Rick Howlett http://weku.fm en Soon To Be Big In Japan, Jim Beam's Roots To Stay In Kentucky http://weku.fm/post/soon-be-big-japan-jim-beams-roots-stay-kentucky In a $16 billion deal this week, Japanese beverage giant Suntory announced it plans to purchase Beam Inc., the maker of Jim Beam bourbon and the owner of other popular bourbon brands like Maker's Mark.<p>Those and most other bourbons are made in Kentucky, and the deal has some hoping the drink's growth in the global market won't come at the expense of its uniquely Kentucky heritage.<p>For more than a century, Suntory has been in the beer and spirits industry in Japan, but what many Americans think of when they hear the name is the scene from the 2003 film <em>Lost in Translation</em>, in which Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:04:00 +0000 Rick Howlett 54361 at http://weku.fm Soon To Be Big In Japan, Jim Beam's Roots To Stay In Kentucky Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee Laid to Rest in Frankfort http://weku.fm/post/distiller-emeritus-elmer-t-lee-laid-rest-frankfort <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">A longtime Kentucky bourbon maker who’s credited with helping spark the industry’s comeback has been laid to rest. Elmer T. Lee died last week in Frankfort at the age of 93. Lee was the master distiller emeritus at Buffalo Trace Distillery. His most notable contribution to the bourbon industry came in 1984, when he introduced Blanton’s, a single-barrel brand of bourbon.&nbsp;&nbsp; The introduction sparked a trend toward small-batch bourbons that revived the industry. <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/buffalo-trace-master-distiller-emeritus-elmer-t-lee-laid-rest-frankfort" target="_blank">&nbsp;Read more..</a></p><p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 18:28:11 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 47496 at http://weku.fm Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee Laid to Rest in Frankfort How Louisville Went From 'Little Brother' To Powerhouse http://weku.fm/post/how-louisville-went-little-brother-powerhouse University of Louisville fans have had a lot to cheer about lately — and not just basketball.<p>Monday's big victory by Louisville's men's basketball team over Michigan is just the latest success for the school and for an athletic department that is quickly becoming one of the country's most admired.<p>In January, the football team upset fourth-ranked Florida to win the Sugar Bowl, and coach Charlie Strong turned down a lucrative offer from the University of Tennessee to continue rebuilding the Louisville program.<p>Louisville also fields some of the nation's best teams in other sports, like s Tue, 09 Apr 2013 21:19:00 +0000 Rick Howlett 42479 at http://weku.fm How Louisville Went From 'Little Brother' To Powerhouse The Modjeska: A Star On Stage, Sweetly Remembered http://weku.fm/post/modjeska-star-stage-sweetly-remembered In the back room of Muth's Candies in Louisville, Ky., Jonathon Skaggs and Bobby Masterson are busy dipping marshmallows into a copper pot.<p>The pot is filled with a top-secret hot caramel mixture. Skaggs and Masterson tap the excess golden caramel off each candy before placing it on a board to cool.<p>Masterson says it's a rhythm repeated hundreds of times each day.<p>"They're good ... they're a big-time seller in here in Kentucky, especially right here in Louisville," Masterson says. Sat, 21 Jul 2012 10:06:00 +0000 Rick Howlett 29937 at http://weku.fm The Modjeska: A Star On Stage, Sweetly Remembered I'll Have Another Wins Preakness http://weku.fm/post/ill-have-another-wins-preakness Kentucky Derby winner I&rsquo;ll Have Another has captured the second jewel of racing&rsquo;s Triple Crown, overtaking Bodemeister at the finish line to win the 137<sup>th</sup>Preakness Stakes.<p>I&rsquo;ll Have Another now has a chance to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.&nbsp; The final leg of the series is the Belmont Stakes in three weeks.<p>As he did in the Derby,&nbsp; I&rsquo;ll Have Another came on strong in the stretch to edge out Bodemeister, who led for most of both races.&nbsp; &nbsp;<p>The third-place Preakness finisher was Creative Cause.&nbsp;&nbsp; Mon, 21 May 2012 13:31:25 +0000 Rick Howlett 26790 at http://weku.fm