Featured Interview Excerpts

  • 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): Early Days in the Business

    Campbell Brown (Brown-Forman): Early Days in the Business

    Campbell Brown, Vice President and Director of Brown-Forman Corporation’s Midwest and Canada divisions, discusses the beginning of his career in the international division of the company, notably in India. 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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  • Brad and John Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): Learning Enthusiasm

    Brad and John Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): Learning Enthusiasm

    Brad and John Boswell, President and former President of Independent Stave Company, discuss the most important lesson that John taught his son: enthusiasm. 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/28008.

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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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  • Al Young (Four Roses): History of the Distillery

    Al Young (Four Roses): History of the Distillery

    Al Young, Brand Ambassador of Four Roses, discusses the history of the distillery from the early 1900’s through the present. 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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  • Bill Samuels (Maker’s Mark): Before the Bourbon Renaissance

    Bill Samuels (Maker’s Mark): Before the Bourbon Renaissance

    Bill Samuels, Chairman Emeritus of Maker’s Mark, discusses the business of his father Bill Samuels, Sr., and explains that sophisticated bourbon was not a popular idea before the Bourbon Renaissance. 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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  • 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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  • Craig Beam (Heaven Hill): The Modern Master Distiller

    Craig Beam (Heaven Hill): The Modern Master Distiller

    Craig Beam, Master Distiller at Heaven Hill, explains how he travels and at the same time keeps an eye on the distillery using modern technology. 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/27682.

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  • Peter Rutledge (Brown-Forman): Craftsmanship

    Peter Rutledge (Brown-Forman): Craftsmanship

    E. Peter “Pete” Rutledge, retired Executive Vice Presdient of Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide, discusses the rise of craftsmanship in the bourbon industry over the past several decades. 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/27846.

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