118 episodes

Bourbon Lens is a discussion amongst friends over bourbon. During this project, we look to explore the bourbon industry, learn more about our favorite spirit, and even interview bourbon industry insiders, makers, entrepreneurs, and business people. Bourbon Lens is about all of this and more. We welcome you on this journey and found that the best way to document it is in podcast form.

Bourbon Lens is made up of 3 friends; Jake, Michael, and Scott. We have different backgrounds, but we all have ties to Kentucky, the bourbon capital of the world. We have all grown to have an appreciation for Kentucky’s native spirit and enjoy our time together over bourbon. We welcome you to pop that cork from your whiskey bottle and join us. We are always looking for show topics, discussion starters, and new whiskies to try. Contact us on social media or send us an email to: TheBourbonLens@gmail.com with ideas, comments, or questions.

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Bourbon Lens is a discussion amongst friends over bourbon. During this project, we look to explore the bourbon industry, learn more about our favorite spirit, and even interview bourbon industry insiders, makers, entrepreneurs, and business people. Bourbon Lens is about all of this and more. We welcome you on this journey and found that the best way to document it is in podcast form.

Bourbon Lens is made up of 3 friends; Jake, Michael, and Scott. We have different backgrounds, but we all have ties to Kentucky, the bourbon capital of the world. We have all grown to have an appreciation for Kentucky’s native spirit and enjoy our time together over bourbon. We welcome you to pop that cork from your whiskey bottle and join us. We are always looking for show topics, discussion starters, and new whiskies to try. Contact us on social media or send us an email to: TheBourbonLens@gmail.com with ideas, comments, or questions.

    118: Virginia Craft Bourbon at A. Smith Bowman Distillery

    118: Virginia Craft Bourbon at A. Smith Bowman Distillery

    Our guest this week is Brian Prewitt, Master Distiller for A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Virginia.  We discuss the history of the distillery, Brian's background in the beer, wine and spirits industries, and the variety of bourbons that the distillery releases.  We also taste through John J. Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon and Bowman Brother Small Batch Bourbon.
    We are thankful for everyone who has taken the time to give us feedback on our podcast.  If you enjoy our content, consider giving us a 5 star rating on your favorite podcast app, leave us a review, or tell a fellow bourbon lover about our show.
    Follow us @BourbonLens on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter.  And please check out our Patreon to learn how you can support our endeavors, earn Bourbon Lens swag, be part of future barrel picks, and more. If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please email us at TheBourbonLens@Gmail.com.
    Visit our website BourbonLens.com to check out our blog posts, or even purchase your own Bourbon Lens tasting glass or t-shirt.
    Cheers,
    Scott, Michael & Jake
    Bourbon Lens
    About Master Distiller Brian Prewitt:
    Brian’s interest in the beverage industry was peaked when he landed a job at a brewery while attending Colorado State University obtaining his bachelor’s degree in food science.  
    Upon graduation, Prewitt further honed his interest for brewing and distilling by completing the Master Brewers Program at University of California, Davis.  From there, he joined The Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, Colo., eventually becoming its brewer.
    When Prewitt saw an opportunity to try his hand at distilling spirits instead of beer, he jumped at the chance to join E&J Distilleries in Modesto, Calif. and was eventually named Senior Distiller.  It was at E&J that Prewitt was able to train under two Master Distillers with a combined experience of more than 70 years in the art of distillation, learning about raw material selection, fermentation, distillation, and maturation.
    Brian was named Master Distiller at the A. Smith Bowman Distillery in 2013, and he is excited to carry on the Bowman family tradition of award-winning products while introducing some new offerings as well.
    A native of Colorado, Brian now lives in Fredericksburg, Va. with his wife and three children.
    About A. Smith Bowman
    Smith Bowman's distilling roots date back to the years before Prohibition when the Bowman family had a granary and dairy farm in Sunset Hills, Virginia. They used excess grain from the family estate to distill spirits. In 1934, after the Repeal of Prohibition, Abram Smith Bowman and his sons continued the family tradition and built a more modern distillery in Fairfax County, Virginia called Sunset Hills Farm.  The Distillery was moved in 1988 and is now nestled in Spotsylvania County near the city of Fredericksburg, 60 miles away from the original location.
    As a small and privately owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery continues the time-honored traditions on which it was founded. Considered a micro-distillery by today's standards, A. Smith Bowman produces an assortment of hand-crafted spirits distilled from only the finest natural ingredients and using the latest technology. This micro-distillery focuses on the production of premium spirits honoring the legacy of Virginia's first settlers. As Virginia’s oldest and most award-winning distillery, its various brands have earned numerous prestigious awards over the years, including John J. Bowman Single Barrel, which received a gold medal at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. For more information on A. Smith Bowman, please visit www.asmithbowman.com.
    Links:
    A. Smith Bowman Distillery Website  A. Smith Bowman Distillery's Brian Prewitt Appointed to the Virginia Spirits Board by Gov. Ralph Northam Whisky Magazine Names John J. Bowman America's Best Non-Kentuck

