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We believe there’s nothing more beautiful than a woman with her bourbon and this entire blog is dedicated to our adventures, news from our branches, educational and event opportunities, and job opportunities within our industry.

    Job Posting: Master Blender at Three Notch’d Distillery

    Job Posting: Master Blender at Three Notch’d Distillery

    Please contact Angela Carrodeguas, HR Director, for more information or to apply: email: angela@threenb.com Phone: 305-301-9166 Job Title: Master Blender Compensation Type: Salaried Exempt Direct Report: Chief Executive Officer Job Summary: The role of our Master...

    Meet the Makers: Tia Edwards, Co-Founder of Fresh Bourbon

    Meet the Makers: Tia Edwards, Co-Founder of Fresh Bourbon

    Tia Edwards, Co-Founder of Fresh Bourbon discovered there was no one bourbon to start a bourbon journey and decided to create one, and to create more acceptance of drinking your bourbon however you like it! BW: Tell us about how you got started on your path to...

    Meet the Makers: The Bourbon Bohemian – Ramona Jackson

    Meet the Makers: The Bourbon Bohemian – Ramona Jackson

    For Ramona Jackson, the Bourbon Bohemian, the interplay of whiskey flavors with cocktail elements is a palate to paint with, and her cocktail business thrives with unusual and compelling flavor combinations.  Read more about her journey as the Bourbon Bohemian below....

    Meet the Makers: Jill Kuehler of Freeland Spirits

    Meet the Makers: Jill Kuehler of Freeland Spirits

    In this week’s Meet the Makers we talk to Jill Kuehler, Founder and CEO of Freeland Spirits in Portland started in 2017. Freeland Spirits is dedicated to hiring diverse employees and understands the strength and resilience that builds into any company. We talked with...

    Whiskey Brunch Cocktails are a Girl’s Best Friend!

    Whiskey Brunch Cocktails are a Girl’s Best Friend!

    Brunch doesn't have to be all bloody marys and mimosas! Reach for the whiskey instead fo celebrate brunch with girlfriends. At Captains Quarters in Louisville, the Kentucky Branch met to learn a little about whiskey and a little about brunch cocktails. With three...

    Meet the Makers: Abisola Abidemi, Founder of Abisola Whiskey

    Meet the Makers: Abisola Abidemi, Founder of Abisola Whiskey

    Abisola Abidemi, founder of Abisola Whiskey, made her first whiskey sales just shy of a year ago, May 10, 2021, after starting her journey to her own whiskey brand a year before. Find out a little about how her passion for whiskey led her to start a whiskey brand with...

    Meet the Makers: Molly Troupe: Master Distiller at Freeland Spirits

    Meet the Makers: Molly Troupe: Master Distiller at Freeland Spirits

    We talked with Molly Troupe, Master Distiller, and partner at Freeland Spirits in Portland, Oregon about her role at the woman-led and run distillery that’s putting women first both in their company and as their mission within the spirits and beverage community. As...

    Last Chance for Buzzard’s Roost Rare Bottle Raffle

    Last Chance for Buzzard’s Roost Rare Bottle Raffle

    UPDATE 3/29/22: Last chance to win a rare bottle of Buzzard's Roost 15 year old whiskey! These ultra rare bottles are select whiskey donated to Bourbon Women to support our Bourbon Women Foundation. Purchase your raffle ticket here:...

    Meet The Makers: Widow Jane President & Head Distiller Lisa Wicker

    Meet The Makers: Widow Jane President & Head Distiller Lisa Wicker

    Lisa Wicker has had a dynamic career in beverage alcohol. She grew up in Indiana and always seemed to have some science experiment bubbling in her grandmother's sauerkraut crock. Little did she know she would eventually find her career path first in winemaking and...

    Meet The Makers: Great Wagon Road Distiller Michelle Piechowicz

    Meet The Makers: Great Wagon Road Distiller Michelle Piechowicz

    The road to becoming a distiller isn't always a straight one, and it can start just about anywhere. In the cast of Great Wagon Road Distiller Michelle Piechowicz, the road started with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science. BW: How do you use your background in...

    Meet the Makers: LA Spirits Awards Co-Founder Nicolette Teo

    Meet the Makers: LA Spirits Awards Co-Founder Nicolette Teo

    After a career as a three-time Olympic swimmer in her native Singapore, Nicolette Teo pivoted to a career in wine and spirits. This career included a stint as the Managing Director of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) from 2015 to 2018 before she...

    Meet The Makers: Blaize & Brooks Founder Cara Osborne

    Meet The Makers: Blaize & Brooks Founder Cara Osborne

    A bout of homesickness and a reading of Fred Minnick's Whiskey Women led Bourbon Women member Cara Osborne to create her own whiskey brand, Blaize & Brooks. BW: What led you to the decision to start your own whiskey brand? CO: In November of 2019, I read Fred...

