• Willett Distillery announces changes in leadership

    The historic family owned and operated Willett Distillery announced Thursday the promotion of Kristin Martha-Britt Kulsveen to the role of president and chief whiskey officer. The announcement was made in conjunction with National Bourbon Day at the new Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville.

    Kulsveen is the great-granddaughter of founder A. Lambert Willett and succeeds her mother, Martha Harriett Willett Kulsveen, as president. The landmark announcement also came on Britt Kulsveen’s 39th birthday.

  • County awarded for role in bourbon, tourism industries

    Nelson County was recognized for its activity in the bourbon and tourism industries Thursday with a Kentucky Economic Engine Award by Kentucky Travel Industry Association. To earn the award, a county can either be among the top counties in overall economic impact in the state or have a percentage of jobs dedicated to the tourism industry.

    “I’m not only here to tell you you’ve earned an economic engine award,” said Hank Phillips, CEO of KTIA. “But that you have earned it not on one of those criteria, but both.”

  • Culinary students bring international flavor to Bottle & Bond

    The gleaming new Bottle & Bond kitchen at Bardstown Bourbon Company opened to the public last week with a menu full of down-home Southern-style favorites.

    But the kitchen itself features an international flair, with 20 culinary students primarily from South Africa, as well as India and The Philippines and other countries, here to learn under the tutelage of Felix Mosso, the renowned former executive chef at the famed Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.

  • Local gym promoting veteran support program

    Workout Anytime in Bardstown is promoting a program called Lift for the 22, a non-profit organization supporting veterans.

    “They raise awareness for the 22 veterans that commit suicide on a daily basis,” said Kyle Lax, manager of the gym on W. John Rowan Boulevard next to Peebles. “One of the biggest reasons for that is the broken transition from the military to civilian life. Partnering with gyms has been something they have had a lot of success with in helping veterans get on the right track and right path.”

  • Flaget Auxiliary presents check to Project Hope

    At a meeting in May, members of the Flaget Hospital Auxiliary presented a check for $20,000 to the Project Hope program. Project Hope is the hospital foundation’s effort to expand services at the Cancer Center.

  • Barton 1792 claims six awards at Ultimate Spirits Challenge

    Judges awarded six bourbons from Barton 1792 Distillery with high honors at the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, and named three to be “Great Values.”

    Those awarded the distinction of “Excellent, Highly Recommended” were:

    • 1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    • 1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    • Very Old Barton 80 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    • Kentucky Tavern Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

  • 1792 full proof bourbon named world’s best

    Barton 1792 Distillery’s 1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey was named the World’s Best Bourbon by Whisky Magazine at the 2018 World Whiskies Awards. This latest award denotes a trifecta of recent world’s best whiskey awards received by Buffalo Trace Distillery, A. Smith Bowman Distillery and Barton 1792 Distillery — each of which are owned by the Sazerac Company.

  • Full Bloom holds ribbon cutting

    The Bardstown Nelson County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Full Bloom, located at 221 W. John Rowan Blvd., in Bardstown. Full Bloom offers massage services that include Swedish/stress relief, deep tissue, and pediatric massage.

  • Barton contributes nearly $40,000 to local community

    Barton Brands of Kentucky held its annual “Contributions to the Community” reception on Wednesday, May 30, at the Bardstown Country Club at Maywood.

    This was the seventh year for the event, which allowed monies from the Distillery, in conjunction with the Sazerac Company, to give back to the community by acknowledging organizations that help make a difference and improve the local quality of life. Ten organizations in Bardstown/Nelson County received a total of $37,500 from Barton 1792 Distillery.

  • WORK MATTERS: A Workforce Summit

    Member, Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board