    • 40 min
    117: Talking Whiskey with Singer-Songwriter Drew Holcomb

    117: Talking Whiskey with Singer-Songwriter Drew Holcomb

    We’re joined by singer-songwriter Drew Holcomb. Drew talks about his career as musician, his band Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, his involvement in Sweetens Cove Bourbon, and his life as a husband and father in today’s world. Sweetens Cove allows Drew to combine his love for whiskey (and whisky), Tennessee pride, and the resurrection of a golf course. You’ve heard about Sweetens Cove previously on Bourbon Lens Episode 85 featuring Marianne Eaves, the Master Blender behind the bourbon. We appreciate you tuning in this week as we visit the music industry and we hope you'll check out Drew's music.
    We are thankful for everyone who has taken the time to give us feedback on our podcast.  If you enjoy our content, consider giving us a 5 star rating on your favorite podcast app, leave us a review, or tell a fellow bourbon lover about our show.
    Follow us @BourbonLens on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter.  And please check out our Patreon page to learn how you can support our endeavors, earn Bourbon Lens swag, be part of future barrel picks, and more. If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please email us at TheBourbonLens@Gmail.com.
    Visit our website BourbonLens.com to check out our blog posts, or even purchase your own Bourbon Lens tasting glass or t-shirt.
    This episode is brought to you by Premium Bar Products. Thanks for their support in producing this week’s podcast. To customize glassware for your home bar, visit: https://premiumbarproducts.com 
    Cheers,
    Scott, Michael & Jake
    Bourbon Lens
     
    About Drew:
    Drew Holcomb and his band the Neighbors’ songs have always charged his listeners’ hearts and minds while inspiring them to think, feel, dance, and love, never more so than on his 2019 album Dragons. His most collaborative to date, the record is his first with featured artists and songwriters including Lori McKenna, Natalie Hemby, Sean McConnell, The Lone Bellow, and Ellie Holcomb. With several critically acclaimed albums under his belt, Holcomb has been featured by NPR, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, CMT and more. An Emmy Award-winner with his music synced in over 75 of TV’s most watched shows, Holcomb has also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! twice, most recently for his collaborative EP, Goodbye Road, with JOHNNYSWIM performing their resounding single “Ring the Bells” in summer of 2018. Among Holcomb’s ambitious projects are his Moon River Music Festival, an annual event benefitting local and national non-profits and Magnolia Record Club, a monthly vinyl subscription service, both curated meticulously by Holcomb himself. A road warrior for more than a decade, Holcomb has spent adulthood traveling from place to place with a catalog of vibrant, honest songs that explore the full range of American roots music. Holcomb & crew have appeared at Bonnaroo, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Stagecoach and more, while sharing stages with legendary artists including Willie Nelson, Amos Lee, Don Henley, John Hiatt, Zac Brown Band and The Avett Brothers.
    Links:
    Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors Website Rolling Stone - How Drew Holcomb Quietly Became One of Americana's Most Popular Stars  Drew’s most recent single: Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors - I Need To Go Somewhere The band’s most recent studio album: Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors - Dragons Kitchen Covers - The Collection Your Dreams Don’t Belong to You | Drew Holcomb | TEDxMemphis  Sweetens Cove Spirits Website Photo Credits:  Drew Holcomb and Sweetens Cove

