Mountain Dew’s hillbilly and bourbon roots

Mountain Dew’s hillbilly and bourbon roots

The bourbon roots of Mountain Dew – now the country’s third-most popular soft drink – began because two Knoxville brothers needed a tasty mixer for their bourbon. That 1940s-styled Mountain Dew didn’t taste like today’s lemonade-citrus, caffeine- and sugar-charged...
Master taster Jackie Zykan in the bourbon boom

Master taster Jackie Zykan in the bourbon boom

Ask Jacquelyn Zykan, Old Forester’s master taster and bourbon specialist, what a day on the job is like, and she’ll have a different answer for you every day. For Jacquelyn– or Jackie– being a master taster for the 147 -year-old whiskey brand is a hybrid...
Slaves in bourbon legacy

Slaves in bourbon legacy

In archives across Kentucky, Erin Wiggins Gilliam is on a search for the faces and names of slaves who worked in America’s first whiskey distilleries. She and others know for a fact that slaves helped create what is now one of the country’s most iconic...
Warehouse collapses..again

Warehouse collapses..again

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) warehouse collapses..again Part of a bourbon warehouse in western Kentucky collapsed during a thunderstorm. News outlets report the partial collapse of the O.Z. Tyler Distillery rickhouse was reported early Monday. Master Distiller Jacob Call says...
Fred Noe Jim Beam Legend Creating Cross-Cultural Whiskey

Fred Noe Jim Beam Legend Creating Cross-Cultural Whiskey

Just off the release of his new Legent bourbon, Noe is thinking cross-culturally. He created the whiskey with Shinji Fukuyo, chief blender of parent company Suntory, combining Japanese blending techniques with a Kentucky straight bourbon mashbill and tradition. They...
Buffalo Distilling celebrates expansion

Buffalo Distilling celebrates expansion

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Kentucky Derby is just days away and the Buffalo Distilling Company is getting ready to open its doors on Seneca Street for a big Derby Day celebration. “Buffalonians like to party and we look for any reason to,” said Roy...