Signature Industry: Bourbon renaissance bringing economic growth to Kentucky

06/07/2013 12:25 PM

Kentucky bourbon distillers are seeing a renaissance of the industry both in the United States and overseas, and as the product grows so do the distilleries and the jobs that come with it.

Bourbon distilling creates more than 9,000 jobs in the Commonwealth, and the taxes incurred on the industry generate $6 million in local and state tax revenue.

With the advent of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tourism is ever increasing attracting millions of visits in the last five years, and production of bourbon has increased 115-percent in the last decade.

With the growth in the industry pop-up niche jobs have developed including bars specializing in bourbon, summer camps and bourbon bloggers.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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