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Kentucky Distillers Assoc. expands membership 1st time since 1880

on 07/02/11 at 12:56 pm


For the first time since its founding in 1880, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association is expanding its membership rolls to invite craft distilleries, with Lexington-based Alltech being the first to join today.

Alltech, a global leader in the animal health and nutrition industry, has established itself as an innovator in Kentucky’s growing craft distillery business with brands including Pearse Lyons Reserve malt whiskey and the unique Bluegrass Sundown, a Bourbon-infused coffee beverage.

“We are excited to announce the addition of Alltech to the legendary ranks of our Association, which has promoted and protected our signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry for 130 years,” said KDA Board Chairman John Rhea, the Chief Operating Officer at Four Roses Distillery.

“Our members can trace their Kentucky roots back generations to small, family-owned distilleries that today are global icons,” Rhea said. “It’s with great pride that the KDA welcomes Alltech and our craft distillery partners in keeping this tradition alive and securing the integrity of our industry.”

The announcement was made at Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company. Rhea and executives from KDA member distilleries presented Alltech President and Founder Dr. Pearse Lyons with a commemorative barrel head to celebrate his company’s induction.

“It is an incredible honor today to see Alltech join such a revered group of distillers, companies we’ve so long admired,” Dr. Lyons said.

A devotee of brewing and distilling even before completing his Ph.D. in yeast fermentation, Dr. Lyons honed the craft working at distilleries in his native Ireland. Five generations of coopers hail from Lyons’ family; whiskey-making is indeed a family tradition.

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