Featured Interview Excerpts

  • Brad Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): Legacy

    Brad Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): Legacy

    Brad Boswell, President and fourth-generation cooper of Independent Stave Company, discusses his contributions to 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/28009.

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  • Olivia Ripy: Harmony among the Distilleries

    Olivia Ripy: Harmony among the Distilleries

    Olivia Ripy, formerly in charge of the visitor center at Wild Turkey and granddaughter of the distillery’s founder T. B. Ripy, discusses several family members who work in the 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://www.kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27889.

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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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  • Baker Beam (Jim Beam): The Process, Old and New

    Baker Beam (Jim Beam): The Process, Old and New

    Baker Beam, former distiller at Jim Beam, discusses some particulars of making bourbon and how the process has remained essentially the same over the years, only increasing in volume because of technological advances. 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 (Maker’s Mark): Growing the Industry and Community

    Bill Samuels (Maker’s Mark): Growing the Industry and Community

    Bill Samuels, Chairman Emeritus of Maker’s Mark, discusses how bourbon terminology changed as connoisseurship entered the industry in the Bourbon Renaissance, and how that has affected the industry and the state economy. 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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  • Mac Brown (Brown-Forman): Life Is What You Make It

    Mac Brown (Brown-Forman): Life Is What You Make It

    J. McCauley “Mac” Brown, Vice President of Brown-Forman Corporation, discusses the tough philosophy he grew up on and how it is reflected in the operation of the company. 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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  • Jim Rutledge (Four Roses): Bringing Premium to Kentucky

    Jim Rutledge (Four Roses): Bringing Premium to Kentucky

    Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller at Four Roses, tells of how premium brands were created so that Four Roses bourbon would be set apart from Seagram’s previous Four Roses blended whiskey, and he discusses the company’s efforts to bring their internationally successful bourbon back to 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/27885.

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  • Campbell Brown (Brown-Forman): Why Kentucky?

    Campbell Brown (Brown-Forman): Why Kentucky?

    Campbell Brown, Vice President and Director of Brown-Forman Corporation’s Midwest and Canada and Canada divisions, discusses the success of the bourbon business in Kentucky and the new opportunities to offer great bourbon beyond the state border. 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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  • Olivia Ripy: The Bourbon Festival

    Olivia Ripy: The Bourbon Festival

    Olivia Ripy, formerly in charge of the visitor center at Wild Turkey and granddaughter of the distillery’s founder T. B. Ripy, tells of the first time she attended the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. 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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