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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...

Letcher County’s Kentucky Mist Moonshine becomes 28th member of Kentucky Distillers’ Association

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that Kentucky Mist Moonshine in Letcher County is the newest and 28th member of the non-profit trade group that unites and leads the state’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Owner Colin Fultz has drawn upon his grandfather Henry Holbrook’s bootlegging history in the hills of Appalachia to create flavored moonshines using locally...

Bourbon trailblazer Stevens recognized for role in transforming state Bourbon tourism industry

Peggy Noe Stevens, a renowned image branding consultant who has helped transform Kentucky’s Bourbon tourism industry, received the third annual “Lois Mateus Networking Award” Wednesday for her decades of hospitality and professional prowess. During her 27-year career, Stevens has served as the world’s first female Master Bourbon Taster, built tourism destinations for famous distilleries, authored...

Kentucky bourbon inventory sets 40-year record with 5.7 million barrels in warehouses

Kentucky has 5.7 million barrels bourbon in inventory, the highest since 1975.(KyForward file photo)   Kentucky’s inventory of aging bourbon barrels set a 40-year high in 2014, with 5.7 million charred oak casks “sleeping” in Bluegrass warehouses, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced today.   “The last time Kentucky had this much bourbon, Jimmy Hoffa was still...

Bourbon Bonanza: State’s signature industry smashes records, makes mark on economy

In the time it takes to age a Kentucky straight bourbon – that’s two years – the state’s bourbon industry has nearly doubled its workforce, tripled its number of distilleries, and set new modern records for exports and barrel inventories.   These are among the findings of a new economic impact study of the distilling industry announced today by Gov. Steve Beshear and the Kentucky Distillers’...

Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame inducts late Margie Samuels who made mark with Maker’s

Performance painter Arron Kizer, with back to camera, and cellist Adam Rafery created a unique portrait of Margie Mattingly Samuels at her induction into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. (Photo provided)   Margie Mattingly Samuels, who created the distinctive name, cutting-edge design and iconic red wax of her family’s Maker’s Mark distillery, was inducted this month as the newest member...

Suntory Holdings to acquire Beam – including Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam brands – for $16B

Suntory Holdings Limited and Beam Inc. today jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Suntory will acquire all outstanding shares of Beam for $83.50 per share in cash or total consideration of approximately $16 billion, including the assumption of Beam’s outstanding net debt.   The transaction consideration represents a 25 percent premium to Beam’s...

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...

Kentucky Bourbon Trail turns 14; celebrates with launch of new digital app and website

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail celebrated its 14th birthday today with a present for Bourbon lovers everywhere – a new digital application and website to help navigate the iconic journey and keep track of favorite brands.   The free app is available on Apple’s iTunes Store by searching “Kentucky Bourbon Trail” or by clicking here. The redesigned website is here.   “It’s amazing...

Surging bourbon industry hits million-barrel mark in 2012 for the first time in 40 years

For the first time since 1973, Kentucky’s iconic Bourbon distilleries produced one million barrels of amber nectar in 2012, offering further proof that the industry is enjoying a historic renaissance not seen in decades.   “This is an incredible milestone that’s been 40 years in the making,” said Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association that promotes and protects...

Bardstown – birthplace of bourbon – named official trailhead of Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Bardstown, known as the Bourbon Capital of the World, has been designated the first-ever “Official Trailhead of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail” to showcase its rich history surrounding America’s only native spirit.   Adam Johnson, Director of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, said Bardstown is a major launching point for thousands of Kentucky Bourbon Trail visitors looking to sample the spirit of...