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Gov. Beshear Proclaims September as Bourbon Heritage Month in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. –  In recognizing the Commonwealth’s centuries-old distilling trade, its direct ties to agriculture and its monumental financial and tourism affect, Gov. Andy Beshear has proclaimed September as Bourbon Heritage Month in Kentucky.

The Governor on Tuesday introduced the formal proclamation to Kentucky Distillers’ Affiliation President Eric Gregory in the course of the Kentucky Bourbon Corridor of Fame® induction ceremony in Bardstown, the Bourbon Capital of the WorldⓇ.

The proclamation, obtainable right here, highlights the state’s $9 billion Bourbon and distilling trade, the way it drives tourism throughout the Commonwealth and sustains greater than 22,500 jobs with an annual payroll topping $1.23 billion.

And, it cites Kentucky Bourbon as a chief a part of Kentucky’s agricultural, agritech and agritourism industries, with distillers buying greater than 13.5 million bushels of corn and different grains yearly from native farm households – a quantity that continues to develop.

Gregory welcomed the proclamation and lauded the trade’s progress and affect.

“With continued rising curiosity and world demand in our historic and homegrown distilling trade, Kentucky Bourbon offers extra very important jobs and income streams for our Commonwealth and native communities than ever earlier than,” he mentioned.

“We’re proud and honored to hold ahead the wealthy distilling traditions which have been a defining agricultural and industrial endeavor since earlier than Kentucky was a state, whereas including numerous tourism {dollars} to native coffers by way of our Kentucky Bourbon Path® experiences.”

The distilling trade is at the moment in the midst of a $5.2 billion, 10-year constructing growth with $3.3 billion of introduced funding coming throughout the subsequent 4 years, together with greater than $100 million in tourism capital investments.

Bourbon manufacturing has skyrocketed greater than 435% for the reason that flip of the century. Kentucky now boasts greater than 10.3 million barrels of Bourbon getting old in warehouses throughout the Bluegrass, probably the most in its revered distilling historical past.

Distillers stuffed greater than 2.4 million barrels in 2020 alone, the third yr in a row that manufacturing topped the 2 million mark.

Vacationers made greater than 1.5 million stops at Kentucky Bourbon Path® and Kentucky Bourbon Path Craft Tour® distilleries in 2021, a milestone that continues to develop and rebound from COVID and subsequent closures in 2020.

Nonetheless, the trade faces quite a few challenges – each at house and across the nation.

Because the variety of distilleries in different U.S. states continues to develop – now greater than 2,200 throughout 49 states – Kentucky is prone to dropping its historic trade dominance. This yr alone, Kentucky fell from eleventh to twelfth within the variety of licensed distilleries.

Virtually all the states forward of Kentucky have a considerably decrease tax burden on spirits. In Kentucky, about 60% of each bottle of spirits goes in direction of taxes and costs. Kentucky additionally is just one of two states with a wholesale tax along with excise and gross sales taxes.

Bourbon is the very best taxed trade in Kentucky, paying $285 million in native and state taxes yearly, in addition to $1.8 billion in federal alcohol taxes – extra federal taxes than every other state within the nation.

The Bluegrass State continues to be the one place on this planet that unfairly taxes getting old barrels of spirits. This discriminatory tax – the topic of a present legislative job power – punishes progress and pushes startup distilleries to competitor states.

“Different states have made it blatantly clear – they need what Kentucky has in distillery jobs, tourism and funding,” Gregory mentioned. “If Kentucky goes to keep up its distilling dominance, policymakers should reform these extreme alcohol taxes to take away limitations to entry and incentivize extra progress.”

In delivering the proclamation to the KDA at this week’s Kentucky Bourbon Corridor of Fame occasion, Gov. Beshear additionally thanked the affiliation and the Bourbon group for stepping up in occasions of want.

The KDA and its companions raised practically $5 million in separate “Kentucky Bourbon Profit” auctions of uncommon bottles and personal barrel picks for aid efforts after the catastrophic Western Kentucky tornadoes and Japanese Kentucky floods.

Each auctions have been the biggest single donations to the Crew Kentucky aid funds, the Governor mentioned.

“As a signature trade, it’s each incumbent and vital that we give again to our fellow Kentuckians in occasions of nice tragedy and wish,” Gregory mentioned. “We’re grateful for the Governor’s ongoing assist for Bourbon, the backing of the state and its communities, and the fervent curiosity from fans and vacationers all over the world.”

Based in 1880, the Kentucky Distillers’ Affiliation is a 501(c)(6) non-profit commerce affiliation that passionately unites, promotes, protects and elevates the Commonwealth’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits trade. Its numerous and rising membership produces the overwhelming majority of the world’s Bourbon, from legendary, world manufacturers to rising micro distilleries which can be fostering the subsequent technology of the Commonwealth’s timeless craft and treasured financial engine. The KDA maintains an open membership coverage, champions a powerful dedication to the accountable and reasonable consumption of spirits, and fights to curb underage ingesting and drunk driving.  

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Please take pleasure in Bourbon like a real Kentuckian – Responsibly.

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