160 years Of H. McKenna Medicinal Whiskey
When Henry McKenna, native of Derry County, Ireland settled in the village of Fairfield, Nelson County , Kentucky in 1851, he was building turnpikes. Having come to America at the age of 18, he arrived in Kentucky in 1838 where he was a contractor and turnpike builder. In Fairfield he entered a milling business.
August 3, 2021
Summer in a Warehouse
When I worked at Stitzel-Weller as an archivist, I always liked the summer. Walking between the warehouses brought that wonderful aroma of the angel’s share – Bourbon that was literally in the air. I admit, I had an air conditioned office and did not have to work in that heat, moving barrels to the upper levels, so I did have some sympathy for those men and women doing so in the heat of summer.
July 27, 2021
How Women Bootleggers Dominated Prohibition
Did you know during Prohibition women were stellar bootleggers? It’s true. When writing “Whiskey Women,” I concluded women bootleggers were more effective than men, because many states had laws that made it illegal for male police officers to search women. Back then, it was considered insulting to accuse a woman of such a dastardly crime.
July 24, 2021
Bourbon’s First Boom and the Birth of Iconic Brands
As we surge through the current Bourbon boom, similarities abound with an earlier period of rapid expansion, which began in 1933 with the repeal of Prohibition. National Prohibition was a death knell for thousands of distilleries and breweries and an estimated 250,000 people lost their jobs when it took effect.
July 22, 2021
Enjoy Like a True Kentuckian: Responsibly