    Meet The Makers: Catoctin Creek Master Distiller Rebecca Harris

    Meet The Makers: Catoctin Creek Master Distiller Rebecca Harris

    Rebecca Harris had a background as a chemical engineer when her husband and business partner, Scott, came up with the idea of opening a distillery. Eventually Catoctin Creek was born and the rest is history! BW: How did you find yourself owning a distillery and...

    Warm Cocktail Recipes

    Warm Cocktail Recipes

    It's time to sit by the fire with a book and a warm drink! Whiskey is a lot more versatile than most people imagine. Warm drinks tend to do really well with a little added whiskey, whether that's in your apple cider, cherry cider, hot cocoa, tea, or even your holiday...

    Bourbon Women Holiday Gift Guide

    Bourbon Women Holiday Gift Guide

    The Bourbon Women Association has a lot of options when it comes to holiday gifts! Aside from Bourbon Women apparel, which will show your Bourbon Women colors everywhere you go, there are books, bar tools, and more - something to please every Bourbon lover in your...

    Whiskey Punch Recipes

    Whiskey Punch Recipes

    Offering cocktails to guests in your home may be second nature by now, but what if you want to enjoy your own party? Punches are a great way to ensure your guests get a perfect cocktail every time while at the same time you aren't making individual cocktails all day...

    Meet The Makers: Uncle Nearest Master Blender Victoria Eady Butler

    Meet The Makers: Uncle Nearest Master Blender Victoria Eady Butler

    Victoria Eady Butler is a force of nature in the whiskey blending world. A descendant of Nearest Green, Butler had barely retired from her decades-long career in law enforcement before embarking on her new passion project, blending whiskey for the Uncle Nearest brand....

    Bourbon Books For The Beginner

    Bourbon Books For The Beginner

    With so many options available for Bourbon books, it can be daunting to figure out where to start in your Bourbon education. Podcasts, websites, and magazines are full of more information than you could ever possibly digest, and it's important to have a broader...

    Meet The Makers: Big Nose Kate Co-Founder Melissa Heim

    Meet The Makers: Big Nose Kate Co-Founder Melissa Heim

    Melissa Heim was distilling at Rogue Spirits back in 2008. Her whiskey journey didn't stop there, and today she is co-Founder and Master Blender of Big Nose Kate Western Whiskey. BW: I love what you said on your LinkedIn profile about believing in potential over...

    Planning A Bourbonism Trip To Louisville

    Planning A Bourbonism Trip To Louisville

    Welcome To Bourbonism Louisville is the epicenter of Bourbon. It's easy to get flights into Louisville and if you are driving there are three interstates that will lead you to the Bourbon City. Once you get here, there are numerous distilleries just in downtown...

    2021 NYPD Finalist Cocktail Recipes: Roots & Shoots

    2021 NYPD Finalist Cocktail Recipes: Roots & Shoots

    Mara Hartings is the leading bartender for Bardstown Bourbon Company. Roots & Shoots 1 1/2 oz Rabbit Hole Cavehill 1 oz Angelica Tea 1/4 Ginger Rich Syrup Garnish with Grapefruit peel Ginger Rich Syrup: Juice the ginger, add 3 times that weight of water. Divide...

    Meet The Makers: Reservoir Head Distiller Mary Allison

    Meet The Makers: Reservoir Head Distiller Mary Allison

    There are a surprising number of theater majors in the whiskey business. We recently caught up with one of them, Mary Allison, who is the Head Distiller at Virginia's Reservoir Distillery. BW: At what point did you decide to become a distiller? MA: I do not think...

    2021 NYPD Finalist Cocktail Recipes: Stone Cold Churchill

    2021 NYPD Finalist Cocktail Recipes: Stone Cold Churchill

    Jennifer Brian is the Founder of Make & Muddle, a company that specializes in cocktail mixers and education. Stone Cold Churchill 1.5 oz Rabbit Hole Boxergrail Rye 1.5 oz Rabbit Hole Heigold Bourbon 0.5 oz Make & Muddle Spiced Cherry Vanilla Syrup 0.5 oz...

    Meet The Makers: Rex Whiskey CEO Chaunci King

    Meet The Makers: Rex Whiskey CEO Chaunci King

    Chaunci King is the Founder and CEO of Royalty Spirits, which includes a line of CBD cocktail mixers, Miru Vodka, and Rex Whiskey, a rye whiskey aged in Bordeaux and Burgundy wine barrels from the Pacific Northwest. She can best be described as a "serial...

