Lexington Bourbon Society

Lexington Bourbon Society Calendar

Our upcoming experiences, social meetups, and community appearances. We look forward to seeing you there as well!

LBS Distiller’s Series: Bardstown Bourbon Company @ Base110
Feb 27 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
LBS Distiller's Series: Bardstown Bourbon Company @ Base110

Join us at Base110 for our February Distillery Series featuring the Bardstown Bourbon Company. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and discussion about their spirits will start at 6:00 p.m. Please sign up on Eventbrite so we can get a good headcount for seating and food. This is a members-only event so please contact one of the board members of LBS for the Eventbrite link. Otherwise, you can find it on our members-only Facebook page.

SOLD OUT: Bottled in Bond Day Tasting – Members Only
Mar 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
SOLD OUT: Bottled in Bond Day Tasting - Members Only

On March 3rd, 1897, Congress passed the Bottled in Bond Act. It was a hard-won victory that gave honest-to-goodness whiskey an indisputable mark of authenticity.

To be labeled Bottled in Bond, whiskey must be:

  • The product of one distillation season, from either January to June or July to December.
  • Aged in a warehouse for at least four years.
  • Bottled at 100 proof (U.S.)
  • Include the distillery at which it was made and bottled on the label.

One man led the way for this new legislation, Colonel E.H. Taylor., and whiskey has never been the same!

So, join us for this member-only event as Kris Comstock from Buffalo Trace Distillery talks to us about Colonel E.H. Taylor, Bottled-in-Bond, and more while we enjoy some of the E.H. Taylor Bottled-in-Bond expressions.

Social Sipper @ Sedona Taphouse
Mar 11 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Social Sipper @ Sedona Taphouse

Join us on Wednesday March 11th at 6:30 p.m. for our next Social Sipper gathering at the Sedona Taphouse!

Known for its fantastic selection of craft beer and impressive draft list, Sedona has always made sure to keep their bourbon fan base happy by offering a growing list of bourbon selections along with inspired cocktails. Sedona is a great place to go for a business lunch, to watch that favorite sports game, or to bring friends out for a social dinner gathering. They also have an impressive outdoor patio with a dedicated bar!

For our Social Sipper, the staff has patterned with the Lexington Bourbon Society to reserve a dedicated event space and bar staff to cater to our happy hour needs! The evening event will kick off with offering a discounted bourbon cocktail along with complimentary appetizers to help cure your Wednesday “workday woes”. There will be a featured distillery along with several discounted pours offered and other surprises throughout the evening as you mingle with us. This was a fan favorite last time with a great crowd, so we encourage you to leave work on time and be sure not to miss out on the fun!


Interested in the Lexington Bourbon Society? Do you enjoy social networking in Lexington, opportunities to promote local charities and consider yourself a “bourbon enthusiast”? If you said yes to any of these questions, we would love to meet you! Our Social Sippers are always free to attend even if you aren’t a member, and it’s a great way to learn more about the Lexington Bourbon Society and how to join. Feel free to bring a friend along, stop by and say hi and see what it’s all about. We look forward to seeing you there!

*As always please drink responsibly*

For Our Friends At Flame Run – Members Only
Apr 24 @ 1:30 pm – Apr 26 @ 6:30 pm
For Our Friends At Flame Run - Members Only

Hi all, we hope this finds you healthy and in good spirits!


If you already know, then you totally get it!
If you don’t already know, then it is our pleasure to introduce you!

Beginning in 2015, we started taking “field-trips” a couple times a year to 815 W. Market St. in Louisville to create custom, one-of-a-kind functional pieces of art. One at a time, we accompanied a very talented artists (thank you Centre College) down the stairs into the Hotshop to begin creation. Having selected colors and discussed design with the artist, we got busy. Once the artist has collected just the right amount of 2100° F molten glass, we began to blow air into the glass through a tube at the precise force instructed by the artist. At this point, we sat back and let the artistry commence. After 30 minutes or so, the piece went into the 800° F cooling oven, and after a day or two the glass was ready for use, admiration, and prideful show-and-tell.

We would love to send you and a couple of friends to the studio once they re-open to create your own whisk(e)y glass (or even wine glass or ornament)I

We have a $200 gift certificate ready to send to someone reading this. That someone will be determined via live raffle drawing here on our page Sunday, April 26 at 6 PM EST. To enter send multiples of $10 (1 entry = $10, 2 for $20, etc) directly to the Flame Run Glass Studio and Gallery folks via PayPal. Entries will be accepted until 5 PM EST Sunday. At which time, we will alpha-sort all entries by first name, paste that list into random.org, randomize the list 5 times, and the entry in the #1 spot after the 5th spin will be emailed the $200 gift certificate. Feel free to share far and wide! Thank you in advance for helping these fine folks, and good luck in the drawing!!!

Derby-In-Place – Members Only
May 2 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Derby-In-Place - Members Only

What: Virtual Kentucky Derby Party
When: Saturday, May 2nd 3-6 PM EST (Zoom portion 4:30-6)
How: $10 donation paid directly to Old Friends via eventbrite.com, your confirmation email from the donation will contain your unique Zoom login credentials (tickets: derby-in-place.eventbrite.com)
Who: The first 100 people to complete their donation and receive their login details
Why: To support the wonderful work of the fine folks at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms

We have teamed up with Michter’s Distillery, ubercapper.com and Wine+market to bring you a fantastic solution to the 146th Kentucky Derby being moved from the first Saturday in May to Saturday, September 5.

