First female Master Distiller helping bring back Golden Age of Kentucky’s signature drink


From all outward appearances, Marianne Barnes would seem to be an unlikely candidate to be the world’s first female bourbon master distiller since Prohibition.

This lithe and lovely 28-year-old woman grew up in a dry county outside Louisville in a home where a lone bottle of Jim Beam sat unused in the cabinet, gathering dust for decades while a younger Marianne honed her chemistry skills. Full story

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