Bourbon 101

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” — Mark Twain

Our society helps to educate others on the science and history of bourbon.

Our members share the history of bourbon whiskey, its impact on today's lifestyle, and its future.

The Lexington Bourbon Society is excited to share several quick resources to get you started on the story of America's Native Spirit. If you would like to learn more, feel free to ask one of our members. Many have vast knowledge on the subject, as well as fun personal stories to share. It is near impossible to leave our events not knowing, and appreciating the well-crafted tale of bourbon.

The following resources can help introduce everyone to the exciting world of bourbon whiskey. Cheers and enjoy!

Bourbon 101 Bourbon 101 - Plus the Best Selling Bourbons Flight Fight!

Chad and Sara, co-hosts of the YouTube online series It's Bourbon Night, dive into the fundamentals of bourbon. Dubbed the 101 course regarding America's Native Spirit, the duo outlines what officially makes a whiskey a bourbon. Both present in a charismatic format that is easy-to-understand, entertaining, and informative to viewers. We highly recommend subscribing to this channel, as the two posts reviews, trips, and bourbon-related findings each week.


Visit our friends at It's Bourbon Night for more videos, keeping you current on all things related to bourbon.

Timeline The History of Kentucky Bourbon

A rich history of artisanship, a hushed period of prohibition, a booming industry for generations to enjoy: the story of Kentucky Bourbon is incredible.

Thanks to the Kentucky Distiller's Association, historians have created a vivid, interactive guide through the spirit's history of over 200 years. The timeline documents historical events, from prohibition to the World Wars, which shaped the bourbon whiskey that we know today.


Visit the Kentucky Bourbon Timeline to see its history in action.

Visit the Kentucky Distiller's Association to learn more about their support for America's Official Native Spirit.

Bourbon History The History of Bourbon

Mike Veach of the Filson Historical Society and 2006 inductee into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame, wrote The History of Bourbon.

This read entails how bourbon originated, and its historical impact throughout the United States. It includes rich detail of bourbon first being sold by the barrel, who started bottling for consumers, and why the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 is so important to us today.


Visit The History of Bourbon to read on the origins of bourbon.

The Process Basic Distilling Process

Bernie Lubbers, the author of Bourbon Whiskey - Our Native Spirit and Ambassador for Heaven Hill, is known to many as the Whiskey Professor.

With his experience and enthusiasm for teaching, he has put together a concise rundown of the bourbon-making process.


Visit the Whiskey Professor to learn how bourbon is made.

Bourbon Law What Separates Bourbon and Whiskey?

On May 4, 1964, Congress declared bourbon, "America's Native Spirit."

Since then, one of the most commonly asked questions is simply, "What makes a whiskey a bourbon?"

Fortunately for us, Jim Beam provides a stunning visual breakdown for defining a bourbon. In five easy facts, you too can quickly distinguish your favorite bourbons from the other guys. We encourage you to take a look at the guidelines to become bourbon and spread the word.


Visit Jim's Beam What Separates Bourbon and Whiskey? to learn what differentiates a bourbon.

For a more detailed, legal outline visit Cornell Law School's Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits to compare bourbon's definition to other spirits.

Bourbon Lineage The Family Tree of Bourbon Whiskey

What distilleries are there in Kentucky? Who owns and operates them? If you find yourself asking these questions, you are in luck.

Colin Spoelman and David Haskell of Kings County Distillery in New York created an insightful look at lineages of some of Kentucky's bourbons.


Please visit The Bourbon Family Tree to see the heritage of bourbon.

Food + Bourbon The Art of Pairing Bourbon with Food

John and James, co-hosts of the YouTube online series Let's Talk Bourbon, dive into the culinary world with special guest, Chef Ouita Michel, to share on the art of pairing favorite foods with your favorite spirit. The knowledge shared between these two bourbon adepts is in-depth and relatable. John and James educate as if you were having a casual dinner conversation. Be sure to subscribe to their channel to see who else will drop by on their next episode!


Visit our friends at Let's Talk Bourbon for more videos, keeping you current on all things related to bourbon.

From Bourbon Zero to Bourbon Hero

LBS board member and bourbon enthusiast, Stephen Woodall, shares 10 tips on how to transform any rookie into an experienced bourbon ambassador. You, too, can become a bourbon hero!