Featured Interview Excerpts

  • John Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): Family Business

    John Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): Family Business

    John Boswell, former President of Independent Stave Company, affirms the value of family business and expresses his pride in his and his son Brad’s work. 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/28010.

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  • Parker and Craig Beam (Heaven Hill): How to Drink Bourbon

    Parker and Craig Beam (Heaven Hill): How to Drink Bourbon

    Parker and Craig Beam, Master Distillers of Heaven Hill Distilleries, discuss their shared preference for drinking bourbon the old-fashioned way. 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/27683.

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  • Chris Morris (Brown-Forman): Mystery Photo Shoot

    Chris Morris (Brown-Forman): Mystery Photo Shoot

    Chris Morris, Master Distiller at Brown-Forman, tells a story from his travels in Japan. 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/27842.

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  • Thomas Ripy: After Prohibition

    Thomas Ripy: After Prohibition

    Thomas Ripy, great-grandson of the Tyrone, KY, distiller T. B. Ripy, discusses the families that stayed in the business after Prohibition was repealed. 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/27888.

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  • Fred Noe (Jim Beam): Fred’s Father Booker

    Fred Noe (Jim Beam): Fred’s Father Booker

    Fred Noe, Master Distiller at Jim Beam, discusses his father’s devotion to the company, his developing Booker’s and also small batch and super premium bourbon, and other members of the Beam family now in other companies. 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/27827.

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  • Fred Noe (Jim Beam): The Previous Generation

    Fred Noe (Jim Beam): The Previous Generation

    Fred Noe, Master Distiller at Jim Beam, discusses how the previous generation of distillers revived the bourbon industry in the 1980s, which has led to the continued Bourbon Renaissance today. 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/27827.

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  • Al Young (Four Roses): Yeast and Mash

    Al Young (Four Roses): Yeast and Mash

    Al Young, Brand Ambassador of Four Roses, discusses the recipes of the several Four Roses brands. 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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  • Jimmy and Eddie Russell (Wild Turkey): Eddie’s Early Days

    Jimmy and Eddie Russell (Wild Turkey): Eddie’s Early Days

    Jimmy Russell and Eddie Russell, Master Distiller and Associate Distiller at Wild Turkey Distillery, reflect on Eddie’s start in the 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/27815.

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  • Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey): Changes in His Lifetime

    Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey): Changes in His Lifetime

    Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller at Wild Turkey Distillery, tells of his following the generations-old family trade in his hometown of Lawrenceburg, KY, and he discusses the steady consolidation of small family businesses into large companies over the years. 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/27814.

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