Global Tariffs Slash Kentucky Bourbon Exports by 35% in 2020, Per KDA

Tariffs imposed on U.S. spirits due to international trade disputes slashed the exports of Kentucky Bourbon by 35% overall in 2020, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced. Shipments to the European Union fell by nearly 50%. The EU is expected to double the tariffs imposed on American whiskey, which would … Continue readingGlobal Tariffs Slash Kentucky Bourbon Exports by 35% in 2020, Per KDA

The Bad News: Covid Pandemic Devastates 2020 Bourbon Trail Tourism

To no one’s surprise, the coronavirus pandemic struck a blow to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced that for the first time in its 21 years, total attendance on the Trail fell – sharply – in 2020. Visitors last year to member … Continue readingThe Bad News: Covid Pandemic Devastates 2020 Bourbon Trail Tourism

KDA Hires McElmurray as Special Projects Manager

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association have hired Marielle McElmurray for the position of Special Projects Manager. McElmurray previously worked for the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy where she spent three years as Director of Public Affairs. Prior to that, she worked at the Legislative Research Commission … Continue readingKDA Hires McElmurray as Special Projects Manager

KDA Names Sara Barnes Directory of Industry Responsibility and Sustainability

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association has named Sara Barnes as director of industry responsibility and sustainability. Barnes previously was managing director of the Bourbon Women Association, previously serving as marketing and events coordinator at Boone County Distilling Co. for four years, according to a new release. … Continue readingKDA Names Sara Barnes Directory of Industry Responsibility and Sustainability

KDA Honors Two with Newly-Created Esprit de Corps Awards

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced it has awarded Esprit de Corps Awards to KDA Board Chairwoman Jessica Pendergrass of Heaven Hill Distllery and Shane Baker of Wilderness Trail Distillery; the new award honors industry leaders who personify the group’s spirit of camaraderie and integrity, according to a news release. … Continue readingKDA Honors Two with Newly-Created Esprit de Corps Awards

Rabbit Hole, Wilderness Trail, Willett Advance to ‘Heritage’ KDA Membership

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced that Rabbit Hole Distillery, Wilderness Trail Distillery and Willett Distillery are now “Heritage” members, the highest level in the non-profit group that leads the state’s bourbon and spirits industry. Distilleries must have at least 25,000 barrels of distilled spirits aging … Continue readingRabbit Hole, Wilderness Trail, Willett Advance to ‘Heritage’ KDA Membership