Who We Are :
KOBBE, Kentucky’s Original Black Bourbon Enthusiasts, is a Louisville, KY based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization aimed at increasing the participation of African Americans in the bourbon community. In February 2017 Louisvillian Jamar Mack selected some fellow bourbon lovers to form the KOBBE Board of Directors, with the goal of making bourbon more accessible for everyone, and as a way to give back to the community. KOBBE hosts unique bourbon events and tastings with a philanthropic branch.
Our Mission : Drink Good Bourbon, Keep Good Company, Do Good Deeds
Since KOBBE’s inception, we have tried to distinguish ourselves by presenting unique and approachable bourbon events to a demographic that isn’t always catered to in this industry. We recognize nobody starts off as a bourbon expert and so from the start, that’s why we’ve always had the mindset of, ‘come learn with us.’
Our Motto : Come for the Bourbon, Stay for the Community
Why We Do It :
Giving back is at the core of what we do. The very first event KOBBE hosted was a book drive benefiting Books & Barbershop’s. Our members and supporters share a commitment to raise our community as we raise our glasses. Many of our events serve the dual purpose of gathering bourbon lovers and collecting resources for low-income communities. In addition to books, KOBBE has collected and distributed school supplies, non-perishable items, and outdoor toys and games. (Learn More)
What We Do :
KOBBE has hosted various events since forming ranging from exclusive, limited seating tastings with brand reps to bourbon history presentations with historians and brand launches.
Our events pair everyone from well-versed bourbon enthusiasts and even newbies with immersive, approachable bourbon experiences. (Learn More)