Episode airs Aug. 12, was filmed in December with host Andrew Zimmern
LOUISVILLE, KY (Aug. 8, 2013) — On Monday, Aug. 12, at 9 p.m., Distilled Spirits Epicenter and Flavorman will be featured on the Louisville episode of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern. The episode, titled “Louisville: Bourbon and Burgoo,” features Zimmern tasting an alcohol-free bourbon beverage and barbecued sheep meat, according to www.tvguide.com.
Zimmern visited Flavorman and Distilled Spirits Epicenter in December 2012 during his culinary tour of the region. Founder Dave Dafoe provided a tour which included the development lab where Flavorman creates beverage formulations, the Moonshine University classroom and Grease Monkey Distillery.
Distilled Spirits Epicenter serves as an education center, training facility and artisan distillery focused on the development of custom spirits. It is comprised of Grease Monkey Distillery, Moonshine University and Challenge Bottling and provides hands-on distilling instruction, expert-led courses and bottling services. Sister company to Flavorman, an international full-service beverage development and ingredient supply company, the Epicenter claims no trademark on its creations, making each project entirely the property of the client. Since its opening, Distilled Spirits Epicenter has conducted a series of bourbon enthusiast classes and two five-day distiller courses aimed at spirits entrepreneurs.
A success story that has come out of Distilled Spirits Epicenter is the Peerless Distilling Co., which is set to open in downtown Louisville in March 2014. Corky Taylor and his son Carson are behind the endeavor, and Carson learned the production and business aspects of the industry by attending Moonshine University. Peerless Distilling began doing business in Henderson, Ky., in the late 1800s under the ownership of Corky Taylor’s great-grandfather, Henry Kraver and closed in the mid-20th century.
Initially, the company will bottle and sell its moonshine product as it works toward developing a 4-year-old Peerless bourbon, and ultimately, a premium, small-batch bourbon to be branded “Henry Kraver.” This is exactly the kind of bourbon culture preservation and revitalization that Moonshine University enables by providing the educational background for entrepreneurs.
Located at 801 S. 8th St., the center offers educational and training resources focusing on artisan spirits. Through hands-on distilling instruction, classes and bottling services, the Epicenter brings Kentucky’s unique distilling legacy to life.