Susan Reigler, Bourbon Author & Expert

susan rieglerAward-winning writer and Louisville native Susan Reigler is the author of Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide (now in its second edition), 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). Her other books include Kentucky Sweet & Savory: Finding the Artisan Foods and Beverages of the Bluegrass State and The Complete Guide to Kentucky State Parks.

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 Saveur, Wine Enthusiast, Malt (now Whiskey) Advocate, and LEO (Louisville Eccentric Observer). In 2015 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 an on-call bourbon authority for the Kentucky Derby Museum and is the immediate past president of the Bourbon Women Association, which has members across the United States.

She has been a featured speaker at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival (Bardstown); Bourbon & Beyond and The Bourbon Affair (Louisville); Bourbon, Bacon & Beach Music (Smithfield, VA), Whisky Live! (Chicago), the Nashville Bourbon Festival, and the New Orleans Bourbon Festival.

A graduate of Indiana and Oxford Universities, she is a Research Associate in Biology at Indiana University Southeast where her research examines the possible effects of bourbon warehouse staining on polymorphism in Geometrid moths. She lives in Louisville.