Dailey is president of the Kentucky Distillers Association. He discusses the association, the Kentucky Fair Trade Law; Governor Chandler and the production tax; proposed legislation; and problems of the industry and their solutions.
Foote, a master distiller with Old Fitzgerald Distillery, discusses his own career development, the route to becoming a master distiller; also discusses yeast as used in the distilling process. See also the interview with Roy Hawes, Foote's predecessor.
Gootee, master distiller at Maker's Mark, Loretto, Kentucky, discusses his various jobs; talks about the government men; aging period; and yeast making.
Haney, a master distiller, is also plant manager of Seagram's Old Prentice Distillery at Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. The discussion is a general one covering the many facets of the distilling industry's history and trends, as well as his positions as master distiller, quality control, and industry by-products manager.
Dr. Hatch and Dr. Carpenter are chemists and executive director and executive director, retired from the Distillers Feed Research Council. They discuss the Council, its funding and its research projects, which include work on the B-complex vitamins, distillery by products, animal nutrition; also discusses cooperation among researchers.
Hawes was the predecessor of Edwin Foote, master distiller at Old Fitzgerald Distillery. He talks about the history of the company, brand names, the job of master distiller, labor and personnel problems.
Noe, vice president and master distiller, Jim Beam Distillery, gives a history of the company, discusses financing, bottle types, automation, and management changes and their effects. A fourth tape is a copy of a Jim Beam Company audio-visual presentation.
Interview concerns the distilling industry in general and the Seagrams company in particular; also discusses the wet-dry issue, Fred Wilkie, and ad valorem taxes.
Mr. Sipherd was a chemist for National Distillers Company. He discusses his years of employment from 1933 to the present.
Thomas, director of the laboratory at Brown-Forman distillers, emphasizes the chemistry-laboratory issues of the industry; talks about quality control, whiskey maturation; also discusses unionization and personnel issues.