Back from the Bourbon Women’s Annual SIPosium

Do you have a picture in your mind’s eye of what a typical bourbon enthusiast looks like?

old man drinking bourbon

Yes, this is a bourbon fan. Maybe even a typical one.

But so are these:

Happy people drinking and laughing at Bourbon Haus 1841

And these:

women drinking bourbon

Last weekend was the sixth annual SIPosium conference held by the Bourbon Women, a lively group of (mostly) women who range from bourbon connoisseurs to casual fans to the bourbon curious.

recovery kit

Photo: Bourbon Women

We were thrilled to be able to provide a welcome gift to SIPosium attendees. We were also happy to attend some of the fascinating and fun events this group created.

Like the Black Bourbon Society’s Blind date.

Black Bourbon Society’s Blind date

Photo: Black Bourbon Society

Samara Rivers (pictured above) guided us through the sight, smell, and taste of the sips below. She explained how best to identify different flavor notes and helped everyone see there are no wrong answers.

black bourbon blind date

We love taking trips to distilleries, going on tours of distilleries, and always enjoy walk-throughs of rickhouses, like our beauty of a rickhouse at Boone County Distillers here on The B-Line.

boone county distillery

So it was fun to see the rickhouses at Lux Row Distillers and Bardstown Bourbon Company.

lux row distillers
Bardstown Bourbon Company

We also enjoyed spotting goodies from B-Line stops featured in the Silent Auction:


One of the most fascinating talks at this year’s SIPosium was the keynote given by Fawn Weaver. She told the story of Nearest Green, the slave who taught Jack Daniel (yes, that Jack Daniel) the art of distilling. Nearest Green was also the first African American Master Distiller. If you’re unfamiliar with this almost forgotten piece of history,  watch The Story of Nearest Green.  It’s a short documentary, about 10 minutes long, featuring Emmy-award winning actor Jeffrey Wright in this story of “honor, respect, and an unlikely friendship that could be the greatest American story you never heard.”

The final day of SIPosium we were happy to see our friends from Boone County Distilling, sponsors of a delicious Sunday morning breakfast!

old man in boone county distillery

Cheers, y’all!