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From My Archive: Spirits Magazine, May 1936

I like old trade magazines. They are full of historical information, old advertising and other useful information. When I find one, I add it to my archive and I copy them and donate the original copy to a public archive... Continue Reading →

New Orleans Bourbon Festival

This year was the inaugural New Orleans Bourbon Festival at the Marriott Convention Center. This is planned to be an annual event taking place in the city that could be argued as the birthplace of Bourbon. Kentucky may be the... Continue Reading →

Bourbon: An American Whiskey

In 1964 Congress made Bourbon an American whiskey, made only in the United States. It truly is an American spirit created from a melting pot of cultures. There are many people that say that it was the Scottish and the... Continue Reading →

Cincinnati: Bourbon’s Other City

Historically, Louisville has always been the Bourbon Capital of the world. The city is a center for transportation and communication out Kentucky. Even today in the age of cell phones and the internet, Louisville is still an important city in... Continue Reading →

19th Century Bourbon

I have had several people tell me that they just want to make Bourbon the way their great grandfather did before prohibition. I ask them how they plan to do that and they are surprised when I start telling them... 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 →

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