Bourbon Stories

Your Next Game Night Just Got Way More Spirited
While William Faulkner famously quipped that “civilization starts with distillation,” he easily could have added board games to the beginnings of the ‘modern’ world. Games like Senet and Backgammon go back thousands of years, and picturing ancient cultures thoughtfully analyzing moves and pawns with a libation close at hand isn’t difficult to do. 
Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson,
July 29, 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.
Michael Veach
Michael Veach,
July 27, 2021
Train Before You Trail: How to Train Your Senses for the Ky Bourbon Trail® Tour (Part 2)
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail® adventure is about more than just tossing back a few ounces at distilleries. If you want to truly experience the wonders of America’s native spirit, take some time to train for the experience. You wouldn’t head to a marathon without training beforehand, would you?
Heather Wibbels
Heather Wibbels,
July 24, 2021
Train Before You Trail: How to Build Your Own Bourbon Sensory Kit (Part 1)
You’d train for a marathon, right? So, any two, three or four day trip to Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail deserves a little training as well. The bonus side: you’ll be training with Bourbon. You won’t be tracking split speeds and durations, rather, we’re going to exercise the senses instead – your sense of smell and taste. Did I mention you get to practice with Bourbon?
Heather Wibbels
Heather Wibbels,
July 24, 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.
Fred Minnick
Fred Minnick,
July 24, 2021
6 Tips to Use Cocktail Bitters Better
After making so many cocktails at home, there are some cocktail bitters tips I’ll pass on to you. Some of these I’ve learned the hard way. Some are just common sense. All of these are practices I use every single time I create a cocktail with bitters. None of these are rocket science, but forgetting any of these can ruin a great cocktail. 
Heather Wibbels
Heather Wibbels,
July 22, 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.
Brian Haara
Brian Haara,
July 22, 2021
What to Know the First Time You Hit the Ky Bourbon Trail® Post-COVID
Oh, what a beautiful day! You’re Kentucky Bourbon Trail® adventure-bound for the first time since the pandemic put a screeching halt to most of our favorite pastimes. And many of the distilleries along the way are enthusiastically welcoming visitors. It’s open arms for sure, but times are still what they are, so it’s also with safety and well-being in mind.
Dana McMahan
Dana McMahan,
July 21, 2021
Enjoy Like a True Kentuckian: Responsibly
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