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What Really Happened With The Pappy Van Winkle Heist Of 2013? (The Fred Minnick Show)

Spend a few minutes with Fred as he looks back on his experience covering the Pappy Van Winkle Heist from 2013-2016, or as it was known at the time, “PappyGate.”

Fred explains that it was the first time he had any doubts about the honesty and character of the bourbon industry. Of course, it turned out to be criminals, not bourbon lovers, who stole the bourbon. Fred recalls attending the press conference and being surrounded by bottles and containers of rare bourbon — including Eagle Rare and even Pappy Van Winkle in moonshine jars.

If you want to learn more about the story, check out the crime documentary on Netflix, titled “Heist.”

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Fred Minnick

American whiskey critic Fred Minnick has appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef, Discovery’s Moonshiners, CNBC, CBS This Morning, NPR, Fox News and many more, just to discuss the state of whiskey. He's the host of the Amazon Prime show Bourbon Up and Spirits Network's Frontier Filmmakers. In addition, the Wall Street Journal-bestselling author wrote seven books, including Whiskey Women, Rum Curious, Bourbon Curious, MEAD, and Bourbon: The Rise, Fall & Rebirth of An American Whiskey. He has written for the New York Times, Scientific American, Parade Magazine, Forbes Magazine and is the editor-in-chief of Bourbon+ Magazine. Minnick is a co-founder to Bourbon & Beyond and curates both B&B and the Hometown Rising Festivals, as well as being 1/3 of the popular Bourbon Pursuit podcast. But most importantly, he wears ascots.

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