There's big news in the world of Kentucky bourbon this week. Distillers with operations in the bluegrass state will receive a tax credit for their aging barrels, thanks to the passage of House Bill 445. With more than five million barrels and growing in Kentucky barrel warehouses (more than the number of residents in the entire state), that brings opportunities to reinvest the savings into distilling operations. It also offers incentive for craft distillers to open or relocate operations to Kentucky as well.

The global "bourbon boom" underway is great news for Kentucky and its residents. Smart distillers will be those who take advantage of the Kentucky brand, as bourbon fans search for authentic bourbon experiences. The Bourbon Trail and Urban Bourbon Trail is a reflection of distilleries opening their operations to loyal  brand ambassadors and casual sippers alike with unique tourist experiences.

Bourbon themed events, such as the upcoming Bourbon Affair, offer tastings, education and bourbon and bluegrass inspired events, such as polo and brunch. OK, not exclusive to bourbon but certainly a good fit in certain circles. If you want to start your own craft distillery (or maybe impress your bourbon buddies with expert distilling knowledge), you can enroll in Moonshine University.

We couldn't be more excited to see the boom and we're ready to help distillers maximize the opportunity. Luckett & Farley has been designing facilities for every aspect of the distilling business - that includes sawmills and cooperages, blending and bottling, labs and warehouses, visitor's centers and distilleries - for some of the best known brands in the business, including Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniel's, and various facilities for Brown-Forman. We even did a great concept for craft distiller, Angel's Envy. It's only natural, as Luckett & Farley is located in the heart of bourbon country and darn near as old as the bourbon business itself.

If you're seeking insight or ideas for your distillery facilities, contact Brent Collins at bcollins@luckett-farley.com or call 502-585-4181.

 

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