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Bardstown’s Preservation Distillery becomes 38th member of Kentucky Distillers’ Association

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that Preservation Distillery in Bardstown is the newest and 38th member of the non-profit trade group that unites and leads Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Founder Marci Palatella said she has dreamed of opening a distillery since 1985 when she got into the spirits and wine business as a leading international distributor,...

Beth Underwood: Have a good Kentucky bourbon story you’d like to share? I’d like to hear from you

Have I told you about my family tree? We’ve got one or two real hum-dingers swinging from the branches, that’s for sure. The life and times of one cousin, in particular, has piqued the interest of us all. When his name comes up in conversation, everyone leans in a little closer, keen on catching every word. Kinda like when E.F. Hutton talks. People listen. I’m talking about none other than Bad...

LBAR announces $215.6 million in Fayette County real estate sales in first quarter 2018

Residential real estate sales by members of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of REALTORS® (LBAR) positively impacted the Fayette County economy in first quarter 2018 with 920 reported sales totaling $215,628,456. Sales continue to be a driving force in Fayette County economy. Residential sales decreased 12 percent from 1,050 sales reported in first quarter 2017 to 920 sales reported in first quarter...

VIP all-access Golden Tickets to fifth annual Bourbon Affair fantasy camp go on sale Tday at noon

A limited number of VIP all-access Golden Tickets to the fifth annual Kentucky Bourbon Affair fantasy camp will go on sale at noon EST Thursday, Feb. 1. The Kentucky Bourbon Affair event includes six days of exclusive experiences at the world’s most iconic distilleries, nightcap events featuring top chefs and the company of Bourbon Barons and Master Distillers, rare tastings and souvenir bottles. The...

O.Z. Tyler Distillery becomes newest Heritage Member of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association

O.Z. Tyler Distillery has advanced to the “Heritage” member level in the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the highest rank in the non-profit trade group representing the state’s Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. O.Z. Tyler is the KDA’s eighth Heritage member and its first since 2015. To qualify as a Heritage member, distilleries must have at least 25,000 barrels of distilled spirits...

Kentucky Distillers’ Association recognizes Northern Kentucky region as newest gateway to Bourbon Trail

The Northern Kentucky region is the newest official gateway to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventures, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced Thursday. Adam Johnson, Senior Director of the KDA’s KBT experiences, said Northern Kentucky is home to five burgeoning craft distilleries and a major corridor for thousands of Bourbon visitors looking to sample the state’s signature spirit. “This...

Kentucky Trinity: New book shines light on state favorites burgoo, barbecue and bourbon

As Kentuckians celebrate fall in the Bluegrass, it is sure they can be found at Keeneland or tailgating football games with one or more of the trinity of good taste in the Commonwealth — burgoo, barbecue and bourbon. A new book from University Press of Kentucky (UPK) by award-winning author and chef Albert W. A. Schmid serves up a feast for readers wanting to know more about these beloved and tasty...

Bluegrass Hospitality Group becomes first to select 50 barrels of Woodford Reserve private select

Lexington-based Bluegrass Hospitality Group (BHG) has become the first account in the world to pick 50 private selection barrels of bourbon from Woodford Reserve. The first private barrel selection took place in 2006 and the 50th was selected on June 30, 2017. BHG is the first Woodford Reserve account in the world to reach this milestone. The account next closest to BHG has selected 18 barrels,...

Ringleader in high-profile scheme to steal pricey Pappy Van Winkle bourbon enters plea of guilty

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The accused mastermind of a high-profile bourbon-stealing scheme in Central Kentucky has pleaded guilty in the case that garnered international attention. Gilbert “Toby” Curtsinger led the plot to steal high-priced bourbon from a pair of Kentucky distilleries. He entered the plea Wednesday in Franklin County Circuit Court to charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving...

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...

Enjoy fine art, and fine bourbon, through Oct. 7 at Maker’s Mark distillery’s ‘Chihuly at Maker’s’ exhibit

Dale Chihuly’s “Crimson and Chestnut Fiori Boat” was created specifically for the landscape at Maker’s Mark Distillery (Photo from Lebanon Tourist & Convention Commission) See the art of bourbon making and the world-renowned glass art of Dale Chihuly at a limited-run special exhibition at Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, KY. Showcasing seven dramatic large-scale...

For a deeper dive into Kentucky’s Bourbon culture, try the one-day ‘Higher Proof Expo’ experience

The Kentucky Bourbon Affair fantasy camp has unveiled a new day-long workshop packed with unique educational and tasting sessions led by top industry professionals, capped with a vintage spirits appraisal from one of the country’s top collectors.   The Higher Proof Expo will be held on Saturday, June 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Louisville Marriott East, the official host hotel for the...

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...

Rural Blog: Big bourbon making town puts brakes on new whiskey warehouses close to residential areas

A Kentucky town whose name has been almost synonymous with whiskey making has had about enough of the bourbon boom, or at least a piece of it. “The Bardstown City Council has voted down the Planning Commission’s recommendation to allow distilled spirits warehouses on agricultural tracts of 20-100 acres as a conditional use,” Randy Patrick reports for The Kentucky Standard. “Recently,...

Old Time Kentucky: Once he’s been bought, is a corrupt voter obliged to stay that way?

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist A century or so ago, vote buying was said to be as common as grocery buying in the Bluegrass State. “One 1909 estimate indicated that up to one-fourth of all votes in the average Kentucky county could be bought,” according to A New History of Kentucky by Lowell H. Harrison and James C. Klotter. “Two years later a gubernatorial candidate suggested that seventy...

Bourbon, bayou and benefit: No, not the beginning of a joke; event to support CASA

  Kentuckians will have the opportunity to celebrate Mardi Gras without going further than Lexington – and benefit a nonprofit at the same time.   Bourbon and the Bayou will include all of the necessary components for a true Mardi Gras celebration, but will blend the New Orleans event with Kentucky tradition. The event will be held Friday, Feb. 6 at The Red Mile Round Barn. All proceeds...

Clay Center’s ‘peace’ bourbon on way to D.C. to sweeten the deal for a ‘Bourbon Summit’

  By Judy Clabes Editor and publisher   A proper Bourbon Summit requires a collaborative meeting of two powerful Washington political leaders – and a unique collaborative bourbon as well.   At least that’s the way some influential Kentuckians see it.   And what better place to start than at the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship – named for Kentucky’s famed Great...

Tourism in Kentucky had a $12.5 billion impact in 2013; industry continues to grow

The economic impact of tourism in Kentucky amounted to more than $12.5 billion in 2013, state officials announced today. That’s a 2.6 percent increase from 2012.   “Our tourism industry continues to grow because Kentucky has stunning natural beauty, interesting and exciting attractions, and world class hospitality that make our visitors want to come back over and over again,” said Gov....

With move downtown, Lexington Visitors Center welcomes record number of visitors

The Lexington Visitors Center, located in downtown Lexington inside Victorian Square, welcomed a record 25,000 visitors in 2013. Officials said the proximity of the location to downtown hotels and the Lexington Convention Center, as well as a street level location in a high foot-traffic area contributed to the increase. This record visitation represents a 100 percent increase over the prior year and...