T.B. Ripy

T.B. Ripy

Born Thomas Beebe Ripy in 1847, T.B. was the son of James Ripy. With the help of his father, T.B. would later become a partial owner of a distillery with Judge McBrayer before taking over completely in 1868, renaming it T. B. Ripy Cliff Springs Distilling Co. This...
James Ripy

James Ripy

Born James Rippey in Northern Ireland in March of 1811, he would have his name incorrectly shortened to “Ripy” by customs officials when he entered the country in the late 1820’s. He would establish what would become the Wild Turkey Distillery¬†in...
Fred Noe

Fred Noe

Born Frederick Booker Noe III in Bardstown, KY, Fred is the son of “Booker” Noe Jr. and grandson of Jim Beam. He currently serves as Jim Beam’s 8th Master Distiller and was inducted into the Bourbon Hall of Fame in 2013.
Jasper “Jack” Newton Daniel

Jasper “Jack” Newton Daniel

Most historians believe Jack Daniel was born in 1848, and though the exact date is unknown, the Jack Daniel’s website celebrates his birthday on September 5 each year. After running away from home at 15 to get away from his widowed step-mother, Jack was taken in...
Dr. James C. Crow

Dr. James C. Crow

Born in Inverness Scotland, Dr. James “Jim” Christopher Crow would be credited as the perfecter of the sour mash process, though no historical records support him as being the creator of the process. He moved to the States in 1820 and was hired as Master...