Morning Report, Friday, September 12th, 2014

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Drinks: We all know Rogue for their excellent and unique craft beer but now we are going to get to know them with small batch sodas.  They are available in three delicious options: root beer, honey orange or citrus cucumber. Rogue Soda is handcrafted in Oregon by one of America’s oldest microbreweries, Rogue Ales & Spirits, who have won numerous awards. Small batch sodas have been on the rise lately and Rogue’s are definitely stand outs. Get your soda today here.

Marge Samuels Will Be Inducted Into The Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame

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Announced this morning, Marge Samuels, wife of Maker’s Mark founder Bill Samuels, Sr., will be inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame during next week’s Bourbon Festival. Over sixty years ago, Marge made invaluable contributions to Maker’s Mark and in turn, the bourbon industry as a whole. She is credited as the mastermind behind the iconic bottle (design, label, red wax), the Maker’s Mark name & trademark, and the aesthetic and emphasis on tourism at the National Historic Landmark distillery in Loretto, KY – a lady well before her time. As this year’s only inductee, Marge will be the fifth woman to ever be inducted and the first woman directly connected with a distillery to receive the bourbon industry’s highest honor.

Congratulations Marge from your friends at Bourbon & Oak and thank you for your years of dedication to America’s native spirit. Cheers!

Jimmy Russell Honored With Lifetime Award

Toasting his 60th anniversary at the iconic Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association honored legendary Master Distiller Jimmy Russell with its “Lifetime Honorary Member” award.

Russell, 79, is only the sixth person ever to receive the title. He is the second-longest serving member of the KDA Board of Directors since the nonprofit trade group was founded in 1880.

Russell joined the board in 1978, and continues today as the distillery’s alternate director, marking 36 years, three months and 18 days of leadership toward the betterment of the signature industry, said KDA President Eric Gregory. Full article here.

Old Forester 2014 Limited Release Birthday Bourbon


News: Available in September, the  2014 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon will have a suggested retail of $59.99 and will available at numerous stores nationwide. It will be bottled at 97 proof. This year you can expect a vanilla flavor with some notes of cinnamon, syrup, and citrus flavors. Old Forester is the only bourbon still in existence today that was produced before, during and after Prohibition by its original distiller.


Wilderness Trail Craft Distillery Plans $3.5m Expansion


Wilderness Trail Distillery, the Danville craft distillery that opened in December on Roy Arnold Boulevard, announced plans Thursday to expand.

The distillery will move to a 21-acre lot of the John Hill Bailey Industrial Park, along the historical Clarks Run waterway. The lot includes the historical Willis Grimes House, which was built in 1859 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Distillery owners Shane Baker and Pat Heist said in a news release that they will invest $3.5 million over the next few years to turn the Willis Grimes House into a visitor center, and that they plan to build a new barrel-aging warehouse and a new still house. More information here.

Four Recipes Combine for Four Roses’ Newest Bourbon Release


This month, Four Roses Distillery will release the newest in its series of limited-quantity special bottlings with the 2014 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon, featuring four of the distillery’s ten Bourbon recipes from barrels ranging in age from 9 to 13 years.

Four Roses is the only distillery that combines two mashbills with five proprietary yeast strains to produce ten distinct Bourbons, each with its own unique characteristics. These Bourbons can be mingled in nearly infinite combinations to create a wide range of flavor profiles.

Master Distiller Jim Rutledge selected four of the ten Bourbons to create the 2014 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon: 13-year-old Bourbon from Four Roses’ OBSV recipe, 12-year-old OESV, 11-year-old OBSF and 9-year-old OBSK. Full article here.