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Dec 29, 2016

John Little, VP and Head Distiller at Smooth Ambler, talks about the how the whole operation started from a note his father-in-law from Time. John dives into the roots of his current distillation and the single barrels seen on the market.

  1. Talk a little about your past and how you got into Whiskey
  2. What made you want to start a bourbon company a long time ago outside of KY?
  3. Talk about Smooth Ambler for a bit and what you offer
  4. Talk about the name behind it as well. Smooth Ambler, Contradiction, Old Scout, etc;
  5. So how did you learn about the distilling process since you didn’t have a background in it?
  6. You all don’t hide the fact that a lot of what’s on the market today is sourced from MGP. But there was a question that was brought up by Ryan Lintz that asked “Why Does SA MGP sourced bourbon taste so much better than others? Is it because it’s bottled at Cask Strength? Or is it a mental hype train thing?”
  7. The Old Scout store picks have had wild success. It seems like people can’t get enough of them
  8. Are we ever going to see Very Old Old Scout again?
  9. The biggest news as of late was Pernod Ricard has taken a majority stake in your company. First off, congratulations. I hope we’re going to see a new ferrari in your driveway soon, but what does this mean for your business.

 

Dec 29, 2016

John Little, VP and Head Distiller at Smooth Ambler, talks about the how the whole operation started from a note his father-in-law from Time. John dives into the roots of his current distillation and the single barrels seen on the market.

  1. Talk a little about your past and how you got into Whiskey
  2. What made you want to start a bourbon company a long time ago outside of KY?
  3. Talk about Smooth Ambler for a bit and what you offer
  4. Talk about the name behind it as well. Smooth Ambler, Contradiction, Old Scout, etc;
  5. So how did you learn about the distilling process since you didn’t have a background in it?
  6. You all don’t hide the fact that a lot of what’s on the market today is sourced from MGP. But there was a question that was brought up by Ryan Lintz that asked “Why Does SA MGP sourced bourbon taste so much better than others? Is it because it’s bottled at Cask Strength? Or is it a mental hype train thing?”
  7. The Old Scout store picks have had wild success. It seems like people can’t get enough of them
  8. Are we ever going to see Very Old Old Scout again?
  9. The biggest news as of late was Pernod Ricard has taken a majority stake in your company. First off, congratulations. I hope we’re going to see a new ferrari in your driveway soon, but what does this mean for your business.

 

Dec 23, 2016

This one is going to be a heater in December! Join Bourbon Pursuit along with bloggers from Bourbonr, Subrourbia, and Sipp'n Corn to talk about these following questions and a 2016 Year in Review:

  1. Let's bring the heat. What the hell is Beam doing?!
  2. On the last episode we talked about gifting bourbon in the $50 or $100 range. Now, what bourbons do you "want" to be gifted if you had the choice?
  3. Was 2016 a year of dud bourbons?
  4. What was one thing you were happy about and one thing that pissed you off in 2016?
Dec 15, 2016

Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller and Legend at Wild Turkey, sits down to tell his story. He thinks he’s “Plain Ol’ Jimmy” but once you hear his stories about childhood, befriending the likeness of greats in the industry, and sharing his wealth of knowledge you will see he really is an icon.

