We welcome in Melissa Rift, Master Taster for Old Forester, for our Q&A. She talks about her role as master taster, how she got into the business, starting as a tour guide, what drew her to Old Forester, sharing its history, putting her touches on new releases, being a brand ambassador, sharing a fun history story and more.
Category: Hops & Spirits Kentucky
Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream | Lexington
We welcome in Toa Green, owner of Crank & Boom and BoBi Cones, for our Q&A. She talks about why she got into the restaurant industry, starting Thai Orchid Cafe with her husband, buying a $60 ice cream maker for desserts, when Crank & Boom took off, finding their original location in the Distillery District, having a boozy option, sourcing ingredients, launching the soft serve BoBi Cones, starting a podcast and more!
Old Louisville Whiskey | Louisville
We welcome in Amine Karaoud, co-founder of Old Louisville Whiskey Co, for our Q&A. He talks about why he and his wife launched Old Louisville Whiskey, what led them to owning Red Castle Liquors previously, selling off investments to launch the whiskey brand, being patient as they bought barrels, their bottle and label, their release strategy, opening a tasting room and more.
Bourbon with Heart | Kentuckiana nonprofit
We welcome in Morgan Hancock, founder of the nonprofit Bourbon With Heart, for our Q&A. She talks about how Bourbon with Heart got its start, showcasing art and artists of all kind, the nonprofit's ultimate goal, their current exhibit Barrels of Heart at the Frazier Museum through March 30, how the 20 artists selected for it, their next event Bow Tied Together, getting businesses and brands interested, future events and more.
Northwood Cider | Norwood, Ohio
We welcome in Darrin Wilson, co-founder of Northwood Cider (Greater Cincinnati), for our Q&A and Road Trip Series. He talks about how Northwood Cider came to be, why they chose cider, how a student helped him find their location, being part of the community, their approach to cider, being experimental, places to visit nearby and more.
Blue Run Spirits | Georgetown, KY
We welcome in Shaylyn Gammon, Blue Run Spirits Whiskey Director, for our Q&A. She talks how she got into the whiskey industry, having a degree in food science, working with a variety of industry legends, what led to her moving from Campari to Blue Run Spirits, what a whiskey director does, what folks can expect from Blue Run, upcoming releases, their new distillery and more.
Jeptha Creed Distillery | Shelbyville
We welcome in Joyce and Autumn Nethery from Jeptha Creed Distillery for our Q&A. They talk about what pushed the family to launch the distillery, the struggle to find a name, working together, how Autumn got into the marketing/sales side, Joyce's love of science, their Red White & Blue Bourbon, using heirloom corn grown on their farm and more.
Bourbon Women | Louisville-based nationwide group
We welcome in Heather Wibbels and Peggy Noe Stevens from Bourbon Women for our Q&A. They talk about what Bourbon Women is, what pushed Peggy to launch it, how women can get involved, what to expect at their events, their annual SIPosium, their journeys in the bourbon world and more. Plus, news from Barrell Craft Spirits, the Southern Deli, The Postmaster's Pub and Twisted Cork in Lexington, and West Sixth Brewing.
Condado Tacos | Lexington and Louisville
We welcome in Johnny Zela, Chief Operations Officer at Condado Tacos -- Lexington, coming soon to Louisville and greater Cincinnati nearby, for our Q&A. He talks about how Condado launched in Columbus (OH) back in 2014, building the brand to nearly 40 locations, what folks can expect when visiting, their Come As You are culture, their drinks menu, building the beverage program and what's next for Condado.
Q&A with Gallant Fox Brewing
In this Q&A, we welcome in Roger Huff, co-owner of Gallant Fox Brewing. He chats about how Gallant Fox got started, launching their first location in the Clifton neighborhood of Louisville, opening during the pandemic, their new second location in Mt Washington, bringing on Chef Matt Trimmer for their kitchen program, their bourbon collection, doing barrel picks, how the two locations will differ, what's next and more.