1893

1893

William Larue Weller, now operator of W. L. Weller & Sons hired Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle as a salesman for the company. Van Winkle would go on to purchase the company in 1908 and merge it with another distillery he owned, changing the name to Stitzel-Weller...

1908

At the age of 33, Pappy Van Winkle and a fellow salesman, Alex Farnsley, purchased the liquor wholesales company they were working for, W. L. Weller & Sons.
1880

1880

Henry McKenna opens an office on Louisville’s Market Street to sell his whiskey, but was so successful, had to purchase “The Old Blue House” a year later. Later on he had to move his Lexington offices to Fourth Street near Main, a region that would...

Bourbon Renaissance

Starting in 1984 with the release of Blanton’s, then the release of Elijah Craig in 1986, and the finally the release of Booker’s in 1988, the “Bourbon Renaissance” refers to the boom that followed with these three releases.  These three...

Maker’s Mark

Bill Samuels, Sr. re-entered the distilling business after leaving T.W. Samuels Distillery Co. in 1943. He purchased the former Burks Spring plant on Star Hill Farm and named it, Maker’s Mark Distillery. It is believed he changed his name from Taylor William...