N.Kentucky-Cincy Branch

Hello Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati Bourbon Women!

Just two and one half years ago, members of our Branch Distilling Committee first met with Bourbon Women about forming our branch.  We never anticipated the success we would have – all because of our members and the Bourbon-loving women in the Northern Kentucky – Cincinnati metro region.  Thank you!

Our branch has been busy.  We held our official launch event – A Spirited Night – in May 2016, at New Riff Distilling, in Newport, Kentucky.  Over 120 “Bourbon Women” attended this sold-out event and enjoyed cocktails from some of the best Bourbon bars in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati along with a presentation by Marianne Barnes, the Master Distiller at Castle & Key.  That was quickly followed up by a very exclusive member’s-only trip to Maker’s Mark.  Those lucky enough to snag a seat enjoyed lunch on the way to Maker’s, touring and tasting, a cocktail reception under the stunning Chihuly ceiling and speakers from the “Bourbon Women” that make-up Maker’s Mark. 

In 2017, we held a “Give a Shift” fundraiser that was sponsored by Old Forester and benefitted the Anchal Project – a nonprofit social enterprise that addresses the exploitation of women around the world by using design thinking to create employment opportunities, services and products that support empowerment at the Hotel Covington in Covington, Kentucky.  In November we hosted our Ghosts in the Barrel House: Meet the Spirits of Boone County Distilling Co. event which included a tour of Boone County Distilling Co. with owner Josh Quinn; tasting of their flagship products: Eighteen 33 - 10 Year Straight Bourbon Whiskey; White Hall Bourbon Cream; Tanner’s Curse White Whiskey and a welcome cocktail, light bites and a gift shop discount. In December we hosted our second annual holiday “Sip & Shop” sponsored by Four Roses at Liquor City Uncorked in Covington, Kentucky.  We were pleased to welcome Brent Elliott - Master Distiller of Four Roses - as our special guest. Bourbon Women and men were in attendance and enjoyed a Four Roses inspired Welcome Cocktail, Four Roses Bourbon Tasting, tastings of wines and specialty gourmet foods from local and premiere vendors, and preferred customer discounts on wine and spirits.  Our silent auction raised $2,300 to benefit the Women’s Crisis Center!!

2018 has proven to be a busy year as well!  In February 2018, we held our Fall in Love with New Riff event at New Riff Distilling in Newport, Kentucky. Bourbon Women and men had the opportunity to network with current and new friends and sample cocktails and light bites from favorite local establishments, including Bouquet, The Globe, The Hannaford, Molly Wellmann Brands, New Riff, Octave, The Prohibition Bourbon Bar at Newberry Bros. and Wiseguys.  Several attendees also elected to attend a very special optional VIP experience with New Riff’s Vice President of Strategic Development/Whiskey Man, Jay Erisman, and their Event Center Director/Chef in Residence, Amy Tobin.  VIP attendees were treated to a unique food and spirits pairings featuring New Riff products. In April we held our Sip & Spa: Relax. Drink Bourbon. Repeat event at The Woodhouse Day Spa.  Members and guests were treated to back massages, polish changes and hand massages, and Wow Brow treatments and skin analysis while enjoying bourbon and bourbon cocktails.  And last month we held our Celebrate America’s Native Spirit with MGP event on National Bourbon Day.  MGP, a leading supplier of premium distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches, is the source of some of the finest vodkas, gins, BOURBONS and RYE WHISKEYS in the world.  Members and their guests were treated to a welcome cocktail, a tasting of MGP brands, and savory light bites along with a presentation about MGP.

There’s more to come in 2018!  We continue to work to add events this fall – keep an eye out for announcements.  Mark your calendars now for our third annual holiday “Sip & Shop” which will return to Liquor City Uncorked on Tuesday, December 4th.

Our Branch also holds regular “Meet & Neats” at local “bourbon enthusiast” establishments.  So far we’ve visited Papa’s Bourbon & Beer House, Wiseguy Lounge (both Metro locations!), Myrtle’s Punch House, Meritage, The Prohibition Bourbon Bar at Newberry Bros., and The Globe.  Our next Meet & Neat is scheduled for Wednesday, July 18th at the Brown Dog Café in Blue Ash.  The Brown Dog has promised a welcome cocktail and light bites.  It’s also Greater Cincinnati Burger Week and Brown Dog is offering a $5 burger.  So, come for the brown water and stay for the burger!

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details on these and other new events. For more information about Bourbon Women Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati, please send an e-mail to: BourbonWomenNKYCincy@bourbonwomen.org.


Kay and Amy






August 24 - 16: 5th Annual Bourbon Women Sip-osium Conference

Historic Brown Hotel, Louisville  |  Click here to register


December 5th - Annual Holiday Sip & Shop

Liquor City Uncorked - event details coming soon


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