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The Ins And Outs Of Bourbon

Sep 10, 2019
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Bourbon is the building block for a raft of famous cocktails, including the Manhattan and the Mint Julep.

Ohio State professor Tim Berra, a biologist by training, has written about the building blocks of bourbon. The book is titled Bourbon: What the Educated Drinker Should Know.

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A flight of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon at SOHO Kitchen & Bar in Cleveland.
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For the second year in a row, Ohioans will soon have the chance to enter a lottery to purchase some rare bottles of bourbon.

U.S. whiskey distillers are fretting over the steep new tariffs they're facing around the world. They're being punished as U.S. trading partners retaliate against the Trump administration's tariffs on steel and aluminum. Now, the distillers fear that a long boom in U.S. whiskey exports could be coming to an end.

Kentucky bourbon has experienced a huge revival over the past decade — thanks in large part to U.S. trade initiatives that have opened up global markets, says Eric Gregory of the Kentucky Distillers' Association.

Will Tariffs Hurt the Bourbon Boom?

Jun 13, 2018

Today is “National Bourbon Day.” While fans of this uniquely American whiskey are sure to celebrate with a glass of their favorite brand, a dark cloud is gathering over the industry.

Bourbon, which can only be made in the United States under very specific rules, has skyrocketed in popularity in particular abroad. However, bourbon now finds itself entangled with politics surrounding international trade.

Don't Like Mint Juleps? This May Be Why

May 4, 2018

Editor's note: This story first appeared in May 2018. We're republishing it here with updates for the 2019 Derby on Saturday, May 4. 

If you're not a fan of the mint julep—an icy-minty-bourbon concoction popular around the Kentucky Derby—it's likely for good reason: you just haven't had a good one. 

Craft bourbon distillers have been growing for the past several years as drinkers rediscover heritage and new styles of brown liquor drinks. Some might call it a boom. But many distillers have seen the boom-and-bust cycle of liquor popularity before and are exploring ways to hedge their bets against another bust.

Andrew Buchanan walks through Hartfield & Co. Distillery, a small, relatively new operation located in a former seed storage warehouse in Paris, Ky.

If the Trump administration starts a trade war, Kentucky bourbon may get caught in the crossfire.

The administration is weighing strict new limits on imported steel and aluminum in hopes of shoring up homegrown metal industries. But European allies are warning of possible retaliation, including tariffs aimed at politically sensitive products such as bourbon and orange juice.

"That's what a lot of countries will look to do," said Rufus Yerxa, president of the National Foreign Trade Council. "Something that will get the Trump administration's attention."

We'll give it to you straight: If President Trump slaps a tariff on steel, the U.S. bourbon industry might be left reeling.

Trump has long vowed to impose tariffs on some imports, and his administration has recently focused on the steel industry. A blanket tariff on steel wouldn't just hurt China, the frequent target of Trump's trademark trade tirades. It would also deal a blow to allies such as Germany.

Bourbon: A Spirited Past and Future

Apr 14, 2014

10:00 One bourbon, one scotch, one beer... or maybe just all bourbon. Corn-on-the-cob is an American favorite, but distill that corn, and you've got a quintessential drink that started 400 years ago at Jamestown. We'll talk about how bourbon's history has seeped into our culture, and discuss the resurgence of old-style craft whiskey. Guests