Saving Stories: Bourbon Tales Coming To A Television Near You

Dec 15, 2014

A new documentary being aired in Kentucky will introduce viewers to the colorful characters who craft bourbon.  The documentary draws from oral history interviews conducted by the University of Kentucky's Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History.   In this special edition of Saving Stories Alan Lytle talks with Center Director Doug Boyd about "Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business."

Brad Boswell of Independent Stave Company in Lebanon, which makes the lion's share of Kentucky bourbon barrels.
Credit photo provided

The documentary features the stories of master distillers and bourbon barons from such distilleries as Wild Turkey, Heaven Hill, Brown-Forman, Woodford Reserve, Maker's Mark, Four Roses, Jim Beam and Bulleit.

It also explains the science and art behind the bourbon-making process and details how the state's signature spirit has become a global phenomenon.

The program will first air Tuesday night on KET and again on the night of Sunday, Dec. 21 on KET2. The program will air several more times this month.