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100 – Charlie Downs, Artisanal Distillery Manager at Evan Williams Bourbon Experience



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Charlie Downs, Artisanal Distillery Manager at Evan Williams Bourbon Experience (a part of Heaven Hill Brands) talks about the operations, his mentorship with Parker Beam, and the recollection of events that took place at the Heaven Hill fire of 1996.
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099 – Fred Minnick, Bourbon Author, Pundit and Expert



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Fred Minnick, Bourbon Author, Pundit, and Expert, joins us to discuss the San Francisco Spirits Competition, asking if bourbon is just a gimmick when it comes to experimentation, how the new vintage spirits law will effect Louisville, and if pricing has gone out of whack!
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098 – Campbell Brown, President of Old Forester, at the Derby Museum Legend Series


Campbell Brown, President of Old Forester Bourbon, is interviewed by Fred Minnick at the Kentucky Derby Museum’s Legend Series.
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097 – Bourbon Community Roundtable #8 Derby Special


The Bourbon Community Roundtable #8 is back for a Derby special to talk about their lack of desire for ORVW25, a surprise twist with Bulleit Bourbon, and results from San Francisco
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096 – JK McKnight, Founder Forecastle Festival, talks Bourbon Lodge

JK McKnight, Founder and Captain of Forecastle Festival, talks about running a music festival and how their Bourbon Lodge has become a festival of itself.
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095 – Beth Burrows, Ambassador for Beam Suntory, Jim Beam History and Expressions


Beth Burrows, Kentucky Bourbon Ambassador for Beam Suntory, gives us all the history behind Jim Beam and the different expressions. We even get the chance to learn how Baker’s Bourbon got its name.
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094 – Bourbon Truth, the infamous blogger and twitter persona who tells it like it is


Bourbon Truth, the infamous blogger and twitter persona known as Lloyd Christmas, gives a Bourbon Pursuit exclusive where no one is safe. He tells it like it is and let’s you know not everything smells like roses.
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093 – Tom Bulleit of Bulleit Distilling Co at the Derby Museum Legend Series


Fred Minnick interviews Tom Bulleit of the Bulleit Distilling Company for the Kentucky Derby Museum’s Bourbon Legends Series.
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092 – Building the Barrels at Brown Forman with Michael Nelson

We are going back and revisiting episode #056 about building the barrels at Brown Forman. This is a great to wrap up back to basics month.
Michael Nelson, Plant Director at the Brown-Forman Cooperage, gives a step-by-step and inside look to the barrel making process.
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091 – Mike Sherman, Owner of Vendome Copper and Brass Works – Making Whiskey Stills


Mike Sherman, Owner of Vendome Copper and Brass Works, joins the show to talk about the art and craftsmanship that go into making the stills and how they have established being the best and #1 still maker after a century of being in business.
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090 – Bourbon Community Roundtable #7 – Our Beginnings and Newbie Tips


The Bourbon Community Roundtable #7 talks about their beginnings with bourbon. Where did it all start, the intimidating scenarios, tips for beginners, and even tips for veterans.
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089 – Bernie Lubbers, Whiskey Ambassador for Heaven Hill, dives deep into Bottled in Bond


Bernie Lubbers, Whiskey Ambassador for Heaven Hill and also known as The Whiskey Professor, joins the show to talk about bottled-in-bond and what makes these bourbons “bricks of gold”.
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088 – Tim Knittel, Bourbon Educator at Distilled-Living.com talks Bourbon 101/201


Tim Knittel, Bourbon Educator at Distilled-Living.com and a certified Stave & Thief Society Executive Bourbon Steward, kicks off “back to basics” month by giving an in-depth Bourbon 101 and 201 level knowledge bomb. You will learn something new, guaranteed or your money back!
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087 – Brent Elliott, Master Distiller at Four Roses


Brent Elliott, Master Distiller at Four Roses, talks about how he never owned a bottle of Four Roses until he interviewed and how the conversation went when he was tapped to be the new Master Distiller.
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086 – Bourbon Community Roundtable #6


The Bourbon Community Roundtable #6 discusses Beam sales tactics with OGD114 news, Buffalo Trace OFC conspiracy theories, and is there a bias towards NDP/MGP when buying off the shelf.
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085 – James Markert, author of The Angel’s Share


James Markert, author of The Angel’s Share, joins the show to share information about the first fictional novel based on bourbon that takes place in Twisted Tree, Kentucky on an old family distillery that was abandoned after prohibition.
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084 – Elizabeth McCall, Sensory Scientist and Master Taster at Woodford Reserve


