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Castle & Key The Untold Story of Kentucky Whiskey Chapter 3


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Brack Beverly was born enslaved, but his journey to freedom is a testament to resilience and determination. He played a significant role in the history of Kentucky and the bourbon industry. Not knowing how to read or write, Brack enlisted as a Union soldier in the 12th U.S. Regiment Heavy Artillery organized at Camp Nelson. Post-war, his expertise in agriculture proved invaluable as he worked many years helping to perfect the art of bourbon-making

As a freed man, Brack dedicated his life to mastering the craft of distilling and worked as a mash hand until his passing in 1913. It’s no secret that working with the mash is critical competent of the distilling process. Brack’s story, along with his family members, who saved as firemen, coopers, leak hunters, and more, are a part of the rich history of KY pioneers.

Today, we honor Brack Beverly and countless other African Americans who played a vital role in shaping the legacy we celebrate. By sharing their stories, we pay tribute to their ingenuity and unwavering spirit. Let us raise our glasses high in honor of their legacies and continue to preserve their untold stories for future generations.