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Corn meal, whiskey help save Ute Mountain Ute Farm and Ranch

Nov. 27, 2021 10:18 AM EST

TOWAOC, Colo. (AP) — Drought in much of the West, 22 years running, has struck Colorado’s Four Corners tribal lands with bitter force. This year, the Ute Mountain Ute’s celebrated 7,700 acre farm and ranch operation had to lay off half its workers as thousands of acres lay fallow. ...

Charleston West Side developers get into the spirits

Nov. 27, 2021 09:04 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The magic is in the cave, Tighe and John Bullock trust. Tighe and his father, John, learned of its existence near Renick on the Greenbrier-Pocahontas county line. A geological engineer, John Bullock thought a distiller could use that water to...

Spirit producers celebrate as EU drops bourbon tariff

Nov. 06, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, a Bluegrass State bourbon industry leader and a Louisville-based spirits producer are applauding an agreement between the United States and the European Union to lift tariffs on bourbon and whiskey. The United States...

American distillers look to rebuild business in Europe

Nov. 01, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — American whiskey producers raised a glass to celebrate a trans-Atlantic agreement to end retaliatory tariffs that sank their sales in Europe. Now comes the challenge of rebuilding brands that were stymied in those ultra-competitive markets during the lengthy trade...

Striking bourbon workers ratify new Heaven Hill contract

Oct. 23, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Striking workers at one of the world's largest bourbon producers voted to a ratify a new contract Saturday, a day after announcing a tentative agreement with Heaven Hill. About 420 members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 23D went on...

Bourbon maker reaches tentative deal with striking workers

Oct. 22, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

Heaven Hill, one of the world's largest bourbon producers, announced a tentative contract deal Friday with a union representing striking workers, just days after signaling it intended to start hiring permanent replacement employees for bottling and warehouse operations in Kentucky. ...

Distillery to offer new attraction to Lake Cumberland region

Oct. 20, 2021 04:09 AM EDT

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — The Lake Cumberland region of southern Kentucky will get another tourist attraction once a new bourbon distillery opens. Gov. Andy Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers attended a groundbreaking Tuesday for a $200 million tourism development project by...

Bourbon producer signals intent to hire replacement workers

Oct. 18, 2021 20:46 PM EDT

Declaring an impasse in contract talks with striking union workers, global spirits producer Heaven Hill said Monday it will start hiring permanent replacement workers for bottling and warehouse operations in Kentucky. Union leaders responded that they're willing to...

Kentucky Distillers' Association welcomes new member

Oct. 14, 2021 04:05 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Saddlestone Distillery has become the 46th member of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the non-profit trade group that leads the state’s signature bourbon and distilled spirits industry. The Woodford County distillery, founded by Cynthia...

Bullish on the future: Kentucky bourbon production grows

Oct. 04, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's bourbon industry is signaling that it's increasingly bullish on its future after reaching new production heights despite the COVID-19 pandemic and trade disputes in key overseas markets. Bluegrass State bourbon producers filled nearly...