Filson’s Moon Pies & Moonshine Membership Event – Friday June 13th Oxmoor Farm

Sarah Strapp, Filson’s Membership Coordinator, appeared on WHAS TV this week to promote tomorrow’s Moon Pies & Moonshine membership event at Oxmoor Farm, 6-9pm. Rain or shine, the event is a family affair with a fried chicken dinner, iced tea, lemonade, dessert and more! Live Music by Whistlin’ Rufus, and Limestone Distillery with samples of 8 flavored moonshines. Mike Veach […]

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Bourbon Women

Written by Mike Veach On June 20 The Filson Historical Society hosted an event for the members of Bourbon Women.  The evening had about 100 women drinking Wild Turkey at the reception before moving upstairs to hear a panel discuss women in the bourbon industry. The fact that so many women came to an event to drink and learn about […]

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Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage

The history of the United States is reflected in the history of the distilling industry. One of the first constitutional crises for the new government was the “Whiskey Rebellion” in 1791-1792. As the new nation struggled to pay the debts from its war of independence the government turned to an excise tax on distilled spirits to raise the money to […]

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Who was George Welby?

The Filson’s Special Collections has a sample book from the 1850s lithograph firm of Henry Miller and Co. which includes many colorful sample labels for items such as tobacco, perfumes and spirits. One of the labels is for Bourbon Whiskey from Geo. Welby. The question to answer is who was this George Welby who is purchasing bourbon labels? In the […]

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Stone, Milly Stone, Licensed to Distill

In June of 1812 the United States declared war on Great Britain. The war would be over by 1815, but the bills would not be paid for several more years to come. In order to pay for the war, the United States government decided to renew the tax on distilled spirits. The “whiskey tax” had been repealed by President Jefferson […]

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The Pleasure Ridge Park Distillery

In the years before National Prohibition, there was a distillery in southwest Jefferson County called the Pleasure Ridge Park Distillery. This distillery was put out of business by prohibition and faded from the local memory. All that remains of the distillery is the street named “Railroad Avenue” that runs where the railroad spur that connected to the distillery was located. […]

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Bourbon events at The Filson, past and present.

Do you love bourbon? Are you interested in Kentucky’s distilling history? If you answered yes to the following questions, then don’t miss Mike Veach’s upcoming talk, “Political Intrigues and Scandals of the Distilling Industry,” at the Filson Historical Society, Friday June 24, noon. Knowledgeable on all things bourbon related, distilling historian Mike Veach is renown for his excellent bourbon events […]

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The Cumberland Gap

The Cumberland Gap, situated in the Cumberland Mountains section of the Appalachian Mountains on the Kentucky-Virginia border about a quarter of a mile from where Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee meet, is very important to the history of Kentucky and the Western United States.  The Gap was first used by the Native Americans as a westward gate to hunting grounds in […]

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President Taft inducted to the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame

On Thursday, December 17, 2009 President William Howard Taft was inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame at the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort. It was decided to induct Taft in a special ceremony in December in order to pay homage to the centennial of his famous “Taft Decision on Whiskey” which defines whiskey as we know it today. The […]

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The Old Taylor Celebration at Buffalo Trace Distillery

I had the pleasure of attending a party at the Buffalo Trace Distillery on July 29th.  The purpose of this party was to celebrate the purchase of the Old Taylor brand from Fortune Brands, the company that owns Jim Beam bourbon.  E. H. Taylor, Jr. founded the OFC distillery in Frankfort, Ky. and that distillery is now the Buffalo Trace […]

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