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KCTCS preparing students for the high-tech world of manufacturing (not your grandfather’s factory work)

In today’s world of work, manufacturing requires workers to be tech-savvy. This is no longer your grandfather’s dirty, dark and dangerous factory work. Today’s manufacturing facilities are bright, clean and high tech. You’re more likely to see employees using consoles to direct the work of robots, instead of doing back-breaking manual labor. The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and...

Louisville Sports Commission’s Fall Runathon returns with splash of bourbon in three-race running series

The Louisville Sports Commission’s seventh annual Fall Runathon – a popular three-race running series anchored by the spirited Urban Bourbon Half Marathon (UBHM) presented by Jim Beam® – returns in 2019 by popular demand. The LSC has released the 2019 Fall Runathon schedule, featuring the Louisville pure tap® 5K, the Norton Sports Health 10K and the UBHM that provide unique courses and quality...

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,...

Kentucky Bourbon Affair to feature exclusive private barrel picks by Hall of Fame master distillers

For the first time ever, legendary master distillers from the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame have banded together and hand-picked elite single barrels of bourbon and rye to be sold at the Kentucky Bourbon Affair closing event. This historic charitable event – called “Angel’s Fare” – also will feature a silent auction of rare whiskies, a vintage spirit tasting and an all-star lineup of Kentucky...

Beam Suntory in Clermont presented with second Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Beam Suntory in Clermont recently to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 1,025,643 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. “On behalf of Gov. Bevin and the Labor Cabinet, I would like to congratulate Beam Suntory in Clermont on earning its second Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary...

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,...

Ben Beam — yes, one of those Beams — completing UK certification program in distillation, wine, brewing

By Carol Lea Spence UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Ben Beam is a busy guy. Between shifts as a distillery operator at Michter’s Distillery in Louisville, he puts in a lot of what he calls “windshield hours” traveling back and forth to Lexington, where he is completing the University of Kentucky’s Distillation, Wine and Brewing Studies certificate program. Yes, he’s one of...

Barktown Rescue to host Little Book’s Bark Dash fundraiser Oct. 28 at Woodland Springs Golf Course

Barktown Rescue, a no-kill, non-profit 501(3)(c), hosts the Little Book’s Bark Dash 5K, sponsored by Jim Beam, Saturday, Oct 28, at Woodlawn Springs Golf Course in Bardstown. Registration begins at 7:30am, with the 5K run/jog/walk beginning at 8:30am. Online registration is $20, or $25 on race day. Deadline to register online is Oct 27. All participants receive a finisher’s medal, and awards...

Bardstown ranked on Best Small Towns list by AARP Travel website

Bardstown, Kentucky was recently ranked among the Best Small Towns in American by the AARP Travel website. Known for Bourbon production and My Old Kentucky Home, Bardstown came in at No. 10. Writers Michael Alen Connelly and Abbey Chase of Fodor’s Travel wrote about the Nelson County seat: “For a stopover in Kentucky bourbon country, it’s hard to beat Bardstown, where it’s easy to be charmed...

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,...

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...

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...

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...