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Metro Council designates September as National Bourbon Heritage Month

Thursday September 13, 2007

For Immediate Release
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

The Louisville Metro Council designated the month of September as Bourbon Heritage Month in Jefferson County.

Sponsored by Councilman David Tandy (D) 4, the resolution passed on Thursday honors the heritage of the bourbon industry and the economic impact bourbon has had in benefiting Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

“This resolution is a tribute to the generations of families who have crafted a uniquely American product and to all families in the Metro-Louisville area that continue to be involved in bourbon production. As chair of the Labor and Economic Development Committee, I am keenly aware of the positive impact of tourism and the impact that the bourbon industry has in attracting visitors to our great city,” said Tandy. “We hope that more visitors will join us this September to honor National Bourbon Heritage Month by visiting us along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.”

As America’s only indigenous spirit, bourbon was recognized in 1964 by an act of Congress when it declared bourbon “America’s Native Spirit.” Building on this distinction, the U.S. Senate recently passed a unanimous resolution honoring the month of September as National Bourbon Heritage Month.

While celebrating the heritage of the bourbon industry, the resolution also heralds the positive economic benefits of the bourbon industry. More than $3 billion of gross state product is generated by the distilled spirits industry in Kentucky. This revenue is responsible for nearly $100 million in tax dollars for state and local governments throughout the country. Additionally, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail attracts 500,000 visitors to Kentucky, providing significant revenue for the Commonwealth and for Louisville as the gateway for Kentucky tourism.

The resolution also calls on the industry to be responsible corporate citizens and work with the Metro Council on efforts to address alcohol misuse such as underage drinking and drunk driving. In fact, during a hearing before the Labor and Economic Development Committee, members of the industry pledged to work with the Council in preventing alcohol abuse.

“I am pleased to hear the spirits industry is committed to work with the Council to prevent underage drinking and drunk driving. Working together, we can honor and celebrate the heritage of bourbon without denigrating its place in history through irresponsible alcohol use,” said Tandy.

Sponsor:
David Tandy (D) 4