KENTUCKY BOURBON AFFAIR™RETURNS TO LOUISVILLE, EXPANDS INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE

November24th2015

For Immediate Release – November 24, 2015 LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The prestigious Kentucky Bourbon Affair fantasy camp will return to Louisville in June 2016 and will host Whisky Live, an international celebration of the world’s finest whiskies, for the first time in the Commonwealth. The premier event also has added an extra day, giving guests more time to experience behind-the-scenes tours and events at the most famous Bourbon…

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® Welcomes Peerless, Hartfield & Co. Distilleries

October19th2015

For Immediate Release – October 19, 2015   FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. in Louisville and Hartfield & Co. Distillery in Paris are the two newest members of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour®. A total of 10 micro distilleries now comprise the tourism adventure that was founded in 2012 to complement the KDA’s world-famous Kentucky…

Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame Welcomes Four New Members & First Lifetime Achievement Honoree

September16th2015

For Immediate Release – September 16, 2015 BARDSTOWN, Ky. – The prestigious Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame today honored five individuals for their service and support of the Commonwealth’s signature industry, including the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award to a renowned Master Distiller. “This is one of our largest and most diverse classes in years, yet all are distinguished by their remarkable achievements in promoting, protecting…

Gov. Beshear Proclaims September “Bourbon Heritage Month,” Urges Tourism Legislation

August31st2015

For Immediate Release – August 31, 2015 FRANKFORT, Ky. – For his eighth and final time before leaving office, Gov. Steve Beshear today declared September to be “Bourbon Heritage Month” in the Bluegrass and praised the thriving signature industry for its monumental growth during his tenure. Since 2007 when Gov. Beshear took office, the number of distilleries has tripled, Bourbon production and jobs have both…

BOURBON WOMEN, KENTUCKY DISTILLERS’ ASSOCIATION HONOR LEXINGTON TOURISM LEADER

August24th2015

For Immediate Release – August 24, 2015 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mary Quinn Ramer, President of VisitLEX convention and visitors bureau, was honored Friday by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association and the Bourbon Women organization with its second-ever award for networking, community service and professionalism. Ramer accepted the “Lois Mateus Networking Award” at the Bourbon Women’s second annual “Sip-Osium,” a three-day conference featuring Bourbon workshops, mixology sessions,…

KENTUCKY DISTILLERS’ ASSOCIATION HONORS REP. DENNIS KEENE WITH COVETED “100 PROOF AWARD”

August13th2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Kentucky Distillers’ Association yesterday honored Rep. Dennis Keene with its prestigious “100 Proof Award” for his successful six-year effort in passing legislation that requires ignition interlocks for drunken drivers. “Rep. Keene’s patience and perseverance on this key responsibility issue has been phenomenal,” KDA President Eric Gregory said. “This new law is a tough tool in the fight against drunk driving and…

SECOND SIGHT SPIRITS JOINS KENTUCKY DISTILLERS’ ASSOCIATION

July27th2015

For Immediate Release –July 27, 2015   LUDLOW, Ky. – The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that Second Sight Spirits in Kenton County is the newest and 28th member of the non-profit trade group that promotes, protects and unites the state’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Second Sight co-founders Carus Waggoner and Rick Couch grew up in Northern Kentucky andrecentl y moved back from Las Vegas,…

Kentucky Bourbon Inventory Sets 40-Year Record

July2nd2015

For Immediate Release – July 2, 2015     FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky’s inventory of aging Bourbon barrels set a 40-year high in 2014 with 5,669,682 million charred oak casks gently sleeping in Bluegrass warehouses, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced today.   That’s the highest number since 1975 when the state’s distilleries reported 5.8 million barrels.   “The last time Kentucky had this much Bourbon,…

KDA Statement on Jim Rutledge’s Retirement

July1st2015

July 1, 2015 Eric Gregory, President of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, released the following statement on the retirement of Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller at Four Roses Distillery: “Jim Rutledge has become synonymous with the highest standard of excellence in distilling and is one of the Commonwealth’s most treasured Bourbon ambassadors. He has spent his entire life working tirelessly to master the intricacies of our signature industry while crafting…

Long-time Four Roses Bourbon Master Distiller Jim Rutledge to Retire

July1st2015

Operations Director Brent Elliott to Transition to New Role   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (July 1, 2015) – Four Roses Distillery’s CEO and President, Satoko Yoshida, announced today the retirement of long-time Master Distiller Jim Rutledge – effective September 1, 2015. Jim is in his 49th year working in the Bourbon business with Seagram and Four Roses, and he has been Master Distiller at…