  1. I want to talk about your history before Wild Turkey.
  2. Talk a little bit about your childhood and upbringing. Sports, basketball, track, baseball.
  3. I know your father and grandfather were in this whiskey business, is that why you got into the bourbon industry?
  4. Were you always around bourbon?
  5. What made you come to Wild Turkey in beginning?
  6. What was the state of Wild Turkey when you joined?
  7. How big was the operation?
  8. Who were your mentors?
  9. How have you embraced a lot of modern distillation techniques with computers and automation taking over?
  10. What was life like for you before the boom?
  11. Did you ever make any radical changes to Wild Turkey?
  12. You were best friends with the greatest minds in the industry before bourbon was cool. Talk about the comradery between people like you, Elmer, Booker, and the like.
  13. Now that bourbon is in the spotlight, are you hesitant on taking a backseat because at 82 years old, you won’t stop and you continue to travel to talk about Wild Turkey.
  14. Your son Eddie now has taken the spot light. What’s it mean to you that you get to trust the business to him?
  15. From @bourbonooga: Do they wish the old distillery was still down by where Warehouse A sits?
  16. From @Primo55: The eternal debate: Cheesy Gold Foil 12yr or Split Label 12 yr?
  17. What do you think is the best product that ever came out of here?
  18. Give us your thoughts on the 6-8 vs older aged bourbons?
  19. From @BreakingBourbon: Share a drink with anyone past/present/future who would it be and why?
  20. What are some of those things that you want to leave as a legacy?
Dec 10, 2016

Kevin Didio, Manager of Kentucky Visitor Experience at Bulleit Frontier Experience, talks about his career in bourbon with multiple distilleries, dives into the history of Stitzel-Weller and IW Harper, and talks about the visitor attractions you can see at the reinstated Stitzel-Weller Distillery.

  1. Talk about your role here at the Bulleit Frontier.
  2. Before we talk about some of the other positions you've held, Talk about how you got into bourbon. I found my calling in college, what about you?
  3. Talk about your career with various players in the industry
  4. Talk about more about your time at Jim Beam and what you were doing
  5. This is also the historic site of the Old Fitzgerald / Stitzel-Weller Distillery. Now, we do have a lot of people listening for the education, so talk about the history of the distillery itself.
  6. Can you comment on what you think made people Stitzel-Weller crazy?
  7. Talk about what's happening on the grounds here today. Distillation? Aging? Bottling? Brands?
  8. Is there a possibility that Bulleit can have the same product as the famed Stitzel-Weller?
  9. Talk about the bottling happening here
  10. Give people the small run-down of Bulleit history
  11. Talk about Blade and Bow
  12. It's a bit of an odd duck here because this is owned by Diageo. You've got a whole heap of brands that you can talk about. Bulleit, IW Harper, Orphan Barrels, blade and Bow etc. Talk about which one of those you have a bigger fascination with and why
  13. At this point, I guess we never talked about some IW Harper history. Can you school us there?
  14. Talk about a typical tour done here?
  15. How can people schedule tours?

 

Dec 2, 2016

Bourbon Community Roundtable #3 - we discuss best bottles for the dollar, holiday sharing, hunting stories, and Kerry’s #pappyslap

  1. Max Gordian on Bourbonr Facebook: Just curious, how long do you usually let your bourbon breathe after you pour a glass?
  2. What's the -cheapest- bottle worth having?
  3. The holidays are coming up with the family. We've all got family members who like bourbon but not on our level. Do you bring the goods or some of the regular stuff you want to deplete?
  4. What's your favorite $50. That cuts out things like OWA as well as pretty much any LTO
  5. What's the furthest you've traveled for a bottle and what did you get?
  6. So this past week on Twitter, Kerry finally got Julian to drop a bomb.

 

Nov 24, 2016

Eddie Russell, Master Distiller at Wild Turkey, joins the show to discuss growing up around the distillery, apprenticeship, and what tradition has taught him about the business.

