2018 Sip-osium Friday Events



"Bourbon & Bites" Meet and Greet | Silent Auction

12:00PM to 1:00PM - The Brown Hotel Bluegrass Room, 2nd Floor / Lobby Level

Bourbon just tastes better in Kentucky, but that’s not the only reason to drink it here - the company’s pretty spectacular too! Mingle with other Bourbon Women, as well as noted industry luminaries including master distillers while perusing silent auction items from our friends across the state. Those who attend have access to a special commemorative “Master Blaster” keepsake - and may collect a few signatures to take home with them.

Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse Distillery Excursion


Walk a few blocks to downtown Louisville’s Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse where you’ll participate in the “What’s Your Jam” tableside cocktail experience, which raises the bar for Bourbon tastings and at-home mixology. Roll up your sleeves and learn how Jim Beam can be the perfect foundation for both classic and contemporary cocktails and get “hands-on” as the staff demonstrates how to properly use mixology tools to craft a unique and great-tasting cocktail. Enjoy the time - and laughter - in getting to know your fellow Bourbon Women as you and your friends experiment and enjoy a well-balanced cocktail that will make you the life of any party! You’ll also participate in a private, Beam Kentucky Ambassador-led, “Sensory vs. Small Batch” tasting through an engaging presentation where you’ll explore just how much your senses influence your Bourbon and cocktail experiences. 

* All Distillery Excursion participants are required to wear flat, closed-toe shoes to safely participate in the excursion experience.

SOLD OUT - Rabbit Hole Distillery Excursion

1:30PM – 5:00PM

Rabbit Hole’s brand new, visually stunning distillery and experience is at the city’s creative heart, the NULU district, the nexus of old and new, where artists and entrepreneurs pursue their vision without budgeting for regret. Kaveh Zamanian, founder and whiskey maker, invites you to hear the story of Rabbit Hole and experience the inspiration of this brand, this distillery, and this neighborhood for yourself. Tour the incredible space and use your senses to unlock the flavors of their full portfolio, learn how to create a unique cocktail, and end your experience at the gift shop. 

* All Distillery Excursion participants are required to wear flat, closed-toe shoes to safely participate in the excursion experience.

SOLD OUT - Vendome Copper & Brass Works Excursion 

2:30PM - 5:00PM

Our corn and limestone get a lot of the hype, but the secret weapon of the world of Bourbon is located right in the former industrial heart of downtown Louisville at Vendome Copper and Brass Works. Featured at nearly every distillery in the state, Vendome and its copper stills and pieces are a venerated and cherished part of Bourbon’s past and present, and an integral part of its future. If you already have a broad understanding of Bourbon, treat yourself to a deep-dive into the beautiful technical artistry without which Bourbon wouldn’t ever be more than fancy grains and dreams. Safety glasses will be provided on site. IMPORTANT: Select Vendome Tour Ticket option when registering/limited to 25 participants.

* All Distillery Excursion participants are required to wear flat, closed-toe shoes to safely participate in the excursion experience.

Bourbon and Bluegrass Music Workshop Session

3:00PM - 4:30PM - The Brown Hotel

The Evolution of Bourbon: Presented by Bernie Lubbers and Hickory Vaught

Back by popular demand! Travel back in time with Bernie Lubbers, International Whiskey Brand Ambassador for Heaven Hill Distillery, as you experience the evolution of Bourbon through bluegrass music. Bernie and Hickory will play and sing bluegrass tunes that match the history and the subject of each time period. You will see, hear, smell, feel, and taste the history of the native spirit of the United States; literally drinking in the history of Kentucky’s fine spirit through music! As the only national producer of five styles of American whiskey, Heaven Hill Distillery will bring you this one-of-a-kind tasting through history. Don’t miss this unique and beloved true Kentucky experience! 

Welcome Dinner at Maker's Mark Distillery

8:00PM - 11:30PM

Bourbon Women is excited to begin this year’s Sip-osium deep in the country under the stars at one of Kentucky’s most beloved distilleries and home to the First Lady of Bourbon, Marge Samuels. Join Bourbon Women and Victoria MacRae-Samuels at Maker’s Mark Star Hill, where we’ll begin with welcome cocktails and conversation before making our way to the main lawn for an evening buffet dinner prepared by famed chef Newman Miller of Star Hill Provisions. Guests are free to explore the distillery, visit the gift shop, experience ‘The Spirit of the Maker’ glass installation from artist Dale Chihuly, or check out the Limestone Bourbon Cellar, where Maker’s 46 and Maker’s Mark Private Select are aged, and will have the opportunity to purchase and dip your own bottle to take home - a one-of-a-kind keepsake from a night to remember forever. 


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