Are you a bourbon girl?
That was the question posed to me by Peggy Stevens, founding member of the Bourbon Women Association. Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking to Stevens about Bourbon Women Take Flight, the Association’s bourbon-tasting/networking event being held at Jack Rose on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 (5:30-8pm). The event includes signature bourbon cocktails from Jack Rose’s Master Mixologist, Rachel Sergi, a formal bourbon tasting presented by Beam, bourbon-inspired appetizers from Jack Rose, and a gift bag. All the above are included as part of the registration fee ($50), along with a 1-year membership to Bourbon Women.
The event is for women, and, according to Stevens, it’s a way to create a platform for women — who like bourbon or who would like to learn about bourbon — to come together to learn, socialize, and taste bourbon in a comfortable setting. Stevens, a Master Bourbon Taster who has led numerous bourbon tastings and has over 20 years experience in the distilling and food/beverage industries, has found that many women who don’t like bourbon have never been properly introduced to it or remember their father’s bourbon of 20 years ago. Yet, we agreed that bourbon is a spirit that requires a gradual initiation — start with cocktails and eventually graduate to purer forms.
Stevens says that DC women attending the event can expect “edutainment” — that is, learning how to taste and mix bourbon while networking with like-minded women. While $50 seems a fair price to cover cocktails, food, and a tasting, what sort of benefits can DC attendees expect from their membership to Bourbon Women, a Kentucky-based organization? Stevens says, while the organization is young (about a year old), it is growing and working towards more nationally oriented benefits. Bourbon Women Take Flight was largely a response to interest and inquiries Stevens and the association received from female bourbon enthusiasts around the country. For now, members can expect more member-only events including trips to distilleries and other bourbon tastings and discounts on bourbon publications. Bourbon Women is also working towards putting together the first ever national bourbon conference.
As for the Jack Rose event, I’m curious to see what’s in store for attendees, including what type of bourbon-inspired cocktails mixologist Rachel Sergi will prepare. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Manhattans aside, I’ve not been able to find a bourbon cocktail I like. Most of them either have too many ingredients or are heavy-handed with the bitters — both traits unfortunately mask the key ingredient.
So, back to the original question: are you a bourbon girl?
I am. I hope to see you next Tuesday.
2007 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Bourbon Women Take Flight, June 19, 5:30-8pm
$50 fee includes cocktails, bourbon tasting, appetizers, and 1-yr membership