1856

1856

Dr. James C. Crow, the man credited with perfecting the sour mash process, passes away at the age of 67. At one point his whiskey was so popular, Union soldiers wrote to President Lincoln during the Civil War urging him “not to let the fine gentleman Old Crow to...

1899

William Larue Weller, founder of the company that would become W. L. Weller Distillery Company, passes away at the age of 73 in Ocala, FL. He is buried in Cave Hill Cemetary.

1981

Maker of Old Rip Van Winkle, Julian P. Van Winkle Jr. passes away at the age of 66 in Kentucky. The ownership and operations of J.P. Van Winkle and Son company would fall to Julian P. Van Winkle III.

1965

Founder of the Stitzle-Weller Distillery and creator of the Van Winkle brand of products, Julian P. “Pappy” Van Winkle Sr. passes away at the age of 91 in Louisville, KY.
2004

2004

Frederick Booker Noe, II, grandson of Jim Beam and Master Distiller for The Jim Beam Company, passes away at the age of 74.