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All about Bourbon and Bass Bugs

Did you know that all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon? In fact, there’s a great deal about distilled spirits that most of us don’t know. Considering the economic and cultural significance of bourbon–not to mention its distinctive deliciousness–we really should know more. Where can you go to learn everything you need to know about bourbon but never thought to ask? Why, the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival, of course!

The 2020 Virginia Fly & Wine will offer a brand-new Bourbon & Bass Bugs class, sponsored by Dine, Wine & Stein magazine. Our unique, two-part course is designed for adults 21 and over interested in the distilling of spirits–and of bourbon, in particular. The first segment is taught by Scottish-trained Lauren Riggleman, assistant distiller and general manager of Silverback Distillery. Students will learn about distilled spirits and taste five Virginia bourbons during her lecture. The second segment is taught by Gabe Beverly, fly fishing manager for Green Top, who will discuss five bass bugs that Mid-Atlantic anglers find eminently effective. At the end of the class, students will take home these same patterns to “test” on their local waters. All materials for the course will be provided.

Only 20 spots are available each day, and spaces are filling fast!