Kentucky in May. Mint Juleps (aka bourbon in a big glass). Horses. These go together to create the longest continuously held sporting event in America. Spread the spirit—who knows, with bourbon’s popularity rising, maybe you’ll even discover distilling is your calling.
10,000 Bottles In Two Days!
Now that’s a big party—and business. According to the Kentucky Derby, each year, the Churchill Downs Racetrack goes through 10,000 bottles of Old Forester Mint Julep cocktail mix (yes, bourbon’s in there), 1,000 pounds of fresh mint, and 60,000 pounds of ice, during the two-day event surrounding the race.
Thinking about some home-brewed festivities this year? Maybe skip the mint? You are not alone—bourbon’s been rising in popularity. According to Vinepair, bourbon sales have climbed into the billions—with a 30% increase in 2020 alone. Part of the appeal is authenticity—being able to visit, taste and buy from local distilleries.
What Exactly Do Distillers Do?
A distiller, according to Marianne Eaves, Kentucky’s first female master distiller,
means: “Someone who’s responsible for the quality of what goes in the bottle.” That includes overseeing research and development, equipment installation, marketing and tasting. How’s that sound for work? How would you decide—and describe—what “good” tastes like? Ms. Eaves, for example, equates taste to a journey: “the key to a good bourbon blend is not just its warm finish, but the journey through different flavor profiles that leads you there.”
Traditionally, distillers work in stationary settings—whether big (think Brown-Forman in Louisville) or, small and local—a rising trend—(think about the folks at your farmers market). As we all reinvent ourselves though, everything’s possible. The New York Times, for example, reports:
Ms. Eaves is converting an old circus Freightliner truck into a mobile spirits laboratory, where she can experiment with new ingredients and techniques, visit distilleries and schmooze with fellow booze enthusiasts. She calls the new project “bourbon jet-setting.”
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