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March 27, 2020
Rebel Yell and Ezra Brooks straight rye whiskey

Your Guide to Rye Whiskey

Sometimes you want the smooth roll of bourbon. Sometimes you crave spicy. That’s when you reach for rye. (more…)
March 26, 2020
Kentucky Derby

The History of Kentucky’s State Song “My Old Kentucky Home”

The easiest way to make a Kentuckian choke up? Play “My Old Kentucky Home,” which has been done every year at the Kentucky Derby and countless other sporting and public events since the tune was officially adopted as the state song in 1928. (more…)
March 4, 2020
Lux Row peacock

Birds and Bourbon: The Story Behind the Lux Row Peacocks

Lux Row peacocks. Yes, you read that right. These majestic birds are a unique part of the distillery’s history and have made a name for themselves among visitors since Lux Row Distillers opened in 2018. But you might be thinking … peacocks and bourbon? How did that happen? (more…)
January 27, 2020
Whiskey Toast

6 Best Times to Drink Bourbon

There is no bad time to enjoy bourbon. How could there be? It’s smooth like no other spirit, and even a single sip submerges you into a world of pleasure and complexity. But then there are those times that seem to simply demand a toast. These are the six best times to hoist a glass: (more…)
July 17, 2018

5 Reasons Most Bourbon Is Made in Kentucky

Say the word “Kentucky” and the next word automatically falls into place: bourbon. It’s just one of those natural pairings. Nearly all bourbon is made there: 95 percent, according to the Kentucky Distillers Association. The connection between the state and the spirit is undeniable. What is it about the Bluegrass State that makes it the bourbon capital of the world? There are five reasons: (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…)
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…)
September 23, 2019
Frazier Museum

Top 3 American Whiskey Museums

Ah, whiskey. The deceptively simple, amber-colored elixir has served as the inspiration for song, film, study, and reflection. Scholars have spent centuries contemplating how it’s made, how it has evolved, and the role it has played in history and civilization. In fact, entire museums dedicated to whiskey have sprung up around the world. Here’s our guide to three American favorites. (more…)
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