Signature Industry: Ky Bourbon booming, but distillers say high taxes and product shortages hamper growth

06/05/2013 06:10 PM

The Kentucky bourbon industry is the only industry in Kentucky that did a phenomenal thing during the economic downturn – it grew- but distillers say they still face obstacles.

In 2012 distilleries put back more than 1-million barrels of bourbon to age in Kentucky. Those barrels have to age several years to become bourbon, and in the mean time distillers have to pay Kentucky taxes on the barrel every year that it sits in the Commonwealth.

But it was an unexpected resurgence of the industry that has distillers scrambling to increase warehouse space to age bourbon, and customers lining up to wait for a chance at the good stuff.

Part two of the series on Kentucky’s Signature Industries: Bourbon airs Thursday and gives an up-close look at the economic impact bourbon has on Kentucky.

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



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