Featured Interview Excerpts

  • Peter Rutledge (Brown-Forman): Artisanship and New Brands

    Peter Rutledge (Brown-Forman): Artisanship and New Brands

    E. Peter “Pete” Rutledge, retired Executive Vice Presdient of Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide, discusses the role of artisanship in creating new 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/27846.

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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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  • Rob Samuels (Maker’s Mark): Family and Hospitality

    Rob Samuels (Maker’s Mark): Family and Hospitality

    Rob Samuels, COO of Maker’s Mark, discusses family hospitality and connecting with customers. 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/27844.

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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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  • Peter Rutledge (Brown-Forman): What Makes Good Bourbon?

    Peter Rutledge (Brown-Forman): What Makes Good Bourbon?

    E. Peter “Pete” Rutledge, retired Executive Vice Presdient of Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide, describes the characteristics of a good bourbon in terms of success on the market and in terms of flavor. 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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  • Fred Noe (Jim Beam): The Family Business

    Fred Noe (Jim Beam): The Family Business

    Fred Noe, Master Distiller at Jim Beam, discusses the family business and how the family seems not to do well in anything else, giving the example of Jim Beam, who tried his hand at several other professions during Prohibition without much success. 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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  • Thomas Ripy: World Bourbon

    Thomas Ripy: World Bourbon

    Thomas Ripy, great-grandson of the Tyrone, KY, distiller T. B. Ripy, discusses the growth of international bourbon markets. 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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  • Parker and Craig Beam (Heaven Hill): Whiskey Thief

    Parker and Craig Beam (Heaven Hill): Whiskey Thief

    Parker and Craig Beam, Master Distillers of Heaven Hill Distilleries, demonstrate one of the tools of the trade, the whiskey thief. 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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  • Brad Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): The American Spirit

    Brad Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): The American Spirit

    Brad Boswell, President and fourth-generation cooper of Independent Stave Company, explains why it is patriotic to drink bourbon. 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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