Saturday, May 2nd, NBC Sports will present a virtual Kentucky Derby at Home Party, which includes “The First Saturday In May: American Pharoah’s Run to the Triple Crown”, a look back at American Pharoah’s 2015 Derby win en route to his historic Triple Crown, and “The Kentucky Derby: Triple Crown Showdown”, a socially distant, computer-simulated edition of the Run for the Roses that pits all 13 Triple Crown winners against each other. (full details: kentuckyderby.com/party)

While you have this broadcast on the television, we will host a zoom.us gathering starting at 4:30 that will include Michter’s schwag giveaways, Derby hat/fascinator/outfit contest, interactive Mint Julep demonstration and recipe, drawing for a private tour for two at Old Friends with Board President Michael Blowen, some fun “wagering”, and live handicapping of the the Triple Crown Showdown by syndicated Thoroughbred handicapper Elis Starr (@Ubercapper) and more!

Wine+market will have Michter’s Mint Julep Kits available for pickup starting Friday, April 29 at 3 PM. The kits contain ingredients for you to follow along with during our demonstration to make your own delicious, storied cocktail. Kit: 1 bottle of Michter’s US-1 Bourbon, house-made organic mint simple syrup, and fresh organic mint sprigs all for only $52. Please let me know ASAP if you will be getting a kit, I need to ensure Seth orders enough for everyone.

Virtual Social Sipper
May 6 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Virtual Social Sipper

Join us virtually on May 6th from 6:30-9:00 pm for our first bi-weekly quarantined Social Sipper!

For our first Zoom Sipper, we are asking that you come prepared to share your favorite cocktail recipe including what you may do differently to make it your own.

We have sent an email to our members with the Zoom information. If you are a non-member, please email bourbon@lexingtonbourbonsociety.com and the details will be sent to you!

LBS Trivia Night via Zoom – Members Only
May 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
LBS Trivia Night via Zoom - Members Only

TEAM TRIVIA NIGHT – Form a Quaranteam with those in your household or pair up with someone else via cell phone or something.

BUT, don’t look up the answers online (we could all do that), don’t shout out answers to the group. Put your brain to use and see if you have any working cells left after bourbon and boredom!

This will NOT be bourbon trivia, but general trivia. I will throw in a couple of bourbon questions, here and there.

If you’ve played at any of the area bars, the game will be like that. Except… Keep your own score. Honor system scoring. 90 seconds to answer each question.

Download a Score Sheet with the Rules from our Files. Ask questions, in advance, if you’ve got ’em.

LBS Cocktail Hour – Members Only
May 15 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
LBS Cocktail Hour - Members Only

In lieu of our monthly Distiller’s Series we are going to have our first ever LBS Virtual Cocktail Hour tomorrow, March 15th from 8:00-9:30 p.m.! We are pleased to announced that Iverson Griffon, Head Bartender at OBC Kitchen will be teaching us how to make two different bourbon cocktails. There will also be a Q&A session where you can ask questions, discuss variations, and anything else you might have interest in.

Below you will find the two cocktails we will be mixing, along with a shopping list.


Date: Friday, March 15th
Time: 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Please note: Each recipe makes one cocktail

Vanilla Whiskey Sour
1.5 oz Woodford (Or other high rye bourbon)
1 oz Lemon Juice
0.5 oz Brown Sugar Syrup
1 egg white

Coffee Old Fashioned
2 oz Knob Creek (or any 100 proof bourbon. Preferably Beam due to it’s nutty flavor)
0.5 oz Brown Sugar Syrup
0.5 oz Cold Brew Coffee (Or strong chilled coffee)
Angostura Bitters
Black Walnut Bitters
Lemon peal (garnish)

Brown Sugar Syrup
4 cups Brown Sugar
2 cups Water
3 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1 oz Vodka

Combine all ingredients except for vodka in a pot, add heat and bring to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, add vodka, and let cool. Keep refrigerated.

This needs to be ready before the Cocktail hour so you aren’t adding hot syrup to your cold cocktail.

*The brown sugar syrup recipe can be reduced down for a smaller batch. Just make sure to keep your proportions correct.

Shopping List:
Brown Sugar
Vanilla extract
Lemon (1 / whiskey sour)
Eggs (1 egg white / whiskey sour)
Cold Brew Coffee (Strong coffee that is chilled will do)
Angostura bitters
Black Walnut bitters
100 proof bourbon
High Rye bourbon (These can be the same or different)


Virtual Social Sipper
May 27 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Virtual Social Sipper

Join us virtually on May 27th from 6:30-9:00 pm for another quarantined Social Sipper!

We have Jason from Bluegrass Tavern joining us with their pick of Town Branch Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon. If that isn’t enough, Mark Coffman, Master Distiller at Town Branch will also be joining us to talk about their product and history.

To purchase a bottle of Bluegrass Tavern’s Town Branch pick stop by their bar 5:00-8:00 p.m. Friday or 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Saturday. Bottles are $49 each, CASH ONLY!

We have sent an email to our members with the Zoom information. If you are a non-member, please email bourbon@lexingtonbourbonsociety.com and the details will be sent to you!

William Tarr Tasting – Members Only
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
William Tarr Tasting - Members Only

Join Barry Brinegar, co-founder of Wm. Tarr Distillery, for an exclusive tasting of our 12-year limited release: Inheritance! Barry, along with partner Jill Bakehorn, is resurrecting Lexington’s first federally-registered distillery (est. 1865) on historic Manchester Street in the Distillery District!

This event is limited to 20 participants; LBS members who participated in another tasting will not be permitted to take part in this one. Please click “Reserve A Spot” and answer the two required questions. Responding with “Interested” or “Going” WILL NOT reserve your spot.

Samples will be available for pick-up at Grand Reserve (903 Manchester Street) on Friday May 29 from 12-5. Valid ID must be presented upon pick-up for age verification.

Link to Zoom meeting will be provided prior to event.