The Jews Who Made American Whisky

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Many of the iconic bourbon and rye brands on store shelves are or were once owned and operated by Jews, including Jim Beam, I.W. Harper, Rittenhouse, Elijah Craig, Four Roses and Dickel.

From ubiquitous bagels and cream cheese to restorative matzo ball soup to decadently rich pastrami, Jews are famous for contributing a number of delicious dishes to the menu of American food favorites. But when it comes to drinks, the item that usually pops into people’s minds first is, sadly, the sickly sweet kosher wine Manischewitz. Full story

A guide to the new Kentucky bourbons being released this fall

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Every fall, bourbon lovers make a pilgrimage to Kentucky for two things: the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, which runs through Sunday in Bardstown, and the fall bourbon releases. Kentucky is ground zero for new bourbon — it’ll be released here if it’s anywhere, typically — so collectors come hoping to stock up. Bourbon sleuths scout the new labels approved by the federal government months in advance for inklings of what might be coming. Full story

The 10 Best Small Batch Bourbons to Drink

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Small-batch bourbon is one of those things you either know about or you don’t. They’re made in small amounts, rarely advertised and targeted directly at whiskey drinkers looking for something a little different. While there’s no consensus (or regulation) on what can be sold as small-batch whiskeys, they are generally distilled in anywhere from 10 to 100 barrels. The resulting whiskey is often a singular experience, unlikely ever to be captured again in exactly the same way. The best of them can be sublime. Full story

Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Distillery tours offer taste of region’s spirit

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The bad news for bourbon drinkers is that the brown spirit has become so popular that shortages loom. The good news is that the surging popularity has spurred distilleries to add or expand visitors centers and tasting rooms in Kentucky’s bourbon-making region, where more than 95 percent of the world’s supply is produced. Not surprisingly, the biggest and most elaborate of the new sights along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail belongs to the best-selling bourbon, Jim Beam. Full story