Indy Branch

Hello Bourbon Women Indy!

BW Indy started off the New Year at Thunderbird in Fountain Square with a Bourbon in the Movies Night on January 23 The community table was full of lively conversation from film buffs and bourbon lovers alike.  A few film clips were shown and a discussion ensued around the power dynamics of bourbon and examples of how women were portrayed then and now in the movies.  In February, we enjoyed great sips at Indy's Premier Bourbon Celebration at the Indiana Historical Society featuring the world’s first female master taster, Peggy Noe Stevens. 

Influential Women was back in March for women's history month!  Many thanks to our gracious host, IndyStar and our sponsors, Hotel Tango and Payless Liquors.  We kicked off the evening with a VIP-members-only reception hosted by our BW founder, Peggy Noe Stevens.  Marianne Barnes of Castle & Key, the first female master distiller, opened the evening with a keynote address sharing her story and experiences in the bourbon industry.  Our amazing panel of women, Kelli Jones (Be Nimble), Cassie Stockamp (Athenaeum foundation), Tiffany White (Rolls Royce, Women in High Tech), shared their personal stories and struggles, discussed ways to navigate and succeed in male dominated fields, and gave crucial advice on the importance of networking and having mentors.  It was an inspiring night for women of all ages and backgrounds! 

Indy Bourbon Women gathered in May at Hotel Tango Distillery for a Meet & Neat. Hotel Tango treated our group to one of their specialty cocktails, the delicious Havana and Hive. Women sipped and chatted the night away. Our Meet & Neat events are a great way to connect with other women and learn more about bourbon! 

Blending whiskeys and Oak 101 was our theme in July, when Scott Mooney with Maker’s Mark came out to Liberty Street on Mass. While we learned about several types of oak staves, we tasted the effects on flavor in cask strength bourbons aged with these various oak staves. Using a blending board, we then designed our own flavor profiles with different ratios of the bourbons, and then blended and compared our new creations. We cultivated remarkably distinct flavors with our new blends! It was truly a delicious bourbon education!

Our annual holiday Sip & Shop events at Payless Liquors will be on December 2nd and December 12th. Admission is free - everyone is welcome (must be 21).

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Happy (and responsible) sipping,

Wendy Foster, Indy Branch Ambassador 




Annual Holiday Sip & Shop Events

December 2nd - Payless Liquors, Greenwood Indiana - click here for details and to register

December 12th - Payless Liquors, Carmel Indiana - click here for details and to register




Must be 21 to participate. Please drink responsibly.