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Louisville’s Kentucky Bourbon Affair to combine with Bourbon & Beyond festival for 2020 event series

The Kentucky Bourbon Affair announced last week it is moving the five-day fantasy camp to September next year to become the opening act for the growing Bourbon & Beyond festival. Created in 2014 by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the KBA features one-of-a-kind experiences at the state’s distilleries by day, followed by nightcap events that showcase Louisville’s “foodie” and cocktail...

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 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...

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...

Beshear says Kentucky accomplished much
in 2014, sees “great momentum” for 2015

Gov. Steve Beshear has released what he considers Kentucky’s Top 10 accomplishments of 2014. Following are some of the highlights:   1. Record-setting new business investment   Kentucky’s manufacturing, service and technology sectors announced more than 350 new location and expansion projects, which are projected to create nearly 15,000 jobs and more than $3.7 billion in new investment....

A Tall Order: Now’s time to strengthen white oak population for bourbon, other industries

White oak used to make staves for bourbon barrel production must be of high quality. White oak trees that are hollow or crooked cannot be used. (Photo from University of Kentucky Department of Forestry Extension)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   While bourbon is made primarily from corn, there is another commodity that gives Kentucky’s signature spirit its color and, most...

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’...

Dessert cookbook helps foodies flambé
away with Kentucky’s signature libation

See recipes below   France is famous for wine, and its cuisine makes excellent use of the nation’s signature libation. From boeuf bourguignon and coq au vin to classic sauces, wine is an integral part of French cooking.   Similarly, beer is at the center of German culture, and no Oktoberfest would be complete without bratwurst and onions cooked in beer.   And in American culture?...

Made in Kentucky? The Bluegrass State manufactures more than just great bourbon

(Photo from Think Kentucky)   Staff report   What do Reynolds Wrap, Hot Pockets, Post-it Notes, Airheads and Gorilla Glass have in common?   They are all manufactured in Kentucky.   That’s right … it turns out Kentucky produces more than great bourbon (not to mention champion Thoroughbreds). In fact, the Bluegrass State is home to more than 4,000 manufacturers and, as...

Is it really all that weird that there are more barrels of bourbon than people in Kentucky?

Your home state is special, says The Huffington Post in an article titled, “The 1 weirdest thing you never knew about your home state.”   But forget “the Great State of…” nonsense, writer Todd Van Luling goes on to say. Your home state is weird, maybe even weirder than you realize. For all the proud historical landmarks achieved by your state’s leaders, there...

Eastern Kentucky can be tourism hot spot,
but multiple strategies needed, study shows

Eastern Kentucky can become an appealing regional destination for visitors from Kentucky and surrounding states, but making that happen will require long-term commitments from the private and public sectors to develop the tourism attractions that would be necessary, according to a recent study by the Kentucky Chamber Foundation.   “A destination that features gorgeous scenery, bluegrass music,...

Mack McCormick: What makes bourbon bourbon? Get answers in new travel guide

Kentucky may be horse-racing and basketball country, but when it comes to your taste buds, the Bluegrass State is a bourbon-lover’s paradise. From mint juleps at the Kentucky Derby to a classic old-fashioned at Louisville’s famed Pendennis Club, no spirit is more associated with a state than bourbon with the Commonwealth. Since the founding of the Bourbon Trail in 1999, bourbon has become more...

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...