Kentucky’s status as the one, true and authentic home for Bourbon takes ongoing commitment.
- While Kentucky’s recent distilling growth is significant, we have fallen far behind the growth rates of competitor states.
- Kentucky now has less than 3% of all distilling permits nationwide, whereas the state held 25% of all permits just 10 years ago.
- There are now 4,450 distilled spirits licensed operations in the U.S. with only 128 in Kentucky.
- Kentucky fell from 11th to 12th nationally in number of distilleries last year, federal data show.
- Since 2015, Kentucky has been surpassed in number of distilleries by Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida.
- Kentucky still makes 95% of the world’s Bourbon, but any distilleries Kentucky loses to other states could grow into major producers.
- Tequila and agave spirits outsold all American whiskeys for the first time ever in 2021.
- Will clear spirits resurge in the market, pushing Kentucky distillers back into the bust days of the 1970s and ’80s?