I remember my guidance counselor telling me to join more clubs in high school to help beef up my college applications. I wonder if she’d be proud of me today as an official member of the Whisky Chicks.
The group that loves to drink, talk, learn and spread the love of all things bourbon is hosting the first-ever Whisky Chicks Strut down Main Street on Saturday, July 23. Similar to a pub crawl and open to anyone who is 21 and over (yes, even guys), the Strut will begin at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience and finish at the Aloft Hotel, stopping a handful of times along the way.
Whisky Chicks was founded in 2014 by business partners Linda Ruffenach and Dayna Neumann as a way to bring together ladies who love bourbon. Their events are both informative and accessible to veterans and newbies alike, and becoming a member is absolutely free.
Neumann tells Insider the idea came from fellow colleague and Whisky Chick Jamie Webb, who is somewhat new to town and suggested it as a way to experience different areas of town. Since the group’s headquarters are located on Whiskey Row, they decided it would be a great place to start.
“We figured our fine neighbors were the best businesses to partner with on our first Whisky Chicks Strut,” says Neumann. “Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is a great example of that partnership in action. They are trendsetters in downtown bourbon experiences, and we are thrilled to work with them again on this event.”
The group plans on hosting Struts in other neighborhoods around the city as well, she adds.
The Whisky Chicks Strut will be held from 3-7 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. Tickets are $25 and include a T-shirt, cocktails and appetizers at each stop, and surprises along the way. The fun begins at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, at 528 W. Main St.
Also worth a mention is the Whisky Chicks’ annual fundraiser and partnership event with the Bourbon Brotherhood, titled “Bourbon Mixer,” that’ll be held on Saturday, Aug. 13. The event will feature samples of more than 20 bourbons from 13 Kentucky distillers, as well as food, live music and a silent auction. This year’s charity of choice is Rx: Housing Veterans, a Coalition for the Homeless program that assists Louisville’s homeless veterans. Tickets are currently discounted at $100 and go up to $125 after Friday, July 1.