Category: Bourbon Law

Kentucky Vintage Spirts Sales Start Slow.

Even outside of Kentucky, bourbon enthusiasts know that last year Kentucky passed House Bill 100, which was then signed into law by Governor Matt Bevin, permitting private sales of “vintage distilled spirits” to specially-licensed retailers.  This was a much-welcomed exception to the general rule… Continue Reading “Kentucky Vintage Spirts Sales Start Slow.”

Working in a Distillery at the Turn of the Century; Unsafe at any Proof.

I’ve written previously about how Bourbon gave the United States its first consumer protection law with the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897, and how the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 was influenced by the conflict between “straight” and “rectified” whiskey, but… Continue Reading “Working in a Distillery at the Turn of the Century; Unsafe at any Proof.”

A Modest Bourbon Proposal for the Secondary Market.

Before I jump in, some people have articulated that selling or trading whiskey for collectability is perfectly legal.  I don’t agree, but I’m not giving anyone legal advice, and if any reader has questions about it, I encourage consultation with counsel.   With that… Continue Reading “A Modest Bourbon Proposal for the Secondary Market.”

How History Forgot the “Lesser Samuels.”

When families have members in the same line of business, it’s natural to compare and rank them, sometimes unfairly.  Despite his success, Eli will always be the “Lesser Manning;” due to his lack of success, Daniel will always be the “Lesser Baldwin;” and Zeppo… Continue Reading “How History Forgot the “Lesser Samuels.””

Distillery Slop – Bourbon’s First Environmental Challenge.

The process of converting grain into distilled spirits requires a tremendous amount of grain, and therefore, creates a significant volume of “slop” – the material remaining after fermented mash has been distilled – as a byproduct.  A more attractive name often used after most… Continue Reading “Distillery Slop – Bourbon’s First Environmental Challenge.”