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Kentucky Has Pair of Newly Poured Bourbon Ponds

After warehouse's partial collapse, hastily constructed retention ponds collect 120K gallons

(Newser) - Willie Nelson might've implored a whiskey river to wash his blues away, but the Barton 1792 Distillery in Kentucky has a couple of brand new, relatively unanticipated bourbon ponds, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal . After the partial collapse of a warehouse last month sent up to 9,000 barrels crashing... More »

Up to 9K Whiskey Barrels Just Crashed to the Ground in Ky.

No one was hurt during the warehouse collapse at Barton 1792 Distillery

(Newser) - Thousands of whiskey barrels crashed into a massive heap Friday when a large section of a decades-old storage warehouse collapsed at a distillery in the heart of Kentucky bourbon country. The damaged warehouse at the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown held about 18,000 barrels, and it appeared that up... More »

Toby-the-Whiskey-Thief Gets 15 Years

Distillery worker stole Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, Wild Turkey

(Newser) - The mastermind of a whiskey theft ring in Kentucky has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for a scheme that siphoned tens of thousands of dollars' worth of bourbon from two distilleries, reports the AP . Former distillery worker Gilbert "Toby" Curtsinger pleaded guilty last year to charges that... More »

Opossum Breaks Into Liquor Store, Gets Drunk on Bourbon

She sobered up at a wildlife center

(Newser) - An opossum that apparently drank bourbon after breaking into a Florida liquor store sobered up at a wildlife rescue center and was released unharmed. Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge officials say the opossum was brought in by a Fort Walton Beach, Fla., police officer on Nov. 24, the AP reports. A... More »

Whiskey Heir Says She Was Sacked for Being Lesbian

Hollis Bulleit says she came out 10 years ago but was rejected by her family

(Newser) - After working for more than two decades at the whiskey business her father re-founded , Hollis Bulleit says she was fired by email right before Christmas because she refused to stay silent about being a lesbian. Dubbed the "First Lady of Bourbon," Bulleit says she has kept mum at... More »

Lethal Tick Bite Claims Woman in Missouri

Tamela Wilson is fifth known person to have contracted the Bourbon virus

(Newser) - Tamela Wilson was no stranger to tick bites. The 58-year-old assistant superintendent at Meramec State Park in Missouri had worked at a state park for more than a decade and would pick the bugs off her skin routinely, reports CBS News . But in late May, just four days after she... More »

Bourbon Industry May Pay for Trump's Proposed Steel Tariff

The largely Kentucky-based industry could fall victim to trade wars

(Newser) - The EU is eyeing a potential target to use in retaliation against President Trump’s proposed steel import tariff : the US bourbon industry. Per the Guardian , commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said the EU would "react with counter-measures" within days against US agricultural exports should Trump impose import tariffs on... More »

So You Think You Can Tell Bourbon From Rye?

The whiskeys can differ very subtly by their 'mash bill'

(Newser) - The study may be small, but researchers at Drexel University have opened an inquiry into whether modern bourbons and ryes—both types of whiskey—are different enough to be discernible to the average taster, and they've come back with a resounding "no." Reporting in the Journal of ... More »

'Rogue' Workers Busted in $100K Bourbon Ring

9 charged with years of theft from 2 distilleries

(Newser) - There are those, perhaps scarred by youthful overindulgence, who might wonder why anyone would steal even a shot of Wild Turkey, and then there are the nine people indicted today in Kentucky with taking thousands of dollars worth of bourbon from two distilleries. The case is attracting a lot of... More »

US Boozers Sour on Scotch

Bourbon is on the rise worldwide

(Newser) - America's whiskey drinkers have joined the trend to buy local, which is bad news for the Scots: The latest figures show that export sales of Scotch whisky dived 7% to $5.8 billion last year, largely because of a 9% fall in sales to the US, reports the BBC... More »

Dispiriting News: We're Short On Fine Bourbon

Distillers underestimated bourbon demand, and we're paying for it

(Newser) - It's been rumored for a few years now; Nautilus' take on the looming "bourbon shortage" is that it already has hit. Though we're awash with Knob Creek and Maker's Mark, high-end and small-batch bourbons are in short supply, spurring well-heeled drinkers to clear the next tier... More »

Suck It, Scotland: World's Best Whiskey Is From Japan

First time Scotland hasn't appeared in top 5

(Newser) - Each time a new edition of the World Whisky Bible comes out, you can expect to see a Scottish distillery at the top—but the 2015 version is full of firsts. A Japanese whiskey has stolen the No. 1 rank for the first time, while no Scottish whisky even made... More »

John Wayne Heirs, Duke Fight to Lasso His Nickname

University doesn't want Wayne estate using 'Duke' on its bourbon bottles

(Newser) - John Wayne’s family and Duke University are riding a litigious path into the sunset. The American icon's heirs have sued the academic institution for the right to market bottles of bourbon using the word "Duke," the late legend’s famous nickname, reports the AP . The bottles... More »

Japanese Firm Buys Jim Beam for $13.6B

$13.6B deal set to be 3rd-biggest in industry history

(Newser) - Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, and Knob Creek bourbons will soon have a second home in Japan. Beam, the owner of the whiskeys and the world’s fourth-biggest liquor company by sales, has reached a deal to be purchased by Osaka’s Suntory, a family-owned liquor company that’s No.... More »

Maker's Mark Goof Actually Great for Company

Sales up 44% for quarter

(Newser) - Remember how America's bourbon drinkers collectively freaked out in February over the news Maker's Mark was going to water down its alcohol? Big corporate misstep? Hardly, reports Forbes . The company did an about-face within a week in an attempt to prevent a mass exodus of fans, and it... More »

Maker's Mark: OK, We Won't Water Down the Bourbon

Because 'thousands' of you people whined about a little less alcohol

(Newser) - Maker's Mark has heard your anguished cries, and is backing off its plan to water down its iconic bourbon . "We've been tremendously humbled over the last week or so," says Rob Samuels, the brand's COO and grandson of its founder, in announcing the move today.... More »

Maker's Mark to Make Its Bourbon Less Potent

To meet rising demand, it's 'watering down' bourbon

(Newser) - Bourbon's worldwide popularity is on the rise, and with countries like Australia, Japan, and Germany clamoring for the stuff, Maker's Mark is changing its formula. In order to respond to increased demand, the firm says it's cutting the alcohol by volume by 3%—though it apparently means... More »

Maker's Mark: Why We Opted to Water Down

Drinkers should 'keep an open mind': COO

(Newser) - After announcing a reduction in the alcohol content of Maker's Mark, its makers took questions from Quartz about the process—and why it's necessary. First off, why isn't the company simply raising its prices to respond to increased demand? Well, the company founder "did not like... More »

Distillery Neighbors Sue Over 'Black Gunk'

Whiskey distilleries lead to gross-sounding fungus

(Newser) - The good news when you live next door to a whiskey distillery is that … you live next door to a whiskey distillery. The bad news? Apparently those distilleries cause a fungus—or, as the New York Times calls it, a "sooty-looking black gunk"—to spread over houses,... More »

Kentucky Bourbon No Backwoods Booze

Sophisticated stuff sees popularity spike

(Newser) - Bourbon is sweet, but that’s no reason to call it unsophisticated, as one lover of the stuff learned on a trip to Kentucky. Making the whiskey is a process so complex and nuanced that master distillers are few—and the job often stays within families, writes spirits expert and... More »

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