7:18 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Conway’s Jobs Plan: Training, Broadband and Bourbon

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Democratic candidate for governor Jack Conway unveiled his jobs plan on Tuesday, saying that his administration would expand broadband Internet to rural areas, train a better workforce and grow Kentucky’s tourism, bourbon and coal industries.

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4:03 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Four Roses to Expand Production Capacity at Two Locations

The Four Roses distillery in Lawrenceburg, Ky

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 9:49 am

A Kentucky bourbon distillery is planning a $55 million expansion at two different locations.

Four Roses plans to invest $34 million to add production capacity at its Lawrenceburg distillery. A separate $21 million investment will add new warehouses at its Bullitt County property.

The projects will receive over $1 million in state tax incentives.

The news comes on the heels of an announcement earlier this springs that Four Roses was expanding its Bullitt County bottling plant that will include a high-speed production line and a separate line producing a single-barrel version of the bourbon.

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3:11 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Playhouse in the Park Hosts "Tasting, Talk & Tunes" Bourbon Tour Fundraiser

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Playhouse in the Park in Murray hosts a Bourbon Tasting fundraiser at the Murray Country Club on June 12 to raise funds to match a $5,000 anonymous gift to help restock props destroyed by the fire last summer in downtown Murray. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with President of the Playhouse Board of Directors Dan Lavit and devoted volunteer Staci Stone about the bourbon picked out for the event, the hors d'oeuvres and live music.

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9:04 am
Tue May 5, 2015

McConnell and Paul Introduce Tax Bill for Bourbon Producers

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Republican U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul of Kentucky introduced legislation Monday aimed at helping bourbon producers.

The AGED Spirits Act allows bourbon producers to write off whiskey as it ages. At the moment, the tax code is written such that distilleries can only deduct bourbon once it is bottled and sold.

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4:14 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

9 Charged in Mass Theft of Pappy Van Winkle, Wild Turkey Bourbon

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Workers at two Kentucky distilleries have been charged in a theft ring involving thousands of dollars worth of stolen bourbon.

The scheme targeted sought-after labels that retail for hundreds of dollars.

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9:20 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Has Record-Breaking Attendance—Again

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Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail had another record-breaking year in attendance. The trail’s nine participating distilleries had 627,032 visitors in 2014, an increase of 10 percent over the previous year.

The nine smaller facilities that make up the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour are also seeing an increase in popularity.

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4:47 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Fmr. Maker's Mark CEO: "This Is the First Time That We’ve Had Our Enemies Not Trying to Kill Us"

Bill Samuels Jr.
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Former president of Maker’s Mark Bill Samuels Jr. says that Kentucky’s so-called bourbon boom still has a couple years of exponential growth in it.

Samuels spoke Thursday on the campus of Murray State University, where he said the boom is partly a result of distillers taking their business back in their own hands.

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5:26 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Kentucky's Bourbon Industry Booming

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Kentucky’s Bourbon industry has nearly doubled its workforce in the last two years, employing more than  15,000 people. It now contributes $3 billion in gross state product to the economy each year, up 67 percent from 2012, according to a new report on Kentucky’s distilling industry.

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6:38 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Ky. Distilleries Set to Receive Bourbon Barrel Tax Credits Next Year

The M.B. Roland Distillery operates in Pembroke, Ky.

A new state law aims to soften the impact of property taxes on Kentucky’s bourbon distilleries.

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9:17 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Owensboro Distillery Closer to Producing Bourbon

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A distillery in Owensboro will once again produce Kentucky’s signature spirit.

Officials with TerrePURE Kentucky Distillers announced Tuesday afternoon that they are purchasing the Charles Medley Distillery and will create bourbon and other lines of spirits.

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