Featured Interview Excerpts

  • Rob Samuels (Maker’s Mark): His Grandparents

    Rob Samuels (Maker’s Mark): His Grandparents

    Rob Samuels, COO of Maker’s Mark, discusses the legacy of his grandfather Bill Samuels, Sr., and his grandmother Marge Samuels. 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/27844.

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  • 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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  • Thomas Ripy: After Prohibition

    Thomas Ripy: After Prohibition

    Thomas Ripy, great-grandson of the Tyrone, KY, distiller T. B. Ripy, discusses the families that stayed in the business after Prohibition was repealed. 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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  • Parker Beam (Heaven Hill): What Makes Good Bourbon?

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

    Parker Beam, Master Distiller of Heaven Hill Distilleries, discusses what it takes to make bourbon of excellent quality, from grain selection to proper distillation times and fermentation temperatures, along the way discussing different types of mills in use at the time he entered the business. 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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  • 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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  • Fred Noe (Jim Beam): The Previous Generation

    Fred Noe (Jim Beam): The Previous Generation

    Fred Noe, Master Distiller at Jim Beam, discusses how the previous generation of distillers revived the bourbon industry in the 1980s, which has led to the continued Bourbon Renaissance today. 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/27827.

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  • Baker Beam (Jim Beam): Family and Early Life

    Baker Beam (Jim Beam): Family and Early Life

    Baker Beam, former distiller at Jim Beam, discusses the work of his grandfather Park Beam and his father Carl Beam in the distillery and how he himself began to help out even as a young boy. 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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  • Frenchie Sweatt (Diageo): Plant Administrator

    Frenchie Sweatt (Diageo): Plant Administrator

    Frenchie Sweatt, Plant Administrator for Diageo North America, explains what knowledge she tries to pass on to the younger management and employees at the plant, such as the importance of accurate record-keeping concerning the age of particular barrels and batches. 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): Staying in the Industry

    Dace Stubbs (Brown-Forman): Staying in the Industry

    Dace Stubbs, member of the Brown-Forman board of directors, explains why Master Distillers and others stay in the industry for so long. 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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