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Steamboats And Bourbon

I received my contract to take the Bourbon Cruise on the American Queen the other day and Rosemary and I are excited to be doing this trip. We will be spending the Fourth of July on the American Queen and... Continue Reading →

Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery No.5 TN

Charlie Nelson contacted me many years ago about finding out about his family’s involvement in the distilling industry before prohibition shut them down in 1910. He had heard how his family came over from Germany in the mid 19th century... Continue Reading →

Cave Hill: The Resting Place Of Louisville’s Spirits industry Leaders

Over the years I have led several tours of Cave Hill Cemetery, discussing the famous people of the spirits industry buried there, as a fundraiser for this historic cemetery. Cave hill is always worth a visit as it is an... Continue Reading →

The Stitzel Factor in Bourbon

There are several Bourbons on the market now that are made with wheat as the flavoring grain instead of rye. These brands include Maker’s Mark, Old Fitzgerald and its expressions, W. L. Weller and its expressions, Rebel Yell and of... Continue Reading →

Bourbon’s Unsung Heroes – The Oscar Getz Museum Curators

When I started doing work as an archivist for United Distillers, one of the first things I did was visit the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History. This is when I first met Flaget Nally and Mary Hite, the two... Continue Reading →

Bourbon’s Unsung Heroes – Lewis B. Shuckman and Shuckman’s Fish Co.

Back in 1994 when nobody considered using Bourbon in food other than the occasional baked beans or chocolate dessert Lewis B. Shuckman  of Shuckman’s Fish Co. started using Bourbon in smoking trout for a customer in Elizabethtown. It started him on... Continue Reading →

History Of Rectifiers Or “Non-Distilling Producers”

There has been a lot of talk about Non-Distilling Producers lately. Consumers feel they are being deceived by this newest generation of rectifiers and people act as if they are a new phenomenon but they are not. People have been... Continue Reading →

Why is Bourbon made from Corn?

The late Ova Haney, former Master Distiller at Four Roses, was once asked “why is Bourbon made from Corn?” His reply was “Because that is what grows in Kentucky. If Kentucky grew rice it would have been made from rice.”... Continue Reading →

The Base of the Pillars is Limestone Water

In the 19th century the people of Kentucky would say that the Four Pillars of Kentucky Society were all due to the Limestone water found in the state. These four pillars are 1) Bourbon, 2) Thoroughbred Horses, 3) Tobacco and... Continue Reading →

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