Louisville: Snapshots from Kentucky Bourbon Fest

Insider Louisville: Snapshots from Kentucky Bourbon Fest

Just as the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival geared up for another successful run last Tuesday, Gov. Matt Bevin helped kick off events by praising the $8.5 billion industry for its incredible impact on the state’s economy and boost in tourism.

According to data compiled by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, there are now more than 6.8 million barrels of whiskey aging in Kentucky — which equals about 1.5 barrels for every one of us — the highest inventory in 44 years.

Insider was able to sneak away to Bardstown to attend a few of the Bourbon Festival events, and below is our gallery of the fun, famous faces and fabulous finds we encountered. The seven-day festival offered events for everyone’s tastes — from barrel-rolling competitions to sampling bourbon in fancy attire to an arts and crafts fair on the festival lawn.

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