1. Suntory Buys Beam — Think of it in Symbols

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    January 13, 2014 by Bourbon Empire

    Japanese drinks giant Suntory has purchased U.S. drinks giant Beam Global. Beam is perhaps the most recognizable name in bourbon, …
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  2. Bourbon’s Area 51

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    December 27, 2013 by Bourbon Empire

    When whiskey geeks write about MGPI, the distillery best known for making whiskey on contract for other brands, they describe …
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  3. Is Cognac More American Than French? My Most Recent in Slate

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    December 4, 2013 by Bourbon Empire

    Cognac has a history that goes way back in the States, even though many are still confused about exactly what …
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  4. Of Origin Stories and Product Placement

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    November 20, 2013 by Bourbon Empire

    I can only imagine the audience reaction if a movie about the Founding Fathers featured a scene where John Adams …
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  5. When Women Were Burned as Witches for Making Whiskey

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    November 1, 2013 by Bourbon Empire

    It’s true, they were. Read about it in my recent write-up of Fred Minnick’s new book, Whiskey Women: The Untold …
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  6. Pappy Van Winkle Jumps the Shark

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    October 22, 2013 by Bourbon Empire

    The recent theft of about $26,000 worth of Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon from the Buffalo Trace Distillery is sure to …
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  7. Noodling: Fall is the Best Time to Barbecue — I Guest Write Slate’s YDIW Column

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    October 8, 2013 by Bourbon Empire

    This isn’t strictly drinking related, unless you consider drinking while barbecuing an essential part of the process, which I do. …
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