Interview with Even Kulsveen, April 8, 218

Project: Bourbon in Kentucky: Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project

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Even Kulsveen, the owner of Willett Distilling Company (otherwise known as Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd.), discusses his life in the alcohol industry and the trials of owning a family business. He talks about coming to the United States of America from Norway after traveling throughout Europe and serving in the Norwegian Merchant Marines. He discusses meeting John David Willett, through which he met the woman he would marry and have his family with, as well as how he came to buy the Willett Distilling Company from several companies that bought it at auction from Thompson Willett. He also gives some advice for his grandchildren, tells his favorite memories of the old Willett house, and tells the story of how he bought a column still that was used in a distillery in Mexico.

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2018oh217_bik051

Interviewee Name

Even Kulsveen

Interviewer Name

Britt Kulsveen

Interview Date

2018-04-08

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Kulsveen, Even Interview by Britt Kulsveen. 08 Apr. 2018. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Kulsveen, E. (2018, April 08). Interview by B. Kulsveen. Bourbon in Kentucky: Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Kulsveen, Even, interview by Britt Kulsveen. April 08, 2018, Bourbon in Kentucky: Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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