Matt Jamie, Bourbon Barrel Foods, Owner Talks with Preston Van Winkle, Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery


DATED March, 15 2024

Matt Jamie, the Owner of Bourbon Barrel Foods, and Preston Van Winkle from Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery settle into their conversation, surrounded by the rich aroma of Bluegrass Soy Sauce aging in bourbon barrels. They delve into the intricacies of their Kentucky-based brands, each one steeped in tradition and craftsmanship. They reflect on the delicate balance between supply and demand in the world of premium bourbon and artisan foods. Sharing stories of their journey in the industry, they find common ground in their passion for creating exceptional products that embody the essence of Kentucky’s proud bourbon heritage. The conversation becomes a meeting of minds and a celebration of the artistry and dedication that goes into crafting each bottle of their renowned product.


Julian III never insisted Preston Van Winkle join the family business. After Preston attended the 1999 Kentucky Bourbon Festival with the entire Van Winkle family, he saw a side of bourbon he hadn’t yet seen. He finished his college degree and joined his dad in the distillery in 2001, doubling the size of the sales team at The Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery. Learn more about Old Rip Van Winkle Fine Bourbon ….  

Innovation is at the heart of Bourbon Barrel Foods, and Matt Jamie is the visionary behind it all. With a passion for crafting artisan foods, Matt’s creativity knows no bounds. Through dedication and hard work, he has established himself as a true pioneer of artisan foods. His passion for innovation shines through in every product, inviting food lovers everywhere to experience the flavors of Bourbon Barrel Foods.

Bourbon Barrel Foods The Beginners mindset Bluegrass Soy Sauce Matt Jamie Quote Not knowing what to be afraid of has allowed me to move quickly and without fear. Matt Jamie started Bourbon Barrel Foods with the single idea – brew soy sauce in spent bourbon barrels.