    2021 NYPD Finalist Cocktail Recipes: Sherry Cherry Bang Bang

    2021 NYPD Finalist Cocktail Recipes: Sherry Cherry Bang Bang

    Jessica Sarama is a bartender at Murphy's Pub in Cinncinnati who participated in our 2021 Not Your Pink Drink cocktail competition at Rabbit Hole Distillery. Her Sherry Cherry Band Bang was a hit! Sherry Cherry Bang Bang 2 ounces Rabbit Hole Dareringer Sherry Cask...

    Meet The Makers: Tropical Distillers Master Distiller Devin Walden

    Meet The Makers: Tropical Distillers Master Distiller Devin Walden

    From a job at Woodford Reserve to becoming Master Distiller of Tropical Distillers in Miami, Florida, Devin Walden has yet to become a household name but she's well on her way. BW: Your career has ranged from bartending to bottling to sales to production. How has this...

    Uncle Nearest The Little Easy Smoked Cocktail Recipe

    Uncle Nearest The Little Easy Smoked Cocktail Recipe

    Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey is always coming up with new and great cocktail recipes. Experimenting at home with cocktails is a great way to gain the confidence you need to walk into a bar and order exactly what you want, and if you aren't sure you have it you will...

    2021 NYPD Finalist Cocktail Recipes: Apricot Sour

    2021 NYPD Finalist Cocktail Recipes: Apricot Sour

    Becky Yannayon, Belle Meade Culinary Loft Mixologist/ Chef pairings Executive Bourbon Steward, was a finalist at the 2021 Not Your Pink Drink cocktail competition. Her apricot sour recipe had a great balance of sweet and sour. Try it for yourself! Apricot Sour 2.5...

    Meet The Makers: Pinhook CEO Alice Peterson

    Meet The Makers: Pinhook CEO Alice Peterson

    Pinhook Whiskey releases whiskeys in "crops" each year, so you never get the same whiskey twice. It's released when it is deemed ready, and one of the revolutionary ways the brand has found to connect with its fanbase is a text-to-buy option. We recently caught up...

    Meet The Makers: Koval Founder Sonat Birnecker Hart

    Meet The Makers: Koval Founder Sonat Birnecker Hart

    Koval Distillery is a Kosher-certified distillery in northern Chicago founded by two former university professors from the Washington DC area. Koval is Yiddish for "black sheep," a reminder of the Jewish side of the family. Meet Koval Founder Sonat Birnecker Hart and...

    Meet The Makers: SIA Scotch Founder Carin Luna-Ostaseski

    Meet The Makers: SIA Scotch Founder Carin Luna-Ostaseski

    Carin Luna-Ostaseski is in a rare class of whisk(e)y brand founders: one of the few Hispanic women to found a Scotch brand. She also took an unusual path to start SIA Whisky in starting with a Kickstarter campaign! Oh, and she's also one of the only 6% of pilots in...

    Honorable Mention Cocktails: Brown Sugar Grapefruit Sour

    Honorable Mention Cocktails: Brown Sugar Grapefruit Sour

    Grapefruit is a winter fruit, but it makes a great summer cocktail! Thank you to Katy McAvoy for submitting this to our amateur division in our 2021 NYPD Cocktail Competition! Brown Sugar Grapefruit Sour 2 oz Rabbit Hole Cavehill bourbon whiskey 1.5 oz fresh...

    Honorable Mention Cocktails: Watermelon Rye-Zing

    Honorable Mention Cocktails: Watermelon Rye-Zing

    Watermelon goes surprisingly well with whiskey, making for a refreshing summer cocktail combo. Thank you to Katie Mazur for submitting this recipe to our 2021 NYPD Cocktail Competition amateur division! Watermelon Rye-Zing 1/2 cup cubed watermelon 3oz Rabbit Hole...

    Meet The Makers: The IX Bourbon Founder Brittany Penny

    Meet The Makers: The IX Bourbon Founder Brittany Penny

    Brittany Penny is the Founder of The IX Bourbon, pronounced "The Nine," a project she dreamed up during sleepless nights with her newborn. She wanted to do something that not only honored the "firsts" achieved by African-Americans but also that would rise above the...

    Honorable Mention Cocktails: Under The Kentucky Sun

    Honorable Mention Cocktails: Under The Kentucky Sun

    Did you know that jams and jellies can make a great cocktail sweetener in a pinch? Use them in place of simple syrups if you don't have the time to make it ahead of time. Thank you to Adina L Ewaldz for this delicious cocktail recipe! Under the Kentucky Sun 1 1/2 oz...

