Founded in 2016, Blackout Barrel Group has picked over 100 barrels, established Blackout Racing Stable in 2018 and Barrels For A Cause in 2019.

What we do

Blackout Group is composed of 3 core elements.

Barrel Picks

Founded in 2016,  Blackout Barrel Group has picked over 100 barrels from 20 different distilleries. We will be bottling under our own private label starting in 2021.

Horse Racing

Founded in 2018, Blackout Racing Stable currently owns four horses: Sugoi, Thundering Creed, Barrel Proof and Press Snooze. They’ve amassed career earnings of over $100,000 to date.


Founded in 2019, Barrels For a Cause is our annual charity event. Since our inception Blackout has donated over $300,000 to local charities in Kentucky region.   

Blackout Barrel Group is a Kentucky-based non-profit social club that was founded in 2016 and currently consists of 95 members. Blackout works with local and national retailers and distillers to select private barrels of bourbon and other brown spirits to be shared by its membership. Blackout regularly meets with its membership and hosts several social gatherings throughout the year.

To date, Blackout has selected over 100 private barrels from brands such as: E.H. Taylor, Willett, Four Roses, Blanton’s, Eagle Rare, W.L. Weller, John J. Bowman, Russell’s Reserve, Knob Creek, Mayor Pingree, Boone County, Elijah Craig, Old Forester, New Riff, Wilderness Trail, Maker’s Mark and L’Encantada. Blackout has also re-purposed used barrels from our selections to create one-of-a-kind blends of wheated bourbon, bourye and Four Roses. Blackout Barrel Group will be bottling under our own custom lable starting in 2021!

In addition to the occasional sip of brown water and helping people, many in Blackout have a fond love of racing and horses. Blackout Racing Stable, LLC is a separate entity from Blackout and BFAC but a significant portion of the Membership overlaps. Blackout Racing Stable was founded in 2018 and has purchased/claimed four horses who have netted over $100K in career earnings.

The initial and ongoing success of Blackout is entirely due to the character of its Membership. This has allowed us the ability to create a charitable wing of Blackout – Barrels for a Cause (BFAC).

BFAC is a Kentucky-based non-profit that is currently undergoing the process to obtain charitable exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. BFAC uses Blackout’s connections and resources within the spirits industry to raise money for various charitable organizations, primarily through an annual event held in June.

BFAC’s inaugural event was held in 2019 at New Riff Distillery. Through the generous donations and tireless work of many, BFAC was able to raise over $100,000 for the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati.

For 2021, BFAC has partnered with the Lee Initiative and Makers Mark to raise funds for the Food Service industry decimated by forced COVID-19 closures. The event will be held on June 25th 2021 at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. For ticket information or for ways you can donate, please contact us via the form below.

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