Limestone Branch – Craft Distilling, Sugar Shine and Experimentation.

Limestone Branch – Craft Distilling, Sugar Shine and Experimentation.

The operations at Limestone Branch are more on scale with Kentucky’s earliest distillers. By my estimation, the entire contents of the distillation room – the still, tanks, barrels, equipment, grain, cabinets, tables, everything – could fit into just one of the 10,000 gallon mash tubs at Jim Beam. And like the early distillers, Limestone Branch starts with locally-grown heirloom corn and a 150-gallon copper pot still. Using a mash bill that I couldn’t convince Steve to tell me, Limestone Branch barreled its first Bourbon distillate 2½ years ago. With just a single barrel at that age, Steve understandably couldn’t spare a sample for an inquisitive blogger like me. Click here to read the full article from Sipp’n...
Kentucky’s 10 Best Craft Distilleries: Whisky as an Art Form

Kentucky’s 10 Best Craft Distilleries: Whisky as an Art Form

There’s little doubt that the state of Kentucky is the bourbon capital of the world, and therefore the ideal holiday destination for true spirit aficionados. Pick up a Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour passport from the Kentucky Distillers’ Association to receive a commemorative julep cup once you’ve visited all nine of the included distilleries. Or for those short of time, pick some of the following must-visit distilleries and get a taste of Kentucky’s finest export. Click here to read the full article at The Culture...
The Bluegrass State: 7 Delicious Reasons to Love Kentucky

The Bluegrass State: 7 Delicious Reasons to Love Kentucky

We have a tendency to judge a place by what little we know or have heard about it. Take Kentucky, for example. You wouldn’t be wrong to think of bluegrass, basketball, and bourbon. If you lean at all to the left politically, you might even be inclined to prejudge it more harshly based on its incumbent senators. Yet there is so much more to it than all of that. Kentucky has plenty to offer visitors, starting with warm and gracious residents who are justifiably proud of their great state — especially when it comes to classic Kentucky food and drink. There’s much to like about “my old Kentucky home.” First Stop: Bourbon The Kentucky Distillers’ Association estimates that about 95 percent of the world’s supply is produced in Kentucky. And what it makes it so good is that the state is blessed with limestone-rich aquifers that deliver the product’s most essential ingredient: extraordinary water. If you haven’t noticed, bourbon is back in a big way. And its resurgence has led to expansion by both the big boys and a growing cadre of craft distilleries. You can see many of them in action on what is called the “Bourbon Trail.” Guided tours take visitors through the production process and culminate with tastings. Get Schooled If you’ve ever had aspirations or visions of making your own whiskey, here’s your chance. At Moonshine University you can learn how to become an expert distiller in just five days. Check out their curriculum at moonshineuniversity.com. Speaking of Moonshine… It’s back, and it’s not your father’s “shine.” Moonshine may still conjure up images of illegal,...
Moonpies and Moonshine Event Brings Incredible Flavors to Town

Moonpies and Moonshine Event Brings Incredible Flavors to Town

Bourbon might be Louisville’s liquor of note, but that didn’t stop Oxmoor Farm from coming alive with the Filson Historical Society’s Moonpies and Moonshine event last night. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for an evening picnic on the beautiful grounds of the farm, the food couldn’t have been more wonderful, and the moonshine? That was simply the cherry on top of an amazing event. The event included an delicious chicken dinner, an equally impressive vegetarian option (catered by Ladyfinger Fine Catering), and some of the sweetest and juiciest corn-on-the-cob that I’ve ever had. If that wasn’t enough there was a great beer selection, and the sweet tea was flowing like water. Along with pitching a blanket, relaxing and listening to the great music provided by The Whistlin’ Rufus Old Time String Band there was, of course, the best part of the evening – some amazing moonshine from Limestone Branch Distillery. Click here to read the full article at...
All in the Family: With Limestone Branch, brothers Beam are 7th-generation distillers

All in the Family: With Limestone Branch, brothers Beam are 7th-generation distillers

There are few things that bring Kentucky to mind quicker than the word “bourbon.” Kentucky is, after all, the birthplace of the distilled spirit, with 95 percent of the world’s supply produced in the state, according to the Kentucky Distiller’s Association. Early distilling operations were usually family affairs with the knowledge of bourbon making having been passed down from generation to generation. Steve Beam and his brother Paul possess some of that family heritage. There is a history of distilling found from both of their parents’ families, and, with the creation of Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon, they themselves are seventh-generation distillers. Click here to read the full article from...
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