The history of bourbon

Dustin Haarstad

3m 14s


Lesson Details

Did you not that not all whiskey is bourbon, but all bourbon is indeed whiskey? If you’re confused at this point and perhaps thinking, "Isn’t Bourbon just a county in Kentucky?" you’ve come to the right place. Whiskey classifications can be tricky, so to help clear things up, we’ve got a history lesson for you on America’s favorite spirit.

Dustin Haarstad, bartender and beverage director at a renowned whiskey bar, explains bourbon’s rise to prominence and the laws (yes, laws!) that determine what constitutes bourbon.

Learn hospitality skills for today’s world, including:

  • The history of bourbon and how it gained popularity in the United States
  • The distilling requirements for a whiskey to be called bourbon
  • What ingredients can and can’t be included in bourbon
  • The difference between straight and bonded bourbon

Servers and bartenders, polish your whiskey knowledge with help from the world’s best!


Dustin Haarstad

Bartender and beverage director

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