  1. Talk about your childhood. What was your upbringing like?
  2. What sports did you play?
  3. You were also going to play college ball at one point
  4. How did you get roped into this operation?
  5. In 2015 you were named Master Distiller here at Wild Turkey. Talk about your job now.
  6. Did your formal education prepare you for being a Master Distiller?
  7. What are some of the biggest lessons your father taught you?
  8. What was life like before the bourbon craze?
  9. Do you and your dad have the same flavor pallet?
  10. Your dad has said time and time again he’s hard-headed and old fashioned. What are some of the traditions here at Wild Turkey you intend on keeping?
  11. Do you feel a sense of pressure?
  12. From Erik Hasselgärde on Facebook: Bourbon is rooted in tradition, some from 200 years ago, some from 50. What are they learning about bourbon today, that they hope to pass on to future bourbon producers?
  13. From Ryan Oberleitner: Why has their entry proof been raised over the years? What affect do they think that has had?
  14. Do you plan on bring the 13yr age stated export here stateside?
  15. From Jack Johnson on Facebook: When they reach 100 years (total together) as Master Distillers (which will occur in less than 18 months), can we expect some outstanding special editions?
  16. From- Will T @iamwillt: Can we please get age and warehouse info on private and single barrels? It would give us reason to buy multiples.
  17. What’s one thing that annoys you in the bourbon industry?
  18. Do the ladies pay attention to you when Matthew McConaughey is around?
  19. Last year you all came out with Russells Reserve 1998. Talk about that release because I’m mad at myself I didn’t drop the money on it and people are raving it’s one of the best things to come out of Wild Turkey
  20. What’s next for Eddie Russell?
Nov 18, 2016

Jim Kokoris, author of The Big Man of Jim Beam: Booker Noe And the Number-One Bourbon In the World, joins the show to talk about the life of Booker Noe and the impact he made on the industry.

  1. How did you get into writing about bourbon?
  2. What kind of man was Booker Noe?
  3. What was Booker doing as a Master Distiller before that term became skewed - over the years?
  4. How did Booker have the foresight of single barrel and small batches is where the market is headed?
  5. Did Booker embrace the fame?
  6. What memorable stories stick out from your travels with Booker?
  7. What would Booker think of the certain state of bourbon affairs?
  8. Where did Booker start at the distillery?
  9. Where can you get the book? Perhaps as a stocking stuffer this christmas. Amazon
  10. www.jimkokoris.net is where you can learn more about Jim

 

Nov 11, 2016

Jay Erisman, Vice President, & Hannah Loween, General Manager, from New Riff Distilling talk about the unique bourbon they are making while being in an urban setting.

  1. Jay Erisman, Vice President - Distiller - Strategic Development
  2. Hannah Loween, General Manager
  3. Tell us how you got started with brown spirits?
  4. Talk a bit about the history of New Riff.
  5. What's the story behind the name of New Riff?
  6. Talk about all your different stills
  7. Talk about your milling process
  8. Talk about your water source
  9. Where are all the computers?
  10. Talk about OKI because it might be the most well known.
  11. What's the ranger program?
  12. What's it mean to have a distillery like this in Newport which is right next to Cincinnati?

 

Nov 4, 2016

Chris Trevino, the YouTube sensation known as Liquor Hound, talks about the intricacies of reviewing whiskey ranging from the type of glass to even the water used to dilute it.

  1. How did you get started with whiskey
  2. Talk about what you do.
  3. How many videos do you have and how many whiskies have you reviewed?
  4. Lets talk about your process of tasting because a simple tasting with you on your youtube videos takes a solid 10 to 15 minutes - Liquor Hound
  5. Back on episode 30 we talked with Rowbert and Tom from Aroma Academy Sensory training. i want you to talk about your aroma training and how do you pull out all these scents?
  6. When you review bourbons, do you get tired of always saying, it smells like caramel and vanilla.
  7. Talk about the glasses you use to taste.
  8. After you take a sip you almost roll your tongue. are you trying to get more tastes out of it?
  9. You also will add water at times. Talk about the water you use and the amount of drops you put into a whiskey
  10. You talk about wood and oak, but explain to our listeners what is a tannin?
  11. What i’ve noticed is that you aren’t rating the whiskey. why not?
  12. Since you have a good palette, do you do your own barrel picks for stores?
  13. Do you prefer scotch or bourbon or just any whiskey?
  14. Any reviews coming up we can look forward to
  15. View all his videos at Liquor Hound
Oct 28, 2016

Bourbon Community Roundtable #2 - we discuss bourbon regrets, thoughts on bottle signings, what brand markets best, and weller special reserve.

