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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...