Matt Evans

Sr. Contributor

Born and raised in Newport Beach, California, Matt Evans married a native Kentuckian and has called Louisville home since 2007 – after stops in Washington D.C. and Durango, CO. His love affair with bourbon started as an attempt to learn more about his adopted hometown (and get in good with his in-laws!); the pursuit has developed into a full blown passion. Through the Stave and Thief Society, Matt is certified as an Executive Bourbon Steward. He has certifications from the Filson Historical Society’s Bourbon Academy and the Woodford Reserve Bourbon Academy. He also has served as Master Distiller for-a-day at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience under the tutelage of Artisanal Distiller Charlie Downs.Matt’s day job is instructing 7th grade World Geography, and he is the proud father of two daughters. During the summer, Matt teaches bourbon history courses at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York state.

Bottles Owned
Opened and Bunkered

Fun Facts

Played football in college

Wife’s family once owned Glenmore Distillery

Backpacked through Costa Rica in high school

Spent four summers working as a horseback tour guide in SW Colorado

Participated in rodeos as a bull rider and a wild horse racer

Desert Island Whiskey

Elijah Craig front label Big Red

EH Taylor SiB

Blanton’s SFTB

Evan Williams SiB

“Keep Your Friends Close and Your Bourbon Closer.”Old Kentucky Proverb