Boost for Kentucky Food and Beverage Industry

Boost for Kentucky bourbon industryWhile beer and bourbon have been around for hundreds of years, companies in our region who make these adult beverages are innovating, generating new ideas for tourism, and preserving a proud history.

Two companies have been making news lately. The Jim Beam distillery in Clermont, Ky hopes to attract more than twice as many visitors in upcoming years. Plans are in the works to create an $18 million interactive visitors center.

Currently, the distillery hosts visitors with tours highlighting the history of the Jim Beam family, generations of quality whisking-making skills, and how it produces bourbon. They even include an opportunity to taste a couple types of bourbon at the end of the tour.

The Jim Beam distillery is known as the Western Gateway of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. State and local officials are trying to raise funds to widen and beautify the roads and surrounding areas to entice more visitors to tour the Jim Beam distillery and others along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. That would provide a tremendous boost to Kentucky tourism dollars.

And there’s more good news. Falls City Beer is back… and better than ever! You may or may not remember its popularity—and fall from favor—in years past, but you’ll want to take notice of its triumphant return.

It’s been over 30 years since the beer was originally brewed in Louisville, KY. The company was operated in various locations for the last three decades, and its quality was in decline. New owner, David Easterling, is bringing it back “home” to a facility located on Barret Avenue and restoring its reputation as a high quality brew. They are using a new recipe to re-invent its traditional Vienna-style ale.

The food and beverage industry is a key sector in our region, so seeing growth, innovation, and companies making investments is good news for our area.