First reported by Whiskey Raiders
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control Board descended upon popular Louisville spirits outlet Justins’ House of Bourbon for a raid, according to a report at the Whiskey Raiders website.
The whiskey information site posts that a state official confirmed the action to Louisville bourbon writer and expert Fred Minnick.
According to Minnick, the Kentucky ABC seized bourbon from the shop after receiving complaints alleging improper acquisition, possession, transport and sale of bourbon — particularly rarer, vintage expressions, Minnick told Whiskey Raiders.
“Under KRS 241.090, Kentucky ABC may inspect any premises where alcoholic beverages are manufactured, sold, stored, or otherwise trafficked in, without first obtaining a search warrant and may confiscate any contraband property,” Minnick quoted Kristin Voskuhl, executive director of communications and public outreach of the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet, which includes the ABC. “We routinely conduct inspections of our licensees to ensure compliance with all statutes and regulations governing the alcohol industry.”
The website’s post cites Voskuhl confirming that Kentucky ABC seized numerous bottles of bourbon and other items evidencing “suspected improper purchasing and sale of these products.”
Alcohol licenses issued to Justins’ House of Bourbon’s Louisville and Lexington locations remain active, Voskuhl told Minnick.
In June, Justins’ House of Bourbon partnered with blockchain company BAXUS to launch a whiskey authentication and trading program. They also own The Bourbon Review, a bourbon magazine and online newsletter.
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