SHIVELY, Ky. — Go on any of Kentucky’s hundreds of bourbon tours and you’ll be told tales of legendary master distillers and the workers who made the industry what it is today. At Stitzel-Weller, one man is the most popular person in the building, though he’s never made a single batch.
Carroll Perry — or just “Perry” —has worked almost every job at the Shively distillery, and for years now he’s manned the front gate; keeping a watchful eye and greeting every visitor.
“I love my job,” he said, standing outside his small security hut. “It’s one of the best jobs a guy could ask for, so I just enjoy talking to people and explaining a little about bourbon to ‘em.”
Perry first got into the business when he came back from serving as an army helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Despite tour guides working him into their bourbon stories, Perry says he doesn’t plan to be history any time soon.