George Garvin Brown – The Bourbon Pioneer
One of our Whiskey Row bow ties is named in honor of George Garvin Brown, the man who helped craft Kentucky’s bourbon industry into the form it takes today.
Back in the mid 1800’s, bourbon was made in single-barrel batches and sold out of the barrel, which allowed nefarious sellers to use all kinds of different substances to fill up the barrel. This included everything from rattlesnake heads to tobacco spit.
George Garvin had the idea that bourbon should be sold only in glass bottles, as a way of ensuring quality. He partnered with his brother and with accountant George Forman in 1870 to form “Brown-Forman and Company,” and built the firm’s headquarters on Louisville’s Whiskey Row.
Nearly 150 years later, Brown-Forman is one of the strongest distillery brands in the country, bottling bourbons like Old Forester, Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniel’s, and many more.
StoryWood’s George Garvin wooden bow tie is made from the original floor joists of Whiskey Row, meaning that the wood in this bow tie is also 150 years old. What story are you wearing?