Charity Event FAQ
The short answer: Probably not.
The long answer: Distilled Living works with charities providing distillery relations services. Sometimes we can secure bottle or other auction items donations, sponsored Bourbon tastings or other charity support. However, rare Bourbon are rare because they’re rare. Every charity would like to have one but very few rare Bourbons are ever donated by the distilleries themselves. We do not provide Bourbons from our own collection (it’s all opened bottles anyway!) nor do we solicit donations from other individual collections. Because everyone is asking is for rare bottles, they’re very hard to find.
How do you charge / what is the fee for distillery relations for auction items with Charity events?
We do not have standard pricing for individual activities like auction item donations.
Pricing is based on scope and scale of the task, what the timeline is, what distilleries are requested from and any other beverage alcohol related functions of the event.
Sometimes it’s a percentage of monies raised from sourced auction items, other times it may be a flat fee or part of a larger consulting package.
Yes! Like our other charity services, presentations are offered at a fee but again we strive to create value greater than the fee. Specific pricing is based on type and size of event and time of year, plus any secondary requested services like sourcing in-kind donations for the Bourbon to be poured.
The majority of the distilleries have donations review committees which only meet every month or every other month. As a result, standard lead times for auction item donations are 3-4 months or longer and distillery participation is typically 6-9 months or longer.
Standard Event FAQ
A letter of agreement & 50% retainer that applies towards your event secures you on our calendar.
Often, I’ll set up a phone appointment so I can get to know more about what you’re looking for and find out about your wedding day just to make sure everyone is on the same page before requesting these. When it’s decided that you want to book, we’ll email an agreement for you to sign and an invoice for the retainer. These can be signed and paid for online or mailed with check. If you choose to send a check, please send it promptly because until the retainer is received, you are only penciled-in for that date.
Nope! Our fee is a ‘speaker’s fee,’ so it’s the same for two guests or two hundred. (Please note Bourbon Palate Training supplies are $2.50 per guest.)
Distilled Living does not carry a liquor license, so we are not able to provide the Bourbon. We can work with your venue or caterer if they are providing the alcohol or with the family if they are providing it. We can help with Bourbon selection and sourcing including vintage and rare products if requested.
We provide a certified Executive Bourbon Steward, which is usually Tim Knittel (subject to availability). We provide visual and aromatic tasting aids plus a mini-distillery display for the tasting table. We can also provide sample cups or professional tasting glassware (for smaller guest count events) plus tasting mats and written tasting guide upon request.
We can also provide culinary food pairings (provided as packaged food to comply with health department codes) or we can assist in having those provided through your venue or caterer.
You will need to provide the alcohol plus a table. Some couples also like to provide a memento of the Bourbon tasting experience like a gift mini-bottle or basket or an engraved Bourbon tasting glass.
Wedding specific FAQ
Like wedding venues, we have high and low seasons. Keeneland & Derby weeks are our busiest even though this is outside of the typical wedding season. We have other types of events booked during these times.