Biggest Bourbon distillery projects of 2017

28th February, 2017 by Annie Hayes

A number of major players have taken to tackling the Bourbon shortage head-on – The Spirits Business rounds up a selection of the most anticipated distillery projects of the year ahead.

Sazerac’s Bardstown Bourbon Company

Amid stock shortage woes, the Bourbon industry witnessed “powerful” growth in 2016, adding US$8.5bn to Kentucky’s economy, and providing US$825m in tax revenue, according the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.

Despite troublesome times, in which demand far outstrips supply, the industry remains buoyant. Kentucky Bourbon distillers generate about 17,500 jobs with an annual payroll of more than US$800m – and the trend looks set to continue, as the sector is also benefiting from a US$1.2m building boom, with a host of new distilleries under development.

Overall, American whiskey bolstered total US spirits sales once again last year, according to the Distilled Spirits Council, with volumes growing 6.8% to 21m cases in 2016, as revenues increased 7.7% to US$3.1bn.

While we’re miles away from reaching historic levels of consumption back in the early 1970s  – when sales of Bourbon, Tennessee whiskey, rye whiskey, Canadian whisky and other ‘blends’ hit 80m cases – there’s no debating the future is bright for US whiskey makers, so long as the stocks are there.

Click through the following pages to discover our pick of the biggest Bourbon distillery projects of 2017.

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