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Old Jake Beam

Jim Beam traces its history to Jacob Beam, who sold his first barrels of corn whiskey around 1795. The whiskey was first called Old Jake Beam, and the distillery was known as Old Tub. Eventually the whiskey also took the…

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Tuesday’s Shot of Bourbon Trivia

While bourbon barrels are made of white oak, the bung, or stopper, is typically made of poplar. That’s because poplar is a soft wood that swells when it gets wet, which makes for a nice tight seal.  

Tuesday’s Shot of Bourbon Trivia

Atherton High School in Louisville is the only high school in Kentucky to be named for a distiller: John McDougal Atherton (1841-1932), whose distillery in his native LaRue County led to the creation of Athertonville, Ky. In Louisville, where he…

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Tuesday’s Shot of Bourbon Trivia

The mint julep became the Kentucky Derby’s signature drink in 1938 and unintentionally created what would eventually become the race’s leading collectible: the Kentucky Derby glass. That first year, the juleps were served in water glasses. According to racetrack folklore,…

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Tuesday’s Shot of Bourbon Trivia

We’re coming up on Repeal Day (Dec. 5), one of the greatest days of the year for Bourbon enthusiasts. To demonstrate the fervor with which the temperance movement approached Prohibition, ProhibitionRepeal.com reports that some felt those who drank alcoholic beverages…

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Tuesday’s Shot of Bourbon Trivia

During Prohibition, “cruises to nowhere” were a way to circumvent the ban on alcohol. Ships would sail out to international waters and then circle while patrons onboard imbibed (sort of the opposite of today’s casino “boats” that never leave the dock,…

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Tuesday’s Shot of Bourbon Trivia

With cold weather settling in and flu season just around the corner, it’s a good time to think about the Hot Toddy. This comforting cup, which at its most basic contains bourbon or whiskey, lemon, honey and hot water, is believed to date to 1700s Scotland.  The…

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Tuesday’s Shot of Bourbon Trivia

In 1952, the Jim Beam Co. introduced the first of what would become hundreds of specialty bottles and decanters made from glass, china and ceramics that honored states, sports, celebrities and more. A series of Executive Decanters was decorated with 22-karat gold. The…

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Tuesday’s Shot of Bourbon Trivia

On Nov. 5, 1940, Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term in office by defeating Wendell L. Willkie. Celebrate by drinking an Old Fashioned, which was said to be Roosevelt’s drink of choice in the book “Whiskey, An American Pictorial…

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Tuesday’s Shot of Bourbon Trivia

In light of yesterday (Oct. 28) being the 94th anniversary of the day Congress passed the Volstead Act over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto, thus beginning Prohibition, here is an interesting fact from Sam K. Cecil’s book, “The Evolution of the…

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