Bourbon Authors Unite for Silver Trail Fire Victims


May 20, 2015

When I learned about the Silver Trail Distillery fire, my heart sunk. I thought my days of covering such tragedy were over. I chose to build my career around the finer things in life after seeing man at his worst. Although I’m a mere writer in this spirits world, I wanted to help the Rogers’ cousins in anyway possible.

A couple years ago, the Louisville bourbon authors created a non-official club called “Team Bourbon.” We’ve organized joint signings and generally helped one another. We don’t view ourselves as competitors. Rather, we are all friends. And we all wanted to give back to the Silver Trail Distillery, especially after Kyle Rogers passed away.

On Saturday, June 13, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Team Bourbon welcomes new members into the fold and joins forces with the popular liquor store Westport Whiskey & Wine for a benefit signing with Westport donating a portion of the proceeds to the KDA-established fund. If you can’t make it, please donate what you can to the aforementioned fund. We are in the process of creating a commemorative decal for each book’s cover and will have ways to donate without purchasing a book. What’s more, we’ll be sampling whiskey Westport barrel picks of whiskey.

Here is Team Bourbon:

Reid Mitenbuler, author of Bourbon Empire*

Chuck Cowdery, author of Bourbon, Strange and Bourbon, Bourbon Straight*

Mike Veach, author of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

Heather Greene, author of Whiskey Distilled*

Tim Laird, author of That’s Entertaining!

Susan Reigler, author of The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book and Kentucky Bourbon Country

Lew Bryson, author of Tasting Whiskey*

Bernie Lubbers, author of Bourbon Whiskey Our Native Spirit

Chester Zoeller, author of Bourbon in Kentucky and Kentucky Bourbon Barons 

Sally Van Winkle Campbell, author of But Always Fine Bourbon

Albert Schmid, author of The Old Fashioned

Fred Minnick, author of Whiskey Women


Please join us for a great cause.


* = will not be in attendance but will be sending signed copies.