A Look Inside Kelvin Cooperage

Just a short drive from downtown Louisville, Kelvin Cooperage is housed in a sprawling building that’s historically always been home to a cooperage. But Kelvin Cooperage’s origin story is a little more traditionally whisky-based. It began in 1963, when Ed McLaughlin completed his four-year cooperage apprenticeship in Scotland and opened his first cooperage on the banks of the River … Read More

The Origins of the “Proof”

Alcohol by Volume (or ABV) is a percentage. It’s simple and easy to understand. We learned about percentages in grade school. But what is proof, and why are we still using it? The short answer is tradition. The long answer is a little more interesting. In the United States, proof is defined as twice (or double) the percentage of … Read More

Bourbon Etiquette 101: The Multiple Pour

Wings Glass Pour
The old whiskey pros probably know all about this, but occasionally there’s someone new to bourbon and whiskey, and we’re all for inclusion. So it’s worth explaining the multi-pour. Let’s say you’re at a well-regarded whiskey bar, and it’s the kind of place that doesn’t just have a top shelf selection, they’ve … Read More

Why Charring Barrels Matters

Charring Barrels
Let’s talk char. After all, aging in a charred oak barrel is one of the legal requirements for bourbon. So why do we do it? People have suggested that the inside of barrels were originally burnt to remove the leftover flavors of goods previously stored within, which sounds reasonable enough. There’s also some evidence that the practice goes … Read More

Too Tiki for Bourbon?

Don the Beachcomber Bar
Our small team has racked up a lot of bar experience over the years. We’ve seen trends come and go. We witnessed vodka’s ascendancy and the great whiskey revival (Hallelujah). Still, one particular trend has always fascinated us, partly because it just keeps coming back. Tiki culture is one of the most peculiarly North American bar trends to … Read More

Why All the Articles?

Three Generations
  We’re a company of whiskey nerds, and we mean that in the best possible sense of the word. Speaking of nerds, Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson was a chemist before he ever set foot in a distillery. He was also an inaugural member of the Bourbon Hall of Fame who traveled the world spreading bourbon knowledge before bourbon came back … Read More