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News Briefs for September 4, 2018

September 4, 2018

•Beam Suntory is considering a $101.7 million expansion at its Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, Kentucky, according to documents filed with the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA). The investment would expand distilling and aging facilities to meet growing demand. In addition, the company is considering a $63 million investment to expand its facility in Boston, Kentucky.

•The Kentucky Bourbon Trail has opened its welcoming center in downtown Louisville’s Frazier History Museum. The center serves as an entry point for visitors where they can learn more about the trail and Kentucky’s distilleries while planning distillery tours with the help of an on-site coordinator. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail consists of 28 distilleries—14 craft and 14 larger facilities—and brought over 1 million tourists to the area in 2017 according to the Kentucky Distillers Association.

•Beverage alcohol delivery service Drizly is set to launch in the Kansas City, Missouri market following the city council’s approval of online alcohol sales and delivery. Starting in September, the entire inventory of Kansas City retailer Mike’s Wine & Spirits will be available at its Brookside, Westport, and Waldo locations through Drizly. Minority-owned by the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Drizly is now present in more than 100 markets across the U.S. and Canada. The company recently acquired Buttery, a competing on-demand delivery service, in an effort to further boost its rampant growth.

•William Grant & Sons single malt brand The Balvenie has appointed Kelsey McKechnie as apprentice malt master, under David C. Stewart. McKechnie, 26, will start her tenure by working to maintain quality and consistency in The Balvenie’s bottlings and managing the brand’s maturing stocks. McKechnie studied biology at the University of the West of Scotland before working at William Grant & Sons as a technical graduate and whisky technologist focusing on spirit quality.

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