Elizabeth McCall, Sensory Scientist and Master Taster, Brown-Forman, joins the show to share what happens behind the white curtain and how people with a psychologist degree are recruited into bourbon.
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083 – Ed Bley, Spirits and Beer Manager at Cork N Bottle


Ed Bley, Spirits and Beer Manager at Cork ’N Bottle, joins the show to talk about their historic past with bourbon, the importance of shopping small, and his process of doing barrel picks
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082 – Bourbon Community Roundtable #5


The Bourbon Community Roundtable #5 dicusses the theories behind Old Scout, 2017 Predictions and Easily Obtainable Barrel Proof Choices.
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081 – Ryan Ashley, COO and Director of Distillery Operations at Four Roses


Ryan Ashley, COO and Director of Distillery Operations, talks about how his history of beer brewing led him to distillation, the Four Roses brand, distillery expansion, and even hints at a possible Four Roses Rye.
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080 – Chuck Cowdery, Bourbon Author and Pundit, talks Beam Backpedaling and Sazerac Money


Chuck Cowdery, Bourbon Author and media pundit, joins to talk about Jim Beam backpedaling it’s way out of Booker’s price increase and the unique purchases Sazerac is making to expand their footprint.
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079 – John Little, VP and Head Distiller at Smooth Ambler


John Little, VP and Head Distiller at Smooth Ambler, talks about the how the whole operation started from a note his father-in-law gave him from Time magazine. John dives into the roots of his current distillation and the single barrels seen on the market.
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078 – Bourbon Community Roundtable #4 – 2016 in Review


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:
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077 – Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller and Legend at Wild Turkey


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.
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076 – Kevin Didio, Manager of Kentucky Visitor Experience at the Bulleit Frontier Experience


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.
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075 – Bourbon Community Roundtable #3


Bourbon Community Roundtable #3 – we discuss best bottles for the dollar, holiday sharing, hunting stories, and Kerry’s #pappyslap
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074 – Eddie Russell, Master Distiller at Wild Turkey


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.
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072 – Jay Erisman, Vice President, and Hannah Loween, General Manager, New Riff Distilling


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.
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071 – Chris Trevino, Liquor Hound


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.
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070 – Bourbon Community Roundtable #2


Bourbon Community Roundtable #2 – we discuss bourbon regrets, thoughts on bottle signings, what brand markets best, and weller special reserve.
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069 – Fred Minnick, author of Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey

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
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068 – Tom Herbruck, Master Brewer and Distiller of Tom’s Foolery


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.
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067 – Bill Thomas, Owner of Jack Rose


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.
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066 – Tim Hagan and Ethan Pardieu, Kentucky Bourbon Boys Distillery Tours


Tim Hagan and Ethan Pardieu, Kentucky Bourbon Boys Distillery Tours, give insights into their customized tours and how they learned about bourbon themselves.
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065 – Bourbon Community Roundtable #1


Bourbon Community Roundtable #1: Our guests include Blake from Bourbonr.com, Nick from BreakingBourbon.com and Kerry from Subourbia.com.
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064 – Vince Roth, Partner of Final Furlong Racing & Chad Butters, Co-Founder of Eight Oaks Distillery


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
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063 – Trey Zoeller, Founder and Master Blender of Jefferson’s Bourbon


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


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.
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061 – Mark Coffman, Master Distiller for Town Branch at Alltech Brewing


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.
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060 – Kelly Ramsey, Bourbon-Certified Chocolatier and Owner of Art Eatables


Kelly Ramsey, Bourbon-Certified Chocolatier and Owner of Art Eatables, talks about her delicious bourbon truffles and the difference between bourbon balls.
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059 – Freddie Johnson, 3rd Generation Employee at Buffalo Trace


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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058 – Tim Judge, Global Ambassador for Bulleit Bourbon


Tim Judge, Global Ambassador for Bulleit Bourbon, dives into the Bulleit Bourbon origination and all the new expansion taking place.
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057 – Jason Brauner, Bourbon’s Bistro

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.
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056 – Michael Nelson, Plant Director at Brown-Forman Cooperage


Michael Nelson, Plant Director at the Brown-Forman Cooperage, gives a step-by-step and inside look to the barrel making process.
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055 – Josh Hollifield, Visitor Center Manager for Barton 1792

Josh Hollifield, Visitor Center Manager for Barton 1792, gives a history of the grounds and an insider look to the resurgence of the 1792 brand.
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054 – Susan Reigler, Bourbon Authority – Pairing Food and Bourbon Cocktails