    • 52 min
    116: Sippin' Whiskey with Jason Brauner & Buzzard's Roost

    116: Sippin' Whiskey with Jason Brauner & Buzzard's Roost

    We sit down with Jason Brauner and some "Sippin' Whiskey" at Bourbon's Bistro in Louisville.  We discuss Jason’s experiences in the bourbon world, owning a highly regarded restaurant with an extensive selection of bourbon, and owning his own Whiskey brand.  Buzzard’s Roost Sippin’ Whiskey is a brand that relies on Jason’s palate and experience to craft unique barrel finished (double barreled) rye whiskey. 
    We are thankful for everyone who has taken the time to give us feedback on our podcast.  If you enjoy our content, consider giving us a 5 star rating on your favorite podcast app, leave us a review, or tell a fellow bourbon lover about our show.
    Follow us @BourbonLens on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter.  And please check out our Patreon page to learn how you can support our endeavors, earn Bourbon Lens swag, be part of future barrel picks, and more. If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please email us at TheBourbonLens@Gmail.com.
    Visit our website BourbonLens.com to check out our blog posts, or even purchase your own Bourbon Lens tasting glass or t-shirt.
    This episode is brought to you by Premium Bar Products. Thanks for their support in producing this week’s podcast. To customize glassware for your home bar, visit: https://premiumbarproducts.com 
    Cheers,
    Scott, Michael & Jake
    Bourbon Lens
     
    ABOUT BUZZARD’S ROOST:
    The story of Buzzard’s Roost started nearly two decades ago with one man’s goal to educate people about whiskey. From the opening of the first bourbon-focused bar - Bourbon’s Bistro to pioneering the idea of barrel selection for restaurants, Company Founder and Master Blender Jason Brauner has always been at the forefront of whiskey.
    After taking part in more than a 100 barrel selections over his career, Jason is embarking on his most exciting challenge yet  - Buzzard’s Roost Sippin’ Whiskey, a Rye he designed with the bourbon drinker in mind.  His goal with Buzzard’s Roost is still the same as it was 19 years ago,  to educate and share his love of whiskey.
    THE PROCESS:
    We start by sourcing the best aged whiskey we can find, but the real magic is in our barrels. We use only brand new, 53-gallon white oak barrels that are carefully toasted and very lightly charred. Each one is designed from the ground up to deliver a specific flavor profile.
    We work closely with our cooperage to tweak every parameter of the barrel  - from the seasoning to the charring to the development of our custom toast profiles. All of our barrels are unique and proprietary to our company, giving Buzzard’s Roost a truly one-of-a kind flavor. After resting only a few weeks in our new barrels, the whiskey is purposefully transformed and ready for bottling.
    ABOUT JASON BRAUNER:
    Since opening Bourbon's Bistro in 2005, Jason has had an active single barrel program allowing him to work side-by-side with many of Kentucky's leading master distillers. Through those relationships, he not only has gained a tremendous amount of knowledge but also garnered the respect of those distillers.  Jim Rutledge says: “If I could pick an understudy for J.W. Rutledge Distillery when it gets going it would be Jason. That is how much I respect his passion and his palate”. 
    The knowledge gained through these distillers combined with his overall passion for the industry grew into a desire for Jason to go from just selling whiskey to making whiskey.
    ABOUT THE WHISKIES:
    Single Barrel Buzzard’s Roost Rye Whiskey  105 PROOF A unique and award-winning bottling from one of our favorite barrels in the warehouse. Barrel Strength Buzzard’s Roost Rye Whiskey 113-116 PROOF Our most prized barrels are offered to you uncut, unfiltered, straight out of the barrel.  Bottled from a single barrel, only a select few barrels will meet the criteria to be offered at Barrel Strength. Very Small Batch Buzzar

    • 1 hr 4 min
    115: Blue Run Spirits - Tapping A Legend of the Bourbon World

    115: Blue Run Spirits - Tapping A Legend of the Bourbon World

    We are joined by the co-founders of Blue Run Spirits to talk about their new, premium Kentucky Bourbon. Their first batches released in late 2020 - early 2021, each a 13 year old sourced Kentucky Bourbon.  Mike Montgomery and Jesse McKnight are the co-founders and have created a unique and diverse team to help grown this brand. Blue Run Bourbon was selected and blended with the assistance and expertise of Jim Rutledge, former Master Distiller of Four Roses. Blue Run has exciting plans for future limited batches, including single barrels and their own aged distillate.  We appreciate the Blue Run Spirits’ team for providing us the opportunity to try their fall and winter batches of Blue Run Kentucky Straight Bourbon. 
    We are thankful for everyone who has taken the time to give us feedback on our podcast.  If you enjoy our content, consider giving us a 5 star rating on your favorite podcast app, leave us a review, or tell a fellow bourbon lover about our show.
    Follow us @BourbonLens on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter.  And, please check out our Patreon page to learn how you can support our endeavors, earn Bourbon Lens swag, be part of future barrel picks, and more.
    If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please email us at TheBourbonLens@Gmail.com.
    Visit our website BourbonLens.com to check out our blog posts, or even purchase your own Bourbon Lens tasting glass or t-shirt.
    This episode is brought to you by Premium Bar Products. Thanks for their support in producing this week’s podcast. To customize glassware for your home bar, visit: https://premiumbarproducts.com
    Cheers,
    Scott, Michael & Jake
    Bourbon Lens
     
