The Bourbon Patriot

Celebrating Repeal Day

Every Dec.


Generosity, Distilled - Heaven Hill

Parker's Heritage and ALS

Heaven Hill, founded in 1934, is the largest family-owned spirits-producer in the nation, and the second largest holder of Kentucky bourbon in the world.


Generosity, Distilled - Makers Mark

 In June, 2013, Maker’s Mark employee and Bourbon Ambassador Jane Connor Bowie attended Volare Ristorante’s monthly charity night.


The Bourbon State of the Union

Fifty years ago, in 1964, President Lyndon B.

Inbox - August 27, 2014

Letters to the Editor

Clearing Up Misinformation 


Bourbon Proof: Just Add Water

Before the bourbon you drink is ever put in a bottle, it is cut with a tall pour of water to put the fire out of the firewater. Except when it’s not. 


Generosity, Distilled - Angels Envy


 In 2013, more than 18 million 9-liter cases of bourbon and Tennessee whiskey were sold in the United States (that’s a 19.6 percent increase since 2008), resulting in $2.4 billion in rev

Inbox - September 3, 2014

Letters to the Editor

Bill Stone and Right to Work

Dear Editor,


Bobby Petrino 2.0

 In Louisville, we tend to like our horses fast, our bourbon neat and our football … actually I have no idea how we like our football.


Labor Day and Election Day 2014

While the battle between Alison and Mitch overwhelms Kentucky politics, the Republican bid for control of the House and the threat that poses to pro-labor legislation goes largely unnoticed, except among politicos. In consideration of Labor Day and Election Day 2014, former Courier-Journal editor David Hawpe unearths some buried Kentucky labor history, including his own personal experiences working at the Brown & Williamson Tobacco Factory and covering the Hyden Mine tragedy. — L.S.

Former C-J editor David Hawpe is a member of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, the Kentucky Humanities Council and the editorial board of the University Press of Kentucky, as well a