Local News
3:25 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Diageo Announces Plans for $115 Million Distillery in Shelby County

Global liquor giant Diageo says it plans to build a new distillery in Kentucky.

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.

It still needs approval from local government officials.      

A variety of current and future Diageo bourbon and whiskey brands will be distilled at the proposed facility. The project would also include six barrel storage warehouses.

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Food and Dining
1:22 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Watch: How to Make Mint Juleps for the Kentucky Derby

A mint julep prepared by Jared Schubert.
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 This is about mint juleps.  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.

But is that any way to treat the signature drink of Louisville's signature event?

We asked Monkey Wrench bartender Jared Schubert to show us how to make three types of julep: one for yourself, one for you and some guests, and something completely different.

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Local News
2:11 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Louisville Group Offers Ideas for Boosting Bourbon Tourism

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A work group tasked with further developing bourbon-centric tourism in Louisville has made its recommendations.

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.

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Food and Dining
11:38 am
Fri April 4, 2014

How Do Kentucky's Dry Counties Benefit From Alcohol Sales?

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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.

Wet or Dry Is Not Cut and Dry

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Local News
4:55 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Cocktail Conference To Bring Mix of Brains, Booze to Downtown Louisville

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  Cocktail  enthusiasts  from across the country will be in Louisville this week to celebrate the history and science of mixed beverages.

Cocktail Culture: A Conference aims to bring together authors, historians and academics to discuss the presence of alcohol throughout history in film, literature and culture.

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Local News
5:00 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Maker's Mark Announces $67 Million Expansion

Rick Howlett

Maker’s Mark is announcing plans for a $67 million expansion of its distillery in Loretto, Ky.

The bourbon maker says it will expand operations with an exact replica of its two existing stills, boosting production by 50 percent.

Construction of  a new still is expected to take about 18 months to complete.   Maker’s Mark will also build a series of warehouses over the next seven years for aging the increased volume of bourbon.

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Local News
1:52 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Kentucky Bourbon Trail's Visits Jumped 12 Percent in 2013


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 Bourbon Experience in downtown Louisville.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail director Adam Johnson attributes part of the tourism draw to the efforts distillers have made to improve their facilities.

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Local News
7:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Soon To Be Big In Japan, Jim Beam's Roots To Stay In Kentucky

In a $16 billion deal this week, Japanese beverage giant Suntory announced it plans to purchase Beam Inc., maker of Jim Beam and owner of other popular bourbon brands, including Maker's Mark.
Bruce Schreiner AP

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 10:48 am

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.

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.

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7:56 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Suntory Buying Beam, Inc. In $16 Billion Deal

Bill Murray in "Lost in Translation," filming a fictional ad for Suntory.

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.

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.

Suntory has a portfolio of spirits, with whiskies including Yamazaki and Hakushu as well as Midori liqueur and other beverages.

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Local News
5:31 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Louisville Group Tasked With Bolstering Bourbon, Food Tourism in City

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Mayor Greg Fischer has formed a work group charged with finding ways to promote Louisville as a top destination for food and spirits.

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 drew 509,292 visitors in 2012.

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