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Images of the Past – The Sunny Brook Distillery Booth at the 1903 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis

The 1903 Louisiana Purchase Exposition held in St. Louis played an important role in American distilling heritage. Yes, many brands, including Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 and I. W. Harper, won gold medals at the Expo, but that is not... Continue Reading →

Kentucky’s Great Distilleries: Heaven Hill – The Keepers Of Heritage

Heaven Hill is a family owned distillery that opened in Bardstown, Kentucky at the end of Prohibition. The company had been found in 1935 by the five Shapira brothers who hired Joe L. Beam to be their first distiller. It... Continue Reading →

Willie Pratt: A Wealth Of Experience

I don’t recall where I was when first heard Willie Pratt speak but I do know he impressed me with what he was saying about aging whiskey. So much so that I asked him to be on a panel at... Continue Reading →

How Warehouses Affect Whiskey

In the year 1821 Bourbon is first offered for sale in a newspaper in Kentucky. Now what makes Bourbon different from the other whiskeys being distilled at that time is the fact it is aged in charred barrels to add... Continue Reading →

Kentucky Peerless Sweet Mash Whiskeys

I have been a fan of Kentucky Peerless Distillery since I first visited there over a year ago. They are making some excellent products that you are going to have to wait at least another year before you can purchase... Continue Reading →

American Fruit Brandy – A Spirit to Watch

Before prohibition Fruit Brandies were very popular in the United States. In the 18th century peach brandy demanded a higher price than whiskey in Kentucky taverns. Early Kentucky distillers often made both whiskey and brandy for their own use and... Continue Reading →

A SHOT of Kentucky Bourbon, Whiskey and Brandy Distilling Heritage

  A SHOT of Kentucky Bourbon, Whiskey, and Brandy Distilling Heritage Kentucky distilling heritage starts with both whiskey and brandy distillation. When the earliest settlers came to Kentucky in the 1700’s, their stills were an important part of the journey’s... Continue Reading →

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