Featured Interview Excerpts

  • Thomas Ripy: Old Joe and Joe Lewis Brands

    Thomas Ripy: Old Joe and Joe Lewis Brands

    Thomas Ripy, great-grandson of the Tyrone, KY, distiller T. B. Ripy, tells the history of two early bourbon 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/27888.

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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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  • Eddie Russell (Wild Turkey): Fire in the Distillery

    Eddie Russell (Wild Turkey): Fire in the Distillery

    Eddie Russell, Associate Distiller at Wild Turkey Distillery, discusses the fire in 2000 that destroyed a warehouse and led to the building of a new one. 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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  • Jim Rutledge (Four Roses): Quality as a Priority

    Jim Rutledge (Four Roses): Quality as a Priority

    Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller at Four Roses, discusses the his efforts over his career to always improve the quality of the product, and the cooperation of many employees to achieve that goal. 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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  • Peter Rutledge (Brown-Forman): Bill Samuels and Max Shapira

    Peter Rutledge (Brown-Forman): Bill Samuels and Max Shapira

    E. Peter “Pete” Rutledge, retired Executive Vice Presdient of Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide, discusses two giants of the industry, Bill Samuels and Max 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/27846.

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  • Baker Beam (Jim Beam): Why Kentucky?

    Baker Beam (Jim Beam): Why Kentucky?

    Baker Beam, former distiller at Jim Beam, names the water in Kentucky as a factor that makes the state excellent for bourbon production, and he discusses Jim Beam’s yeast, another important ingredient. 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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  • Parker Beam (Heaven Hill): Tastings and Travels

    Parker Beam (Heaven Hill): Tastings and Travels

    Parker Beam, Master Distiller of Heaven Hill Distilleries, discusses his travels as a distiller participating in tastings across 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/27680.

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  • Mac Brown (Brown-Forman): History of Brown-Forman

    Mac Brown (Brown-Forman): History of Brown-Forman

    J. McCauley “Mac” Brown, Vice President of Brown-Forman Corporation, discusses the history of the company from its founding by his great-grandfather George Garvin Brown in 1870. 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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  • Chris Morris (Brown-Forman): Beginning His Career

    Chris Morris (Brown-Forman): Beginning His Career

    Chris Morris, Master Distiller at Brown-Forman, tells how he first entered the bourbon industry in the Brown-Forman grain lab. 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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