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Bourbon Organization for Women Adds NKY/Cincinnati Branch

Bourbon Women, the premier membership organization for women who are passionate about bourbon and bourbon culture, continues to extend its reach with the formation of a third branch—this one in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area.

More than 900 women have joined Bourbon Women since its launch in 2010.

The newest branch, which joins those in Indianapolis and Chicago, will be led by Branch Ambassadors Kim Rorick Newberry and Amy Bloomhuff. Designated Bourbon Women Branch Ambassadors spearhead activities in their cities and spread the word about our true native spirit: bourbon.

Kim and her husband, Peter Newberry, own The Prohibition Bar at Newberry Bros. Coffee in Newport, which features a large collection of bourbon and rye whiskeys.

“Until we opened in 2013, I really never tried bourbon, or any whiskey for that matter, other than in mixed drinks,” Kim Newberry said. “I was always intimidated by it, with the assumption that I would not like it. I have since discovered that’s not true. And I’ve discovered there are a lot of other women like me who have the same inhibition when it comes to bourbon, along with a curiosity and desire to explore it. Like me, they just don’t want to go it alone. On the other end of the spectrum are the women who have a true love and passion for bourbon—including my friend Amy Bloomhuff—and who enjoy sharing their love and knowledge with other women.”

While doing research about forming a women-centered bourbon club, the two discovered Bourbon Women.

“With the increasing number of bourbon bars and distilleries in close proximity to Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, the formation of a Bourbon Women Branch here seemed like a no-brainer,” Newberry said. “So we reached out to Bourbon Women President Susan Reigler and made the pitch.”

“The energy and enthusiasm Kim, Amy, and their friends in Greater Cincinnati have for the Bourbon Women mission of education, networking, and philanthropy are infectious, and we’re so happy they are forming our third official branch,” Reigler said.

The Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati Bourbon Women Branch has scheduled a launch event on Wednesday, May 11, at New Riff Distilling in Newport.

Bourbon Women has grown rapidly, with interest quickly spilling beyond the state’s borders. Since its inception as the first formal membership organization for female consumers in the spirits industry , the Bourbon Women association has inspired books on women in the industry, created partnerships with key industry associations, held the first bourbon weekend for women  and continue to raise money for philanthropies through their unique, high-quality events. The organization recently hired an Executive Director, Audrey Petty.

On March 17, Bourbon Women will make a fourth annual trip to Binny’s Beverage Depot in Chicago for a WhiskyFest-related event. Other upcoming events include a “Single Barrel vs. Small Batch” evening at the Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse on April 21 and a “Bourbon, Bacon, Chocolate and Cheese” event at the Frazier Museum on May 19.

In August, Bourbon Women from around the country will converge in Lexington for the Third Annual Bourbon Women Sip-Osium, which will be headquartered at the Hilton Hotel downtown from August 26-28.

For more information about Bourbon Women, visit Women must be 21 years of age or older to join.

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