Yale Students Present Downtown Distillery Designs for Louisville

The students from the Yale School of Architecture who visited Louisville in February have unveiled their designs for a distillery downtown. The students studied the region on their visit, with a specific focus on Louisville’s downtown and the bourbon industry. Their task was to each design a distillery that could stand near First and Main […]

Genetically-Modified Corn Nearly Unavoidable in Bourbon Distilling

Nearly 90 percent of the corn in this country is genetically-modified. And as using genetically-modified—or GM—corn becomes increasingly popular in everyday foods, more people are becoming concerned about potential ill effects on human health and the environment. Besides being used in food, that corn is also finding its way into Kentucky’s signature spirit: bourbon. In […]

Beshear Highlights Barrel Tax As One of First Priority for Tax Commission

Kentucky’s bourbon distillers may soon be getting one of their biggest wishes… a change in the barrel tax. The tax, named because it charges property taxes on bourbon aging in barrels in distillery warehouses, is one of its kind. But other alcoholic beverages made it the commonwealth aren’t subject to the same taxes, Beshear says. […]

New Manager to Enhance Bourbon Trail Experience

The Kentucky Distiller’s Association has appointed its first-ever Bourbon Trail Manager to improve the experience of trail visitors.  The trail includes six distilleries and has seen a surge in popularity over the last decade, coinciding with a national increase in the production—and consumption—of bourbon. To adapt, the trail has introduced new ways to connect visitors […]

Florida’s Primary, California’s Meth Problem, Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: The polls are open in Florida for a primary that Mitt Romney hopes will give him a stronger hand in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Romney is heavily favored in Florida, and it’s a pivotal contest, in a month of high-stakes elections. 1:12pm: Meth is a serious problem here in Kentucky. It’s […]

Yale Students to Plan Urban Distillery in Louisville

A group of students from the Yale School of Architecture will visit Louisville this year to design an urban distillery downtown, though the project won’t necessarily result in the distillery being built. The visit is part of Yale’s advanced design studios program. In addition to Kentucky, students in other studios will visit Venice, Denmark, Finland, Los […]

Kentucky House Delegation Supports Bourbon Bill

The entire Kentucky delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives supports a bill to change the federal tax code to benefit the commonwealth’s bourbon industry. Lawmakers contend there is inequality in the Internal Revenue Service because bourbon is aged and must be carried in storage for extended periods compared to other distilled spirits. Introduced by Congressmen […]

Bill Samuels Jr. Retires From Maker’s Mark Today

by Alan Lytle, Kentucky Public Radio There’s about to be a changing of the guard at one of Kentucky’s most famous bourbon distilleries. Bill Samuels Jr., longtime president and CEO of Maker’s Mark in Loretto, is stepping down today and handing the reins over to his son, Rob Samuels. “I expect all the innovation to […]