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  1. #1
    Bourbonian of the Year 2002 and Guru
    Join Date
    Sep 1999

    Straight Bourbon Hall of Fame

    Who needs the Oscar Getz Museum? I propose that we create our own Straight Bourbon Hall of Fame to honor those persons who have made the greatest contributions to the advancement of the American whiskey industry. Submit your nominations and we will compose a ballot to choose the initial class of honorees. Let's say it's a top ten.

    At this stage, let's just make nominations and avoid commenting on other people's nominations.

    I nominate (with credit to Mike for everything I have stolen from his list):

    1) James Crow: For bringing the industry into the modern world with improved sanitation, the introduction of the sour mash process, and the routine aging of his whiskey in new, charred oak barrels.

    2) George Garvin Brown: For pioneering the use of modern brand marketing techniques in his policy of selling Old Forester only in bottles to ensure its quality.

    3) E.H. Taylor: For his importance in financing and organizing many of the distilling companies of central Kentucky, and for his industry leadership in promotion of the Bottled-in-Bond Act.

    4)I W Bernheim: For his philanthropy, which helped enhance the industry's image among the public.

    5) Fredrick Stitzel: For inventing and patenting the barehouse rick system. Possibly for popularizing wheat-based bourbon.

    7) Joseph L. Beam: For the sheer number of different distilleries for which he and the seven sons he sired and trained made whiskey, and in particular for forming and leading the group that ultimately founded Heaven Hill.

    8) John Bernard Wathen: For his leadership in the distillery industry from 1863 until his death in 1919, and for popularizing the Old Grand-Dad brand.

    Obviously, I think every nomination should include a short case in support of the nominee.

    --Chuck Cowdery

  2. #2
    Bourbonian of the Year 2002 and Guru
    Join Date
    Sep 1999

    Re: Straight Bourbon Hall of Fame

    So, I guess this idea really sucks, based on the huge response?

    --Chuck Cowdery

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    Re: Straight Bourbon Hall of Fame

    I just don't feel that people want to respond based on the other Hall of Fame controversy! No one wants to offend anyone or leave any family out. Just my opinion though.


  4. #4
    The Boss
    Join Date
    Jan 2000
    Northern CA

    Re: Straight Bourbon Hall of Fame

    I actually like this idea Chuck, and hereby give it my formal blessing. If people want to rip someone saying that they didnt like what they read on Straightbourbon.com, at least they won't have to stretch to find the responsible party(s) -- nominate away, and lets have some input people! Your First Amendment rights are held in high regard here.


    Jim Butler



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