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September Is For Kentuckians: 15 Ways to Celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month

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It’s September 1st, and you know what that means? September 1st marks the beginning of National Bourbon Heritage Month. All true lovers of bourbon know this.

I know what some people are thinking… “They have a national day or month for everything” or “Those are annoying.” Well, you would be wrong. Bourbon Heritage Month is indeed, a real thing. In fact, on August 2, 2007, the U.S. Senate declared September 2007 as National Heritage Month. The bill was sponsored by Republican Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky and was passed by unanimous consent. This actually reinforces a bill. In 1964, Congress declared bourbon as “America’s Next Spirit,” by celebrating the family heritage, tradition and deep-rooted legacy that the bourbon industry contributes to the United States. Obviously, it must meet the Federal Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits (27 C.F.R. 5). So, as you can see, it’s in fact, a real thing and not something just made up from social media. You have Congress to thank for this one.

Kentucky is responsible for 95% of the world’s bourbon, so there are countless events going on all throughout Central Kentucky, as well as the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, which is held later this month in Bardstown, Kentucky aka the Bourbon Capital of the World from September 11-17, 2017. Bardstown is located about an hour away from Lexington.

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