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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  • Peter Rutledge (Brown-Forman): Artisanship and New Brands

    Peter Rutledge (Brown-Forman): Artisanship and New Brands

    E. Peter “Pete” Rutledge, retired Executive Vice Presdient of Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide, discusses the role of artisanship in creating new 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/27846.

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  • Brad Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): The Bourbon Trail

    Brad Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): The Bourbon Trail

    Brad Boswell, President and fourth-generation cooper of Independent Stave Company, discusses bourbon tourism and how Independent Stave Company joined the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. 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/28009.

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  • Max Shapira (Heaven Hill): Father, Mentor

    Max Shapira (Heaven Hill): Father, Mentor

    Max Shapira, President of Heaven Hill, discusses working under the mentorship of his father Ed 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/27845.

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  • Al Young (Four Roses): The Path of His Career

    Al Young (Four Roses): The Path of His Career

    Al Young, Brand Ambassador of Four Roses, discusses how he got into the business and some of the twists and turns his career has taken since then. 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.

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  • Andrea Wilson: The Bourbon Renaissance

    Andrea Wilson: The Bourbon Renaissance

    Andrea Wilson, former Director of Whiskey Strategies for Diageo North America, discusses the challenges of global markets, as well as some unique characteristics of the Bourbon Renaissance. 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/27912.

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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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  • Rob Samuels (Maker’s Mark): The Mark of a Master Craftsman

    Rob Samuels (Maker’s Mark): The Mark of a Master Craftsman

    Rob Samuels, COO of Maker’s Mark, explains the origin of the brand name and the of the mark blown into every glass and printed on each label. 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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  • Al Young (Four Roses): The Future of Four Roses

    Al Young (Four Roses): The Future of Four Roses

    Al Young, Brand Ambassador of Four Roses, discusses the distillery’s historic reputation for quality, which in his view must remain top priority in the years to come. 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.

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