Featured Interview Excerpts

  • Edwin Foote: Beginnings in the Industry

    Edwin Foote: Beginnings in the Industry

    Edwin “Ed” Foote, retired Master Distiller for the Stitzel-Weller Distillery, discusses his early career as a beer chemist at the Henry McKenna Distillery and for Seagram, and he discusses his move to Stitzel-Weller, also known as the Old Fitzgerald 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/27913.

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  • Edwin Foote: Industry Legends

    Edwin Foote: Industry Legends

    Edwin “Ed” Foote, retired Master Distiller for the Stitzel-Weller Distillery, discusses prominent members of the industry, some of whom previously worked for Seagram. 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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  • Frenchie Sweatt (Diageo): Her Role

    Frenchie Sweatt (Diageo): Her Role

    Frenchie Sweatt, Plant Administrator for Diageo North America, discusses the role she and others played in the various stages of the plant’s history. 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/27911.

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  • Frenchie Sweatt (Diageo): Changes in Record Keeping

    Frenchie Sweatt (Diageo): Changes in Record Keeping

    Frenchie Sweatt, Plant Administrator for Diageo North America, explains how records were kept in the distillery before the digital age. 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/27911.

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  • Dace Stubbs (Brown-Forman): Family and Community

    Dace Stubbs (Brown-Forman): Family and Community

    Dace Stubbs, member of the Brown-Forman board of directors, discusses family friends and memories of industry leaders. 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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  • Frenchie Sweatt (Diageo): Career and Warehouse History

    Frenchie Sweatt (Diageo): Career and Warehouse History

    Frenchie Sweatt, Plant Administrator for Diageo North America, discusses the various positions she has held over her career, including her managing the closing process of the Stitzel-Weller site in Louisville before it was designated as the barrel warehousing headquarters of North America. 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/27911.

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  • Parker and Craig Beam (Heaven Hill): Harsh Winters

    Parker and Craig Beam (Heaven Hill): Harsh Winters

    Parker and Craig Beam, Master Distillers of Heaven Hill Distilleries, tell stories from some of the crippling winters of recent years, in which Heaven Hill never shut down because of the cold. 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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  • Edwin Foote: The Sign out Front

    Edwin Foote: The Sign out Front

    Edwin “Ed” Foote, retired Master Distiller for the Stitzel-Weller Distillery, discusses Pappy Van Winkle’s dislike of chemists as opposed to traditional distillers working in distilleries, and his putting up a sign at Stitzel-Weller to that effect. 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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  • Chris Morris (Brown-Forman): Expansion

    Chris Morris (Brown-Forman): Expansion

    Chris Morris, Master Distiller at Brown-Forman, gives a glimpse into the Bourbon Renaissance with recollections of the rise of Woodford Reserve, and he explains the company’s future plans for further expansion. 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/27842.

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