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Orphan Barrel: An American Whiskey Story

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 10.08.2016 | Taste
Joseph V. Micallef

The Orphan Barrel whiskey lineup Photo courtesy Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company. The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company was organized...

5 Bourbon Brands That Saved the U.S. Whiskey Business

Fred Minnick | Posted 09.29.2016 | Business
Fred Minnick

In celebration of #BourbonRebirth, I've named the 15 most-important brands (not distilleries) for bringing bourbon back. My criteria for creating this list was who made the biggest impact through sales, quality, marketing, innovation and trendsetting since 1980, a year this beloved spirit was left for dead.

A Fun New Twist On Cookie Butter!

Serene Herrera | Posted 09.26.2016 | Taste
Serene Herrera

I may have a thing for using Bourbon in the kitchen. Not so much for drinking it. The hubs does though, so there's usually some on hand in the bar. Using it in the kitchen for some flavor though? I'm all about that! Which is why you can find Chocolate Bourbon Truffles and Bacon Bourbon Meatballs on the site also.

Bourbon Rebirth: The Brands That Saved Bourbon, Part 2

Fred Minnick | Posted 09.20.2016 | Taste
Fred Minnick

In celebration of #BourbonRebirth, I'm ranking the most-influential bourbon brands since 1980, when bourbon mattered little on the national scene.

Bourbon Rebirth: The Brands That Saved Bourbon, Part 1

Fred Minnick | Posted 09.13.2016 | Taste
Fred Minnick

In the early 1980s, bourbon was left for dead, losing market share to white spirits. But passion, great whiskey and innovative marketing returned bourbon to its rightful place in the consumer's bar--far in front of vodka. These are the brands that brought bourbon back.

Matthew McConaughey Goes Full McConaughey While Talking Bourbon

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 09.09.2016 | Entertainment

If time is a flat circle, we’ve finally made it all the way around. Matthew McConaughey made “True Detective” memorable, and now he’s trying t...

Bourbon Heritage Month: Who Brought Bourbon Back?

Fred Minnick | Posted 09.01.2016 | Taste
Fred Minnick

As we celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month, hopefully with a fine dram, it's important to note that this wonderful spirit was once a bottom dweller. Many people made bourbon popular again. These are the most important groups for bourbon's rebirth. Next week, I detail the most-important brands.

Sorry, Stanford, No Bourbon For You

Fred Minnick | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics
Fred Minnick

It's on us, as parents, educators and citizens, to lead and live by example. Moderate and legal alcohol consumption encouragement and practice would do far greater good than prohibition or a warning label.

Bourbon Heritage Month Tips

Fred Minnick | Posted 08.23.2016 | Travel
Fred Minnick

As September approaches, it's time to prepare for the most-important month--Bourbon Heritage Month.

Colbert Debuts 'Savage Cock' Liquor, Insane Air Bongo Skills

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 08.08.2016 | Taste

Millennials need Savage Cock liquor as much as they need #OrganDamage. Thankfully, Savage Cock ― a 190-proof hard grain alcohol ― isn’t real, bu...

Visiting Bourbon Country? You'll Want to Read This

Fred Minnick | Posted 06.22.2016 | Travel
Fred Minnick

Bourbon distillers are about to go into shutdown mode. At least once a year, distilleries shut down for anywhere from two weeks to a month to make sc...

Bourbon is Sacred in Kentucky Horse Country. Here’s Where to Drink Up

Marriott Traveler | Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 05.16.2016 | Travel

Bourbon is definitely having a moment, maybe more than a moment. Entire bars, all around the country, are dedicated to high-end and small-batch whiski...

Fred Noe of Jim Beam unveils unfiltered, uncut Booker's Rye

John Trump | Posted 05.12.2016 | Taste
John Trump

Rack house D. It's where Booker's rye sat, surrounded by barrel upon barrel of Jim Beam whiskey. Where it sat for 13 years. Its creator died in 2004.

Can You Really Tell The Difference Between Bourbon and Rye?

Modern Farmer | Posted 05.10.2016 | Taste
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Modern Farmer

A new study is making the rounds which claims in its release's headline that people can't tell the difference between bourbon and rye. Some publications have run with that conclusion. But is that really what the research is saying?

From Less Than $30 to More Than $30,000, New Booze to Fit Any Budget

Tony Sachs | Posted 04.22.2016 | Taste
Tony Sachs

Whiskey, mezcal, cognac, liqueur... there's bound to be something here that suits your fancy and your budget. Possibly not the $39,000 cognac, but hey, I haven't seen your tax returns.

Louisville Banking on Bourbon for Tourism

John Mariani | Posted 04.06.2016 | Travel
John Mariani

After decades of development promises not kept and a lingering recession, Louisville has lagged behind Southern cities like Nashville, Greenville, and...

The Real Difference Between Whiskey, Bourbon, Scotch & Rye

Michelle Pruett | Posted 03.31.2016 | Taste
Michelle Pruett

Ever wondered what the difference is between all those dark liquors? If you think they're all the same, think again. Whiskeys come in many forms, and we're here to help you distinguish between the three main types.

Kentucky Bourbon Affair satisfies Americans' insatiable taste for whiskey

John Trump | Posted 02.10.2016 | Taste
John Trump

Sometime during Casabourblanca, a signature event of the second Kentucky Bourbon Affair last year, my wife -- who was celebrating her 50th birthday -- sidled up to legendary distiller Jimmy Russell to introduce herself and to tell him thanks for being a part of the best party ever.

This New Bourbon Comes With A Side Of Childhood Nostalgia

The Huffington Post | Julie R. Thomson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Taste

Peanut butter and jelly hits the spot on so many occasions. As a quick afternoon pick-me-up. As an I-don't-feel-like-cooking dinner fix. And of course...

This Could Be Terrible News For Pappy Van Winkle Drinkers

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 01.08.2016 | Taste

Whiskey aficionados are facing a harsh reality after authorities recovered 28 stolen bottles of Pappy Van Winkle Kentucky bourbon -- the precious spir...

The List: Innovative, Under the Radar American Made Gifts

Michelle Vale | Posted 12.13.2015 | Business
Michelle Vale

During the holiday season is when I am most acutely aware of the gross imbalance of imports versus exports, that is the current situation here at home...

2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Your Favorite Drinker

Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree | Posted 11.24.2015 | Taste
Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree

Welcome to the holidays! And frankly, we don't care which one you observe or if you observe any at all, this season of the year should be fun and festive regardless of beliefs. But what makes it even more fun and festive is finding the perfect gift for that, shall we say, spirit connoisseur in your life.

Butcher Brown's GrownFolk: Foreground Music

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 10.23.2016 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

Getting old is scary. Not so much in the "I'm gonna break my hip taking this layup" way, but more in the way of "oh shit - death." Mortality. Responsibility. Paying rent AND feeding my two cats BEFORE finishing The Walking Dead WHILE cooking dinner for my wife.

Celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month With This Three-Day Kentucky Bourbon Tour

Hipmunk | Posted 09.19.2016 | Travel

In 2007, Congress declared September to be America's National Bourbon Heritage Month--so it's time to get sipping.

4 Cocktails to Make the Transition Into Fall

Tom Macy | Posted 09.22.2016 | Taste
Tom Macy

You don't go from eating watermelon one day to butternut squash soup the next. With that in mind, here are four ideas for cocktails that have flavors that evoke autumn, but are still refreshing enough to sip on a warm Indian summer day.