Bourbon & Benevolence 2021

KOBBE, Kentucky’s Original Black Bourbon Enthusiasts, the local philanthropy-based bourbon organization, announces the 4th annual Bourbon & Benevolence Tasting & Charity Auction. Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 11, from 6:30 p.m. EST to 9:30 p.m EST and join KOBBE for a night hosted by radio personality Ez Bluegrass. 

Bourbon & Benevolence brings attendees face-to-face with some of the bourbon industry’s biggest brands and offers a signature bourbon auction. This year the auction will benefit APRON, Inc., the local initiative that provides financial relief to food and beverage industry professionals.

This year’s live auction will be held online with video by professional auctioneer, Bill Menish who has nearly 20-years of experience, so bidders can participate no matter where they are. We will have an amazing selection with an estimated 500+ items available. Some of these items include a 19-year Willett Family Estate, Birthday Bourbon, Vintage Bottles, one-of-a-kind distillery experiences, and so much more. For the first time, the general public will have a chance to take home a few select KOBBE single barrel picks, including an OKI selected for Bourbon & Benevolence. We also will offer a couple of previous releases from Maker’s Mark and Bulleit. Keep an eye out for more auction item announcements and releases in the coming weeks on KOBBE’s social platforms

The bourbon tasting portion of the night will include premium pours from eleven brands including : Michter’s Distillery, Russell’s Reserve, Maker’s Mark, Smooth Ambler of West Virginia, Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, Buzzard’s Roost, Ragged Branch of Virginia, Rolling Fork Rum, Limestone Branch, Barrell Craft Spirits, and Kentucky Peerless. 

The event will also incorporate an outdoor cigar lounge powered by Smokeasy Mobile Cigar Lounge. Also available will be a custom KOBBE barrel-aged coffee, made in conjunction with Stave n Bean. Guests can enjoy two food trucks on site with Good Belly’s NY Deli-inspired sandwiches and El Rincon Oaxaqueño’s street tacos throughout the night. 

“This year the focus is fully on fundraising,” Mack said. The gala format of previous years is being dropped so attendees can come cocktail casual and comfortable as they enjoy pours from some of their favorite distilleries and bid on auction items for a good cause. 

We’re taking COVID-19 related precautions, and will be requiring all attendees to show proof of vaccination or negative 72-hour test. This also means tickets will be very limited this year, so get yours early. Additional Covid-19 and vaccine information below.

There will be NO refunds offered for this event, including covid-19 related. Tickets are fully transferable, for questions please email

Tickets on sale now. Click “squadup” tab below to purchase.

What safety precautions will Bourbon & Benevolence be taking due to COVID-19 concerns?

In order to gain entry to the event, each person must provide one of the following (a print or digital copy of the document will be accepted), along with their ticket and a valid photo ID:

• Proof of vaccination
• Negative PCR test result within 72 hours of the event
• Negative rapid test result within 72 hours of the event
• Negative home test result within 72 hours of the event (please bring a photo of negative test)

A mask is not required while actively drinking or eating. However, organizers ask that if you are not actively drinking or eating while inside at the event, that you please wear a mask around the event floor. Please note that health recommendations are ever changing and this guidance is subject to change between now and December.

There will be NO refunds offered for this event, including covid-19 related. Tickets are fully transferable, for questions please email

Will there be food at Bourbon & Benevolence?
Yes, there will be two food trucks on site offering food in a safe and healthy manner. Each ticket includes two food tickets. 

Dress Code?
Be cocktail casual. Enjoy the night! 

Additional Questions?
Send us an e-mail at We will be happy to answer them!

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