Kentucky Bourbon Trail

KENTUCKY BOURBON TRAIL® TOUR SETS RECORD WITH 725,000 VISITS &MORE DISTILLERIES THAN EVER BEFORE

For Immediate Release – January 29, 2015 FRANKFORT, Ky. – The famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® journeys continued their record-breaking tourism trend last year with 725,000 visits across an all-time high of 18 participating distilleries. “The monumental growth of our Kentucky Bourbon Trail experiences is proof that they’re the hottest tourism attractions around,” said Eric Gregory, President of the nonprofit Kentucky Distillers’ Association that…

Wild Turkey Distillery

Eddie Russell Receives Master Distiller Title

Being the Master Distiller at Wild Turkey is the best job imaginable. I should know because I’ve been driving my truck to work along the same route for the last 60 years and I’m not tired of it yet. I can remember when my youngest son Eddie first told me, decades ago, he wanted to follow in my footsteps and learn to be a Distiller.…

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Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship and Kentucky Distillers’ Association Unite To Honor the Spirit of Compromise at Legendary Washington Hotel

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to Greet Unique Barrel of Kentucky Bourbon   PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release January 26, 2015 – LEXINGTON, KY – Institutions representing two of Kentucky’s most important gifts to the nation – Bourbon whiskey and famed statesman Henry Clay – announced today they have united to dramatically reprise a tradition going back two centuries to “lubricate the wheels of government,”…

Woodford Reserve Distillery

Woodford Reserve Reveals Rye Whiskey, the Brand’s Latest Product Extension

Latest Release and Third Product Extension Demonstrates Brand’s Continued Commitment to Flavor January 21, 2015, Louisville, KY—Woodford Reserve today announces the release of its latest permanent product extension, Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, which will be available for purchase in select markets throughout the country beginning in February. The latest release showcases the company’s ongoing commitment to both whiskey lovers and innovation within the…

“BOURBON 2020” Request for Proposals to Update Five-Year Strategic Plan

BACKGROUND AND OVERVIEW: The Kentucky Distillers’ Association, a non-profit trade group founded in 1880, is the state’s voice for Bourbon and distilled spirits issues. Its 27 members – the most since the repeal of Prohibition – produce 90 percent of the world’s Bourbon, from legendary, global brands to emerging micro distillers that are building the next generation of our signature industry. The KDA’s historic mission…

KDA Announces New Board Officers, Directors

For Immediate Release – January 8, 2015   Kentucky Distillers’ Association Announces New Board Officers, Directors   FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that Pauline Rooney of Diageo North America has been named Chairwoman of the 135-year-old group that unites, promotes and protects the state’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry.   Rooney, who is Vice President of Distillation, Maturation and Engineering,…

Kentucky Distillers’ Association Welcomes Seven New Members

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Kentucky Distillers’ Association will officially induct seven new members tonight as the non-profit group kicks off its 134th Annual Meeting with its highest membership total since the repeal of Prohibition. The welcome reception is the result of the KDA’s first-ever membership drive in August, when the organization sent leather-bound packets and personalized copper membership cards to all existing and potential Kentucky…

KENTUCKY BOURBON HALL OF FAME WELCOMES FIRST LADY OF MAKER’S MARK

BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Margie Mattingly Samuels, who created the distinctive name, cutting-edge design and iconic red wax of her family’s Maker’s Mark distillery, will be inducted next week as the newest member of the prestigious Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. Mrs. Samuels is the first woman directly connected with a distillery to receive the Bourbon industry’s highest honor, and only the fifth woman ever to…

The Results Are In: New Study Proves Kentucky Bourbon On Cusp Of Golden Age

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The meteoric rise of Kentucky’s signature Bourbon industry has nearly doubled the size of its workforce in the last two years, tripled the number of distilleries and set major new benchmarks for payroll, tax revenue, exports and barrel inventories. Gov. Steve Beshear outlined the momentous growth in a six-month study released today by the University of Louisville’s Urban Studies Institute, in conjunction…

Heaven Hill Distilleries Announces Release of 2014 Parker’s Heritage Collection Limited Edition Box

Eighth edition of annual ultra-premium release will feature rare 13-year-old cask strength wheat whiskey, continue support of ALS research and treatment Parkers WheatBARDSTOWN, KY— Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., the country’s largest independent family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer, announces the 2014 limited edition release of Parker’s Heritage Collection. Heaven Hill, who holds the world’s second largest inventory of aging American Whiskey, will be shipping…