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Raise your glass

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, not the holidays: Repeal Day. On this day in 1933, Utah ratified the 21st Amendment, becoming the final state needed for a three-quarters majority and officially repealing the 18th Amendment, commonly…

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I’ll drink to that!

Love, love, love this graphic from Ragan’s PR Daily that illustrates the article, “8 tips to make the writing process easier,” the lead of which perfectly sums up my feelings toward my chosen profession: “No one who writes for a living…

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The Old-Fashioned: A history

It has been said that you are what you eat. Apparently, you are also what you drink – especially when it comes to the Old-Fashioned. In a column on Slate.com, Troy Patterson ruminates on the history of this “uniquely venerable…

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Alltech Branches out

Alltech Brewing and Distilling Co. of Lexington, the first craft distillery to join the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, introduced its first bourbon this week. Town Branch Bourbon is named for the branch of Elkhorn Creek along which Lexington was founded in 1779…

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The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book

There’s been a renewed interest in the cocktail culture in the past few years, but it’s nothing new to Joy Perrine. In her nearly 50 years of tending bar, 25 of them at Equus Restaurant and Jack’s Lounge in Louisville, she’s created dozens…

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Bourbon Woman: Jean Neighbors

Meet Jean Neighbors, bartender at Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar in the Galt House: Whether you are a bourbon aficionado or a complete novice, Jean will steer you right. For one thing, she has a lot of bourbon behind her. Jockey…

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We tried a beer brewed in a whiskey/bourbon barrel. Best beer ever, I’d rather drink bourbon anyway. Is the biggest difference between Jack Daniels and say Maker’s the type of wood or content of the mash.

The difference between bourbon like Maker’s Mark and Jack Daniels, a Tennessee whiskey, is that Jack is filtered through charcoal before aging, which adds another flavor. And yes, there are some wonderful bourbon-barrel beers out there. I’m not sure where you are, but…

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Collaring the White Dogs

If you’ve scanned the bourbon/whiskey shelves at your local spirit retailer lately, you may have noticed a proliferation of bottles filled with clear liquid and colorfully marketed as moonshine, unaged whiskey or “white dog,” the term distillers give to bourbon…

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‘Any Way She Likes It’

That was the name of an educational tasting session led by master taster Peggy Noe Stevens, founder of the Bourbon Women Association, at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown, Ky., on Friday. The sold-out event drew women (and a few…

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