Bourbon http://wfpl.org en Diageo Announces Plans for $115 Million Distillery in Shelby County http://wfpl.org/post/diageo-announces-plans-115-million-distillery-shelby-county <p>Global liquor giant <a href="http://www.diageo.com/en-us/Pages/default.aspx">Diageo </a>says it plans to build a new distillery in Kentucky.</p><p>The company says the $115 million project is planned on 300 acres in Shelby County, and would be a significant investment in the state's growing bourbon industry.</p><p>It still needs approval from local government officials. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 19:25:52 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 9448 at http://wfpl.org Diageo Announces Plans for $115 Million Distillery in Shelby County Watch: How to Make Mint Juleps for the Kentucky Derby http://wfpl.org/post/watch-how-make-mint-juleps-kentucky-derby <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><em>This is about mint juleps. &nbsp;Serious drinkers (as if there are any other kind around Kentucky Derby time) will tell you this is the time of year to choke down one pre-mixed or poorly-prepared julep at Churchill Downs or a party before going back to something more standard.</em></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But is that any way to treat the signature drink of Louisville's signature event?</span></em></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 17:22:33 +0000 Jared Schubert 9249 at http://wfpl.org Watch: How to Make Mint Juleps for the Kentucky Derby Louisville Group Offers Ideas for Boosting Bourbon Tourism http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-group-offers-ideas-boosting-bourbon-tourism <p>A work group tasked with further developing bourbon-centric tourism in Louisville has made its recommendations.</p><p>The group suggests the creation of a bourbon visitors center, a bourbon and food festival and a bourbon certification for restaurant server and bartenders. They’d also like to see a larger bourbon presence at the Louisville International Airport and a marketing strategy for the city that centers around bourbon and food.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:11:48 +0000 Amy Talbott 9231 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Group Offers Ideas for Boosting Bourbon Tourism 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