Bourbon barons to tell stories about their craft

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's bourbon barons are sitting down to tell the stories about themselves and their craft.

The collection of oral histories is a joint effort by the Kentucky Distillers' Association and the University of Kentucky's Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History.

With so many colorful characters and stories, the "Kentucky Bourbon Tales" collection is expected to add more flavor to one of the state's signature industries.

The interviews begin with the father-and-son team of Parker and Craig Beam. They are master distillers at Heaven Hill Distilleries, the Bardstown-based maker of Evan Williams bourbon. The Beam family traces its whiskey-making roots in Kentucky to 1795, when Jacob Beam set up his first still.

Other bourbon makers to be featured include Brown-Forman, Four Roses, Jim Beam, Maker's Mark and Wild Turkey.

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