Bourbon http://wfpl.org en How Do Kentucky's Dry Counties Benefit From Alcohol Sales? http://wfpl.org/post/how-do-kentuckys-dry-counties-benefit-alcohol-sales <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Did you know that Kentucky’s dry counties benefit financially from alcohol sales throughout the state? For more than 30 years, most of the taxes collected on alcohol sales, no matter where they originate, have gone into the state’s General Fund for statewide use. And while more than 30 percent of Kentucky’s counties don’t contribute alcohol sales tax to the General Fund, they still have access to that money.</span></p><p><strong>Wet or Dry Is Not Cut and Dry</strong></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:38:00 +0000 Syd Bishop 9040 at http://wfpl.org How Do Kentucky's Dry Counties Benefit From Alcohol Sales? Cocktail Conference To Bring Mix of Brains, Booze to Downtown Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/cocktail-conference-bring-mix-brains-booze-downtown-louisville <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Cocktail &nbsp;enthusiasts &nbsp;from across the country will be in Louisville this week to celebrate the history and science of mixed beverages.</p><p><a href="http://cocktailconference.wordpress.com/"><em>Cocktail Culture: A Conference</em> </a>aims to bring together authors, historians and academics to discuss the presence of alcohol throughout history in film, literature and culture.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:55:54 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9055 at http://wfpl.org Cocktail Conference To Bring Mix of Brains, Booze to Downtown Louisville Maker's Mark Announces $67 Million Expansion http://wfpl.org/post/makers-mark-announces-67-million-expansion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Maker’s Mark is announcing plans for a $67 million expansion of its distillery in </span>Loretto<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Ky.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The bourbon maker says it will expand operations with an exact replica of its two existing stills, boosting production by 50 percent.</span></p><p>Construction of &nbsp;a new still is expected to take about 18 months to complete.&nbsp;&nbsp; Maker’s Mark will also build a series of warehouses over the next seven years for aging the increased volume of bourbon.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Rick Howlett 8729 at http://wfpl.org Maker's Mark Announces $67 Million Expansion Kentucky Bourbon Trail's Visits Jumped 12 Percent in 2013 http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-bourbon-trails-visits-jumped-12-percent-2013 <p>Kentucky’s bourbon distillers are celebrating a record number of visitors in 2013. The eight facilities that make up the Kentucky Bourbon Trail saw a 12-percent jump in visits last year, with nearly 572,000 visitors touring facilities such as Four Roses, Maker’s Mark, and the recently opened Evan Williams <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bourbon Experience in downtown Louisville. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky Bourbon Trail director Adam Johnson attributes part of the tourism draw to the efforts distillers have made to improve their facilities.</span></p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 18:52:48 +0000 Kevin Willis | Kentucky Public Radio 8336 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Bourbon Trail's Visits Jumped 12 Percent in 2013 Soon To Be Big In Japan, Jim Beam's Roots To Stay In Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/soon-be-big-japan-jim-beams-roots-stay-kentucky In a $16 billion deal this week, Japanese beverage giant Suntory announced it plans to purchase Beam Inc., the maker of Jim Beam bourbon and the owner of other popular bourbon brands like Maker's Mark.<p>Those and most other bourbons are made in Kentucky, and the deal has some hoping the drink's growth in the global market won't come at the expense of its uniquely Kentucky heritage.<p>For more than a century, Suntory has been in the beer and spirits industry in Japan, but what many Americans think of when they hear the name is the scene from the 2003 film <em>Lost in Translation</em>, in which Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:00:59 +0000 Rick Howlett 8244 at http://wfpl.org Soon To Be Big In Japan, Jim Beam's Roots To Stay In Kentucky Suntory Buying Beam, Inc. In $16 Billion Deal http://wfpl.org/post/suntory-buying-beam-inc-16-billion-deal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Beam Inc., the maker of Jim Beam and Marker's Mark alcohol brands, has agreed to be acquired by Japan's Suntory Holdings Ltd. for approximately $13.62 billion.</span></p><p>Shares of the Deerfield, Illinois-based Beam rose in Monday premarket trading. Suntory will pay $83.50 per share, a 25 percent premium to Beam's Friday closing price of $66.97. The companies put the deal's value at about $16 billion, including debt.</p><p>Suntory has a portfolio of spirits, with whiskies including Yamazaki and Hakushu as well as Midori liqueur and other beverages.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:56:40 +0000 Associated Press 8218 at http://wfpl.org Suntory Buying Beam, Inc. In $16 Billion Deal Louisville Group Tasked With Bolstering Bourbon, Food Tourism in City http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-group-tasked-bolstering-bourbon-food-tourism-city <p>Mayor Greg Fischer has formed a work group charged with finding ways to promote Louisville as a top destination for food and spirits.</p><p>The plan will include creating a downtown bourbon tourism center for people to catch buses to visit distilleries throughout Kentucky. The idea is, in part, to make the city the "gateway of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail," which <a href="http://kybourbontrail.com/mash-appeal-kentucky-bourbon-trail-tour-sets-new-attendance-record/">drew 509,292 visitors in 2012.</a></p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 22:31:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 7747 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Group Tasked With Bolstering Bourbon, Food Tourism in City An Oral History of Bourbon in Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/oral-history-bourbon-louisville <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bourbon is America's native spirit. </span><a href="http://www1.american.edu/ted/kentuckybourbon.htm" style="line-height: 1.5;">Federal law says so</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. But for people in Louisville, bourbon is even closer, sentimentally and literally. The city developed quickly through the growth of the bourbon industry, and the current downtown resurgence depends largely on spirit's continued popularity.</span></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Gabe Bullard 7702 at http://wfpl.org An Oral History of Bourbon in Louisville Is Kentucky Limestone Water Indispensible for Bourbon? http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-limestone-water-indispensible-bourbon <p>Water is an essential ingredient in bourbon. And many local distillers have long said the commonwealth’s unique limestone water distinguishes Kentucky bourbon from competitors. But how important is it really?</p><p>To legally be called bourbon, the spirit has to be made of mostly corn. It has to be aged in new charred-oak barrels. And it has to be made in the United States. There's no rule that dictates what type of water is used, but many local distillers say no matter what the law says, bourbon isn't bourbon unless it's made with limestone water.</p><p>It's a stipulation that goes back to the early days of bourbon. University of Kentucky geology professor Alan Fryar says it was easy access to limestone water that played an integral role in launching the bourbon industry here centuries ago. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 7696 at http://wfpl.org Is Kentucky Limestone Water Indispensible for Bourbon? Non-Kentucky Micro-Distilleries Could Help Define What Comes After Bourbon http://wfpl.org/post/non-kentucky-micro-distilleries-could-help-define-what-comes-after-bourbon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Manager Nick&nbsp;</span>Reifsteck<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;looks at the stash of bourbons at Old Town Wine and Spirits in Louisville; there’s a wall full of brown liquor.</span></p><p><em>How many bourbons would you say you carry here at Old Town? </em>I ask.</p><p>"I don’t know, a couple hundred. I don’t know, I’ve never counted them," he says.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Reifsteck</span>&nbsp;points to only a few from out of state, but says there are more now than ever before.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:40:00 +0000 Devin Katayama 7687 at http://wfpl.org Non-Kentucky Micro-Distilleries Could Help Define What Comes After Bourbon