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Kentucky Distillers’ Association has a new website

October 22nd, 2010

And there’s a lot of good information on bourbon there. Not all of the bourbon distillers are a member of of the KDA (Buffalo Trace, for example), but it’s still a good resource. Check it out here. Their formal press release follows.

Kentucky Distillers’ Association
Unveils New Website

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today introduced a redesigned website featuring in-depth information about the state’s signature Bourbon industry, tasting notes on its members’ premium brands and details on their programs to fight underage drinking.

The site is www.kybourbon.com. It was designed by thevimarcgroup of Louisville.

KDA President Eric Gregory said the new design is simple to navigate and inviting to use. “Our goal is to make the website a vital tool for anyone seeking key information about this important industry,” he said.

“And it’s all there – from the latest news to steps on how to hold your own Bourbon tasting.”

In addition, visitors can read the first-ever economic impact study of Kentucky’s distilling industry; a glossary of Bourbon and distilling terms; a list of KDA member Bourbon brands; links to the KDA’s Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour and much more.

In approaching the new design, Gregory said Vimarc made sure the site would be a strong resource for distributing information, educating the public about the industry and communicating the latest news and messages from KDA member distilleries.

Vimarc also chose fresh colors and typography that provide a warm contrast to the vintage tones of the distilleries and a scrolling bar that showcases iconic images from each of the KDA’s members.

The KDA, founded in 1880, is charged with promoting, protecting and representing the state’s distilling industry. Its members include Beam Global Spirits & Wine (Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark), Brown-Forman, Diageo North America, Four Roses, Heaven Hill and Wild Turkey.

“We’re excited about today’s launch and are looking forward to adding more features in the coming months,” Gregory said. “We invite everyone to check back often and pass along any comments or suggestions.”

6 Responses to “Kentucky Distillers’ Association has a new website”

  1. sam k says:

    I’ve been curious for some time why Buffalo Trace would not be a member of the KDA. Anyone out there have any idea?

    • Joshie says:

      You and everybody else Sam! I was surprised that Diageo NA was a member since, although they own a couple bourbon brands, they no longer distill anything in Kentucky.

      • EricH says:

        I thought Bulleit is distilled at the Four Roses Distillery or has that changed recently? Though Diageo doesn’t own a distillery in Kentucky, I would say having a product distilled somewhere in Kentucky still counts.

        • sam k says:

          Yes Eric, Bulleit is distilled in Kentucky, but since it is a contract brand, Diageo does not do the distilling…Four Roses does. I think that’s what Joshie was referring to. They have no distillery there.

  2. John Burlowski says:

    They were until recently when they dropped their membership. The reasons are unstated, but alledgedly there was some differences among the parties… or maybe BT simply thought their dollars got more value elsewhere.

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