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Bourbon Tasting, Auction to Benefit IHS Programs

Feb. 7, 2017

Indianapolis—For one night only, the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is bringing bourbon enthusiasts together for a tasting that features more than a dozen distilleries and a silent auction of rare items. Indy's Premier Bourbon Affair, hosted by IHS and presenting partner Payless Liquors, takes place Friday, Feb. 17, from 6:30 to 10 p.m., at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center.

An O.F.C. 1980 Vintage is among the coveted bottles of bourbon up for bid at Indy's Premier Bourbon Affair. Buffalo Trace Distillery provided the bottle as part of an effort to help nonprofits across the country raise money for their causes. IHS's bottle is number 65 out of 100. The bottle is a replica of an early 1900s edition, and the label incorporates historical events from its vintage year.

Guests also have the chance to bid on a Pappy Van Winkle gift basket, a signed bottle of Angel's Envy along with passes to the newly opened distillery, an opportunity to go through the barrel selection process at Maker's Mark or Buffalo Trace distilleries and other items.

In addition to taking part in the silent auction, guests can interact with acclaimed mixologists and brand ambassadors, such as "The Whiskey Professor" Bernie Lubbers, and sample a variety of spirits while exploring IHS's award-winning Indiana Experience.

Indy's Premier Bourbon Affair is $125, $100 for IHS members. Proceeds benefit IHS's education and outreach programs. A limited number of tickets are available. Registration closes Wednesday, Feb. 15.

To register for Indy's Premier Bourbon Affair, or to learn more about silent auction items and participating distilleries, visit www.indianahistory.org/bourbon or call (317) 232-1882.

About Payless Liquors

Payless Liquors is a family owned and operated company founded in 1973 by Charles and Linda Key. The Keys' daughter Elizabeth joined the business in 2008, and their sisters and nieces work for the company as well. Today, Payless Liquors employs more than 135 people at 25 central Indiana locations. The business was featured in the June 2016 issue of Market Watch Magazine.

About the Indiana Historical Society

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor experiences called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programs. IHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.

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