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December 16, 2019
Lux Row Distillers Rickhouse

The Evolution of Barrel Making

Bourbon isn’t bourbon until it’s been aged in barrels, both by tradition and by law. It needs a protected, waterproof vessel to come into its own, and wooden barrels are just the ticket. Barrel-making is an ancient process — but there’s room for innovation, says Jeff LaHue, head of strategic partnerships at Independent Stave Company (ISC), the largest maker of whiskey barrels in the world. ISC also supplies barrels to Lux Row Distillery. (more…)
November 20, 2019
Blood Oath Pact No. 5

Lux Row Team Members Share Their Holiday Traditions

Holidays are made for bourbon, and there’s no one who knows that better than the team at Lux Row Distillers. Nearly two years after the distillery opened in Bardstown, Kentucky, the staff has formed a kind of bourbon family. Working together to make the finest bourbon in the land generates a certain camaraderie. Here are a few favorite holiday traditions from the Lux Row team. (more…)
November 18, 2019

3 Fizzy Bourbon Cocktails for Holiday (or Everyday) Sipping

One of the hottest beverages of 2019 — besides bourbon, of course — is hard seltzer. The spiked carbonated drink is so popular that bars have been running out of it. Effervescent and mildly fruity, hard seltzers make for an invigorating alternative to the furrowed-brow realm of craft cocktails. They’re just missing one thing: bourbon. (more…)
November 5, 2019
Lux Row Distillers Bourbon with corn

Corn and Bourbon, an American Love Story

When you’re talking about bourbon, you can make a list of what matters — barrels, fermentation, mash bill, water. But there’s one more important thing that has to be on the list: corn. Without corn, bourbon cannot exist. (more…)
March 28, 2019
Barrels being charred at ISC

The Art of the Bourbon Barrel’s Char

By regulation, all bourbon must be aged in new charred oak barrels. Why? Because unlike other whiskies, no additives (other than water) are allowed in bourbon. No added color. No added flavors. So, other than the distillate itself, bourbon picks up a lot of its character from the barrels. And the character of the barrels depends in large part on the level of char. To learn more about the process, we chatted with Jeff LaHue, head of strategic partnerships at Independent Stave Company (ISC), which supplies and chars barrels for Lux Row Distillers. (more…)
March 28, 2019
Lux Row Distillers Rickhouse

Bourbon’s Secret Ingredient? Barrels

Making great bourbon involves many ingredients, each essential in its own right, whether it’s the corn and grains or the cool, clear Kentucky water. But one of the most crucial elements in shaping bourbon into the drink we love: the charred American oak barrels in which it’s aged. (more…)
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