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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

Dustin Haarstad is a bartender and beverage director at the acclaimed whiskey bar Canon, and the founder of cocktail consulting company Blind Tiger Cocktail Co.

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