Three unions including UFCW Local 10D, UFCW Local 23D and NCFO 320 went on strike today at the Four Roses Bourbon distillery in Lawrenceburg, KY. An estimated 53 workers are picketing after failed negotiations concerning increased benefits. Read More
Fans of Buffalo Trace will soon have a new, beautiful distillery location to visit in Murfreesboro
Well, maybe. According to local news source The Kentucky Standard, approximately 10,000 barrels of bourbon occupying half of a warehouse at Barton 1792 Distillery spilled out of the collapsed structure this morning. No one was hurt.
Immediate concerns include the fate and safety of the remaining 10,000 barrels and the possible pollution of a nearby tributary. First responders are hopeful that the majority of the ruptured barrels are pooling in the warehouse’s basement.
At this time, no volunteers are needed for clean up, but thanks for asking. No word quite yet on the special release of the surviving barrels, but we’ll look forward to the announcement!
Today is National Bourbon Day, Flag Day, and the 39th birthday of newly-promoted Britt Kulsveen.
Five generations ago, the Willett family began distilling in Bardstown, Kentucky. John David Willett died shortly before Prohibition after stints with at least five Kentucky distilleries. In 1936, just three years after Prohibition’s repeal, his son and grandson bought land on the highest point in Nelson county and began to build what is now the Willett Distillery.
Martha Willett Kulsveen and her husband Even took over as the fourth generation, and the fifth generation, siblings Drew and Britt Kulsveen, joined the family business in 2003 and 2005 respectively. Drew is the master distiller and, today, Britt takes over the role of President from her mother Martha.
“This is a tremendous honor and I’m incredibly thankful for the teachings and traditions that have been passed down from generations of strong Willett women, especially my mother, that have guided my personal and professional life,” Kulsveen stated in a press release.
“The importance of gratitude, kindness and serving others have been instilled in my beliefs since birth and are firmly rooted in my plans for our distillery’s future. Like our bourbon, the Willett brand of Southern hospitality is unique, timeless, authentic and welcoming without prejudice.
“As president and chief whiskey officer, I pledge to honor these fundamental family values as we continue to shape our distillery, our signature industry, and our beloved commonwealth for generations to come.”
Nicole Austin, an innovative, smart and feisty industry veteran, is taking over the helm at the distillery formerly known as George Dickel in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Read More
Davidson Reserve Straight Rye Whiskey from Pennington Distilling Co. Hits Shelves This Week
On the third anniversary of its first barreling of Tennessee Whiskey, Pennington Distilling Co. celebrated with a re-branding, a huge party, an expansion announcement, and the launch of their first aged spirit, Davidson Reserve Rye.
Book your international travel for now if you want to snag one of these “Travelers’ Exclusive” bottles from Jack Daniels! The newest line extension of the familiar Tennessee Whiskey, a Bottled in Bond expression, will ship to major international airports and points of departure in the summer of 2018.
Sazerac Company, owner of Buffalo Trace Distillery, announced today the acquisition of the Popcorn Sutton Distillery in Newport, Tennessee. John Lunn and Allisa Henley, both of George Dickel background, will once again be distilling Tennessee Whiskey under the new ownership.
Expect a deluge of Tennessee Whiskey on the shelves in the next few years; over a dozen Tennessee distillers are currently producing and aging the product.
Freedom and flexibility lure Henley away from Diageo’s George Dickel Distillery
Today marks Allisa Henley’s first day on the job in her new role as Master Blender at the Popcorn Sutton distillery in Newport, Tennessee. What’s that, you say? Henley’s departure from George Dickel, where she served as Distiller, was quiet. Deafeningly silent, even. Read More