Evansville Bourbon Society



*Photo courtesy of Evansville Living*


The Evansville Bourbon Society (EBS) was established by Michael Erwin (pictured above, back right) in 2013. Fresh off a trip to all 7 (at the time) distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Michael knew he had to share his experience and passion for bourbon with his fellow Evansvillians. So, he created the club.

It started out as a Facebook group and eventually, as popularity skyrocketed, needed a formal structure. After consulting with local officials he formed EBS as a private club. In order to join one has to be invited by another member. It began with 26 members and now has over 150 annual members.


EBS has meetings every other month during which distillers and brand ambassadors lead tastings. EBS has hosted Wild Turkey, Four Roses, Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Heaven Hill, Starlight, New Riff, and many, many more.

EBS also does private barrel selections. The most recent selection was a barrel of New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon. In March 2020, the club will debut their next barrel selection: Old Forester Single Barrel Bourbon.

Every November the group hosts a members-only dinner at a local Evansville location. This years event will be on Thursday, November 12th, 2020 at 7pm at TBD location. The theme will be centered around the clubs recent barrel purchase with the dinner consisting of Old Forester enspired entrées.


EBS financially supports local non-profits through split-the-pots and auctions. It will also donate part of the proceeds from all barrel selections to local non-profit organizations.


If you would like more information on EBS, would like to join the club, or would like to present at a future club meeting, please contact me at tippleandtext@gmail.com. You can also join our mailing list by going here. Cheers!