• Al Young (Four Roses): Yeast and Mash

    Al Young (Four Roses): Yeast and Mash

    Al Young, Brand Ambassador of Four Roses, discusses the recipes of the several Four Roses 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/27886. Share

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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. Share

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  • Craig Beam (Heaven Hill): Learning from the Family

    Craig Beam (Heaven Hill): Learning from the Family

    Craig Beam, Master Distiller at Heaven Hill, names his father Parker Beam and grandfather Earl Beam as his two greatest teachers and tells how he learned to make jug yeast from his grandfather. 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. Share

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  • Craig Beam (Heaven Hill): What Makes Good Bourbon?

    Craig Beam (Heaven Hill): What Makes Good Bourbon?

    Craig Beam, Master Distiller at Heaven Hill Distilleries, explains how good bourbon requires a combination of many factors, such as good limestone water, high quality grain and yeast, and the right moisture levels in the grain. 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. Share

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  • Craig Beam (Heaven Hill): Yeast

    Craig Beam (Heaven Hill): Yeast

    Craig Beam, Master Distiller at Heaven Hill Distilleries, discusses the specific yeast that is used at Heaven Hill. 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. Share

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  • Edwin Foote: Changes in the Process

    Edwin Foote: Changes in the Process

    Edwin “Ed” Foote, retired Master Distiller for the Stitzel-Weller Distillery, discusses a few of the ways in which the process of making bourbon has evolved, such as in the specific yeasts used by distilleries and the modern-day ability to control the fermentation temperature. 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. Share

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  • Jim Rutledge (Four Roses): Being Consistent

    Jim Rutledge (Four Roses): Being Consistent

    Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller at Four Roses, discusses the importance and the challenges of producing a consistent brand of 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/27885. Share

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  • Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey): Early Career

    Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey): Early Career

    Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller at Wild Turkey Distillery, discusses how the consumer base of bourbon has changed over time, what his first job was in the industry and how that job too has changed, and what it takes to make good 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://kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27814. Share

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