When people speak of Stitzel-Weller, they affectionately recall its founder, Pappy Van Winkle, and the mouth-watering wheated bourbons distilled there. But often forgotten are the master distillers who made the stuff. Pappy did not make whiskey. One in particular has a story so improbable that … Continue readingThe story of a homeless master distiller
Jim Beam workers voted to go on strike yesterday. The strike begins Friday at midnight if Beam Suntory and the Union Food and Commercial Workers Local 111D do not reach an agreement. It’s not the first time a major distillery’s workforce has made this decision. Here … Continue readingDistillery Strikes: It Happens
Unlike National Hot Dog Day or National Paint Your Toes Red Month, Bourbon Heritage Month is real and honors the bourbon industry every September. “The skyrocketing success of our legendary Bourbon industry is one of the biggest and proudest highlights during my two terms,” said … Continue readingBourbon Heritage Month: 5 Tips
With a beautiful blue sky backdrop, Diageo officials, the Louisville and Shively mayors, Tom Bulleit and several Pappy Van Winkle grandchildren watched the first barrel being filled at Stitzel-Weller since 1992. The whiskey came from Stitzel-Weller’s hybrid column / pot still that Diageo officials say … Continue readingStitzel-Weller: New Beginnings? (Photo Essay)
Life is precious. Whiskey is a lovely vehicle in life to create new friendships and maintain old ones. When a whiskey friend told me he suffered aggressive cancer, he didn’t ask me to pray for him. Rather, he wanted to know if I could come by … Continue readingFormer Stitzel-Weller Exec Fights Cancer
The Sazerac Company is considering legal action against Diageo for using one of its trademarks—George T. Stagg—in the marketing of its latest Orphan Barrel release “Lost Prophet,” a spokesperson for the company told me. In the product announcement, Diageo says Lost Prophet “was distilled in … Continue readingLost Prophet or the Beginning of a Sourced Whiskey War?