Hats & Haute

Hats & Haute

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Dress in your Derby best at the upcoming Bourbon Women Association event. Read on for the details!

Bourbon isn’t just a drink, it’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle that the Bourbon Women Association aims to raise awareness about through its events around the country – and more specifically through its Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati chapter that launched in May 2016.


“The Bourbon Women Association is the organization for women who are passionate about exploring bourbon and the culture that surrounds it,” explains local chapter ambassador Kay Bross, who launched the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati chapter alongside Amy Bloomhuff and new managing director Sara Barnes. “Events provide educational and networking opportunities, bringing together bourbon consumers and the industry professionals.”


Bourbon Women prides itself on creating opportunities for local women through events, including the upcoming Hates & Haute, a Kentucky Derby Event with Woodford Reserve, for members to network, experience premium bourbon, and participate in tasting and education.


“Plus we love spreading the Derby love,” adds Bross.


Hats & Haute is scheduled for April 16 from 6-8 pm at the Hotel Covington. Attendees are encouraged to dress their Derby best – with hats, of course.


“Woodford Reserve Bourbon Ambassador Cat Platz will be on-hand for how-to cocktail demonstrations, serving up two trackside favorites, the Woodford Reserve Mint Julep and the Finlandia Vodka Oaks Lilly,” says Bross. “Southern-inspired appetizers including country ham biscuits, mini hot browns, Benedictine tea sandwiches and shrimp and grits will be served.”


Those who attend the event will also receive a limited-edition poster featuring artwork from the 2019 Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby commemorative bottle and a chance to win a “Win, Place, Show” gift basket.


Louisville kicks off its Kentucky Derby Festival in April and the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati Bourbon Women decided to bring the pre-party to the Queen City to stretch out the celebrations as long as possible.


With the party getting started in April guests will have the opportunity to learn how to make a Woodford Reserve Mint Julep or Finlandia Oaks Lily for their own Derby celebrations. “Plus, it’s an opportunity to wear that perfect outfit twice – or get a second,” adds Bross.


Tickets for the event include admission, appetizers, three drink tickets, and a Woodford Reserve posted. They can be purchased for $45 for Bourbon Women members and $60 for non-members. The event is for guests who are aged 21 or older – and both men and women are encouraged to attend.


You can purchase tickets here. To learn more about Bourbon Women, visit them on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to use the hashtags #bourbonwomen #BWdoesDerby at the event.