Bourbon Pursuit Podcast #56: Brown-Forman Cooperage

, | July 25, 2016


Michael Nelson, Plant Director at the Brown-Forman Cooperage, gives a step-by-step and inside look to the barrel making process.

Brown Forman Cooperage

The Brown-Forman Cooperage (image via Maggie Kimberl)

  • Give us your bourbon story.
  • Before we dive into the ins and outs of technicalities of barrel char, give us a history lesson about where we are.
  • So this is my first time being at a cooperage. Give me the 101
  • We saw one barrel that was cross cut. Talk about that.
  • What’s the average number of discarded barrels that don’t meet some sort of quality assurance?
  • Talk about char levels for a bit because it’s something that is always said, but never really explained about in depth.
  • Is the barrel making process getting more expensive on a yearly basis because of demand and material supply?
  • For everyone that missed the episode with Chris Morris where we talked briefly about the cooperage, talk about what it means to have a cooperage dedicated to their private whiskey
  • The release of Cooper’s Craft happened recently. And it was named after the location of where we are recording today. What does that mean to you?
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Kenny Coleman and Ryan Cecil host the Bourbon Pursuit podcast from Louisville, KY. Together, they share a passion for the stories that made an industry flourish with a focus on history, personality, and of course, great bourbon. Their guests include master distillers, bloggers, historians, local events and more.