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Surviving Remnants of Lexington’s Bourbon Industry

Old Pepper Distillery in Lexington, KY

By Richard Thomas When Lyons Spirits built a distillery and started making Town Branch Bourbon and Pearse Lyons Reserve, they reintroduced bourbon-making to Lexington, Kentucky after an absence of more than five decades. Until that time, the most visible sign that Lexington was a whiskey-making town had been the old James E. Pepper plant on Manchester Street, Lexington’s last working ...

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Q&A with John Glaser of Compass Box

An Interview with Compass Box Founder John Glaser By Richard Thomas Among the many small companies that have sprung up as part of the worldwide whiskey boom, few have carved out the reputation of John Glaser’s Compass Box, while Glaser himself is arguably the leading figure in modern artisanal Scotch blending and vatting. The Whiskey Reviewer was lucky enough to ...

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Q&A with Finger Lakes Distillery

An Interview with Brian McKenzie, Co-Founder of Finger Lakes Distillery By Richard Thomas New York State has become one of the busiest parts of the Union in the micro-distillery boom, and among the busiest and best-known of New York’s small whiskey-makers is Finger Lakes Distillery. Outside of New York State, you might be hard-pressed to find one of the variety ...

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Q&A with Ranger Creek

Ranger Creek's Still

Interview with Mark McDavid of Ranger Creek Distillery, San Antonio, Texas By Richard Thomas Micro-distilling has spread like wildfire in recent years, and craft brewing is already a fixture in America, but very few companies combine them. One such outfit that produces both beer and whiskey under one roof, sometimes called a “brewstillery,” is San Antonio’s Ranger Creek, who have ...

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Whiskey History: Elijah Craig

By Richard Thomas Educator, entrepreneur, and Baptist minister, Elijah Craig is also often credited as the legendary “Father of Bourbon.” The enduring appeal of Craig as the founder of Bourbon lies in the irony of a Baptist minister inventing America’s signature whiskey, and in a place that later became part of a liquor-free, first “dry” and then “moist” county* to ...

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