BILL SAMUELS, JR. TO STEP DOWN AS PRESIDENT OF MAKER’S MARK®

Samuels Family Legacy Continues with Rob Samuels as COO Loretto, KY — In April of this year, Bill Samuels, Jr., will retire as President of Maker’s Mark®, the world’s oldest operating bourbon distillery and a National Historic Landmark, and transition into the new role of Chairman Emeritus for the iconic global brand. His son, Rob Samuels, who was appointed Chief Operating Officer in October 2010,…

WOODFORD RESERVE AND ESQUIRE CROWN “MASTER OF THE MANHATTAN”

Marcelo Nascimento from Austin, TX Takes Top Honors New York, NY — After searching the country for the nation’s ultimate well-crafted Manhattans, Woodford Reserve bourbon and Esquire magazine have crowned Marcelo Nascimento from Austin, Texas and his “Voodoo Manhattan” as the “Master of the Manhattan” for 2011. Nascimento’s cocktail was reviewed by a distinguished panel of experts along with the 10 other bartenders creations from…

KDA MEMBERS PRAISE BILL SAMUELS AS ICON, INNOVATOR. AMBASSADOR AND FRIEND

-Eric Gregory, President of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, released the following statement on the retirement of Bill Samuels Jr., President and CEO of Maker’s Mark Distillery: “Bill Samuels is an icon and a legend in Kentucky’s signature Bourbon industry. His marketing genius, international vision and gentleman leadership has helped propel Kentucky Bourbon into the global spotlight where it shines today. “His legacy with our signature…

KENTUCKY DISTILLERS’ ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD OFFICERS, DIRECTORS

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced today that John Rhea of Four Roses Distillery has been named Chairman of the historic group that promotes and protects the Commonwealth’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry, including the world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour. Rhea, who is Chief Operating Officer at Four Roses in Lawrenceburg, will serve through December 2011. The KDA Board of Directors selected…

WOODFORD RESERVE AND ESQUIRE TO SHOWCASE NATION’S ULTIMATE MANHATTANS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Svend Jansen, Brown-Forman 502-774-7825 svend_jansen@b-f.com Woodford Reserve ® and Esquire to Showcase Nation’s Ultimate Manhattans Finalists’ creations to be showcased at January 10 event at Top of The Standard Louisville, Ky. (January 5, 2011) — With the recent resurgence of pre-Prohibition bourbon cocktails, the classic Manhattan is making a comeback across the country. Woodford Reserve bourbon and Esquire magazine have searched…