INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) invites guests to an extraordinary night of bourbon tasting that also supports education and outreach programs across the state. Indy’s Premier Bourbon Celebration, presented by Payless Liquors, takes place Friday, Feb. 23, from 6:30 to 10 p.m., at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.
Indy’s Premier Bourbon Celebration features more than 20 bourbons and the chance to learn about the fine art and nuances of distilling.
There’s also something for wine lovers, with tastings that compare bourbon barrel aged wines to their non-barrel aged equivalents.
A silent auction gives guests the chance to bring home coveted bourbon bottles for their collection, including a one-of-a-kind Blanton’s gift basket and a bottle of Redneck Riviera—not yet sold in Indiana—signed by John Rich of Big & Rich.
In addition, guests can bid on a bottle of Van Winkle Special Reserve Lot “B” aged 12 years, signed by Master Distiller of Buffalo Trace Harlen Wheatley, exclusive distillery trips provided by Payless Liquors, and more.
Guests also have the chance to meet and mingle with special guests, including Limestone Branch Distillery co-founder Steve Beam, _The Wall Street Journal_ bestselling author and blogger Fred Minnick and Bourbon Women founder Peggy Noe Stevens, to talk about everything bourbon.
“This is an evening to try great products and learn from industry leaders, all in a beautiful setting at the History Center,” said Elizabeth Key of Payless Liquors. “The Indiana Historical Society has made education and outreach a key part of its mission, and we’re proud to play a small role in reaching communities across the state.”
Proceeds from Indy’s Premier Bourbon Celebration will benefit IHS’s education and outreach programs. Tickets are $125, $100 for IHS members. This event is for ages 21 and older. Samplings and silent auction end at 9:30 p.m. To register, or for a complete list of participating distilleries and distributors, visit www.indianahistory.org/bourbon.