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The Legend Of Stitzel-Weller Distillery

Join Us May 15 for Sip n Smoke at Oxmoor Farm! It seems that hardly a week goes by without someone asking me about the Stitzel-Weller Distillery under the Van Winkles and why the whiskey was so good. First of... Continue Reading →

A Look At The History Of Bourbon Export Markets

The export market makes up about a third of all Bourbon sales today. This has not always been the case, but the export market has been an important part of the sales for over a century. In the early 19th... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past: Kentuckians As We See Them

In 1905, the book Kentuckians As We See Them was published. It is a collection of political cartoons of people living in the Commonwealth as drawn by the leading political cartoonist of the time. There are many people in this... Continue Reading →

Reviving Old Labels

When I started as an archivist at United Distillers, one of the purposes for the archive was to use it to support the heritage of the brands produced by U.D. The other main purpose was to use the history to... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past: Bernheim Distillery Bottling House And Warehouses Post Card

Postcards are an interesting look at distilling heritage. Most people think of postcards as a picture of an exotic place you send to friends while you are on vacation. Manufacturing plants are not what comes to mind when sending a... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past: The Fairfield Distillery, Bardstown, Ky.

In 1945 Schenley distilleries purchased the Fairfield Distillery in Bardstown, Ky. The distillery was producing the brand “Pride of Nelson” when Schenley purchased the company. The Second World War saw Schenley acquire many smaller distilleries. The fact was that the... Continue Reading →

Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery

Back in 2011 Michter’s announced that they had purchased the Fort Nelson Building on Main Street to create their visitor’s experience and a small distillery in Louisville. On January 31, 2019 it finally opened. It was a long road with... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past: Will McGill: Stitzel-Weller’s First Master Distiller

This photograph is from the same collection as the “Big Three” photograph of Van Winkle, Farnsley and Stitzel. McGill is standing outside of the office building at Stitzel-Weller. McGill was the first Master Distiller at Stitzel-Weller. He was related to... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past: The Big Three Of Stitzel-Weller

When I was working as North American Archivist for United Distillers, I was visited by a lady who was secretary to Julian Van Winkle Jr. after the war in the late 1940s. She donated to the archive a series of... Continue Reading →

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