Shots of Bourbon Trivia

Shot O’Trivia: Irish whiskey

Perhaps you are having a wee dram of Irish whiskey today to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. If so, you might wonder, What is Irish whiskey? Like all whiskey, it is a spirit made from grains. It must be distilled to … Read More

I.W. Harper returns

Diageo is bringing the I.W. Harper brand back to the U.S. for the first time in more than 20 years this month (it has been available only in Asia) with the release of I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and … Read More

Volare's Chef Josh Moore and bartender Isaac Fox

Manhattan, meet the Brooklyn

We’re all familiar with the Manhattan – but did you know there were cocktails named for all the New York boroughs? I didn’t until I attended The Bourbon Classic last Friday and sampled a Brooklyn mixed by Volare’s Isaac Fox, … Read More

Dec. 5: Repeal Day

Friday, Dec. 5, is a special day in the bourbon world: It’s the 81st anniversary of Repeal Day. On that day, the 21st Amendment was ratified, repealing the 18th Amendment and ending Prohibition. It’s interesting to note that the 18th … Read More

Rising tide of bourbon

Production levels of bourbon in Kentucky have risen 53 percent in the last two years and 150 percent in the last 15 years.  Source: 2014 economic impact study conducted by the University of Louisville’s Urban Studies Institute with the Kentucky … Read More

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O.F.C.: Old Fire Copper

A few neat artifacts we’ve found recently prompted me to share the significance of “O.F.C.” That was the name that Col. E.H. Taylor gave to the Kentucky distillery he purchased in 1869. The initials stood for Old Fire Copper, as … Read More

Brown-Forman returns to Whiskey Row

On this, the last day of National Bourbon Heritage Month, it seems fitting to note that with its plan to create a $30 million Old Forester Distillery and bourbon experience on Louisville’s Main Street by fall 2016, Brown-Forman is returning … Read More

One big bourbon festival

The Kentucky Bourbon Festival, which runs today through Sunday in Bardstown, began in 1992 as a small bourbon tasting and dinner. Last year, approximately 52,000 people from 46 states and 15 countries gathered in “the Bourbon Capital of the World” … Read More

Who invented the cocktail shaker?

The three-part metal cocktail shaker with a built-in strainer and cap that we use today was patented in 1884 by one Edward Hauck of Brooklyn. It came to be known as “the cobbler shaker” after the sherry cobbler, a popular … Read More