Bourbon Brotherhood and Whisky Chicks Mixer


On Saturday Night 8/20 /17 an event took place at the Henry Clay that was a microcosm of the history of mankind; It was akin to an enourmous group date between Louisville’s pre-eminent bourbon-centric aficionado organizations, The Whisky Chicks and The Bourbon Brotherhood.

This years 4th annual event benefitted Best Buddies Kentucky, an organization that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Bourbon lovers shared their passion for Kentuckys native spirit through sample tastings and cocktails specially created for the evening by the sponsoring distilleries. attendees were able to mix  with Master Distillers and bourbon celebrities.

Besides the bourbons you would expect from Kentucky’s (and actually the world’s) best distillers, we had some fun treats like bourbon popsicles, slushies and root beer floats.

In case you don’t know, let me introduce you to the hosts:

The Whisky Chicks

Founded by Linda Ruffenach out of the need to find a community outside of family and work, what started as a passion project has turned into something of a revolution. As Linda says:

‘The Whisky Chicks® have taken the stuffy, cigars smoking in a dark oak room out of whisky and made it accessible to everyone of drinking age. We don’t care if you drink your whisk(e)y neat, on the rocks, or with Dr. Pepper- we just want to enjoy it together.”

Check out highlights from last year’s event. Video

The Bourbon Brotherhood

Bruce Corwin’s famous caveat for his organization:

“Is this politically correct? Probably not.”

Being shed of any expectation to the contrary, the Bourbon Brotherhood is free to pursue it’s founder’s simple, succinct vision:

“This is all about having fun. We currently have no membership fee and we keep our event fees very affordable. We send out about three emails per month to our members to keep them informed of upcoming events and to share photos from our most recent event. If you receive emails from us, then you are already a member.”

Past events include things like visiting a hangar full of vintage warplanes, visiting distilleries for barrel tasting and even purchase of a barrel, a buffalo chili cookoff and a tasting at the American printing House for the Blind.

These 2 organizations, in my opinion, epitomize the welcoming hospitality our great city and state are known for and do it under the auspices of our most famous export – BOURBON! Check them out!


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Donna, Dona, Teresa and Sylvia
Emily with Peerless Distillery
Dan and Colette Wagner
beautiful couple
Whisky Chicks Founder Linda Ruffenach and Jacquelyn Scanlan
Casey Hawkins and Sarah Reed with Woodford Reserve
Bruce Corwin, founder of the Bourbon Brotherhood, and the beautiful flapper
Tamara Frank, Vicky Fugitte and Kristin Willinger
The Henry Clay
Buffalo Trace Tom Smith and Freddie Johnson
Heather Williams and Anita McGlaun
Theresa and Erica with Art Edibles
Mike and Melissa Stoltz
Jaracz Swain and Pamela Bischoff
Mary Kate, Zihar and Zack Grimes
 Copper & Kings in the house
Bianca and Cincle Lee
Haley Perros with Wilderness Trail Distillery