Welcome to the Birthplace of Bourbon.
For more than 200 years, Kentucky has been known for crafting the world’s finest Bourbons. Like a proud parent, we gave it a name – for old Bourbon County, nestled in the heart of the Bluegrass.
We perfected the process, protected it through Carry Nation and Prohibition, and put our state name on every bottle for the world to see.
Contrary to myth, Bourbon doesn’t have to be made in Kentucky to be called “Bourbon.” It can be made anywhere in the United States, according to a 1964 Congressional Resolution that designated Bourbon as “America’s Official Native Spirit.”
But as my learned predecessor used to say, “You don’t have to make it here. But if you want to sell it, that Kentucky name had better be on the label.”
In Kentucky, Bourbon is a way of life and a signature industry. Our legendary distillers pass down its secrets from generation to generation, using time-honored processes and recipes that are guarded like the Fort Knox vaults nearby.
It creates about 15,400 jobs, pours hundreds of millions into the Bluegrass economy and attracts visitors from all over the world to the famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Trail(R) experiences.
The Kentucky Distillers’ Association has been keepers of this Kentucky tradition since 1880 – and we’re proud of that honor. Our founders and forefathers are part of Bourbon’s family tree with renowned names like Beam, Brown, Samuels, Shapira and Russell.
Today, the KDA is responsible for promoting and protecting all things Bourbon, from taxes to tourism, technical issues, new international markets, responsibility measures and much more. It’s a legacy, and a privilege, that we take very seriously.
That’s why we created this website. Our goal is to make it a “one-stop shop” for Bourbon, full of official facts and figures and a lot of fun stuff that we haven’t dreamed up yet.
It’s still a work in progress that will get better with age – like a fine Bourbon. So please check back often and feel free to pass along any comments or suggestions.
We hope you enjoy our site, and please remember to enjoy Kentucky Bourbon responsibly,
Kentucky Distillers’ Association