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Bourbon Pursuit: The Official Podcast of Bourbon | Insiders, Pundits, and Master Distillers of the Bourbon Whiskey Industry

The Official Podcast of Bourbon! Featuring interviews with the people making the bourbon industry happen. Listen to hear all the stories behind your favorite brands from master distillers, authors, pundits, bloggers, and more. A new podcast every week focused on America’s native spirit, bourbon.
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Now displaying: August, 2018
Aug 30, 2018
Why there is an extra L in Barrell Bourbon? Well, today we find out. Joe Beatrice and Tripp Stimson join us to talk about all things Barrell and how this brand is really one for the bourbon geeks with unfiltered barrel proof expressions. We then dive into the newest releases of the Infinite Barrel Project and talk about their plans for sourcing, distilling and blending as they have made Louisville KY their headquarters. Sponsors: Get upfront and honest life insurance quotes in less than 10 minutes with an online application from Ethos. Buy your tickets to the Speed Museum’s Art of Bourbon hosted by Fred Minnick Sterling Cut Glass is the Official Glassware of Bourbon Pursuit. They are offering FREE etched samples to whiskey societies nationwide! Simply email spirits@sterlingcutglass.com, include your logo, and mention Bourbon Pursuit. Bourbon and Beyond Music Festival takes place in Louisville, KY on Sept 22nd and 23rd. Buy tickets and see the bourbon workshops we will be moderating. Show Notes:
  • This week's Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about sexism with Master Distillers.
  • Do you remember you first bottle of bourbon or first memory with it?
  • Talk about the history of Barrell. Why did you want to start it?
  • What is it about barrel proof that consumers like over 90 or 100 proof?
  • Would you rather blend than distill?
  • What's the size of a Barrell batch?
  • Which do you think is harder because we've had both master distillers and master blenders on the show?
  • How does scale play into this bringing in more barrels?
  • What's the release schedule and idea about numbering the batches?
  • Why is there an extra L?
  • Give us a run down of the line up products you offer
  • Why rum?
  • New year edition. Let's talk about what this is all about.
  • The Infinite Barrel Project is super unique.
  • Why keep doing new ideas and not sticking with the staples?
  • Tripp are there any ideas that Joe comes up with and you're like "this is never going to work"?
  • What's a rejected idea?
  • Are you able to continually able to source good whiskey and are you able to turn it away?
  • Talk about the operation now. Are are you contract distilling? straight sourcing? bottling?
  • So are you itching to start distilling?
  • Why distill when you haven't had a problem getting barrels before?
  • Would you take your own distillate and mix from sourced goods?
  • Why build a distillery that's a pure factory that doesn't look at making it a tourist destination?
  • Why Louisville? You can build a distillery anywhere.
  • What about storage? I know you’re at Castle and Key right now but where can you go?
  • Do you think you started a revolution of brands following suit?
Aug 23, 2018
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ayv4xYgyXNQ&w=560&h=315] The full gang of the bourbon community roundtable made it for this one.  We discuss the timing of distilleries starting to blend their own distillate and a whole second half of the show dedicated to Heaven Hill. Not only did they send some really good bourbon samples, but they are also suing Bob Dylan over Heavens Door Whiskey.   Sponsors: Get upfront and honest life insurance quotes in less than 10 minutes with an online application from Ethos. Buy your tickets to the Speed Museum’s Art of Bourbon hosted by Fred Minnick Sterling Cut Glass is the Official Glassware of Bourbon Pursuit. They are offering FREE etched samples to whiskey societies nationwide! Simply email spirits@sterlingcutglass.com, include your logo, and mention Bourbon Pursuit. Bourbon and Beyond Music Festival takes place in Louisville, KY on Sept 22nd and 23rd. Buy tickets and see the bourbon workshops we will be moderating.   Show Notes
  • We are seeing a whole new slew of crafts that are moving from MGP to their own distillate. New Riff, Smooth Ambler, it will eventually be lots more. The question is, when is the right time?
  • Can you taste potential?
  • When do you stomach it up and buy another after you've been burned?
  • Battle of the New Heaven Hill releases. Let's talk about them individually and where should you spend your money?
  • Heaven Hill brings out the big guns to sue Bob Dylan's whiskey brand Heaven's Door over trademark protection.
    • Complaint -> https://www.dropbox.com/s/em64gkv5d3is7yc/Complaint.pdf?dl=0
    • Expert Report -> https://www.dropbox.com/s/wnm9u12bo8o911a/Expert%20Report.pdf?dl=0
  • What do you consider a modern unicorn?
Aug 16, 2018
Where can you see Lenny Kravitz, John Mayer, Bourbon Pursuit, Sheryl Crow, Eddie Russell, Sting, Fred Noe, and more! Only at Bourbon & Beyond Festival 2018! The entire Bourbon Pursuit Team is together for the first time to talk about the festival, the music , the Bourbon+ seminars, and a few backstage stories from last year. Oh yeah... you can win tickets to be there with us, visit Facebook and get entered to win. Sponsors: Get upfront and honest life insurance quotes in less than 10 minutes with an online application from Ethos. Bourbon and Beyond Music Festival takes place in Louisville, KY on Sept 22nd and 23rd. Buy tickets and see the bourbon workshops we will be moderating. Show Notes:
    • Buy your tickets to the Speed Museum’s Art of Bourbon hosted by Fred Minnick
    • This week's "Above the Char" with Fred Minnick discusses state pride and whiskey bars across the country.
