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BOURBON DOMINANCE AT RISK

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Competitor States Attract More Distilleries Faster

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?

COMPETITION IS GROWING. SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

Say Thanks to Those Who Help Make Bourbon and Kentucky the Perfect Pairing.
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