Bourbon Society of Baton Rouge Discussion
Instead of our normal Bourbon Information Monday’s, we wanted to have a dialog with everyone instead. We started BSoBR in May 2015 and have had the absolute best time with it. We never imagined we would have the success we’ve had with this group. I honestly didn’t think that four years later I would still be running this group. I didn’t think we would be able to kick it off the ground. You all have been following us through our ups and our downs. We can’t thank you enough for all the support you’ve given us up to date. I hope that we have earned your trust and that you all are interested in going down a new path with us.
About a month ago, we started to consider changing the way we do membership within the Society. Jacob and I (the co-founders) have shared the majority of the costs with this group since our origination. It has been our pleasure to get the group to where it is today. We have a solid base of people who engaged and are interested in what we do. With a more formal dues-paying membership structure, we think we can truly accomplish more exciting things.
I don’t want to go over specifics today. We are still working on everything. As a dues-paying member, I will tell you that you will get some benefits from a few of the places around town that we frequent. We are also working on doing a BSoBR barrel pick. We have a retailer who we are partnering with, we just need to find the right barrel first. It will be several months away but the option to help us sample and pick a barrel of bourbon will be on the table.
Most importantly, the raffle system we have will change. We normally give away 2-4 bottles of whiskey per event just for showing up. We will no longer have door prizes open to the general public. The raffle will be reserved for our dues paying members. However, a large portion of the dues we take in will be going straight toward bottles for the raffles. Depending on how the next few months go, we may end up raffling off 5 or more bottles at each event or we may raffle off more expensive bottles. We aren’t sure what the plan will be but know that the bulk of the dues will go towards the raffles. There will be a lot more to this when it’s all said and done. I’m really excited about what we have come up with so far, and I think you all will be too. I also want to make clear that every dollar that BSoBR collects will stay within BSoBR and the operating costs & activities of BSoBR.
For today, I just want your opinions. Is this something you’re interested in? Would you be open to taking the next step with BSoBR? What type of member benefits do you want? What more do you want out of a Bourbon Society? Please let me know your thoughts below. We really appreciate your feedback!