076 – History of Stizel-Weller and IW Harper with Kevin Didio, Manager 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.

Show Notes:

  • Talk about your role here at the Bulleit Frontier.
  • Before we talk about some of the other positions you’ve held, Talk about how you got into bourbon. I found my calling in college, what about you?
  • Talk about your career with various players in the industry
  • Talk about more about your time at Jim Beam and what you were doing
  • This is also the historic site of the Old Fitzgerald / Stitzel-Weller Distillery. Now, we do have a lot of people listening for the education, so talk about the history of the distillery itself.
  • Can you comment on what you think made people Stitzel-Weller crazy?
  • Talk about what’s happening on the grounds here today. Distillation? Aging? Bottling? Brands?
  • Is there a possibility that Bulleit can have the same product as the famed Stitzel-Weller?
  • Talk about the bottling happening here
  • Give people the small run-down of Bulleit history
  • Talk about Blade and Bow
  • It’s a bit of an odd duck here because this is owned by Diageo. You’ve got a whole heap of brands that you can talk about. Bulleit, IW Harper, Orphan Barrels, blade and Bow etc. Talk about which one of those you have a bigger fascination with and why
  • At this point, I guess we never talked about some IW Harper history. Can you school us there?
  • Talk about a typical tour done here?
  • How can people schedule tours?

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