  1. Watch it on Bourbon Pursuit's YouTube Page
  2. Joined by Blake from Bourbonr.com, Jordan from BreakingBourbon.com, and Brian from Sipp'n Corn.
  3. What's your biggest bourbon regret?
  4. Getting bottles signed. your thoughts?
  5. What distillery or brand does the best job marketing their products?
  6. Why do people really give a shit or go crazy for regular weller special reserve?
Oct 22, 2016

Fred Minnick, acclaimed bourbon author who also happens to have the Amazon #1 Best Selling book in the Whiskey Category Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey, shares his history before bourbon, dive into chapters of bourbon history, and get his opinion on barrel finishes if it’s still a bourbon and age statement removals

  1. Acclaimed bourbon author and media pundit on all things bourbon who is always dressed to the 9s and who also happens to have the Amazon #1 Best Selling book in the Whiskey Category Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey
  2. Now lets talk about life before bourbon. What were you doing before then?
  3. What was the turning point that got you into bourbon or just whiskey in general?
  4. Let’s talk about your latest book Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey and I want to read everyone the first line from it so they have an idea what they are in for.
    “Bourbon is more American than Apple Pie, existed before baseball, and has built more roads, schools, and government infrastructure than any other non-petroleum domestic product” and you finish off the thought with “Bourbon is good for America. And it’s time we understand the historic intricacies that make it so unique”
  5. Talk about the inspiration behind writing this piece.
  6. I want to learn a bit about some of the individual chapters without giving too much away. So i’ll give you the title for a few of them and give the listeners an idea of what they can expect when they read
  7. What did you learn through the process of writing?
  8. Last week there was a pretty interesting discussion happening online and everyone has to weigh their own opinion. It was an argument that a bourbon finished in a different barrel can no longer be considered a bourbon and should have it’s own category defining itself. What’s your thoughts on finished bourbon in regards to the technicality of their category?
  9. You can find all of Fred’s books including Bourbon Curious, Whiskey Women and more on Amazon and links on his website fredminnick.com
Oct 14, 2016

Tom Herbruck, Master Brewer and Distiller of Tom’s Foolery, and his wife Lianne, Rack House Manager, share their beginnings when Tom ran a still at the age of 15 and turning his hobby into a business that is producing the first bonded bourbon outside of Kentucky in over 50 years.

  1. Shout out to Ryan Lintz and Edwin Vargas. Both of these guys came to me and said “you’ve got to hear this story”. So thanks to these listener requests, we are making this happen.
  2. Talk about how the distillery began.
  3. What mistakes did you make early on that you’ve perfected
  4. How many different still do you have and do you do different spirits on each?
  5. Any wheated bourbon?
  6. Any interesting barrel finishes?
  7. Update on the new gift shop/distillery?
  8. Brian Harkless from twitter asks: i’ve seen two different colors of wax for BiB. he has white. i have a cool copper color. any differences?
  9. Follow Tom’s Foolery on twitter (@nobodysfool2), Facebook, and Instagram
Sep 30, 2016

Bill Thomas (@MashBill_Thomas), Owner of Jack Rose (@JackRoseinDC), tells his history of turning a passion for whiskey and 20 years of dusty hunting into the single largest collection of epic bourbon that is available for sale at Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Washington D.C.

  1. Talk about your history and your love affair with bourbon?
  2. Explain to the listeners, what is Jack Rose?
  3. How many bottles do you have in inventory?
  4. Is it safe to assume that every bourbon bar in the nation aspires to be Jack Rose?
  5. How do you source all of your older vintage whiskey?
  6. Do you think most of your patrons prefer older or newer stuff?
  7. How do you keep your personal vs business bunker separate?
  8. If you were to share a drink with one person, past or present or fiction, who would it be?
  9. What's the best find you've ever had?
  10. Talk about choosing barrels that have leaks
  11. You have a crazy amount of Willetts. So talk about how you got connected with Drew
  12. You can see the passion is there for you. Do you ever get burnt out always having to chase?
Sep 23, 2016

Tim Hagan and Ethan Pardieu, Kentucky Bourbon Boys Distillery Tours, give insights into their customized tours and how they learned about bourbon themselves.

