Kentucky Bourbon Industry

Rest Of Whiskey Storage Warehouse Collapses

Jul 4, 2018

Whiskey barrels were piled in a mountainous heap Wednesday after the rest of a whiskey storage warehouse collapsed in Kentucky, nearly two weeks after part of the decades-old structure came crashing down.

Until recently, whiskey tourists in Kentucky had been allowed to sniff the aromas of bourbon-making and sip the finished product during distillery tours. But they couldn't legally ship bottles home.  That modern-day prohibition came to an end earlier this year but was officially celebrated on Friday, when Gov. Matt Bevin and other state officials presided over the ceremonial first shipments.

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Bourbon Tourism continues to be a strong draw for Kentucky distilleries.  In fact, Buffalo Trace, a National Historic Landmark in Frankfort set a milestone for visitors this past year.

Looming Trade War, Vintage Spirits & 'Bourbon Pompeii' This Week On The Business Side

Aug 14, 2017
Buffalo Trace Distillery

We spotlight one of Kentucky's signature industries this week on the Business Side.  Justin Thompson, editor in chief of the Bourbon Review has a run down of recent headlines affecting the bourbon business.

Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery, a national historic landmark in Frankfort, welcomes thousands of visitors to its campus every year. In addition to the rolling hills, brick and limestone warehouses, and iconic water tower, tourists get to interact with some of the people dedicated to the production of Kentucky’s signature spirit. In this edition of Kentucky Adventures, 91.3 WUKY’s Alan Lytle introduces us to a man who uses his broad knowledge and family history to create the ultimate bourbon experience.

The Bourbon Review

A little over 700 bottles of very rare Old Rip Van Winkle bourbon, dating back 25 years have hit the market with the suggested retail price of $1,800 apiece.  The small batch comes from the family that produced the world renowned Pappy Van Winkle bourbon and represents some of their oldest inventory.

Parker Beam, Master Distiller Of Heaven Hill Bourbon Dies

Jan 9, 2017
Nunn Center

Parker Beam, longtime master distiller for Kentucky-based Heaven Hill Distilleries, has died after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 75.

Saving Stories: Chronicling Bourbon's Big Comeback

Sep 13, 2016
Nunn Center for Oral History

Sure, Kentucky bourbon is arguably more popular than ever, evidenced by the oft quoted statistic that there are now more bourbon barrels in the state than there are people, but that wasn't always the case.  In this episode of Saving Stories WUKY's Alan Lytle and Dr. Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries talk about the bourbon renaissance and share audio clips from the Nunn Center's ongoing Kentucky Bourbon Tales project.

Kentucky Distillers Association

This week on the Business Side Alan Lytle talks with Kentucky Distillers Association President Eric Gregory about another record-setting year of production for one of the Commonwealth's signature industries.  Eric also provides a preview of next month's Kentucky Bourbon Affair in Louisville.

KDA

Officials have broken ground on an expansion at the Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg and announced an expansion of warehouse facilities in Bullitt County.

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