Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business

The documentary, “Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business,” draws from oral history interviews conducted by the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, introducing viewers to some of the important figures in the Bourbon industry in Kentucky.  Produced by the Nunn Center and directed by filmmaker Joanna Hay, the documentary explores the science and art behind the bourbon-making process and details how the beverage became a global phenomenon.

The interviews behind the documentary were created as part of the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, a partnership with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA).  The oral history project is a multi-year effort by the Nunn Center in the UK Libraries to document the history of bourbon in the state, and features the stories of the master distillers and bourbon barons from iconic distilleries that participate in the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour, including Wild Turkey, Heaven Hill, Brown-Forman, Woodford Reserve, Bulleit, Maker’s Mark, Four Roses and Jim Beam, as well as the new Michter’s Distillery and Independent Stave Cooperage.

The Nunn Center’s documentary is currently airing on Kentucky Educational Television. You can purchase a DVD copy of the documentary through the Shop PBS online store.


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Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries