Pearls of Whiskey Wisdom

Pearls of Whiskey Wisdom: Andrea Meriwether envisions a new future for distilling’s past. 

Story by Kevin Gibson, Photography by Heather Durham

Kevin Gibson visits historian Andrea Meriwether, whose research on the enslaved people who helped to build Kentucky farm distilleries is creating a new future for the industry’s overlooked past.

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Bourbon+ tells stories from the heart of bourbon-the farmers who grow the grain, the distillers who labor over the process, the mixologists who concoct liquid perfection, and the people who raise their glasses to celebrate it all. The pages bring the bottle to life and pour out story after story of the sacrifice, determination, and passion that go into each charred oak barrel and sweeten the experiences that flow from them.


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Michael Eman
Official Contributor
Kevin Gibson is a free-lance writer who writes for numerous publications, including Bourbon+ magazine, Thrillist, and Alcohol Professor.