Bourbon Whiskey

Kentucky Craft Distilling Comes Into Its Own

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Kentucky’s Small Distillers Emerge Onto Center Stage By Richard Thomas Even during bourbon’s nadir in the ’70s and ’80s, the Commonwealth of Kentucky remained one of the world’s most important whiskey regions, as it was the seat of so many of the world’s biggest distilleries. As whiskey rebounded and the craft distilling movement took America by storm, it was small ...

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J.W. Rutledge Distillery Pulls Plug On Crowdfunding

By Richard Thomas When Jim Rutledge, the retired and much-lauded Master Distiller of Four Roses, announced he planned to start a distillery of his own and would begin financing the project with crowdfunding, it set American bourbon forums ablaze with enthusiastic chatter. The campaign began early last week, but by Friday Rutledge had announced he had pulled the plug on ...

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Arby’s Drops “Eat Your Bourbon” Under Legal Pressure

By Richard Thomas Kentucky media reported that Arby’s had agreed to stop using the slogan “Eat Your Bourbon” to market its Bourbon Bacon Sandwich late last week. The Louisville-based Bourbon Barrel Foods filed a trademark infringement lawsuit on Wednesday, May 4th against the fast food chain. Arby’s agreed to cease using the language, trademarked by Bourbon Barrel Foods since 2012, ...

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Lexington’s James E. Pepper Distillery To Be Rebuilt

Georgetown Trading Company, owners of the James E. Pepper whiskey brand, have announced their plans to bring the brand home by building a new distillery in the now-redeveloped remains of the James E. Pepper Distillery, located on Lexington, Kentucky’s Manchester Street. The James E. Pepper Distillery, Lexington’s last operating distillery, closed in 1958, and although the neighboring warehouse continued to ...

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