If you want to know something about bourbon, ask a steward.
For the past year and a half, the Stave & Thief Society, based at the Distilled Spirits Epicenter in Louisville, has been certifying experts, called bourbon stewards, to educate others about Kentucky’s signature spirit.
Christin Head, the Epicenter’s registrar, said that since 2014, the program has certified 260 stewards.
There are three levels: certified, executive and master. Of the 260 stewards, 91 are certified and 169 are executive.