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Kentucky Distillers’ Association Welcomes White Dog Trading & Storage as Newest Member

September 7, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 7, 2021

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that White Dog Trading & Storage in Woodford County is the newest and 45th member of the non-profit trade group that unites and leads Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry.

Located at 167 McKinney Avenue in Midway, White Dog joins the KDA as a “Proof” level member, aging between 10,000 and 49,999 barrels a year. The campus includes a series of 55,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art warehouses, and a Distillery and Event Center to include offices, room for a restaurant and bar, and tourism activities. 

Co-founders Mark Harris and Dr. Harry Lockstadt opened White Dog Trading & Storage in 2016. White Dog offers barrel brokerage services and contract storage, and will soon offer contract distilling services for clients. 

Harris expects the second warehouse to be fully operational by February 2022 and the Event Center to be ready late Spring 2022. 

“White Dog Trading & Storage is excited to join the KDA, whose partnership is immeasurably valuable in our journey toward innovating the future of the Bourbon Industry,” Harris said. 

Learn more at https://whitedogllc.com.

KDA President Eric Gregory said White Dog demonstrates a growing sector of the industry by providing sought-after barrel storage and contract production services necessary for Kentucky’s growing industry. 

“Mark and his team have built an impressive campus using state-of-the-art systems that will provide essential services for distillers of all sizes,” Gregory said. “We proudly welcome White Dog into the KDA family of Kentucky’s finest distillers.”

Founded in 1880, the KDA is the state’s voice for Bourbon and spirits issues. 

Its diverse membership produces the overwhelming majority of the world’s Bourbon, from legendary, global brands to emerging micro distilleries that are building the next generation of the timeless craft.

Kentucky Bourbon is one of the Commonwealth’s most historic and treasured industries, a booming $8.6 billion economic engine that generates more than 20,100 jobs with an annual payroll topping $1 billion each year.

In addition, the industry is in the middle of a $2.3 billion building boom, from innovative new tourism centers to expanded production facilities, all to meet the growing global thirst for Kentucky Bourbon.

There are now nearly 10 million barrels of Bourbon and other spirits aging in Kentucky warehouses, the highest number in the modern era of American Whiskey. Of that, 9.3 million are just Bourbon, the first time since 1967 that the number of Bourbon barrels topped nine million.

Bourbon production has skyrocketed more than 360 percent since the turn of the century, with Kentucky distillers filling 2.1 million barrels in 2019, the second year in a row that Kentucky distillers have filled two million barrels, the first time that’s happened in the modern era. 

Visit www.kybourbon.com to learn more.

Gregory said the Midway community is excited about the addition of White Dog and its economic impact to Woodford County. Gregory is a resident of Midway, which was the first Kentucky town founded by a railroad, and has a rich history of distilling. 

“The advances in sustainable innovation and technology that Mark and his team have employed are essential to the future of our industry,” he said. “We look forward to working with White Dog to strengthen Kentucky’s title as the one, true home for Bourbon and distilled spirits.

“The proof is here.”

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For more information, contact: Eric Gregory, KDA President, (502) 875-9351

Founded in 1880, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association is the legendary voice for Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Its diverse and growing membership produces the overwhelming majority of the world’s Bourbon, from historic, global brands to emerging micro distilleries that are fostering the next generation of the Commonwealth’s landmark economic engine and its thriving, timeless craft. Member benefits include media relations, international trade development, private sampling events, technical assistance, economic development support, networking, legal defense, marketing strategies, governmental and regulatory advocacy and innovative tourism experiences through the KDA’s world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® adventures. A 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization, the KDA maintains an open membership policy, champions a strong commitment to the responsible and moderate consumption of spirits, and fights to curb underage drinking and drunk driving. Learn more at www.kybourbon.com and www.kybourbontrail.com 

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