Bourbon On The Telly

by Kentucky For Kentucky on
NBC is developing a bourbon-themed comedy set in Kentucky

Kentucky and everybody’s favorite Kentucky export, bourbon, might be about to infiltrate living rooms across the land in a big way.


According to, NBC is developing a half-hour comedy called Sour Mash about a bourbon-obsessed Latina chemist from Brooklyn who is recruited to become the master distiller at a failing family-owned distillery here in the Bluegrass.


“She finds that making great bourbon is easy compared to dealing with the eccentric family that hired her,” says Deadline.



The show’s writers/creators are Mike Gagerman and Andrew Waller (pictured above), real-life friends best known for the 2014 movie Search Party and the direct-to-DVD banger American Pie: Beta House, so we’ll hold off on giving it the KY for KY seal of approval until we see it.


At the very least, they better film it here and there definitely better not be any of those 15-minute Lexington-to-Harlan drives like in Justified. Get it right, Hollyweird!



Did you know that MILK is currently Kentucky’s official state beverage? That’s pretty insane. Ain’t nobody making TV shows about Kentucky milk. This is bourbon country. Defend the Commonwealth! Check out, sign, and share our petition to put bourbon on the throne where it belongs.


A newly public film illuminates Wendell Berry's vital essay in the aftermath of 9/11

Shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Kentucky author and farmer Wendell Berry attempted to make sense of that unsensible event and the foolish self-righteousness that allowed it to happen in a 27-part essay entitled “Thoughts in the Presence of Fear”.


“What leads to peace,” Berry wrote, “is not violence but peaceableness, which is not passivity, but an alert, informed, practiced, and active state of being.”


In the now-famous essay, Berry also reiterated his lifelong warnings against centralized economies, specialized “educations”, thoughtless political rhetoric, environmental disrespect, waste, and scapegoating of minorities.


Years later, filmmaker Herb E. Smith of Appalshop–the groundbreaking media, arts, and education center in Whitesburg, Ky.–juxtaposed Berry’s words with scenes of rural Kentucky and clips from an in-depth interview about the process of writing in response to crisis and the essay’s continued relevancy.


Today, for the first time, Appalshop has made this work publicly accessible. Kentucky for Kentucky is proud to share it with you.



It’s tailgating season, y’all! The weather may be getting cold, but you’re gonna want your beer to be colder! This Friday, September 8th at 10am we’re launching these old-school can coolers, available in “Y’ALL” and “Heaven Must Be A Kentucky Kind Of Place” designs!


How many do YOU know?

Kentucky is chock-full of oddities you just won’t find anywhere else. Ask some West Coast hippie for a hot bowl of goo goo stew and chances are they won’t have any idea what you’re talking about. But that’s OK. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Test your Kentucky IQ by seeing how many of these under-the-radar people, places, and things you’re familiar with. Who knows? You might even learn something new.


How’d you do? If you recognized 16 or more, CONGRATULATIONS! You’re a real Kentucky Colonel! 15 or less? Sorry, bub. You ain’t from around here.