Monday, April 20, 2015
The State of American Whiskey Distilleries 2015
Every year, I do a brief summary of the American distilling scene based on my Complete List of American Whiskey Distilleries & Brands.
The rapid growth of distilleries continues. By my count, as of 2015, there are 517 distilleries in the United States that are currently making whiskey, up from 325 just a year ago.
Whiskey is being distilled in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Hawaii is the only no-show, though they do have a rum distillery.
Washington State continues to lead the way with 47 active whiskey distilleries, followed by New York with 43, California with 36 and Colorado with 29. Four other states have twenty or more whiskey distilleries: Oregon (24), Kentucky (23), Texas (21) and Ohio (20).
The expansion of distilling really is amazing over the years if you look back at my reports from 2014 and 2013.