Kentucky Distillers’ Association Honors Five Legislators With Top “100 Proof” Award


For Immediate Release – August  24, 2020   FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Distillers’ Association is honoring five state lawmakers with its prestigious “100 Proof Award” for their bold leadership in championing landmark legislation in the 2020 session that elevates Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry.   The five legislators are, in alphabetical order: Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, Chairman of the House Licensing, Occupations and…

Bourbon Women, Kentucky Distillers’ Association Celebrate Groundbreaking Industry Champion 


      For Immediate Release – August 21, 2020     LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Christy Trout Van Tatenhove, Special Counsel to Kentucky’s Speaker of the House, received the seventh annual “Lois Mateus Networking Award” this week in honor of her distinguished contributions to Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and spirits industry.   Prior to her current role, Van Tatenhove served as the first woman Commissioner of…

KDA Statement on Governor Beshear’s Executive Order


Friday, June 10, 2020   “The Kentucky Distillers’ Association and our Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® distilleries will continue to abide by the Governor’s Executive Orders to protect the health and safety of the citizens of the Commonwealth, our employees and visitors during the pandemic.”



The Kentucky Distillers’ Association and its members are deeply saddened over the loss of Black lives like George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others, including Breonna Taylor who died in our own backyard.   These recent deaths, and the ongoing protests for justice and equality, have led us to look inward and start asking the tough but necessary questions about what actions we must take…



For Immediate Release – June 5, 2020     LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced its collaboration with Westport Whiskey & Wine for a special sale of a limited number of their one-of-a-kind barrel selections from their exclusive Bourbon Affair Release Series to raise money for Kentuckians that have been financially impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic.   Created in 2014 by…

Kentucky Distillers’ Association Cancels Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame Ceremony for 2020


For Immediate Release – June 5, 2020     FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously decided to cancel this year’s Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame induction and ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Created by the KDA in conjunction with the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in 2001, the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame recognizes individuals…

Kentucky Bourbon Affair™ Fantasy Camp Canceled For 2020


For Immediate Release – April 24, 2020     FRANKFORT, Ky. –  The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that it has canceled its annual Kentucky Bourbon Affair™ fantasy camp in 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, but plans to resume the event in September 2021.   The prestigious seventh annual event was scheduled for September 21 – 26. Ticket sales were set to open last…

Kentucky Distillers’ Association Members Donate Nearly 125,000 Gallons Of Hand Sanitizer To Critical Areas


For Immediate Release – April 15, 2020     FRANKFORT, KY. — The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that member distilleries have produced and donated nearly 125,000 gallons of desperately needed hand sanitizer across the Commonwealth to frontline workers, hospitals and healthcare facilities.   In the last few weeks, KDA distillers – from the largest to the smallest – retooled their facilities, sourced necessary supplies,…



March 26, 2020       Kentucky took another bold step forward today in its continued leadership to modernize the spirits industry and end Prohibition-era policies with the final passage of House Bill 415, the producer-only direct-to-consumer shipping bill.      This legislation is built on the landmark reforms from House Bill 400 two years ago that allowed visitors to our world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail®…

Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Members Take Precautions To Combat Coronavirus, Some Suspending Tours


For Immediate Release – March 12, 2020   FRANKFORT, Ky. – In a special meeting today, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association Board of Directors strongly recommended that members take all necessary precautions to protect the safety of guests and staff on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour from the Coronavirus outbreak.  There are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus at any KDA member company. The Coronavirus has not…