  1. Tell us about yourselves and how you got into bourbon?
  2. How did this idea come about?
  3. How much of you had to study or learn to be able to give a tour?
  4. Talk about your tours for a little bit and what you offer?
  5. How customizable are the tours?
  6. Are the tour is open for individuals are just parties of six or more?
  7. Is it for people only staying in the Louisville area?
  8. What are the most popular request of distilleries to visit?
  9. How many people are on a tour on average?
  10. What's the cost per person on average?
  11. How many tours are you doing on average?
  12. If people want to know more about your tours and what you offer and how to book where would they do it?
Sep 16, 2016

Bourbon Community Roundtable #1: Our guests include Blake from Bourbonr.com, Nick from BreakingBourbon.com and Kerry from Subourbia.com.

  1. Recorded on YouTube LIVE! We will pose questions to the audience to see what YOU think. If you have questions, ask them on the right hand side and we will tackle as many as we can. Ask anything you want!
  2. Social Media and Bourbon. How to target the right consumer.
  3. The most random trades of all time. Who would have thought we would see people trade bourbon for Pokemon cards
  4. BTAC. Because why not?
  5. A bit of talk about the new Parkers
  6. Best 2016 release so far?
  7. The origins of bourbonr.com and not being “Bour-boner”
Sep 9, 2016

Chad Butters, Co-Founder and CEO of Eight Oaks Craft Distillery, and Vince Roth, Managing Partner of Final Furlong Racing Stables, talks about a new partnership to invest in a horse and get bottles of bourbon in return

  1. Tell us a little about yourselves
  2. Talk about the offering to invest in a horse and get bourbon in exchange
  3. Talk about the horses
  4. Talk about the distillery and what makes it unique
  5. How much longer until the bourbon will be ready?
  6. Follow @GoFinalFurlong and @eightoaksdist on twitter
Sep 2, 2016

Trey Zoeller, Founder and Master Blender of Jefferson’s Bourbon, shares his story with some new information about a new Presidential special release.

  1. Your family history is going to play a large part in this, talk about how you got into bourbon.
  2. Quickly talk about your dad for a bit
  3. How did you start the Jefferson’s Brand
  4. For our listeners out there just now getting into bourbon, give us your pitch of Jeffersons.
  5. Give some history on why it’s called Jefferson’s Bourbon and not Zoeller’s reserve
  6. You’ve been a non-distilling producer since 1997 up until last year. Talk about the current operations
  7. The Jefferson’s Presidential line hasn’t been seen on the shelves around the country in a few years. Any chance of those higher aged bourbons making a return?
  8. We also haven’t seen any of the Jefferson’s Rye
  9. You’ve been doing quite a bit of experimenting lately. The Jefferson’s Wood Experiment, Chef Collaboration, the Groth Cask finish, the Oceans. are there any other’s I’m missing? Anything on the horizon?
  10. There is actually a pretty great story behind the Oceans and I think the listeners would get a kick out of it. So talk about that
  11. Ocean’s Cask strength is making its way out there. We’ve seen many start going that route and offering barrel strength expressions
  12. Follow along with Jefferson’s Journey
  13. What’s the life of Trey like outside of bourbon?
Aug 26, 2016

Susan Reigler, Executive Bourbon Steward, joins the show again to talk about Bourbon Women, an organization founded to join like-minded individuals around the nation.

