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2019

October 1, 2020

Life on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail in the Post-COVID World

COVID-19 has had a profound impact on our lives, and the Bourbon Capital of the World has not gone unscathed. Bardstown, the teeming tourism metropolis and home to Lux Row Distillers, became a ghost town for three months until June, when Kentucky officials gave the okay for distilleries to reopen to the public. (more…)
September 30, 2020
David Nicholson, Ezra Brooks, and Daviess County bourbons

The Art of Collecting Bourbon

Collecting is a hobby with benefits. Whether it's a traditional object like stamps, or a more contemporary obsession like great bourbons, building a collection reaps rewards beyond the collection itself. (more…)
August 25, 2020
David Nicholson, Ezra Brooks, and Blood Oath bourbon

8 Ways to Celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month at Home

Bourbon is so great, it has an entire month devoted to it. This important milestone was instituted in 2007 by the U.S. Senate, who declared that every September should be celebrated as National Bourbon Heritage Month, as a nod to bourbon's role as "America's Native Spirit." (more…)
July 28, 2020
Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge (1)

5 Essential Whiskey Glasses for Your Sipping Pleasure

It’s uncivilized to drink whiskey straight from the bottle, but pouring it into an ill-suited glass is nearly as bad. Show off your Lux Row whiskey and encourage its flavors, scent, and color in the proper vessel. Don’t know which one to reach for? Here are five suggestions. (more…)
July 29, 2019
Barbecue ribs

Your Bourbon and Barbecue Pairing Guide

Summer means barbecues, and barbecues mean tasty meats. Barbecue and bourbon is just one of those pairings that was meant to be. Both boast layers of complexity, which can be achieved only after prolonged periods of doting attention — whether it’s brisket smoked for hours over hickory wood or bourbon aged for years in a charred oak barrel. There are no shortcuts here. You can’t make this kind of magic overnight. Be it bourbon or sausage, you’re enjoying traditions that have been honed and treasured for centuries, coming together in an infinitely pleasurable single sip or bite. (more…)
July 1, 2019
Lux Row Brand Ambassador Landon Foster

Meet Lux Row Team Member Landon Foster

Job: Lux Row Brand Ambassador Duties: My primary role is to provide a world-class guest experience by educating visitors about the Lux Row bourbon-making process and portfolio of brands. From time to time, I take the bourbon to the people by conducting tastings at regional bourbon events. Additionally, I assist the marketing team by creating on-site live social media content. (more…)
May 29, 2019
Kentucky Derby

20+ Fun Facts About Kentucky

When freshly cut, the grass in Kentucky is actually green. But when it buds, it does have a bluish, purplish tinge. And there’s a lot of grass in Kentucky, as the thoroughbreds that famously race and breed here know. So there’s good reason Kentucky is known as the Bluegrass State. (more…)
May 29, 2019
Fred Minnick

Lux Row Chats With Bourbon Expert Fred Minnick

Since first writing about bourbon in 2006, Fred Minnick has become the foremost author, critic, editor (of Bourbon + Magazine), and, with the founding of the Bourbon & Beyond festival, impresario of the bourbon world. He has also written about rum, mead, and his military tour in Iraq, but his three books on bourbon have set a high mark: Whiskey Women, Bourbon Curious, and Bourbon: The Rise, Fall & Rebirth of An American Whiskey. Lucky for us, he had some free time for a chat. (more…)
April 29, 2019
Blood Oath Pact No 5

Blood Oath Pact No. 5 Has Arrived

Every bourbon is special — but then there’s Blood Oath, the ultra-premium bourbon released by Lux Row Distillers once a year, in limited quantities and at a premium price. (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…)
February 28, 2019
Clayton & Crume founders Clay Simpson and Tyler Jury

Kentucky Craftsmen Spotlight: Clayton & Crume

Plenty of entrepreneurial dreams have been hatched in a college dorm room, but few actually end up maturing into fully fledged businesses. Clayton & Crume, however, is one of the success stories. Western Kentucky University graduates Clay Simpson and Tyler Jury started out making belts for friends and fraternity brothers in a makeshift dorm studio. Now they run a thriving leather goods company in the heart of bourbon country: Louisville, Kentucky. (more…)
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