    About Blue Run Spirits:
    Blue Run Spirits is a new kind of spirits company, creating a unique luxury proposition by tapping into the deep heritage and craft that makes a truly great whiskey, then elevating it through a modern design and marketing lens to reach a younger, broader and more diverse whiskey drinker.  
    The company’s founders include a Nike designer, the first director-level employee at Facebook, a hospitality executive, a political advisor, and a philanthropist – all huge whiskey fans and individuals who acutely understand how to build demand and buzz for a contemporary consumer product. They are backed by a team of advisors including Nike marketing experts; the Campari communications veteran behind the US launch of Espolòn Tequila and the Aperol Spritz; a former vice president of innovation from Brown-Forman; a former spirits distributor; and others with deep industry experience. The Blue Run name is a nod to one of our founder’s upbringing in Georgetown, KY, where Bourbon began in the Bluegrass State.
    Find Blue Run Spirits online at www.bluerunspirits.com, and on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
    About Our Guests:
    Mike Montgomery is cofounder and CEO of Blue Run Spirits. Mike has spent the last few decades in public affairs consulting after working with California-based elected officials. Prior to his time in politics, he worked with the U.S. Canoe & Kayak team in Lake Placid, NY. He is a proud graduate of the University of Washington. Mike and his wife and daughter reside in Los Angeles.
    As a native of Georgetown, Kentucky, Jesse McKnight grew up across the street from Elijah Craig’s homestead and has figuratively had Bourbon in his blood his whole life. He grew up playing in Royal Spring, which he called the Blue Run and has wanted to bring Bourbon back to Georgetown ever since. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Jesse serves as Blue Run’s Chief Distribution Officer.
    About Jim Rutledge, Liquid Advisor:
    The iconic Jim Rutledge expertly approves Blue Run’s Bourbon selections and distills our new make Bourbon. Rutledge, a 50-year veteran of the industry, is the former Master Distiller of Four Roses Bourbon. Enshrined in the inaugural class

    • 44 min
    114: Exciting Changes for 2021 Kentucky Bourbon Festival

    114: Exciting Changes for 2021 Kentucky Bourbon Festival

    2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown. This year aims to be better than ever. We are joined by Randy Prasse, Bourbon Festival President, to unveil some big changes for 2021.  Learn about the new events, general admission tickets, once in a lifetime bourbon tasting opportunities, and the immersive bourbon experiences planned for 2021. Mark your calendars for September 16-19, 2021.
    General Admission Tickets go on sale on at 11:00 am ET - March 15th, 2021 - CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOURS! A 1-Day Pass is available for only $10; 3-Day Pass is $20 and Sampling Passes include 5 Pours for $25. VIP Tickets are SOLD OUT and they anticipate selling out general admission tickets also.  Tickets include a unique, branded Glencairn tasting glass and 30th Anniversary challenge coin. And finally, head to our Instagram to learn HOW TO WIN a pair of 3-day General Admission tickets with two sampling wristbands (a $90 value)
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    More Details on the Giveaway. 
    Tickets and wristbands include the following:
    3-day GA Ticket includes:
    Daily admission to the Kentucky Bourbon Festival on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Wee Glencairn-branded nosing and tasting glass ($10 Value) – one glass per guest Limited-edition 30th anniversary KBF challenge coin ($15 Value) – one coin per guest Access to distilleries' booths, educational sessions, musical entertainment, food trucks, and bourbon craft exhibits. ** Additional tickets required for bourbon sampling, educational sessions, and/or premium culinary events.
    Wristband Details:
    A branded KBF wristband with five (5) pull-off tabs to be redeemed for samples at distillery booths Up to five (5) neat or mixed-drink cocktail pours from all participating distilleries Premium pours and cocktails may require multiple drink tabs This wristband does not grant access to the Kentucky Bourbon Festival Great Lawn. A separate ticket is required for access to the Great Lawn.
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    Overall Festival information:
    The Kentucky Bourbon Festival Great Lawn Hours:
    Friday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. MUST BE 21 OR OLDER TO PURCHASE TICKETS
    Tickets are extremely limited, so get yours now!
    The Kentucky Bourbon Festival is an outdoor, rain-or-shine event. No ticket cancellations or refund requests will be honored. Guests must be 21 or older to purchase tickets and to attend the Kentucky Bourbon Festival unless otherwise noted in the event schedule. A comprehensive list of allowed and forbidden items will be distributed prior to the festival. There will be a check-in location at the festival.
     
