This article originally appeared in Whisky Magazine in 2016. It takes a lot to run a bourbon distillery. You must acquire corn, rye or wheat, and barley, mill the grains, store them, then cook and ferment to create the rudimentary beer that is distilled and … Continue readingDistillery Heroes: They Fix Stills And Stuff
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In the past year, we’ve seen big companies gobble up smaller brands. The latest is Seattle’s Westland, who sold to Remy Martin for an undisclosed amount. Founded in 2010, Westland embodied the Pacific Northwest spirit. Founders Emerson Lamb and Matt Hoffman were smart, different and innovative. … Continue readingWestland and American Whiskey Independence
In celebration of #BourbonRebirth, I’m ranking the most-influential bourbon brands since 1980, when bourbon mattered little on the national scene. Bourbon made its comeback because of passion, good bourbon and great effort. Meet brands 10 through 6. Read Part 1. 10. Willett An argument could be … Continue readingBourbon Rebirth: The Brands That Saved The Spirit, Part 2
Bourbon distillers are about to go into shutdown mode. At least once a year, distilleries shut down for anywhere from two weeks to a month to make scheduled repairs. Just as your mechanic replaces certain car parts based on mileage, distillery maintenance crews and vendors repair … Continue readingBourbon Distillers Prepare to Shut Down