourbon cocktail contests and she regularly helps restaurants and retailers select barrels from distilleries for private bourbon bottlings, including Party Mart in Louisville as a member of its three person Bourbon Board of Directors. Reigler is also the current president of the Bourbon Women Association, which has members in 34 states and four countries.A graduate of Indiana and Oxford Universities, she teaches biology at Indiana University Southeast where her current research is the examination of the possible effects of bourbon warehouse staining on polymorphism in Geometrid moths. She lives in Louisville.