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Social responsibility impact report highlights KDA’s efforts to craft better drinking culture

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association released its first-ever social responsibility impact report that outlines the group’s significant progress since boosting its leadership and commitment to this top industry priority two years ago. The report, titled “Crafting A Better Drinking Culture,” reflects on the progress made with key stakeholders towards the industry’s data-driven efforts to reduce...

Safe Ride KY offers $10,000 worth of free rides to prevent impaired driving during Independence Day

The Safe Ride KY coalition has announced that it is offering Kentuckians $10,000 worth of free rides to prevent impaired driving and complement the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety’s enforcement efforts during Independence Day. Individuals can claim $10 in ride credits by downloading the Lyft app on their phones, entering promo code SAFERIDEKY4TH19, and ordering a safe ride home. The credit will...

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...

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,...

KDA, Better Drinking Culture announce partnership to launch responsible retailing program

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association and Better Drinking Culture have announced their partnership to launch a responsible retailing program that will audit and recognize distilleries’ best practices in operations and marketing. The program is intended to help distillers provide memorable experiences and mitigate alcohol-related harms. Visitor centers that successfully complete an audit of its best...

Tickets now available for The Mocktail Project’s second annual ‘A Drink for You’ event March 12

Tickets are now available for The Mocktail Project’s second annual “A Drink for You” event, designed to celebrate mixology’s role in creating safer, more inclusive social settings. The event will run from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, at the Frazier History Museum. Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased online at themocktailproject.com. The program – which features...

Kentucky Distillers’ Association announces Rick Robinson as chairman of Board of Directors for 2019

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association has announced that Rick Robinson, Vice President of Product Supply Chain at Campari America, has been named chairman of the historic group’s Board of Directors for 2019. This marks the second time Robinson has served as chairman of the non-profit trade group that unites, promotes, protects and elevates the state’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry....

Kentucky Distillers’ Association, The Mocktail Project use ‘Mocktober’ to promote inclusion of non-drinkers

For the second straight year, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association and The Mocktail Project have declared this week “Mocktober” to promote inclusion of non-drinkers and empower more mindful consumption. Through Sunday, Kentuckians are encouraged to visit more than 20 participating bars, restaurants and distilleries to enjoy a non-alcoholic “mocktail” or craft their own at home using recipes...

As Kentucky’s Bourbon Heritage Month closes, aging inventory reaches a record 7.5 million barrels

As the Commonwealth closes out Kentucky Bourbon Heritage Month, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced that the state’s aging Bourbon inventory has reached 7.5 million barrels, the most since 1972. The total number of all barrels – including Bourbon, brandy and other spirits – reached 8.1 million, the most since 1971. The tax assessed value also hit a record high – $3 billion...

Lexington’s James E. Pepper Distillery becomes 39th member of Kentucky Distillers’ Association

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association has announced that the historic James E. Pepper Distillery in Lexington is the newest and 39th member of the non-profit trade group that unites and leads Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Located in the heart of Lexington’s vibrant Distillery District, the restored Pepper distillery began production in December 2017 after more than...

Opening of Castle & Key Distillery, $30m renovation, bring new life to former Old Taylor Distillery Co. site

At the opening of Castle & Key Distillery this week, Gov. Matt Bevin congratulated the company’s leaders on their $30 million renovation and welcomed the public’s return to the restored, long-dormant grounds of the former Old Taylor Distillery Co. in Woodford County. Gov. Matt Bevin cuts the ribbon to signal the opening of Castle & Key Distillery on the historic former site of the Old Taylor...

Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame to induct three new members, honor Lifetime Achievement recipient

The Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame will induct three individuals into its hallowed ranks on Sept. 14 in Louisville and bestow its prestigious Parker Beam Lifetime Achievement Award on one of the industry’s most successful leaders, visionaries and champions. “This year’s class truly shows the diversity of personas behind the growing Golden Age of Kentucky Bourbon, from a beloved tour guide whose...

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...

Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame annual induction set for Sept. 14 at Frazier History Museum in Louisville

Members of the general public will be able to rub elbows with Bourbon royalty and living whiskey legends at the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame annual induction ceremony. A limited amount of tickets are available now at www.kybourbonfestival.com for the luncheon event on Sept. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Louisville’s Frazier History Museum. Tickets are $100 and include lunch, drinks and...

‘Spirit of Collaboration Summit’ in KY: International group approves ‘open and fair trade’ resolution

Executives with the world’s top whiskey associations today called upon global leaders to engage in timely dialogue that results in the prompt removal of recent tariffs between long-time friends and allies, particularly those imposed on spirits exports.  At the “W9 – Spirit of Collaboration Summit,” hosted by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, representatives from nine international whiskey...

Trade groups to gather in Kentucky as Trump’s tariffs threaten risky business for the whiskey business

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Whiskey trade groups from around the world will converge on the birthplace of bourbon this week to discuss their concerns about a possible global trade war being stoked by the Trump administration. Tariffs have already been imposed on bourbon in some overseas markets and, according to Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers Association, they’re...

Leading whisky association representatives to gather in Louisville for ‘W8 – Spirit of Collaboration Summit’

The world’s eight leading whiskey associations will gather in Kentucky next week for a historic summit to discuss trade issues that threaten the growth of the international industry. The “W8 – Spirit of Collaboration Summit” is being hosted and coordinated by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, a non-profit trade group founded in 1880 as the Commonwealth’s voice for bourbon and distilled...

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 Bourbon Affair fantasy camp to feature Kentucky Proud products June 5-10

Kentucky Proud, which markets farm-fresh fare and ingredients from across the Bluegrass, will showcase the state’s top agricultural offerings and talented local chefs at June’s Kentucky Bourbon Affair fantasy camp June 5-10. The Kentucky Bourbon Affair is an intimate six-day exploration into the state’s signature spirit with more than 40 events featuring behind-the-scenes tours, private barrel...

Bardstown’s Preservation Distillery becomes 38th member of Kentucky Distillers’ Association

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that Preservation Distillery in Bardstown is the newest and 38th member of the non-profit trade group that unites and leads Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Founder Marci Palatella said she has dreamed of opening a distillery since 1985 when she got into the spirits and wine business as a leading international distributor,...