whiskey http://wfpl.org en 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 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 Kentucky Bourbon Trail Sets Attendance Mark http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-bourbon-trail-sets-attendance-mark <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time, attendance along the<a href="http://kybourbontrail.com/index.php"> Kentucky Bourbon Trail</a> broke the half-million mark last year.</span></p><p>The 509,000 people who stopped at seven distilleries represent a 15 percent increase over 2011.&nbsp; Kentucky Bourbon Trail Experience Director Adam Johnson adds many of those visitors ate at local restaurants and slept in nearby hotels.</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:20:40 +0000 Kentucky Public Radio's Stu Johnson 3663 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Bourbon Trail Sets Attendance Mark Air Pollution District Fines Diageo for Whiskey Fungus, Odor http://wfpl.org/post/air-pollution-district-fines-diageo-whiskey-fungus-odor <p>Louisville's Air Pollution Control District has sent a Notice of Violation to liquor giant Diageo, alleging the company violated the conditions of its permit.</p><p><a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/105591316" target="_blank">The violations</a> laid out include several odor complaints near Diageo's whiskey aging warehouse at 2359 Millers Lane. But perhaps more interesting is another violation for the sooty-mold that has been seen on properties near the warehouse.</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 13:16:36 +0000 Erica Peterson 1614 at http://wfpl.org Air Pollution District Fines Diageo for Whiskey Fungus, Odor Whiskey Fungus Lawsuits Attract Attention of New York Times http://wfpl.org/post/whiskey-fungus-lawsuits-attract-attention-new-york-times <p>Kentucky's <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/lawsuit-alleges-damages-whiskey-fungus" target="_blank">whiskey fungus lawsuits </a>are getting some national attention. The New York Times <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/30/us/kentuckians-fed-up-with-a-fungus-sue-whiskey-makers.html?_r=2&amp;smid=tw-nytimes&amp;seid=auto" target="_blank">ran a piece </a>yesterday about the fungus--scientifically called Baudoinia--that's prevalent on the outside of distilleries and homes near them. The lawsuit charges that the fungus germinates on ethanol which is released during fermentation.</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 14:26:19 +0000 Erica Peterson 1501 at http://wfpl.org Whiskey Fungus Lawsuits Attract Attention of New York Times Lawsuit Alleges Damages From "Whiskey Fungus" http://wfpl.org/post/lawsuit-alleges-damages-whiskey-fungus <p>A lawsuit filed today in federal court alleges a black substance coating the homes of residents in some areas of Louisville is caused by whiskey distilling.</p><p>Attorney Bill McMurray says for years, residents have seen a black substance growing on metal surfaces, and it&rsquo;s nearly impossible to remove.</p><p>&ldquo;And it&rsquo;s only recently been understood within the last couple of years what the actual cause for that blackening is, and it&rsquo;s this particular fungus,&rdquo; he said.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 22:00:21 +0000 Erica Peterson 478 at http://wfpl.org Lawsuit Alleges Damages From "Whiskey Fungus"