90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Friday, December 20, 2013

Bourbon Makers Outside Kentucky Could Spark Innovation

(kybourbontrail.com)

(kybourbontrail.com)

When people think of bourbon, they often think of Kentucky, but not all bourbon is made in the Bluegrass State. The rules on bourbon — and there are federal rules — allow it to be produced anywhere in the U.S., and it is. Micro-distilleries are popping up all over the country and they’re finding success selling what has become a most-trendy spirit.

Bourbon accounts for only one quarter of all hard liquor sales in the U.S., but it far exceeds all other booze in sales growth. That’s because as bourbon has become popular, it’s also become pricey. A bottle of Pappy Van Winkle, for example, will set you back a few hundred dollars — if you’re lucky enough to find one.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Devin Katayama of WFPL reports from Louisville that the expansion of bourbon outside Kentucky could help develop the next American taste.

Reporter


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

October 23 Comment

New Documentary Profiles Human Rights Watch Team

An elite group known as the E-Team travels across the globe documenting human rights violations and war crimes.

October 23 Comment

Bottom Of The Sea Is ‘A World Of Surprises’

The world's oceans cover nearly two-thirds of the Earth's surface, yet little is understood about the ocean floor.

October 22 13 Comments

Colorado Backs Away From Pot Edibles Ban

Critics say a ban would violate the state's voter-approved legalization of recreational marijuana, which took effect in January.

October 22 4 Comments

Modest Raise For Social Security Recipients

Economist Diane Swonk says the 1.7 percent cost-of-living increase falls short of the inflation older Americans actually see.