Food & Drink Week
9:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Is Old Forester Louisville's House Bourbon?

The Old Forester-shaped water tower, at Brown-Forman's corporate headquarters on Dixie Highway. An advertising budget bankrolled an insurance company-mandated water tower over what used to be a warehouse. The bottle no longer holds water, but it still advertises Old Fo' far and wide.
Credit Brown-Forman

Old Forester has quite the pedigree.

Founded in 1873, it’s older than Coca-Cola and was the first bourbon to be sold in bottles. Even during Prohibition, a special medicinal license kept Old Forester in production. And for Louisville, it’s the ultimate “buy local” bourbon—distilled, bottled and aged right here in the city.  

The spirit locals call “Old Fo'” might just be Louisville's house bourbon. At Old Town Liquors on Bardstown Road, they sell a lot of bourbon, and Old Forester is a best-seller. 

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Local News
12:04 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Perps Purloin Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon

Pappy Van Winkle
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FRANKFORT — One of the rarest and most sought-after bourbon's produced in Kentucky is missing.

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton says someone swiped about 65 cases of 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon in what appears to be an inside job from a secure area at Buffalo Trace Distillery's Frankfort operations.

Melton told The Courier-Journal whoever stole the bourbon walked off with about $26,000 of the limited stock. That's about $25,350 in 3-bottle cases of 20-year-old Pappy and about $675 in nine cases of 13-year-old Van Winkle Family Reserve rye.

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Local News
3:53 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Angel's Envy Bourbon to be Produced in Renovated Louisville Building

Rendering of planned Angel's Envy Distillery

Another bourbon distillery will be constructed in downtown Louisville.

The makers of Angel’s Envy bourbon announced today that they’ll build a distillery and visitors’ center in the long-vacant Vermont American complex on Main Street across from Louisville Slugger Field.     The $12 million investment is expected to create 40 new jobs.

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Local News
7:10 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Angel's Envy Bourbon Gets $800,000 in Incentives for Possible Downtown Louisville Distillery

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The distiller behind Angel’s Envy bourbon has been approved for as much as $800,000 in state incentives to build a distillery in Louisville.

The state incentives will last for as many as 10 years for a distillery that would create 40 new jobs with a payroll of about $1.5 million. The craft bourbon distillery’s owners have plans to invest $10 million in a building and equipment.

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Local News
5:16 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Woodford Reserve Hopes Lounge at Fort Knox Will Promote Bourbon to Troops (And Help Them Relax)

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A new collaboration between a bourbon distillery and the military will give soldiers a place to relax—and introduce them to one of Kentucky's signature products.

Liquor producer Brown-Forman has teamed up with the U.S. Army to open a Woodford Reserve bourbon lounge at Fort Knox. Soldiers and Brown-Forman executives opened the Woodford Reserve Room on Wednesday afternoon.

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Local News
4:14 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Evan Williams Brings Bourbon Trail to Louisville

Design for Evan Williams Bourbon Experience

It's not just Medicaid that's expanding in Kentucky…the Bourbon Trail is growing, too.

When it opens later this year, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience on West Main Street will become the eight stop on the popular tourist attraction. The facility will be a working distillery with additional features to draw more visitors. 

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The Salt
7:55 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Less Potent Maker's Mark Not Going Down Smoothly In Kentucky

With too little distilled bourbon to meet demand, Maker's Mark is lowering the product's alcohol content from 90 to 84 proof.
Ed Reinke AP

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 7:58 pm

Kentucky is bourbon country. Bar shelves in Louisville are stocked with a crowded field of premium bourbons; the city's Theater Square Marketplace restaurant alone carries close to 170 different brands. So when news trickled out that longtime distillery Maker's Mark plans to water down its bourbon, locals were stunned.

Bourbon has to be aged at least two years — and that's where Maker's Mark got in trouble. Chief Operating Officer Rob Samuels says the company simply didn't make enough.

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12:41 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Maker's Mark COO Rob Samuels: Extremely Short Supply Led to Cut in Bourbon's Alcohol by Volume

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Maker's Mark was first made in the 1950s, but the family behind the bourbon has been distilling in Kentucky longer than Kentucky has been a state.

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7:10 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Maker's Mark Reduces Alcohol By Volume to Meet Demand

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It's now going to take a little more Maker's Mark to get you tipsy, not that Maker's is the sort of bourbon one drinks just to get tipsy.


Maker's Mark is reducing its alcohol by volume by three percent in an effort to meet increased demand, says an e-mail from executives to Maker's Mark Ambassadors.

Update 12:45 p.m. Sunday: Here's a Q&A with Maker's Mark chief operating officer Rob Samuels, where he explains the decision.

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4:20 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Sets Attendance Mark

For the first time, attendance along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail broke the half-million mark last year.

The 509,000 people who stopped at seven distilleries represent a 15 percent increase over 2011.  Kentucky Bourbon Trail Experience Director Adam Johnson adds many of those visitors ate at local restaurants and slept in nearby hotels.

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