Netflix, which used Lexington as the backdrop for “The Queen’s Gambit” last year, is bringing a different side of Kentucky to the screen.
“Heist,” a new documentary show, is taking on Pappygate, the story of the theft of tens of thousands of dollars of Pappy Van Winkle and Wild Turkey bourbons.
The six-episode series, which debuts on July 14, chronicles three of the biggest heists in modern American history, through interviews and re-enactments.
The episodes dealing with Pappygate are 5 and 6 and are called “The Bourbon King.”
The bourbon thefts, which made headlines in The Washington Post, New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, is the story of Gilbert “Toby” Curtsinger, the Kentucky father who pleaded guilty in 2018 stealing bottles of the ultra premium bourbon from Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, where he had worked for 26 years.
Curtsinger, along with former Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton, appear in the documentary.
As Melton says in the trailer for the streaming television series, “Golly, you can’t make this up.”
Buffalo Trace Distillery did not participate in the filming of the episodes and had no comment on the series.