Welcome from the President

Greetings, Bourbon Women!

The final countdown to our Fourth Annual Sip-osium Confernece has started and I hope you are planning to join us in Louisville in August. As many of you know, our headquarters, The Brown Hotel, is one of the most beautiful historic hotels in America. It also happens to have a great bar with an excellent bourbon selection. We have a stellar roster of featured speakers and excursions to bourbon destinations.
Bill Samuels, Jr. of Maker’s Mark will be giving the Saturday morning keynote. It was Bill’s mother, Marge, who created the iconic red wax bottleneck for Maker’s. So Bill has a deep appreciation for the importance of women to the bourbon industry.
Among our speakers is renowned sensory expert Nancy Fraley, also known as “The Sniffer.” She helps craft distillers all over the country create the flavor profiles for their spirits. You can read about her in this article published a couple of years ago in The Atlantic
Bernie Lubbers, The Whiskey Professor, will also be joining us on Saturday morning to explore the evolution of bourbon.  April Weller Cantrell from Leiper’s Fork Distillery in Tennessee is going to give us the scoop about Tennessee whiskey and award-wining mixologist Colleen McCarthy-Clarke is going to reveal all there is to know about using bitters in your favorite bourbon cocktails.
Our excursions are going back to some favorite destinations, including Buffalo Trace and the Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse. New excursions will take you to Kentucky Artisan Distillery - makers of Jefferson’s Reserve - and to the Brown-Forman Cooperage, which is usually only open for visitors through Mint Julep Tours bookings.
Our Friday night reception and dinner will be at the Frazier History Museum on Main Street’s historic Whiskey Row, where you’ll have time to visit its excellent Prohibition exhibit and taste the winning Not Your Pink Drink Contest cocktails. Old Forester is our sponsor for the evening, so you will be able to sample the special release Old Forester Whiskey Row bourbons.
I very much look forward to seeing many of you again and to meeting women new to Sip-osium. It is a great way to connect with fascinating women from all over the country who just happen to share a love of fine bourbon!

Susan Reigler, Bourbon Women President

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