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Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour expands with more distilleries, new look and finishing prize

Seven years ago, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association created the nation’s first and only tourism attraction to showcase its flourishing artisan distilling movement — the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour. The KDA announced on Tuesday that the thriving, groundbreaking adventure is expanding to include new spirits producers and is rewarding visitors who tour all 20 distilleries with an enhanced...

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...

Bourbon without borders – Gov. Bevin signs shipping bill, sends first bottles of signature spirits

Gov. Matt Bevin has ceremonially signed a new law that allows visitors to ship bottles of Kentucky’s signature spirit home, then joined Bourbon Barons and legislative leaders to box and dispatch the first commemorative bottles to celebrate the historic occasion. Gov. Bevin The event took place at the new Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center at the Frazier History Museum along Louisville’s famed...

Kentucky Distillers’ Association announces the opening of new satellite office in Bardstown

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that it has opened a satellite office in Bardstown as a result of the city’s renewed efforts to strengthen its focus as the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” “Our KDA staff are finding themselves more and more in Bardstown with all the new distilleries and opportunities to showcase the city’s history, culture and booming Bourbon lifestyle,”...

Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Craft Tour mark more than one million visitor for second year in a row

For the second year in a row, visitors made more than one million stops at Kentucky Bourbon Trail and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour distilleries as the thriving tourist attraction continues its record growth. Now at an all-time high of 23 participating distilleries – with more coming this summer – attendance along the amber adventure has grown by a phenomenal 314 percent in the past 10 years...

Twenty-five Kentucky craft brewers partner with Willett Distillery for barrell-aged beer showcase

By law, a charred oak barrel can only be used once to create Bourbon whiskey. But there is life after Bourbon for used barrels and recycling has never tasted so good. now, Kentucky’s craft brewers are partnering with the historic Willett Distillery for an exciting barrel reuse experiment. Twenty-five craft brewers from across the Commonwealth assembled at Willet’s Bardstown distillery Monday...

Kentucky Distillers’ Association recognizes Northern Kentucky region as newest gateway to Bourbon Trail

The Northern Kentucky region is the newest official gateway to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventures, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced Thursday. Adam Johnson, Senior Director of the KDA’s KBT experiences, said Northern Kentucky is home to five burgeoning craft distilleries and a major corridor for thousands of Bourbon visitors looking to sample the state’s signature spirit. “This...

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...

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...

Newport’s New Riff Distillery brings fresh urban spin to engrained Kentucky tradition

New Riff Distillery is located in Newport right on the Ohio River across from downtown Cincinnati. (Photo from RCN)   New Riff Distillery, which just opened this week, puts a new urban spin on an old Kentucky trade – the handcrafting of Bourbon.   New Riff Distillery is the creation of Ken Lewis, the former president of the Wine and Spirits Guild of America and the former owner of The...

Record number of visitors let the spirit lead them to Kentucky Bourbon Trail in 2013

The caption under this photo from Facebook reads: “Always Bourbon time.” (Photo from Ky. Bourbon Trail)   The Kentucky Bourbon Trail experience recorded more than 630,000 visits in 2013, a new milestone for the tour that showcases the state’s legendary Bourbon and craft distilleries.   A record 571,701 people visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour last year, and an additional...