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Wide-ranging class of six to be inducted into Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame Thursday

The Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame on Thursday will induct six individuals into its hallowed ranks and bestow its Parker Beam Lifetime Achievement Award on a beloved icon who patiently resurrected one of the state’s most historic distilleries and returned the family-owned brand to global prominence. A limited number of tickets are still available at www.kybourbonfestival.com for the event from 4 p.m....

September declared ‘Bourbon Heritage Month,’ celebrating Kentucky’s signature industry

September has been declared “Bourbon Heritage Month” in the Commonwealth.  “As I promote Kentucky around the world, I’m frequently asked about our historic Bourbon industry,” Gov. Matt Bevin said. “The love of Bourbon is a global phenomenon with deep roots planted in Kentucky, and the economic impact of the industry is growing rapidly.   “Kentucky’s Bourbon industry proudly employs...

Safe Ride KY offers $10,000 worth of free rides to prevent impaired driving during Independence Day

The Safe Ride KY coalition has announced that it is offering Kentuckians $10,000 worth of free rides to prevent impaired driving and complement the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety’s enforcement efforts during Independence Day. Individuals can claim $10 in ride credits by downloading the Lyft app on their phones, entering promo code SAFERIDEKY4TH19, and ordering a safe ride home. The credit will...

New study shows Kentucky’s Bourbon industry has doubled economic impact in ten years

Kentucky Distillers’ Association Ten years ago, leaders of Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry poured whiskey on the Capitol steps to protest the latest tax hike on spirits. Today, they poured Bourbon inside the Capitol to toast the industry’s epic turnaround as the industry reported on its progress. Bourbon barons joined elected officials and key business executives...

Kentucky bourbon continues to boom as September is officially declared ‘Bourbon Heritage Month’

On the heels of the new Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center opening in Louisville, Gov. Matt Bevin praised Kentucky’s signature Bourbon industry for its continued growth by declaring September as “Bourbon Heritage Month” in the Commonwealth. Click to enlarge “The roots of Kentucky’s Bourbon industry run deep, and we are pleased to recognize the contributions of this economic engine during...

‘Spirit of Collaboration Summit’ in KY: International group approves ‘open and fair trade’ resolution

Executives with the world’s top whiskey associations today called upon global leaders to engage in timely dialogue that results in the prompt removal of recent tariffs between long-time friends and allies, particularly those imposed on spirits exports.  At the “W9 – Spirit of Collaboration Summit,” hosted by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, representatives from nine international whiskey...

Bardstown’s historic Willett Distillery promotes Britt Kulsveen to president and chief whiskey officer

BARDSTOWN, Ky. – The historic Willett Distillery, family owned and operated since its founding in 1936, today announced the promotion of Kristin Martha-Britt Kulsveen to the role of President and Chief Whiskey Officer. Britt Kulsveen Kulsveen is the great-granddaughter of founder A. Lambert Willett and succeeds her mother, Martha Harriett Willett Kulsveen, as President. The landmark announcement...

Safe Ride KY coalition transports more than 700 during holiday campaign targeting drunk driving

The new Safe Ride KY coalition took more than 700 potentially impaired drivers off Kentucky roadways during its first holiday campaign, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association reported today. The program offered $20 discounts on rides through Lyft and CityScoot services between Dec. 15, 2017, and Jan. 1 using the code “SAFERIDEKY17.” All codes were quickly claimed, KDA President Eric Gregory said,...

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 welcomes Sparta’s Neeley Family Distillery as 35th member

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced Thursday that the Neeley Family Distillery in Sparta has joined its legendary ranks, as the Northern Kentucky area continues to flourish for craft distilling. The distillery is owned and operated by Royce Neeley, 25, and opened in July. Neeley’s family built the distillery and visitor center on a lot adjacent to the famed Kentucky Speedway to capitalize...

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,...

Frazier History Museum, Kentucky Distillers partner to create new Bourbon Trail Welcome Center

The Frazier History Museum and the Kentucky Distillers’ Association have finalized a partnership to mutually develop a Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center & Exhibit that will be located at the Frazier along Louisville’s famed Whiskey Row. The center will exclusively become the “Official Starting Point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Experiences” when it opens in August 2018, showcasing...

Kentucky Distillers’ Association, Bourbon Women select Wilson for Mateus Networking Award

Andrea Wilson, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Michter’s Distillery, received the fourth annual “Lois Mateus Networking Award” honoring her years of innovative and strategic leadership in Kentucky’s Bourbon industry. Wilson was the first woman to ever serve as chair of the KDA Board of Directors in 2009. She has been a member of the Board since 2005 and continues today as...

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...

Paducah’s Silent Brigade Distillery becomes 34th member of Kentucky Distillers’ Association

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced that Silent Brigade Distillery in downtown Paducah is the newest and 34th member of the non-profit trade group that unites and leads Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Silent Brigade was founded in 2014 by Keith Bundy and John Brown, co-workers and friends for more than a decade. Their skills as a boilermaker and crane operator,...

Bourbon Barrel of Compromise: Henry Clay Center, Kentucky Distillers honor former leaders Daschle, Lott

Continuing a tradition revived in 2015, the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship (HCCS) in partnership with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA) will host the second Bourbon Barrel of Compromise on June 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is the featured guest and will speak at the event. Former...

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...

Distillery Association adopts Stave & Thief Society as the state’s official Bourbon certification program

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced that the Stave & Thief Society Bourbon Certification Program is now the official Bourbon education course of the organization and its 33 members. The program was created in 2015 by the Distilled Spirits Epicenter, the KDA’s official educational member, with input from an independent advisory panel of distilling experts, historians, leaders in...

Lexington’s Bluegrass Distillers added as stop on Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tours

The iconic Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour is expanding with two new members in Lexington and Northern Kentucky, giving fans the opportunity to experience 13 distilleries on the tour that showcases the state’s burgeoning micro distilleries. Bluegrass Distillers in Lexington and Boone County Distilling Company in Independence join the fast-growing and impressive tour of Kentucky’s finest craft...

Angel’s Envy Distillery becomes latest facility added to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail experience

Angel’s Envy, Louisville’s newest distillery, is also the newest member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail experience, becoming the 10th stop on the world-famous journey that showcases the state’s signature spirit. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer made the announcement Monday at the downtown site on historic Whiskey Row, where Angel’s Envy recently opened its $27 million distillery, brand home and...