    *This episode is brought to you by Premium Bar Products. Thanks for their support in producing this week’s podcast. To customize glassware for your home bar, visit: PremiumBarProducts.com
    We appreciate everyone who has taken the time to give us feedback on our podcast.  If you enjoy our content, consider giving us a 5 star rating on your podcast app, leave us a review, or tell a fellow bourbon lover about our show.
    Follow us @BourbonLens on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter.  And, NEW THIS MONTH, please check out our Patreon page to learn how you can support our endeavors and be part of future barrel picks and more. 
    If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please email us at TheBourbonLens@Gmail.com. Visit our website BourbonLens.com to check out our blog posts, or even purchase your own Bourbon Lens tasting glass or t-shirt.
    Cheers,
    Scott, Michael & Jake
    Bourbon Lens

    • 55 min
    113: Visiting Barton 1792 with Master Distiller Danny Kahn

    113: Visiting Barton 1792 with Master Distiller Danny Kahn

    On this episode, we sit down with the Master Distiller of Barton 1792.  Danny Kahn is a wealth of knowledge in the distilling and brewing industries and we were fortunate enough to be invited to the distillery. We started our morning off with some of Barton's newest releases, Thomas S. Moore cask finished bourbons.  And after the podcast, we selected our very first Bourbon Lens single barrel pick, a Full Proof 1792 Bourbon.  You aren't going to want to miss this release when it hits SharedPour.com in a few months.  Be sure to follow our Patreon for more details in the near future.  
    * Please note:  this podcast was recorded live in a large, active distillery. You will experience some of the noise from the distillery, but hope you enjoy the content of this show.
    We appreciate everyone who has taken the time to give us feedback on our podcast.  If you enjoy our content, consider giving us a 5 star rating on your podcast app, leave us a review, or tell a fellow bourbon lover about our show.
    Follow us @BourbonLens on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter.  And, NEW THIS MONTH, please check out our Patreon page to learn how you can support our endeavors and be part of future barrel picks and more.
    If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please email us at TheBourbonLens@Gmail.com.
    Visit our website BourbonLens.com to check out our blog posts, or even purchase your own Bourbon Lens tasting glass or t-shirt.
    Cheers,
    Scott, Michael & Jake
    Bourbon Lens
     
    About Danny Kahn
    Danny’s extensive background in brewing and passion for the science, art, and history behind bourbon is what led him to become the Master Distiller at Barton 1792 Distillery.
    After earning a bachelor’s degree in Fermentation Science from the University of California, Davis, Danny embarked on a career in the brewing industry. He began his career as a brewing supervisor with Anheuser-Busch, Inc., and from there was promoted to a number of technical and managerial roles in a variety of locations, and in due course became the company’s Senior Brewmaster at its Cartersville, Georgia brewery. While Senior Brewmaster, Danny also earned his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business.
    Following a 27-year career with Anheuser-Busch, Danny went on to become the Brewery Technical Director at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. where he oversaw the company’s brewing, quality, research and development, raw materials, and sensory operations. After holding a variety of brewing roles for 31 years, Danny accepted the opportunity to use his expertise to distill spirits for Barton 1792 Distillery.
    Danny was named Master Distiller at Barton 1792 Distillery in 2018, and is excited to use his passion for bourbon, and his beverage art and science experience, to continue the Distillery’s tradition of producing award-winning whiskies.
    Links:
    Support Bourbon Lens on Patreon Barton 1792 Distillery Website Barton 1792 New Warehouse Construction 1792 Bourbon Website Barton’s New Thomas S. Moore Bourbon Line Explores ‘Extended’ Cask Finishes SharedPour.com

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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67 Ratings

Mike_the_Engineer ,

Like drinking with old buddies

I appreciate the down you earth feel from the hosts. They weave in and out of conversations like you would while you are out with friends. This isn’t to say they drift off topic, but the feel of the podcast is loose while still being informative and entertaining. A great listen for the enthusiast with a collection of bottles, or someone just starting to see what it’s all about.

WorthLearning ,

Chill podcast. Great intro to bourbon.

I started listening to this podcast as an introduction to bourbon. The hosts feel like family. The conversations are warm and comfortable. Whether you know a lot or a little about bourbon, it welcomes you into the show, and it’s the perfect way to end the day and discover new labels.

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Worth the time & listen

Great content and really enjoying the stories and knowledge.

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