Susan Reigler, M.A.

Susan Reigler Hospitality and Tourism

Susan Reigler, M.A., Order of the Writ, Executive Bourbon Steward

Adjunct Professor in Global Hospitality and Tourism


  • B.A. Indiana University
  • M.A. University of Oxford, Somerville College

Research/Academic Interests

  • Beer and Bourbon History and Science
  • Effects of Whiskey Fungus Warehouse Staining on Polymorphisms in Kentucky Geometrid Moths


Prof. Reigler’s work can be found in several journals including:
  • American Whiskey Magazine
  • Bourbon+
  • Courier-Journal
  • Covey Rise Magazine

She has also co-authored books and book chapters including:

  • Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide
  • Which Fork Do I Use With My Bourbon: Setting the Table for Tastings, Food Pairings, Dinners, and Cocktail Parties
  • The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book
  • More Kentucky Bourbon Cocktails
  • The Bourbon Tasting Notebook
  • The American Whiskey Tasting Notebook
  • The Shaken and the Stirred: The Year’s Work in Cocktail Culture

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Louisville Courier-Journal: Restaurant Critic, Beverage Columnist, Travel Writer (1992-2007)
  • Indiana University Southeast: Adjunct and then Visiting Lecturer and Research Associate in Biology (2008-2017)


  • Order of the Writ (Kentucky Distillers’ Association)
  • Lois Mateus Networking Award (Bourbon Women and the Kentucky Distillers’ Association)