Susan Reigler, Executive Bourbon Steward and author of multiple bourbon books, talks about her past as a food critic and shares how to pair food with bourbon and explains what it means to be an Executive Bourbon Steward.
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053 – Chef Edward Lee, Cooking with Bourbon


Chef Edward Lee, 4-time James Beard nominee, TV Show host, owner of 610 Magnolia and Milkwood, dives into culinary arts and cooking with bourbon while sharing his philosophy on bourbon with dinner that led to the creation of Jefferson’s Chef Collaboration.
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052 – Kerry Bossak, Subourbia.com – Annoying Trends in Bourbon


Kerry Bossak (@bourbon_gamer), author of Subourbia.com, talks about how bourbon helps him lose weight and goes over his top 10 list of the most annoying trends in the bourbon world.
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051 – Whiskey Wash Roundtable with Maggie Kimberl, Nino Marchetti, and Michael Veach


A Whiskey Wash Roundtable. Maggie Kimberl, Nino Marchetti, and Michael Veach join as we discuss Maker’s 46, Pappy & Co Cigars, history of Buffalo Trace, Castle & Key, and the failed crowd funding campaign by Jim Rutledge.
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050 – Ray Perryman, Spirits Manager at Liquor Barn


Ray Perryman (@LBSpringHurst), Spirits Manager at Liquor Barn (@LiquorBarn) in Louisville, shares an insider view to carrying over 400 bourbon and whiskeys, how to deal with the allocated ones, and keeping transparency.
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049 – Jordan, Eric and Nick, authors of BreakingBourbon.com

Jordan, Eric and Nick, authors behind BreakingBourbon.com, talk about how bourbon fill levels change flavor profiles and we look at the new releases to come in 2016.
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048 – Adam Johnson, 2016 Kentucky Bourbon Affair


Adam Johnson (@CamperJohnson), Director of the KY Bourbon Trail, comes back to gives us the scoop on the 2016 Bourbon Affair and a more about Senate Bill 11.
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047 – Andrea Wilson, VP and GM of Michter’s Distillery


Andrea Wilson, Vice President and General Manager of Michter’s Distillery, gives us the history of Michter’s, her rich history influencing the bourbon industry behind the scenes, and hints at a new 20 year bourbon release and potential Celebration.
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046 – Andy Treinen, Prohibition and more at the Frazier History Museum


Andy Treinen, the Director of Marketing at the Frazier History Museum (@FrazierMuseum), talks history of prohibition, the future Bourbon Museum for “bourbonism”, and the Old Forester Speakeasy Series.
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045 – Chris Morris, Master Distiller at Woodford Reserve


Chris Morris, Master Distiller at Woodford Reserve, gives an insight into the historic grounds and the $1000 Mint Julep in time for Derby.
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044 – Fred Noe, Master Distiller at Jim Beam


Fred Noe, Global Ambassador and Master Distiller at Jim Beam, talks about the history of Jim Beam, his celebrity encounters and the new Booker’s Rye release.
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043 – Patrick Hutchens, Promotional Wood Products


Patrick Hutchens, Owner of Promotional Wood Products, shares his company’s story of giving premium bourbons the extra edge.
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042 – Matt Gandolfo, Brand Ambassador for Wild Turkey


Matt Gandolfo, Brand Ambassador for Wild Turkey, talks history of the brand, non-GMO grains, each of the expressions and the new “Decades” release set for May 2016.
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041 – Brian Gelfo, Maker’s Mark Ambassador Extraordinaire


Brian Gelfo, Maker’s Mark Ambassador Extraordinaire & Bourbon Mafia Member, goes in depth about the Maker’s Mark Ambassador.
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040 – Jackie Zykan, Master Bourbon Specialist for Old Forester


Jackie Zykan, Master Bourbon Specialist for Old Forester, talks about each of the individual expressions and the history behind this Louisville based brand. (more…)

039 – Rob Samuels, COO of Maker’s Mark

Rob Samuels, COO of Maker’s Mark, talks about the operations behind Maker’s and holding almost every job at the distillery since he was 9.
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038 – Turner Moore, Whiskey Obsession Festival

Turner Moore, President of Whiskey Obsession Festival, joins the show to talk about the festival and what to expect this year. It takes place 3/30/2016-4/1/2016 in Sarasota Florida.
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037 – Bernie Lubbers, Brand Ambassador for Heaven Hill – Part 2