    Honorable Mention Cocktails: Honey Cinnamon Old Fashioned

    Honorable Mention Cocktails: Honey Cinnamon Old Fashioned

    We had some fantastic Honorable Mentions from our amateur entries this year for Not Your Pink Drink! Thank you Carrie Cole for this Old Fashioned riff, which she says is "a sweet and spicy take on a classic cocktail." Honey Cinnamon Old Fashioned Rabbit Hole...

    Honorable Mention Cocktails: Peppercorn & Rosemary Pineapple Sour

    Honorable Mention Cocktails: Peppercorn & Rosemary Pineapple Sour

    Simple cocktails are great because of their simplicity, but sometimes you need to complicate things a little. Enjoy this sour submitted by Bardstown Bourbon Co. Regional Brand Ambassador Leslie Bryan! Peppercorn & Rosemary Pineapple Sour Muddled black peppercorn...

    Flight of Rye and Cherry Pie

    Flight of Rye and Cherry Pie

    Bourbon Women love high proof spirits and this flight of Rye Favorites from Bourbon Women founding member Cynthia Torp gets even better with a food pairing of cherry pie.

    Honorable Mention Cocktails: Smoke Justis Mango Madness

    Honorable Mention Cocktails: Smoke Justis Mango Madness

    If it grows together, it goes together, right? Well, it's definitely worth investigating. Mangoes and Bourbon don't exactly grow together, but in this cocktail they certainly go together! Check out this Honorable Mention cocktail recipe submitted to our NYPD Cocktail...

    Honorable Mention Cocktails: Cold-Hearted Cadillac

    Honorable Mention Cocktails: Cold-Hearted Cadillac

    The Bourbon Women Association just announced the finalists for our 2021 Not Your Pink Drink Cocktail Competition, sponsored by Rabbit Hole. We had a lot of great entries, but unfortunately only ten were chosen for the finals. But we wanted to share a few of the...

    Flight to Maine

    Flight to Maine

    This Maine whiskey flight from the Northeast introduces the taster to four bourbons made in the state and is a great introduction to the whiskies available in the Pine Tree State.

    Perfect Summer Rye Cocktail: Apple of My Rye

    Perfect Summer Rye Cocktail: Apple of My Rye

    Sip on a refreshing apple rye cocktail with this mix of rye whiskey, apple brandy, root beer, and bitters that was a finalist for the Bourbon Women Not Your Pink Drink contest.

    Whiskey Explorer’s Flight

    Whiskey Explorer’s Flight

    For the bourbon curious, this Whiskey Explorer’s Flight by Nicole Stipp introduces tasters to both bourbons and ryes and the effects barrel-finishing has on the flavor profiles of both types of spirits.

    Meet The Makers: Dinah Bird Of Baker Bird Winery Distillery

    Meet The Makers: Dinah Bird Of Baker Bird Winery Distillery

    Watch This Space For Future Bourbon Women Events Baker Bird Winery and Distillery is the oldest commercial estate winery in the United States that has its original vineyard land. Along with that, it boasts the largest and oldest wine cellar in the US, is on the...

    High Spirits Bourbon Flight

    High Spirits Bourbon Flight

    This flight with Woodford Reserve, Maker’s Mark, and E.H Taylor comes with suggestions for food pairings for each spirit that bring out more than just the basic differences between the bourbons. It also explores how they change paired with complementary food.

    Must Mix Bourbon-Tiki Tipple – The Noe-Tai Required

    Must Mix Bourbon-Tiki Tipple – The Noe-Tai Required

    Get your tiki bourbon fix with this Bourbon Women cocktail from our Not Your Pink Drink contest in 2019. With Knob Creek bourbon, Campari, peach simple, and a float or blackstrap rum it’s an explosion of tiki flavors in the spirit of bourbon country.

    Alcohol Professor: What Recovery Looks Like for Whiskey Events

    Alcohol Professor: What Recovery Looks Like for Whiskey Events

    MAGGIE KIMBERL FEBRUARY 3, 2021 Throughout 2020, the pandemic claimed many businesses and jobs, and although the distilling industry has struggled, most distillers were able to maintain their businesses on a skeletal basis.  Although a newly discovered $14,000 FDA fee...

    Rye Dessert Flight

    Rye Dessert Flight

    While we may be Bourbon Women, we appreciate any well-thought-out flight of whiskies, like this rye whiskey flight created by a former board member, Brittany Allison of Willett Distillery.

    Multiple Jobs: Northwest Ordinance Distillery

    Multiple Jobs: Northwest Ordinance Distillery

    Northwest Ordinance Distilling, a distilled spirits bottling facility, is looking to fill numerous employment opportunities. The facility is located in the heart of New Albany, Indiana at 707 Pillsbury Lane, site of the former General Mills Pillsbury Plant. Over 100...

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