Bourbon History


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The Resurgence Of Whiskey

The 1960s and 70s were bleak times for whiskey distillers. Consumers had turned to products such as Vodka, Tequila and light beers for their beverages of choice. Whiskey has since made a huge comeback, led by Bourbon today, but it... Continue Reading →

Bonded Warehouses

Join us October 8 for the Bourbon Salon at Oxmoor Farm: Women Distillers In order to pay for the American Civil War, the United States Government placed a tax on distilled spirits. Originally, the government looked to simply put a... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – I.W. Harper’s Bowing Man

In 1937, Schenley Distilleries acquired the Bernheim Distillery and the I.W. Harper brand. The brand had been popular in the days before Prohibition and was the flagship brand for Bernheim Bros. They had marketed the brand with slogans such as... Continue Reading →

Causes Of Bourbon’s Decline In The Late 1960s

Bourbon has been in a boom market for the last decade. People often ask me, “How long is this going to last?” I don’t know but I do have an idea as to what caused the decline in the late... Continue Reading →

Prohibition And The Great Depression

Prohibition was an economic disaster for the United States. Before Prohibition a large portion of the Federal budget was being funded by the excise tax on alcohol. The newly passed income tax, a tax promoted by the Prohibitionists, was a... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Old Prentice Distillery

The Old Prentice Distillery is the present day Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. This image is of the distillery after it was purchased by J.T.S. Brown & Sons in 1894 and rebuilt in 1910. Under J.T.S. Brown & Sons,... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Happy Basil Hayden

Old Grand Dad is very old brand founded in 1882. In the beginning, the barrel was the primary package for selling the whiskey, but in the 1890s the brand began to be bottled and Basil Hayden’s image was on the... Continue Reading →

Bourbon Barons

In the 19th century, Scotland had a fairly large number of whiskey men who created brands and made fortunes. They were not nobility for the most part, but they soon became known as “Whisky Barons” for the wealth and influence... Continue Reading →

Distillery Fires

Recently a fire at the Jim Beam warehouse facility at the Old Crow Distillery destroyed 45,000 barrels of aging Bourbon. This has generated a lot of talk about such fires. It is the 5th distillery fire in Kentucky since 1996... Continue Reading →

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