(Part 2) Bernie Lubbers (@BernieLubbers), The Whiskey Professor and Brand Ambassador for Heaven Hill, continues in Part 2 talking about Heaven Hill bourbon brands, the removal of the 12 year Elijah Craig age statement and breaks out the guitar for a Bourbon Pursuit first. (more…)

036 – Bernie Lubbers, Brand Ambassador for Heaven Hill – Part 1

(Part 1) Bernie Lubbers (@BernieLubbers), The Whiskey Professor and Brand Ambassador for Heaven Hill, talks about his past, catchphrase, and overview of bourbon badges in Part 1.
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035 – Seth Thompson, The Bourbon Classic


Seth Thompson, of The Bourbon Classic, chats about all the awesome events being held from Feb 23-27th, 2016 and how you can get last second tickets.
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034 – Chad Hartsfield, Owner of ReWicked Candles


Chad Hartsfield, Owner of ReWicked Candles, discusses the process of turning old bourbon bottles into works of art. (more…)

033 – Greg Davis, Master Distiller Maker’s Mark


Greg Davis, Master Distiller at Maker’s Mark, talks about how is continuing the tradition that has been set and more about day to day operations. (more…)

031 – Reid Mitenbuler, author of Bourbon Empire

Reid Mitenbuler (@ReidMitenbuler), author of Bourbon Empire, joins Ryan and Kenny to talk about the history and psyche of bourbon, “a distinctive product of the United States”. (more…)

032 – Erik of @BourbonSeason, Bottle Chase and Secondary Markets


Erik of @BourbonSeason joins the show to talk about the infamous bottle chase and the growing secondary market. (more…)

030 – Robert Mohr & Tom Johnson, Aroma Academy Sensory Training for Bourbon

Robert Mohr & Tom Johnson of Aroma Academy (@AromaAcademyUS) join the podcast to talk about the science behind using olfactory senses to know more about your bourbon and the key aromas. (more…)

029 – John Kowalczyk, Bourbon Christmas Gift Exchange


John Kowalczyk reveals how he started a Bourbon Christmas Gift Exchange that grew from just a handful of friends to an event that is sponsored by liquor stores and distilleries. (more…)

028 – Matt Jamie, Founder and Owner of Bourbon Barrel Foods


Matt Jamie, Founder and Owner of Bourbon Barrel Foods, talks about how he started a company with Bluegrass Soy Sauce into a brand that does everything to promote “Eat Your Bourbon”. (more…)

027 – Dixon Dedman, Partner in Kentucky Owl Bourbon


Dixon Dedman, Owner Operator of Beaumont Inn & Partner in Kentucky Owl, joins us to talk about his family history and how they revitalized a brand that died during prohibition. (more…)

026 – Mikael Mossberg, Co-Founder and CEO of Distiller


Mikael Mossberg, Co-Founder & CEO of Distiller, talks about his whiskey recommendation app and how his whiskey passion led him to be in the startup world. (more…)

025 – Nino Marchetti, Founder of TheWhiskeyWash.com


Nino Marchetti (@WhiskeyWash), Founder at TheWhiskeyWash.com, joins us today to announce a new partnership between us. We talk about his news outlet, the authors, products, and most importantly, his bunker! (more…)

022 – The Duo, A Look Into the Past


Your hosts, Kenny and Ryan, take a look back on the past 21 episodes. We talk about the guests and what is still to come with the remaining part of the year. (more…)

024 – Kris Comstock, Buffalo Trace Bourbon Marketing Director


Krim Comstock, the Bourbon Marketing Director at Buffalo Trace, talks about how he made his way to Kentucky and gives us insight into the brands and even the new 2015 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (sorry about the horrible audio on this one). (more…)

023 – Carol Perry, Stitzel-Weller’s Jack of all Tradesman


Carol Perry, or just Perry, is a legend in his own right. Perry has worked at the Stitzel-Weller distillery in Shively for 45 years. He has held about every job you could possibly have and is currently working security and head greeter for the Bulleit Frontier Experience. (more…)

021 – Brent Goodin, Master Distiller at Boundary Oak


Brent Goodin, Master Distiller at Boundary Oak Distillery, discusses his new startup distillery and how his first bottle of bourbon off the line sold for $28,000. (more…)

020 – Brian Haara, Author of Sipp’n Corn blog


Brian Haara (@SippnCorn), Attorney and blogger at Sipp’n Corn, joins the podcast to talk about the history of the bourbon industry through the lens of lawsuits. Listen to find out how Colonel Taylor loved getting himself into trouble as well as the real story behind Ezra Brooks. (more…)

