Bourbon sales are on the upswing across the U.S. with revenue from whiskey sales up 7.8 percent from 2014 to 2015 and showing significant growth over the last decade, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. While the popularity of bourbon has increased amanong all age groups, “millennials especially are taking to bourbon and it’s a greater percentage of women than one might think,” says Eric Loring, beverage director at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center in Boston. The growth is also driven by small batch and single barrel brands, according to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. Full story
In the late 1700s, bourbon distilleries helped shape downtown Louisville by opening offices along a section of Main Street that became known as Whiskey Row. But after Prohibition forced most of their closures, Louisville took a back seat in the state’s bourbon story.
Now, with several distilleries already open around the city’s center and a handful more on the way, Louisville is becoming a bourbon tourism destination at an unprecedented pace. Full story
Rye is what Bogart drank when he was trying to forget a dame. But granddad’s favorite brown liquor has re-emerged with a vengeance, thanks to the renaissance of the cocktail, and also because of how many great ryes there are. Full story
Small-batch bourbon is one of those things you either know about or you don’t. They’re made in small amounts, rarely advertised and targeted directly at whiskey drinkers looking for something a little different. While there’s no consensus (or regulation) on what can be sold as small-batch whiskeys, they are generally distilled in anywhere from 10 to 100 barrels. The resulting whiskey is often a singular experience, unlikely ever to be captured again in exactly the same way. The best of them can be sublime. Full story
Cecilia Henderson, the 71-year-old widow of Angel’s Envy bourbon creator Lincoln Henderson, is suing her son, saying that Wesley Henderson has “effectively stolen” her share of proceeds from a recent sale to Bacardi Ltd. Full story
Kentucky’s Bardstown Bourbon Company has partnered with Mahalo Spirits Group to launch a number of new whiskey brands that will be produced at its new $25 million distillery. Full story
Fans of brown spirits are taking a rye approach to imbibing. Hot on the heels of the bourbon boom, more ryes are appearing on shelves as consumers explore whiskey’s spicier, fruitier side. “People are rediscovering rye whisky and its unique flavor,” says Dan Tullio, master ambassador for Canadian whisky for Beam Suntory, which just launched its Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky. Full story