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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 →

The Legend Of Stitzel-Weller Distillery

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 all, let it be stated that Stitzel-Weller was making whiskey just... 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 →

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