Welcome from the President

Greetings, Bourbon Women!

The last weekend in August we welcomed bourbon-loving women (and a few bourbon-loving men) from 15 states to our 4th Annual Sip-osium in Louisville. The marvelous Brown Hotel was our base of operations for our fascinating excursions, including the Brown-Forman Cooperage and the "Bourbon Pompeii"  archeological site at Buffalo Trace. Guest speakers include Hon. Greg Fisher, the mayor of Louisville, who welcomed everyone to the city and Rob Samuels, who regaled us with stories his family and Maker's Mark.

Everyone I heard from raved about the Saturday workshops - Bernie Lubbers' musical history of bourbon, Nancy Fraley and Monique Huston's sensory appreciation lessons, April Weller-Cantrel's take on Tennessee whiskey, and Colleen McCarthy's cocktail magic. That afternoon, several of us tasted some very special bourbons at the President's Sampler, held in the luxurious Muhammad Ali Suite.

We were also very excited to have Andrea Wilson, of Michter's as our guest during the lively and delicious party and dinner (sponsored by Old Forester) at the Frazier History Museum on Whiskey Row.  Andrea received the Lois Mateus Networking Award from Bourbon Women and the Kentucky Distillers' Association. Jackie Zycan from Old Forester presented a check for $5,000 to the Anchel Project, the amount collected over the past few months from the Give-a-Shift events in several BW cities. Heather Wibbels took the prize in the Not Your Pink Drink contest for the third year in a row! We enjoyed her Blood Orange Manhattan during the reception. (Click here for recipe.)

In short, it was a wonderful weekend and if you were not able to join us, you will want to do so next year!

But, before that, please mark your calendar for the upcoming Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown 12-17 September. I will be hosting Bottled in Bondfire on Saturday evening. Go here for information and tickets. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Bourbon Women. We also have a Bourbon Women night planned at Jeptha Creed Distillery on October 12th. Click here for event details.


Susan Reigler, Bourbon Women President

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