019 – David Mandell, CEO of Bardstown Bourbon Company


David Mandell, CEO of the Bardstown Bourbon Company, talks about the beginning of one of the newest and largest distilleries to ever hit Bardstown, KY. We talk about the present and future of this up and coming distillery. (more…)

018 – Marianne Barnes, Master Distiller of former Old Taylor Distillery


Marianne Barnes, Master Distiller at The Distillery Formally Known as Old Taylor, discusses her new role, what everyone can expect coming from this revitalization, and insights into what it takes to be a master distiller. (more…)

017 – Ewan Morgan, Diageo and Orphan Barrels


Ewan Morgan, National Director for the Diageo Masters of Whiskey, joins us from DC to talk about his past with whiskey, scotch, and bourbon. We dive deeper into the Orphan Barrel releases as well as the latest, Blade and Bow. (more…)

016 – Marianne Zickuhr, Preserving Whiskey Row

Marianne Zickuhr, Executive Director of Preservation Louisville, talks about the history of Whiskey Row and her involvement with preserving this iconic landmark in downtown Louisville, KY. (more…)

015 – Sean Higgins Mint Julep Tours

Sean Higgins, Chief Fun Officer of Mint Julep Tours, talks about the array of tours they offer with customized trips with their tag line “the purpose of fun is to have some”. From bourbon to horses to zip lines, Sean is your Louisville concierge. (more…)

014 – Adam Johnson, Kentucky Bourbon Affair


Adam Johnson, Director of the KY Bourbon Trail & Bourbon Affair, joins us as the first ever two-time guest! This time we talk about the Kentucky Bourbon Affair that will be taking place June 3rd-7th 2015.
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013 – Angel’s Envy with Kevin Curtis and Kyle Henderson

Kevin Curtis, Distillery Operations Manager, and Kyle Henderson, Production Manager and grandson of Lincoln Henderson, from Angel’s Envy join to talk about their roles and the new distillery in the works.
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012- Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller Four Roses (Part 2)


Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller at Four Roses, joins us for Part 2 of this 2-Part podcast and discusses his travels, limited edition releases, one floor warehouses, and how he’s shaping their future. (more…)

011 – Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller Four Roses (Part 1)


Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller at Four Roses, joins us for Part 1 of this 2-Part podcast and talks about his education, job history, his love for bowling, and how he brought Four Roses straight bourbon back to the US.
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010 – Martha Carlin, Great Great Grandaugher George T. Stagg


Martha Carlin, Great Great Granddaughter of George T. Stagg, talks about her gaggle of Stagg bottles up for auction, her family history in the bourbon industry, and how much George T. Stagg really loved to fish.
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009 – Beau Beckman Barrel Select Manager Buffalo Trace


Beau Beckman, Barrel Select Manager at Buffalo Trace (and great great great great great grandson of Colonel EH Taylor), talks about his family legacy, the process of buying a barrel, and how technology is changing the future of the program with Single Barrel Select.
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008 – Adam Johnson Kentucky Bourbon Trail


Adam Johnson, Director of the KY Bourbon Trail & Bourbon Affair, talks about tourism, the places to visit, horse country, and craft distilling.
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007 – Maggie Kimberl, Louisville.com

Maggie Kimberl (@LouGirl502), author of everything bourbon for Louisville.com, joins the duo to talk about bourbon in the news and media.
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006 – Wes Henderson, Angels Envy Chief Innovation Officer

Wes Henderson, Chief Innovation Officer of Angel’s Envy, joins us to talk about the start of this brand, his father’s heritage, and more
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005 – Blake Riber, author of bourbonr.com blog

Blake Riber, author of bourbonr.com, talks about the popularity of his blog, his ideas and the release of a brand new app!
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004 – Mike Sonne, Head Taster and Quality Control Heaven Hill

Two part podcast. First part discussion about Heaven Hill growth and demand. In the second part, Ryan joins Mike Sonne, “Chief” Bourbon Quality Control Taster at Heaven Hill, to talk about his job working with Parker Beam and Denny Potter
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003 – Al Young, Brand Ambassador of Four Roses

Al Young, Brand Ambassador of Four Roses, talks about the rich history of the brand and his story
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002 – Harlen Wheatley, Master Distiller Buffalo Trace

Harlen Wheatley, Master Distiller at Buffalo Trace, joins us we discuss multiple facets of his history and life at the famed Buffalo Trace Distillary (Read Show Notes)

001 – The Duo and Hunting Parties

Meet Ryan and Kenny. Your hosts on this journey. They discuss everything about the show and more
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