 

  1. Lets talk about the Bourbon Women Association (also open to men). Give us the pitch.
  2. How many members across the country?
  3. How did it start?
  4. How does one join?
  5. What is a benefit of joining?
  6. How much are dues and how is it distributed?
  7. How do you start a chapter/branch?
  8. Do you all have regular meet ups?
  9. If you only get 180 bottles out of the barrel and you have over 1000 members, do other members across the country as you to ship them bottles?
  10. Is there a secret handshake?
  11. Talk more about the Sip-posium.
  12. What's the long term goal of this organization?
  13. Updates on the bourbon tasting notebook
  14. Follow on Twitter @BourbonWomen

 

Aug 19, 2016

Mark Coffman, Master Distiller at Alltech Brewing, which is the home of Town Branch bourbon, talks about being a Brewmaster as well as a Master Distiller.

  1. Talk about your adolescence for a bit, was there any influence of bourbon growing up?
  2. What made you want to get into the spirits industry?
  3. Most people get their stills from Vendome, but yours aren’t. talk about them for a bit
  4. Talk about the Town Branch name for a bit. What’s the history and Where did the name come from?
  5. What makes Town Branch unique in comparison to other bourbons?
  6. Let’s talk about the location for a bit. it became the first company to make bourbon in Lexington, Kentucky since the closure of the Old James E. Pepper Distillery in 1958. how many barrels are you filling per day and how many do you have aging?
  7. What’s the average age for Town Branch blend?
  8. You’re in an interesting position where you do not only bourbon, but also beer. How much of the bourbon distillation process is used for beer?
  9. Be honest. what’s more fun to make. bourbon or beer?
  10. You are also doing a traditional Irish Whiskey. talk about that.
  11. Follow on twitter (@TownBranch_KY) and Instagram (townbranchdistillery)

 

 

 

Aug 12, 2016

Kelly Ramsey, Bourbon-Certified Chocolatier and Owner of Art Eatables, talks about her delicious bourbon truffles and the difference between bourbon balls.

 

  • Ryan, any fond memories of bourbon balls growing up?
  • Our guest today didn't invent the bourbon ball, instead they made the bourbon truffle.
  • Difference bourbon ball and truffle
  • Tell us about how you got into bourbon
  • What do you think makes pairing bourbon and chocolate a harmonious marriage?
  • What brands/chocolates do you have?
  • Is it really possible to tell the difference between them?
  • Does the truffle process change based on the bourbon you chose?
  • Talk about some of the tasting notes between a few of them
  • What's your best selling truffle?
  • Talk a bit about the B. I. T.
  • Everything is hand made too. It's not out of a factory
  • www.arteatables.com
Aug 5, 2016

Episode 059:
Freddie Johnson, 3rd Generation Employee and Tour Guide at Buffalo Trace, talks about his family legacy and his depth of bourbon knowledge.

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  • Freddie Johnson, legendary tour guide at Buffalo Trace
  • This will be an easy question for you and the basis for our show today, but tell everyone about your family history in the area and how you got into the bourbon industry. and let’s be long-winded here.
  • At what age did Jimmy Sr start working at the distillery? and was it called the GTS distillery at that point?
  • What roles did Jimmy Sr have at the distillery?
  • What do you mean that he had Irish features?
  • What would he do on business trips with Colonel Blanton?
  • What age did Jimmy Jr start at the distillery?
  • Your dad also had a special relationship with Colonel Blanton as well.
  • Why would he filet fish? It didn’t seem like that would be in a specific line of duties
  • Does Harlan or anyone here every ask you to do some oddball task?
  • What keeps you going every day?
Jul 29, 2016

Tim Judge, Global Ambassador for Bulleit Bourbon, dives into the Bulleit Bourbon origination and all the new expansion taking place.

