Bourbon Legacy

In continued appreciation for all things bourbon, Lexington Bourbon Society strives to educate others on its origins. Through many events and informative opportunities, we share the history of bourbon whiskey, its impact on today's lifestyle, and future in both the local and global markets.

Below are some quick resources to get you started on the story of America's Native Spirit. If you would like to learn more, feel free to ask one of our members. Many have vast, in-depth knowledge, as well as fun personal stories to share related to bourbon. It is near impossible to leave our events not knowing, and appreciating the well-crafted tale of Kentucky Bourbon.

Bourbon Legacy

In continued appreciation for all things bourbon, Lexington Bourbon Society strives to educate others on its origins. Through many events and informative opportunities, we share the history of bourbon whiskey, its impact on today's lifestyle, and future in both the local and global markets.

Below are some quick resources to get you started on the story of America's Native Spirit. If you would like to learn more, feel free to ask one of our members. Many have vast, in-depth knowledge, as well as fun personal stories to share related to bourbon. It is near impossible to leave our events not knowing, and appreciating the well-crafted tale of Kentucky Bourbon.

“Civilization begins with distillation.”

William Faulkner

Bourbon 101

Bourbon 101 - Plus the Best Selling Bourbons Flight Fight

Chad and Sara, co-hosts of the YouTube online series It's Bourbon Night, dive into the fundamentals of bourbon. Dubbed the 101 course regarding America's Native Spirit, the duo outlines what officially makes whiskey a bourbon. Both present in a charismatic format that is easy-to-understand, entertaining, and informative to viewers. We highly recommend subscribing to this channel, as the two posts reviews, trips, and bourbon-related findings each week.


Visit our friends at It's Bourbon Night for more videos, keeping you current on all things related to bourbon.

Timeline

Kentucky Bourbon Timeline

A rich history of artisanship, a hushed period of prohibition, a booming industry for generations to enjoy: the story of Kentucky Bourbon is incredible.

Thanks to the Kentucky Distiller's Association, historians have created a vivid, interactive guide through the spirit's history of over 200 years. The timeline documents historical events, from prohibition to the World Wars, which shaped the bourbon whiskey that we know today.


Visit the Kentucky Bourbon Timeline to see its history in action.

Visit the Kentucky Distiller's Association to learn more about their support for America's Official Native Spirit.

History

The History of Bourbon

Mike Veach of the Filson Historical Society and 2006 inductee into the Kentucky Boubon Hall of Fame, wrote The History of Bourbon.

This read entails how bourbon originated, and its historical impact throughout the United States. It includes rich detail of bourbon first being sold by the barrel, who started bottling for consumers, and why the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 is so important to us today.


Visit the The History of Bourbon to read on the origins of bourbon.

Process

Basic Distilling Process

Bernie Lubbers, author of Bourbon Whiskey - Our Native Spirit and Ambassador for Heaven Hill, is known to many as the Whiskey Professor.

With his experience and enthusiasm for teaching, he has put together a concise rundown of the bourbon making process.


Visit the Whiskey Professor to learn how bourbon is made.

Legal

From Whiskey to Bourbon by Law

On May 4, 1964, Congress declared bourbon, "America's Native Spirit."

Since then, one of the most commonly asked questions is simply, "What makes whiskey a bourbon?"

Fortunately for us, Jim Beam provides a visual breakdown for defining a bourbon. In five easy facts, you too can quickly distinguish your favorite bourbons from the other guys. We encourage you to take a look at the guidelines to become bourbon, and spread the word.


Visit Jim's Beam Five Facts About Bourbon to learn what differentiates a bourbon.

For a more detailed, legal outline visit Cornell Law School's Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits to compare bourbon's definition to other spirits.

Lineage

Family Tree of Bourbon Whiskey

What distilleries are there in Kentucky? Who owns and operates them? If you find yourself asking these questions, you are in luck.

Colin Spoelman (The New York Times), and David Haskell (Kings County Distillery - NY) created an insightful look at lineages of some of Kentucky's bourbons.


Please visit The Bourbon Family Tree to see the heritage of bourbon.