Interview with Mark Brown, April 30, 2009

Project: Bourbon in Kentucky: Buffalo Trace Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Mark Brown is the president and C.E.O. of the Sazerac Company, parent company of Buffalo Trace. Brown grew up in a small town in England where his parents owned a pub, later coming to the United States, where he took a position with Sazerac. In this interview, Brown explains that he came to Kentucky to work with Sazerac's holding, Buffalo Trace, which was struggling during the bourbon industry's downturn in the 1970s and 1980s. He describes the restoration of the distillery and lists the successes it has since enjoyed. Brown talks about Buffalo Trace's commitment to innovation and mentions its development of experimental bourbons. He also describes the distillery's effort to preserve the historic architecture on the site. Brown discusses the future of Buffalo Trace and the bourbon industry's potential for success in international markets. In addition, he explains the benefits that bourbon tourism and the growth of the industry could have for the state of Kentucky.

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2009oh170_bik011

Interviewee Name

Mark Brown

Interviewer Name

Thomas Troland

Interview Date

2009-04-30

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Brown, Mark Interview by Thomas Troland. 30 Apr. 2009. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Brown, M. (2009, April 30). Interview by T. Troland. Bourbon in Kentucky: Buffalo Trace Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Brown, Mark, interview by Thomas Troland. April 30, 2009, Bourbon in Kentucky: Buffalo Trace Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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