Kentucky Distillers’ Association Scratches Kentucky Bourbon Affair in 2021

For Immediate Release – March 11, 2021 FRANKFORT, Ky. –  The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that it has canceled its annual Kentucky Bourbon Affair™ fantasy camp in 2021 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.   “While we are encouraged with vaccinations and declining cases, it would be difficult to hold such intimate, elegant events that attract people from all over the world,” KDA President Eric…

Kentucky Distillers’ Association Toasts Final Passage of Priority Legislation

For Immediate Release – March 5, 2021 FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today raised a glass to the final passage of three KDA priority measures, including House Bill 415, the update to last year’s historic direct-to-consumer alcohol shipping law that has become a model for the country.   Sponsored by Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, HB 415 passed the Senate today by a bipartisan…

KDA Statement on U.S.-U.K. Trade Announcement

For Immediate Release – March 4, 2021 FRANKFORT, Ky. – While todays’ action has no immediate impact on exports of Kentucky Bourbon, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association is encouraged that the United States and the United Kingdom have agreed to briefly suspend some tariffs involved in the long-running Boenig-Airbus dispute. “This is a good first step and a hopeful signal that the administration is committed to…

Kentucky Distillers Hail House Passage of DTC Alcohol Shipping Update

For Immediate Release – February 26, 2021 FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today praised the Kentucky House of  Representatives for its overwhelming passage of House Bill 415, an important update to last year’s  historic direct-to-consumer alcohol shipping measure that has become a model for the country.  The bill, sponsored by Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, passed 82-15.  KDA President Eric Gregory said there are…

Evan Williams Bourbon Experience Releases Annual Limited-Edition Kentucky Derby Festival Bourbon Bottle

The 2013 Vintage, 115 proof Bourbon is dipped in hot pink wax and features the 2021 Pegasus Pin on the bottle neck LOUISVILLE, Ky. – As an official sponsor of the Kentucky Derby Festival for the fifth consecutive year, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience today released a special edition bottle of Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon with a commemorative 2021 Pegasus Pin sealed in wax…

Trade Wars Slash Kentucky Bourbon Exports by 35%

Exports to the European Union Plunge Almost 50 Percent For Immediate Release – Feb. 23, 2021 FRANKFORT, Ky. – Tariffs imposed on U.S. spirits as a result of unrelated trade disputes slashed exports of Kentucky Bourbon by 35% in 2020, with shipments to the European Union tumbling by nearly 50%, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced today. The situation could deteriorate further in June, when the…

Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Series 2021 Limited Release is here – FAE-01

Maker’s Mark has always been proud of the fact that every single bottle has been made exactly like it was at the beginning — same original still design, mash and everything. But with the Wood Finishing Series, Maker’s is still finding new approaches to making bourbon that are completely unique. “For 2021, we leaned into our column stills and nonchill-filtering process, which, simply put, helps us…

Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Attendance Plummets Under COVID-19

KDA ASKS KENTUCKY LEGISLATURE TO MODERNIZE TOURISM LAWS TO AID RECOVERY For Immediate Release – February 16, 2021 FRANKFORT, Ky. – For the first time in its 21-year history, total attendance at Kentucky Bourbon Trail® distilleries fell sharply in 2020 amidst the global pandemic that has pummeled the state tourism and hospitality industries, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced today.   Visitors took a total of…

Kentucky State Police Increases Traffic Enforcement on Super Bowl Sunday

National Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort by State Police Agencies Madisonville, Ky. (February 5, 2021) – The Kentucky State Police (KSP) are participating in Operation C.A.R.E (Crash Awareness Reduction Effort) on Super Bowl Sunday.  On February 7, 2021, KSP Post 2 Troopers will be taking part in a national effort to increase officer presence on Interstate and U.S Highways. KSP Troopers and Officers will put a high emphasis…

Black Velvet Whisky Introduces Black Velvet Apple

FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE: February 2, 2021 BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Black Velvet Whisky, the second-largest selling Canadian whisky in the world, today launched Black Velvet Apple. With its perfect blend of original Black Velvet Canadian Whisky and natural apple flavors, the new flavor is ripe for success amongst a growing category. A natural fit for the Black Velvet flavors lineup, apple continues to see heightened success across…