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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,...

Tickets To Kentucky Bourbon Affair’s Higher Proof Expo, set for June 9 in Louisville, on sale now

Tickets for this year’s Higher Proof Expo – a daylong, hands-on workshop packed with unique educational, culinary and tastings sessions – are now on sale, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced Thursday. This year’s innovative HPEX will be held Saturday, June 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the new Omni Hotel in downtown Louisville, the official host hotel for the annual Kentucky Bourbon...

Kentucky Distillers’ Association honors Senator Mitch McConnell with “100 Proof” Award

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association last week week honored U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with its prestigious “100 Proof Award” for his leadership in championing the state’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Sen. McConnell is the first federal official to ever receive the award, which is the highest honor that the KDA bestows to elected officials. KDA member executives...

Safe Ride KY coalition offering $20,000 in discounted rides through Lyft, CityScoot on St. Patricks Day

Following its success during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the Safe Ride KY coalition today announced that it is offering Kentuckians $20,000 worth of discounted rides during St. Patrick’s Day to prevent impaired driving. Individuals can claim $20 in free ride credits by entering code SAFERIDEKY2018 in the Lyft or CityScoot apps and ordering a ride between midnight on Saturday, March 17,...

St. Louis-based Lux Row Distillers joins Kentucky Distillers’ Association as ninth ‘Heritage’ member

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that Lux Row Distillers has joined its ranks as a “Heritage” member, the highest level in the non-profit trade group representing the state’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Lux Row, which began production in January, is the KDA’s ninth Heritage member and 37th overall member. To qualify as a Heritage member, distilleries...

VIP all-access Golden Tickets to fifth annual Bourbon Affair fantasy camp go on sale Tday at noon

A limited number of VIP all-access Golden Tickets to the fifth annual Kentucky Bourbon Affair fantasy camp will go on sale at noon EST Thursday, Feb. 1. The Kentucky Bourbon Affair event includes six days of exclusive experiences at the world’s most iconic distilleries, nightcap events featuring top chefs and the company of Bourbon Barons and Master Distillers, rare tastings and souvenir bottles. The...

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,”...

Safe Ride KY coalition transports more than 700 during holiday campaign targeting drunk driving

The new Safe Ride KY coalition took more than 700 potentially impaired drivers off Kentucky roadways during its first holiday campaign, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association reported today. The program offered $20 discounts on rides through Lyft and CityScoot services between Dec. 15, 2017, and Jan. 1 using the code “SAFERIDEKY17.” All codes were quickly claimed, KDA President Eric Gregory said,...

Louisville’s Rabbit Hole Distillery becomes newest member of Kentucky Distillers’ Association

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that Rabbit Hole Distillery in downtown Louisville is the newest and 36th member of the non-profit trade group that unites and leads Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Founded in 2014 by CEO Kaveh Zamanian, the innovative Rabbit Hole campus spans an entire block between Jefferson and Market streets in the NULU district...

Rob Samuels named 2018 chairman of Kentucky Distillers’ Association Board of Directors

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that Rob Samuels, Chief Operating Officer at Maker’s Mark Distillery, has been named Chairman of the historic group’s Board of Directors for 2018. Samuels, 43, is the fourth generation of his legendary family to serve as Chairman of the non-profit trade group that unites, promotes, protects and elevates the state’s signature Bourbon and distilled...