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Kentucky/Tennessee Bourbon/Whiskey Families

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  • Capt. Samuel Weller (1787 - 1854)
    2nd Generation Distiller.
  • Andrew Stitzel (1864 - 1935)
  • Jacob Stitzel (1847 - 1913)
    Built the Glencoe Distillery at 2540 W. Broadway in 1872
  • Frederick Stitzel (1843 - 1924)
    In 1879 Frederick patented the tiered barrel storage system still in use today.
  • Thomas Beebe Ripy, III (1915 - 2001)
    In 1935 Earnest W. Ripy, the son of Thomas Beebe Ripy rebuilt the distillery from scratch after prohibition, that facility would one day produce twenty plus brands whiskey including Wild Turkey. Earnes...

Bourbon Whiskey is a type of American whiskey, a barrel-aged distilled liquor made primarily from corn. The name derives from the French Bourbon dynasty, although the precise inspiration is uncertain; contenders include Bourbon County in Kentucky and Bourbon Street in New Orleans, both of which are named after the dynasty. The name "Bourbon" was not applied until the 1850s.

Tennessee whiskey is straight whiskey produced in the state of Tennessee.

Our project gives us a look at the earliest Kentucky and Tennessee distillers, as well as some of the families that have continued the Mission of their forefathers, to bring their Brands of Libations to the masses.