Kentucky bourbon distillers filled 1.2 million barrels in 2013

on 23/07/14 at 10:23 am

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15tI5G.AuSt.79Kentucky’s bourbon renaissance shows no sign of slowing down: The state’s distilleries filled 1.2 million barrels in 2013, according to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.

That tops 2012′s production of slightly more than 1 million barrels. The 2013 production is the highest since 1970, according to the KDA.

At the end of 2013, there were almost 5.3 million barrels of bourbon aging in warehouses around the state, with more on the way as distilleries continue to grow. There also are 600,000 barrels of brandy and other whiskeys.

“Our historic warehouses are brimming with plenty of Kentucky bourbon to satisfy the growing global thirst for our mellow amber nectar,” KDA president Eric Gregory said. “Distillers are making landmark investments, creating new jobs, driving record numbers of tourists to the state and pouring hundreds of millions into local economies.”