Latest Distillery operation News

Lawsuit claims company trying to pass off whiskey as Scotch

Jul. 16, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A trade association is suing a Virginia distillery, claiming it is trying to pass off whiskey as Scotch. In a federal lawsuit filed last week, the Scotch Whisky Association alleges the Virginia Distillery Co. has engaged in "false, misleading and deceptive" labelling of whiskey sold...

More alcohol seized in connection to resort for ultra-rich

Jul. 8, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials said Monday that they confiscated over 800 bottles and cans of alcohol in a raid just days after the Yellowstone Club signed a deal to settle charges of serving booze at unlicensed bars at the private ski resort for the ultra-rich. Officials believe the alcohol seized...

Burned Jim Beam warehouse was insured; sprinklers deployed

Jul. 5, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Jim Beam storage warehouse that burned down, destroying 45,000 barrels of aging whiskey, was equipped with sprinklers and was insured, the company says. Meanwhile, the famed distiller is still assessing the loss of the bourbon. Remnants of the fire that erupted late Tuesday at the...

Decision on extinguishing Jim Beam fire a 'day or two' away

Jul. 4, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The fire that destroyed a massive Jim Beam warehouse filled with aging bourbon in Kentucky continued to burn Thursday as officials said the decision on whether to extinguish is still a day or two away. Woodford County Emergency Management Director Drew Chandler said in a telephone...

Fire destroys Jim Beam warehouse, bourbon flows into river

Jul. 3, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A fire destroyed a massive Jim Beam warehouse filled with about 45,000 barrels of aging bourbon in Kentucky, and state officials worried that runoff whiskey seeping into nearby waterways would kill fish. Firefighters from four counties responded to the blaze that erupted late Tuesday....

Bourbon barrel recovery underway at storm-damaged warehouse

Jun. 22, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky distillery says efforts are underway to recover thousands of barrels of bourbon at a massive storage warehouse that partially collapsed during a thunderstorm. O.Z. Tyler Distillery in Owensboro said a section of the warehouse has been "successfully deconstructed" and the...

Part of bourbon warehouse collapses in western Kentucky

Jun. 17, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Part of a bourbon warehouse in western Kentucky collapsed during a thunderstorm. News outlets report the partial collapse of the O.Z. Tyler Distillery rickhouse was reported early Monday. Master Distiller Jacob Call says around 20,000 barrels are stored at the location and it appears...

Progressive announces bid to challenge Susan Collins in 2020

Jun. 13, 2019 11:04 PM EDT

GARDINER, Maine (AP) — Betsy Sweet, a progressive Democrat who ran for governor of Maine last year, has announced her bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins. The former State House lobbyist announced her candidacy Thursday at Sebago Lake Distillery. In a statement, she criticized "the wealth,...

Mexico's tequila exporters warily eye US tariffs deadline

Jun. 7, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

EL ARENAL, Mexico (AP) — After decades of building a domestic market for Tequila Cascahuín, Salvador Rosales readied the family business for a plunge into the U.S. export market this year. He made sure he had a stable supply of high-quality blue agave, the succulent whose juice is distilled into...

Trade war comes to Louisville, Jack Daniels takes tariff hit

Jun. 5, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Led by strong sales for its whiskey and tequila brands, Brown-Forman Corp. reported higher fourth-quarter net income Wednesday despite taking a hit from the Trump administration's tariff fight. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company — best known for its Jack Daniel's Tennessee...