Featured Interview Excerpts

  • Edwin Foote: The Job of a Master Distiller

    Edwin Foote: The Job of a Master Distiller

    Edwin “Ed” Foote, retired Master Distiller for the Stitzel-Weller Distillery, explains that the title Master Distiller is a relatively recent invention, and he discusses the differences between these distillers of today and those of several decades ago. 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/27913.

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

    Campbell Brown (Brown-Forman): The Bourbon Trail

    Campbell Brown, Vice President and Director of Brown-Forman Corporation’s Midwest and Canada divisions, discusses the opportunities offered by the Bourbon Trail. 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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  • Max Shapira (Heaven Hill): Father, Mentor

    Max Shapira (Heaven Hill): Father, Mentor

    Max Shapira, President of Heaven Hill, discusses working under the mentorship of his father Ed Shapira. 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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  • Max Shapira (Heaven Hill): Origin of the Company Name

    Max Shapira (Heaven Hill): Origin of the Company Name

    Max Shapira, President of Heaven Hill, explains how the name “Heaven Hill” came about as a misspelling of the family name “Heavenhill”. 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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  • John Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): Teaching His Son

    John Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): Teaching His Son

    John Boswell, former President of Independent Stave Company, tells of how he taught the business to his son Brad. 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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  • Baker Beam (Jim Beam): Beginning His Career

    Baker Beam (Jim Beam): Beginning His Career

    Baker Beam, former distiller at Jim Beam, discusses some of his earliest jobs at the distillery and his years running the Clermont, KY, plant. 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://kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27828.

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  • Bill Samuels (Makers Mark): Early Family History

    Bill Samuels (Makers Mark): Early Family History

    Bill Samuels, Chairman Emeritus of Maker’s Mark, discusses how his father and mother were both key in choosing and restoring what became the Maker’s Mark Distillery. 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://kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27843.

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  • Jim Rutledge (Four Roses): The Origins of “Master Distiller”

    Jim Rutledge (Four Roses): The Origins of “Master Distiller”

    Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller at Four Roses, explains exactly how the title “Master Distiller” came into use in the 1990s, and he reflects on the increasingly important role of the Master Distiller as a brand promoter. 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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  • Olivia Ripy: Beginning Her Career

    Olivia Ripy: Beginning Her Career

    Olivia Ripy, formerly in charge of the visitor center at Wild Turkey and granddaughter of the distillery’s founder T. B. Ripy, discusses her career in the distillery, first on the bottling line and later as the head of the new Visitor’s Center. 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/27889.

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