Kentucky’s Governor, Steve Beshear, has recognised the impact of the Bluegrass State’s whiskey industry by proclaiming September as “Bourbon Heritage Month”.
Kentucky produces 95% of the world’s bourbon and is home to historic distillers and international companies such as Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve.
“Kentucky bourbon has become not only an American icon, but a leading international symbol of our proud heritage and craftsmanship,” Beshear said in a press release. “It has benefited generations of Kentuckians, and its increasing appeal will mean even larger rewards for the Commonwealth.
“We’re proud that Kentucky is the birthplace of bourbon. It’s an honour to declare September ‘Bourbon Heritage Month’ in recognition of bourbon’s significant economic, agricultural and tourism impact in Kentucky and beyond.”
According to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, bourbon contributes 3,000 high paying jobs to the Commonwealth and pays more than $115 million in state and local taxes.