Does Bourbon Always Have To Be Made In Kentucky?

People tend to assume that since most bourbon is made in Kentucky, that it must be made in the Bluegrass State. Read on to learn what makes a whiskey a bourbon.

Bourbon does not have to be made in Kentucky
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Bourbon does not have to be made in Kentucky

Kentucky's association with bourbon is undeniable, but the notion that bourbon must exclusively originate from the state is a common misconception. While Kentucky does produce the majority of the world's bourbon, legally, bourbon can be made anywhere in the U.S. as long as it meets specific criteria outlined by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Consequently, there are numerous distilleries across the country outside of Kentucky producing high-quality bourbon worthy of exploration by enthusiasts.