The Dram

Our blog mission is simple: to embrace life’s small pleasures. Those could be trying that new limited-quantity gin (we happen to know of one), experimenting with bourbon in your cooking, or camping with close friends in your favorite national park. Because small pleasures can turn into big moments.


Meet Eric Downs, Limestone Branch Lead Distiller

As lead distiller under master distiller Stephen Beam, Eric Downs heads up a staff of five that keeps the Limestone Branch Distillery stills running seven days a week, 24 hours a day, in two 12-hour shifts. In his spare time, he likes to throw in a little fishing and some quality time with his family. Despite his busy schedule, though, we managed to catch him during a break for a few quick questions.

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Your Guide to 5 Essential Gin Styles

While there are a seemingly infinite number of gin brands on the market today, you can count on one hand all the gin styles. They all have two things in common, though: the fact that to be classified as gin in the U.S., they must be no less than 40% alcohol by volume (ABV), or 80 proof (37.5% in the E.U.). And they must be made by infusing neutral spirits with botanicals (notably juniper berries) during distillation.

After that, some differences begin. While there are a few outliers as well, these are the main five gin styles: Read More


How to Host a Gin Tasting

Whether over Zoom or in a safe, social distancing way at home, hosting a gin tasting is a great way to break the ice at a gathering while simultaneously expanding your tasting horizons. All you need are some different gins, decent glassware, and willing participants.Read More

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Lebanon, KY 40033


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