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Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep celebrates 50th anniversary of Kentucky Derby’s first female jockey

It’s been 50 years since jockey Diane Crump became the first female to ride in the Kentucky Derby — and this year’s Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup program celebrates that milestone. Crump rode Fathom in the 1970 Derby and, although the thoroughbred finished 15th, the jockey rode into history. Crump lives in Virginia and remains involved in the horse industry. “The $1,000 Mint Julep...

Kentucky Association of Manufacturers announces 2019 Manufacturers of the Year, Employee of the Year

The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) have announced the winners of its 19th Annual Manufacturer of the Year Awards and Employee of the Year awards. The awards were presented at KAM’s Excellence in Manufacturing Summit in Lexington. The Manufacturer of the Year Awards were made possible by Brown-Forman, and the Employee of the Year Award was made possible by the Kentucky Community and Technical...

Community Ticket Grant program connects local nonprofits with Actors Theatre of Louisville

Actors Theatre of Louisville has announced the return of the popular Community Ticket Grant program for the 2019–20 Season, sponsored in part by Brown-Forman. This local initiative extends the opportunity to experience Actors Theatre’s vibrant programming to any Louisville and Southern Indiana community groups and 501(c)(3) organizations that are interested in sharing theatrical experiences with...

Local community groups, charities invited to apply for Actors Theatre’s community ticket grant

Actors Theatre of Louisville has announced the return of its successful Community Ticket Grant program for the 2018-19 season, sponsored in part by Brown-Forman and Hogan Lovells. This city-wide initiative extends the opportunity to experience Actors Theatre’s vibrant programming to any members of Louisville and Southern Indiana’s community groups and 501(c)(3) charities, which for various reasons...

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 Bourbon Hall of Fame inducts three, presents Samuels with lifetime achievement award

The esteemed Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame Wednesday inducted three individuals into its hallowed ranks and bestowed its prestigious Parker Beam Lifetime Achievement Award on one of the most monumental icons in the modern era of Bourbon. “This year’s inductees are joined by the fact that they’re all leading figures behind the growing global renaissance of Kentucky Bourbon,” said Eric Gregory,...

Leaders from Amazon, Brown-Forman high speakers at fourth annual Leadership Louisville Center Summit

For the fourth year, the Leadership Louisville Center’s Leadership Summit on March 9, 2017 will attract hundreds from the Louisville region for a day of learning, discovery and connection around the theme Leading for the Future. PNC Bank is the presenting sponsor for the Summit, which will be from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, 501 W. Main St., Louisville,...

Brown-Forman’s Morris named new chairman for Kentucky Distillers’ Association for 2016

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced Tuesday that Master Distiller Chris Morris of Brown-Forman has been named chairman of the 136-year-old group that unites, promotes and protects the state’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Morris, an acknowledged authority on Bourbon and Kentucky history who is celebrating his 40th year in the industry, will serve through December...

Millions of dollars in state money made available to help Kentucky’s bourbon industry grow, expand

Special to KyForward As the popularity of Kentucky bourbon has grown, distillery production has increased and more tourists are interested in visiting the state’s distilleries. In response, state government is making millions of dollars available to distilleries to help build and expand to increase production and provide visitors’ centers at the distilleries, according to the Ethics Reporter,...

First female Master Distiller helping bring back Golden Age of state’s signature spirit

Master Distiller Marianne Barnes speaks to the crowd at a bourbon-tasting in Newport. (Photos by Shelly Whitehead)   By Shelly Whitehead Special to KyForward   From all outward appearances, Marianne Barnes would seem to be an unlikely candidate to be the world’s first female bourbon master distiller since Prohibition.   This lithe 28-year-old woman grew up in a dry county outside Louisville...

Four Kentucky companies ranked among nation’s best for LGBT workplace equality

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, released the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, an annual report assessing LGBT inclusion in major companies and law firms across the nation, including four in Kentucky.   (Image from HRC.com) Corporate America, propelled by the HRC and its foundation’s annual Corporate...

Brown-Forman bringing Old Forester back to Louisville’s Whiskey Row with new distillery

More bourbon is coming back to Louisville’s historic Whiskey Row. Governor Steve Beshear and Mayor Greg Fischer today announced Brown-Forman Corp. plans to build an Old Forester Distillery in Jefferson County.   Brown-Forman is expected to create up to 20 new jobs and invest approximately $30 million into the project.   “This expansion, including 20 new jobs and more than $30 million...

200-year-old story of signature industry finally being told in Kentucky Bourbon Tales

    By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward   In a state where there are more barrels of bourbon than people, it’s no surprise the spirit has a major impact on the Commonwealth’s culture and economy.   In celebration of this signature industry’s historical significance and the growing popularity of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure, the University of Kentucky Louie...