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Buzzard’s Roost, Bourbon Women Raffle ‘Distiller for a Day’ For Bourbon Women Foundation

Buzzard’s Roost Whiskey has teamed up with the Bourbon Women Foundation, and together they will celebrate Women’s History Month with a raffle where someone will be crowned “Distiller for a Day.”

The whiskey maker explained in a press release that raffle tickets will be $100 each, and you can get them online starting March 1st, here.

The winner of the “Distiller for a Day” prize will be drawn at random on Instagram Live @buzzardsroostspirits and @bourbonwomen on Tuesday, March 21st, at 7 p.m. EST.

Buzzards Roost Distiller For A Day
Buzzard’s Roost Whiskey has teamed up with the Bourbon Women Foundation, and together they will celebrate Women’s History Month with a raffle where someone will be crowned “Distiller for a Day.” (image via Buzzard’s Roost)

The raffle’s proceeds will benefit the Bourbon Women Foundation, which provides scholarships and mentoring for women in the bourbon industry.

Heather Wibbels, managing director of the Bourbon Women Association, said they are thrilled to have this unique and rare experience from Buzzard’s Roost to support the Foundation.

“Buzzard’s Roost Co-founder and CEO Judy Hollis Jones understands and enthusiastically supports our mission of bringing diversity to the whiskey industry and supporting women professionally to make change happen,” she added.

The raffle winner and a guest will take part in the “Distiller for a Day” experience with Buzzard’s Roost’s distillery. They’ll spend a morning at Independent Stave Company, seeing how the barrels are made and learning the science behind the stave.

There will be notes on the proprietary charring and toasting of American oak barrels that give Buzzard’s Roost whiskeys their flavor profiles.

The afternoon will be spent at the new Buzzard’s Roost Whiskey Row Experience in downtown Louisville with Buzzard’s Roost CEO and co-founder Judy Hollis Jones.

There will be barrel tasting, measuring the proof strength of fresh whiskey off the doubler, and other quality control jobs.

With a micro-still, tasting bar, classroom space, and retail shop on site, the winner will get the full experience of how Buzzard’s Roost makes their whiskey. In addition, they’ll spend one-on-one time with whiskey expert and author, Susan Reigler, and Bourbon Women’s Heather Wibbels, known as “The Cocktail Contessa.”

The day will end with dinner at Whisky Magazine’s 2023 “Bar of the Year,” Bourbons Bistro. They will be joined by Hollis-Jones and Buzzard’s Roost Master Blender Jason Brauner and friends.

“I’ve been a supporter of Bourbon Women for years,” said Hollis Jones. “I love how they bring together women all over the country who love bourbon, and rye, and how the Bourbon Women Foundation offers important resources for women who have career aspirations in the industry.”

This is the second time that Buzzard’s Roost has teamed up for a Women’s History Month raffle to benefit the Bourbon Women Foundation. Last year, more than $3,500 was raised and the winner received a rare bottle of 12-year-old Buzzard’s Roost Bourbon.

Buzzard’s Roost Sipping Whiskey is a woman-founded and led company that launched in 2019 with three barrels of rye whiskey. Today, Buzzard’s Roost is in 10 states and Canada, with a portfolio of eight whiskeys and limited-time offerings.

The new Buzzard’s Roost Whiskey Row Experience is set to open in April at 624 W. Main Street in downtown Louisville.

For more information, check out or you can buy a raffle ticket at

Gary Carter

Gary Carter has been at the helm of metro newspapers, magazines, and television news programs as well as a radio host and marketing manager. He is a writer/editor/photographer/designer by trade, with more than 30 years experience in the publishing and marketing field. Gary enjoys working to build something great, whether that be a novel project, a start-up, an organization, a fresh-face to the journalistic world, or even something as simple as a short story. A native Texan and a Pacific Northwest convert, he is a whiskey enthusiast who cut his teeth on it ... literally!

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