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Economic Impact

Economic Impact

THE PROOF IS HERE®:
BOURBON POURS BILLIONS INTO KENTUCKY ECONOMY

Bourbon: An Economic Engine

Bourbon: An Economic Engine

  • Nearly 12 million barrels of Bourbon and other spirits are gently aging in Kentucky.
  • More than 11.4 million of those are Bourbon barrels, the most ever.
  • Kentucky produces 95% of the world’s supply of Bourbon.
  • 11.4 million barrels of Bourbon; 4.5 million people means 2.5 barrels per Kentuckian.
  • 19 distilleries in 2009; 95 distilleries in 2021, a 400% increase.
  • 8 counties with a distillery in 2009; 43 counties in 2023, a 400% increase.
  • 9,848 jobs sustained in 2009; 22,538 in 2021, a 129% increase.
  • $442 million in payroll in 2009; $1.2 billion in 2021, a 179% increase.
  • $125 million total taxes paid (production & consumption) in 2009; $286 million today, a 128% increase.
  • $5.2 billion in capital projects completed or planned by 2025.

KENTUCKY'S GREATEST ASSET

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

  • Tourism brings patrons to local restaurants, bars, lodging and events.
  • Bourbon’s local supply chain and use of professional services creates and sustains jobs for loggers, stave mills, cooperages, farm families, architects, engineers and business-service professionals.
  • Increasing property values, payroll taxes and revenue for counties and cities.
  • Distilleries and satellite tasting rooms to bring downtown dynamism.
  • Bottle and by-the-drink sales now permitted at fairs, festivals and farmer’s markets.
  • Distilleries pay local governments insurance premium taxes on their properties.

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