Featured Interview Excerpts

  • Jim Rutledge (Four Roses): The Myth of Age

    Jim Rutledge (Four Roses): The Myth of Age

    Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller at Four Roses, discusses how age does not mean the same for bourbon as it does for certain other drinks such as Scotch. 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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  • 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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  • Baker Beam (Jim Beam): The Rise of the Beam Name

    Baker Beam (Jim Beam): The Rise of the Beam Name

    Baker Beam, former distiller at Jim Beam, discusses how the Beam name came into prominence and how it has affected him as a member of the Beam family. 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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  • Edwin Foote: Making Bourbon

    Edwin Foote: Making Bourbon

    Edwin “Ed” Foote, retired Master Distiller for the Stitzel-Weller Distillery, discusses the process of making bourbon and explains that attention to detail is crucial at every step. 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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  • Dace Stubbs (Brown-Forman): Family and Career

    Dace Stubbs (Brown-Forman): Family and Career

    Dace Stubbs, member of the Brown-Forman board of directors and granddaughter of company founder George Gavin Brown, discusses her family heritage. 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/27847.

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  • Eddie Russell (Wild Turkey): The Bourbon Renaissance

    Eddie Russell (Wild Turkey): The Bourbon Renaissance

    Eddie Russell, Associate Distiller at Wild Turkey Distillery, discusses the Bourbon Renaissance: how it has removed the stigma surrounding bourbon and whiskey, and how  the industry has now reached a point even higher than it was in the ’50s and ’60s. 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/27813.

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  • Parker and Craig Beam (Heaven Hill): Fire and Recovery

    Parker and Craig Beam (Heaven Hill): Fire and Recovery

    Parker and Craig Beam, Master Distillers of Heaven Hill Distilleries, tell of how with the help of the community, the distillery recovered from the catastrophic 1996 fire. 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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  • Jimmy and Eddie Russell (Wild Turkey): Tasting Bourbon

    Jimmy and Eddie Russell (Wild Turkey): Tasting Bourbon

    Jimmy Russell and Eddie Russell, Master Distiller and Associate Distiller at Wild Turkey Distillery, explain the process of tasting bourbon for quality control purposes. 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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  • Parker Beam (Heaven Hill): Disproving a Skeptic

    Parker Beam (Heaven Hill): Disproving a Skeptic

    Parker Beam, Master Distiller of Heaven Hill Distilleries, tells of how he proved to a doubter that Master Distillers are, in fact, real people. 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/27680.

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