Monday, April 8, 2013
Those of us who know bourbon get tired of constantly correcting the enduring myth that bourbon has to be made in Kentucky, but nothing has been a bigger blow to that myth than the craft distilling boom. Ten years ago, if you wanted to show someone an example of a non-Kentucky bourbon, you had to find a bottle of AH Hirsch or Virginia Gentleman. Now, in any good liquor store, you will likely find numerous examples of non-Kentucky bourbon.
Of course, there are many craft distilleries, and they don't all make bourbon, but in 2013, you can buy bourbon distilled in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
In addition, there are craft distilleries planning to sell bourbon distilled in Georgia, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Maybe now people will get that bourbon doesn't have to be made in Kentucky.