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BOURBON POURS BILLIONS INTO KENTUCKY ECONOMY
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.
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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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