Featured Interview Excerpts

  • Jim Rutledge (Four Roses): Personal Philosophy

    Jim Rutledge (Four Roses): Personal Philosophy

    Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller at Four Roses, explains his personal philosophy and names an associate in Seagram as the biggest influence in his career. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://www.kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27885.

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  • Parker Beam (Heaven Hill): Maintaining Quality despite Growing Demand

    Parker Beam (Heaven Hill): Maintaining Quality despite Growing Demand

    Parker Beam, Master Distiller of Heaven Hill Distilleries, discusses the important role of master distillers in maintaining the quality of bourbon while keeping up with growing demand. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://www.kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27680.

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  • Mac Brown (Brown-Forman): The Origins of Old Forester

    Mac Brown (Brown-Forman): The Origins of Old Forester

    J. McCauley “Mac” Brown, Vice President of Brown-Forman Corporation, explains how Old Forester was named after a doctor who became well-known in the Civil War. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://www.kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27849.

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  • Al Young (Four Roses): International Popularity

    Al Young (Four Roses): International Popularity

    Al Young, Brand Ambassador of Four Roses, discusses the international popularity of the brand. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://www.kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27886.

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  • Max Shapira (Heaven Hill): The End of Prohibition, the Birth of a Brand

    Max Shapira (Heaven Hill): The End of Prohibition, the Birth of a Brand

    Max Shapira, President of Heaven Hill, tells of how his father started the business and created the Old Heaven Hill brand in 1934 soon after the repeal of Prohibition and at the height of the Great Depression, and how the brand soon became the number-one selling bourbon in Kentucky. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://www.kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27845.

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  • Campbell Brown (Brown-Forman): The Bourbon Renaissance

    Campbell Brown (Brown-Forman): The Bourbon Renaissance

    Campbell Brown, Vice President and Director of Brown-Forman Corporation’s Midwest and Canada divisions, discusses the resurgence of interest in craftsmanship and heritage in the bourbon industry. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://www.kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27848.

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  • Dace Stubbs (Brown-Forman): Early Days of the Family Business

    Dace Stubbs (Brown-Forman): Early Days of the Family Business

    Dace Stubbs, member of the Brown-Forman board of directors, shares memories of her father George Gavin Brown II and how he made lasting changes to the company, such as making connections in Scotland and starting the production of Jack Daniels at Brown-Forman. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://www.kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27847.

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  • Max Shapira (Heaven Hill): Re-Inventing the Industry

    Max Shapira (Heaven Hill): Re-Inventing the Industry

    Max Shapira, President of Heaven Hill, discusses how the industry has suffered from overproduction and stagnation in the 1950’s and 1960’s, and how it has been revitalized and even reinvented since then. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://www.kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27845.

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  • Frenchie Sweatt (Diageo): Getting the Job

    Frenchie Sweatt (Diageo): Getting the Job

    Frenchie Sweatt, Plant Administrator for Diageo North America, tells of her early days in Diageo and her appreciation of its beautiful location. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://www.kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27911.

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