Bourbon is central to the history and culture of the United States of America. As a product that is uniquely American (can only be produced in the USA), bourbon has expanded to a near $9 billion industry in Kentucky that employs more than 22,500 people. This course will take an interdisciplinary approach to studying the history, business, and science behind bourbon so that students might grasp a better understanding of the multitude of careers in the distilled spirits industry. Students will meet leaders from the industry itself, travel to distilleries in the Commonwealth, and participate alongside class visitors to better understand the science behind the spirit.
Note: Students need not be of drinking age to take the course, as the class will not include any actual tasting or consuming of alcoholic beverages.