For Immediate Release – January 9, 2018
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that Rabbit Hole Distillery in downtown Louisville is the newest and 36th member of the non-profit trade group that unites and leads Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry.
Founded in 2014 by CEO Kaveh Zamanian, the innovative Rabbit Hole campus spans an entire block between Jefferson and Market streets in the NULU district and will include an on-site restaurant, bar and public event space when it officially opens in spring.
“As its name implies, Rabbit Hole is building a truly modern, vibrant take on our timeless craft with a variety of experiences that Bourbon lovers are sure to enjoy,” KDA President Eric Gregory said.
“We applaud their creativity, commend their investment, appreciate their commitment to upholding the integrity of our legendary industry and proudly welcome them to our ever-growing family of Kentucky’s finest distillers.”
Rabbit Hole’s product line includes a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Kentucky Straight Rye, a finished Bourbon in PX Sherry casks and a recently released London Dry Gin that is finished in their Rye whiskey barrels.
“It’s a thrill to be a part of Kentucky’s signature industry,” Zamanian said. “On behalf of everyone at Rabbit Hole, thank you to the KDA for welcoming us to the major league of Bourbon.”
Rabbit Hole is the KDA’s 26th Craft-level member, aging less than 10,000 barrels a year.
Once open, the company will be the 11th distillery in Louisville, with five part of the KDA’s Kentucky Bourbon Trail® experiences. Two more distilleries and visitor centers are slated to open in 2018. Rabbit Hole is now eligible to join the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour®.
Visit www.rabbitholedistilling.com to learn more.
Founded in 1880, the KDA is the state’s voice for Bourbon and spirits issues. Its diverse membership produces 90 percent of the world’s Bourbon, from legendary, global brands to
emerging micro distilleries that are building the next generation of America’s only native spirit.
Kentucky Bourbon is one of the Commonwealth’s most historic and treasured industries, a booming $8.5 billion economic engine that generates as many as 17,500 jobs with an annual payroll topping $800 million, and pours $825 million into tax coffers each year.
In addition, the industry is in the middle of a $1.2 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 39 companies operating 52 distilleries in the Commonwealth making 6.8 million barrels of aging Bourbon – all modern records. Distillers also paid a record $19.2 million last year in barrel taxes that fund critical local programs such as education, public safety and health.
The KDA’s famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® also made history in 2016, with tourists making a record one million stops at 20 participating distilleries. Attendance has skyrocketed by 300 percent in the last 10 years, Gregory said.
Gregory said the record growth of Kentucky’s Bourbon and distilling industry continues to fuel the state’s economy. “Year after year, Bourbon proves that it’s much more than a drink – it’s jobs, investment, revenue and a leading tourism driver, all wrapped into one iconic craft.
“The addition of Rabbit Hole Distillery strengthens Kentucky’s rightful title as the one, true and authentic home for Bourbon, further expands our significant economic impact and gives fans of our mellow amber nectar another landmark to visit and responsibly celebrate our rich heritage.”
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For more information, contact: Eric Gregory, KDA President, (502) 875-9351
The KDA is a non-profit trade association founded in 1880 to promote, protect and elevate Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. 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 Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® adventures. 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. For more information about joining the KDA’s distilling family, contact KDA President Eric Gregory at (502) 875-9351. Visit www.kybourbon.com and www.kybourbontrail.com to learn more.
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