  • Tell us about your journey into whiskey
  • Why did you choose Bulleit as your spirit of choice in the portfolio?
  • What lessons did you take away from Tom after meeting him?
  • We’ve had plenty of ambassadors on the show that talk about going around t
  • different places and telling bartenders about their bourbon or attending events and handing out cocktails. but you’re a “global” ambassador, what more does that entail?
  • You also have passion outside of spirits, talk about that
  • For those folks who are unfamiliar, which I think would be pretty hard to do at this point, tell people about Bulleit bourbon.
  • Also let’s talk individually about the different expressions that are available. and what makes each unique or special. sort of the pitch that you would do during a tasting event.
  • Bulliet Bourbon has the tagline that says “Frontier Whiskey”. The thing of it is, you would probably never want to drink Frontier Whiskey
  • And marketing plays a heavy role in the label positioning as well, talk about that.
  • Bulleit is now owned by Diageo and is hypothesized to be distilled by Four Roses. However, mistake me if I’m wrong, I believe that the agreement or contract with Four Roses is going to be coming to an end and distillation is going to be moving to the Bulleit Frontier experience at the acclaimed Stitzel-Weller Distillery.
  • Do you see a change in the flavor profile coming as new operations come online?
  • We had Carol Perry back on the show back in episode 23 and you had the opportunity to meet with him. What did you think?
  • Back to you, a lot of people here in the states are starting their own bourbon and whiskey collections, trying to round up as many as they can for the fun of tasting and even for potential profit, do you have a big collection yourself?
  • This is a question from Blake @ bourbonr.com - if you want to make some classic bourbon cocktails, what are some of the ingredients you should always have on hand?
Jul 22, 2016

Jason Brauner, Owner of Louisville-based restaurant Bourbon’s Bistro, talks about his family history at National Distillers and running a full serviced bourbon-themed restaurant.

  • Once again, thanks to Adam Johnson…..., we are making our first podcast on the Urban Bourbon Trail. For those not familiar, the Urban Bourbon Trail is sponsored by the Louisville Vistor’s Center as a way to show attractions relating to bourbon right here in the heart of the city. It has a majority of bars and restaurants but you can download the Urban Bourbon Trail app for yourself to find out more. Or you can pick up a Passport at any Urban Bourbon Trail location or at the visitors center on 4th street downtown. So there’s more to the bourbon trail than heading out to bards town.
  • What’s your history with bourbon?
  • Did you have the foresight to stock away a bunch of National Distiller’s products?
  • We met at WhiskyLive and you were wearing your great uncle’s watch. talk about that and your family history in the bourbon business.
  • Give everyone the scoop about Bourbon’s Bistro
  • Talk about the connection between bourbon and France.
  • How did you decide to get into the restaurant business?
  • What did it mean at the time to investment in something that was on the bandwagon and take that risk?
  • Back in 2014 your restaurant was names on of the world’s best whiskey bars, talk about that
  • You’re also a stop on the Urban bourbon trail. How has that effected business
  • What’s your favorite thing on the menu because mine is the shrimp and grits
  • You have quite a whiskey collection and lots of dusties. talk about it.
  • Are you in favor of KY changing their laws to be a more relaxed like DC where you can source a bottle from anywhere to sell at your establishment, cutting out the distributor and giving your patrons a chance at tasting bourbons that you have amassed?
  • Any advice to others out there looking to open a bar?
Jul 15, 2016

Michael Nelson, Plant Director at the Brown-Forman Cooperage, gives a step-by-step and inside look to the barrel making process.

  • Give us your bourbon story.
  • Before we dive into the ins and outs of technicalities of barrel char. give us a history lesson about where we are.
  • So this is my first encounter being at a cooperage. give me the 101
  • We saw one barrel that was cross cut. Talk about that.
  • What’s the average number of discarded barrels that don’t meet some sort of quality assurance?
  • Talk about char levels for a bit because it’s something that is always said, but never really explained about in depth.
  • Is the barrel making process getting more expensive on a yearly basis because of demand and material supply?
  • For everyone that missed the episode with Chris Morris where we talked briefly about the cooperage, talk about what it means to have a cooperage dedicated to their private whiskey
  • The release of Cooper’s Craft happened recently. And it was named after the location of where we are recording today. What does that mean to you?
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