Bourbon Heritage Month: Festival, proclamation highlight impact of native spirit on state’s economy

As the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival kicks off in Bardstown, Gov. Matt Bevin praised Kentucky’s $8.5 billion Bourbon industry for its growing impact on the state’s economy and notable boost to tourism, declaring September “Bourbon Heritage Month” in the Commonwealth. “Kentucky’s historic Bourbon industry is currently enjoying tremendous growth. The love of Bourbon is quickly becoming...

Longtime KFB governmental affairs specialist Alvey joins Kentucky Distillers’ Association

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced that Bryan Alvey, a respected governmental affairs specialist with more than 15 years’ experience in legislative advocacy, has joined the organization as Senior Director of Governmental and External Affairs. Alvey, 45, comes to the KDA from the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, where he has been Director of Local Affairs and Policy Development since...

Wilderness Trail Distillery to add new jobs in Danville on $10 million expansion project

Wilderness Trail Distillery, a producer of bourbon, rye whiskey, vodka and rum, will increase capacity at its Boyle County facility by six fold with a $9.91 million investment and 10 new jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin announced. “Wilderness Trail’s expansion will create exciting opportunities for people in the Boyle County area and beyond, not only in relation to new jobs, but in attracting new visitors...

Kentucky Distillers Association promotes Baldwin, announces other changes in staff duties

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association, a non-profit trade group that promotes, protects and elevates the Commonwealth’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry, today announced several changes to its growing staff. Kristin Baldwin has been promoted to Senior Director of Governmental and External Affairs. She will oversee all governmental and regulatory affairs, member services, public relations...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Alltech’s Town Branch bourbon provides a real taste of Kentucky

Alltech’s Lexington Brewing & Distilling Company, the home of Town Branch, has been brewing award winning beers since 2000. With the addition of their distillery, Town Branch gives you a taste of Kentucky! Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as natives Bob Shrader...

Kentucky Bourbon boom adds $1 billion to state economy along with 2,000 jobs over two-year period

Kentucky’s skyrocketing Bourbon industry shows no signs of slowing down, as the signature spirit increased its economic output by $1 billion in the last two years alone and added another 2,000 distillery-related jobs to its workforce, according to a new study released Tuesday. Kentucky Bourbon now pours $8.5 billion each year into the state’s economy, generates as many as 17,500 good-paying jobs...

Kentucky by Heart: ‘Talk Bourbon to Me’ takes something old and gives it a fresh spin

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Lexington author Beth Underwood has shown that she’s capable of turning up her writing intensity to a high level; she can turn it down and soften the tone, too, especially after she takes a little time to cool down. Where her previous book was hard-hitting and full of the pathos of war, her newest, Talk Bourbon to Me: A Whiskey Lover’s Guide to Kentucky’s...

Tourists spent $13.7 billion in Kentucky last year — here are some top destinations

By Claire A. Johnson KyForward intern Tourists spent $13.7 billion in Kentucky in 2015, an increase of 5 percent over 2014, and the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet predicts that trend will continue this year. The state’s natural wonders and location are major factors in drawing visitors, according to Laura Brooks, deputy communication director in the office of communications for the...

Rural Blog: Recent elections reveal prohibition gradually dying out in rural Kentucky

Kentucky is home to the Bourbon Trail of distilleries, but its Baptist plurality has long made it a state where most counties are “dry,” and voting “wet” meant not just legal beer (as in Tennessee) but also whiskey, perhaps due to the liquor lobby’s influence. The state has become much wetter over the last 25 years, and the trend appears to be accelerating, as two small,...