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Whiskey Education

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…)
October 2, 2018

A Foolproof Guide to Pairing Whiskey With Food

Whiskey on its own is perfection. But it doesn’t have to be a loner. It cozies up to food in a surprisingly compatible manner. Fine whiskey, including bourbon — served straight, on ice, or in a stimulating cocktail — combined with the right food can be a match made in heaven. You just need to observe a few basic rules. (more…)
October 15, 2018

8 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Bourbon

Think you know everything there is to know about bourbon? We bet you’ll learn at least one new fact from reading this list. If nothing on here surprises you, then kudos! You’ve earned a drink. (more…)
January 10, 2019
David Nicholson bottle with glass

How to Bring Out Bourbon’s Best Flavor

Bourbon being bourbon, it tastes pretty great no matter how you drink it. But with a spirit this divine, there’s a world of pleasure to be savored when you take the time to do it right. Here to tell us how to bring the most flavor out of bourbon is Lux Row Distillers ambassador and lead brand representative Philip Lux. (more…)
February 1, 2019
Old Ezra

Demystifying the Label on Your Bourbon Bottle

When you’re in the bourbon section of your local liquor store, you can’t go wrong with any of our fine Lux Row offerings. But even then, you have some choices to make. If you’d like to be a more confident shopper — or you just want to impress people at dinner parties — read on to learn how to interpret that sometimes-mysterious bourbon label.  (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…)
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…)
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