Wed. Jul 24th, 2024

Kentucky is often called the birthplace of bourbon due to its long-standing history and connection to the spirit. The history of bourbon is unclear, but the Reverend Elijah Craig is believed to be “The father of bourbon.” The good reverend is credited with being the first to age corn whiskey in charred oak barrels, a process now a defining characteristic of bourbon whiskey. Craig was a Baptist minister and distiller in Kentucky in the late 18th century.

While the origins of bourbon are somewhat debated, Craig’s innovative aging method played a significant role in developing the bourbon we know today.

Just because Kentucky is the epicenter of bourbon does not mean that no other states produce the brown stuff. Other out-of-state distilleries are gaining momentum by using locally produced grains and native water to produce some award-winning whiskey.

Here is a list of non-Kentucky distillers to try in the new year.

These are just a few examples, and many other great bourbons are available from different states. It’s always recommended to read reviews and try different options to find the ones that suit your taste preferences.

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