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...

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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 role: a...

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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...

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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...

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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 Bakos, the director...

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