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Al Young, 77, legendary brand manager for Four Roses, died Christmas Day; arrangements pending

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association has expressed deep sadness on the sudden passing of Al Young of Four Roses, one of the industry’s most endearing ambassadors and leading historians with a wealth of industry knowledge and experience that spanned over half a century.  Young died on Christmas Day at age 77. He was born in Louisville in 1942 and joined the bourbon industry at the Louisville Seagram...

Ky Distillers’ Association designates Bardstown as “Official Gateway to Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tour”

Known as the Bourbon Capital of the World, Bardstown is the newest Official Gateway sponsor to the world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced today. With its robust mix of iconic brand destinations and smaller craft distilleries, Bardstown is a bustling hub for thousands of Bourbon visitors looking to sample the Commonwealth’s signature spirit,...

Local Talent, Bourbon take over Port Stage at Louisville’s 2018 Forecastle Festival July 13-15

Forecastle Festival’s Port Stage will take on a whole new vibe in 2018, dedicated to local musical acts, special Fireside Chats, featuring the rock stars of the bourbon industry, and up-close experiences with select national artists. Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams has curated an all-local lineup for Forecastle’s WFPK Port Stage, featuring an array of performances by Louisville...

Forecastle Festival announces 2018 bourbon lineup, with flight bar, fireside chats, Gonzo bar and more

Forecastle Festiva’s acclaimed Kentucky Bourbon Trail outpost, The Forecastle Bourbon Lodge, will return in 2018 with a unique lineup of offerings, education and entertainment. Set to take place July 13-15 at Waterfront Park in Louisville, Forecastle will feature a diverse collection of Kentucky Bourbon Trail brands, offering dozens of selections within the Forecastle Bourbon Lodge experience,...

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...

Old Kentucky Garden Party fundraiser set for My Old Kentucky Home State Park on April 27

The Kentucky State Parks Foundation, in partnership with Preservation Kentucky, will host the second annual “An Old Kentucky Garden Party” on April 27 at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown. This fundraiser for the two organizations features Southern hors d’oeuvres; Mint Juleps and Kentucky spirits from Barton 1792, Four Roses and Maker’s Mark Distilleries; and the King’s Highway...

See KY: Bourbon, wine and … shoes? Varied offerings make Bullitt Co. unique destination

Visitors can take a guided tour of the Jim Beam American Stillhouse, an official stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Tour. (Photo from KentuckyTourism.com)   By Marty Rosen Special to KyForward   Not long ago, at a late summer potluck barbecue, the wine selection had prestigious leanings: Oregon Pinot Noir, French Rhone, Australian Shiraz. Into that mix I quietly slipped a few bottles made from...

It’s bourbon vs. beer as Kentucky, Wisconsin governors bet on Friday’s Final Four matchup

The governors from Kentucky and Wisconson are wagering on their home teams in Saturday’s NCAA Final Four men’s basketball game.   Kentucky Gov. Beshear bet a fully stocked Kentucky bourbon bar that the University of Kentucky Wildcats will win, while Gov. Scott Walker offered Wisconsin beer, bratwursts and cheese for a Wisconsin Badgers victory.   “We’ll look forward to grilling...

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...

Mash Appeal: Kentucky Bourbon Trail sets attendance record, has ‘special year’ in 2012

More than 500,000 people visited Kentucky Bourbon Trail distilleries in 2012, the first time that the state tourism attraction has broken the half-million mark since its inception in 1999.   The new attendance record of 509,292 is a 15 percent increase over 2011, with travelers from all 50 states and more than 50 countries making the iconic Bluegrass journey, said Adam Johnson, director of the...