    • Our first podcast with Fred Minnick joining as part of the Bourbon Pursuit team!
    • Talk about the origins and the planning process behind it
    • What was the idea about the culinary components?
    • What did you see out if your attendees about who were coming from outside the city?
    • Let’s talk about the sessions
    • Kenny and Ryan are leading two Bourbon+ Workshops
    • What are you looking forward to with regards of music?
    • Let’s talk about the Big Bourbon Bar
    • Rabbit Hole brought their own bartenders from Death and Co
    • What is Fred’s mini bar?
    • Got a cool story from backstage last year?
    • What about vintage pours?
    • What is it about having a Tiki bar as well?
    • We're sipping on Old Jordan from the 1900s
Aug 9, 2018
It's time for the blind battle of private barrel selections! Three heavyweight bouts between barrels that have sweet stickers and demand a hefty market price. During this fight of flights we are joined by Ben Pickett and Paul Warnott to discuss blind tasting strategies, barrel selection processes, and overall thoughts on our competing picks. Show Notes:
  • Buy your tickets to the Speed Museum's Art of Bourbon hosted by Fred Minnick
  • This week's "Above the Char" focuses on the myth that bourbon can only be made in Kentucky
  • Paul invited us to come, what was the motivation behind it?
  • Ben, how do you disperse 150 bottles between 1000 people?
  • Are you spoiled by being able to go on every single barrel pick?
  • Do you see people faking store picks now because there are hang tags?
  • Time to do our first blind tasting
  • [Russell's Reserve Results between Blind Monkey, Bluegrass Berries, and Twix]
  • Does trying anything in a particular order skew the results?
  • Tell the story behind Bluegrass Berries
  • Do you use anything as a palate cleanser
  • When you're going into blind tastings, do you have a method for setting it up and breaking it down?
  • Time do our 2nd blind tasting
  • Have you tried a bottled-in-bond blind to remove the proof variable?
  • Do you pick for the group or the store?
  • Have you ever done a barrel proof line up and is that harder or easier than something that's 90 or 110 proof.
  • What do legs do for you?
  • What do you think the attraction is to NCF or is it all mental?
  • Is there any way you can get a barrel proof single barrel any more that is outside of MGP?
  • Time to do our 3rd blind tasting
  • What was your impression of picking a barrel at New Riff/OKI vs Wild Turkey or Buffalo Trace?
  • When going back and forth between two, do you look for big discerning differences?
  • When you are doing blind, is it harder to do 8 or more together or should you narrow the field?
  • How often do you, if ever, spit anything out when tasting?
  • [Barrel Proof Results between EH Taylor Barrel Proof and OKI 12 year "Ricky Bobby"]
  • Stop in at Jake's Cigar Bar to learn more and try some of these barrels.
Aug 2, 2018
Kentucky Owl has amassed a cult following. It hit the market in 2014 but didn't gain nationwide sensation until recently. Dixon Dedman joins the show to talk about the Stoli investment, huge rye releases, and what's in store for Batch 8 this fall. Listen as we talk about burnout as Dixon continues bussing tables and making fried chicken at the Beaumont Inn while building a brand. Sponsors: Sterling Cut Glass is the Official Glassware of Bourbon Pursuit. They are offering FREE etched samples to whiskey societies nationwide! Simply email spirits@sterlingcutglass.com, include your logo, and mention Bourbon Pursuit. Show Notes:
  • This week's Above the Char with Fred Minnick discusses responsible drinking and taxation.
  • Can you give a refresher of Kentucky Owl and Beaumont Inn?
  • Are you getting to the point of burnout?
  • How much time are you putting into Kentucky Owl?
  • What has changed with Kentucky Owl in the past 2 years?
  • Were you looking for investors or being sought out?
  • Why did you choose Stoli over others?
  • Was the goal to really get this big?
  • Have you caught yourself saying you want to do Kentucky Owl full time?
  • Talk a bit about the blends and batches
  • What is the ultimate goal in how you can take something and scale it for blending?
  • Why have different batches and not have something consistent?
  • Give everyone a refresher on the bourbon process for re-barreling
  • How long are you re-aging?
  • How often are you putting out new batches?
  • What are we doing different with Batch 8 vs Batch 7?
  • Why start the Rye release?
  • Do you want the bourbon to become as big as the rye release?
  • How many bottles were in the Rye release?
  • Are you putting more emphasis on the bourbon rather than the rye?
  • Talk about the investment from Stoli and what's going to happen with the theme park
  • Talk about your epic samplings at Beaumont Inn on Instagram
  • All Kentucky Owl Podcasts
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