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9:09 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Kentucky Bourbon Production Tops 1 Million in 2012

Bourbon barrels rest inside a warehouse at Woodford Reserve.
Bourbon barrels rest inside a warehouse at Woodford Reserve.
Credit Kevin Willis

The amount of bourbon produced by Kentucky distillers has topped 1 million barrels for the first time in nearly 40 years.

Officials with the Kentucky Distillers' Association said Monday that 1,007,703 barrels were filled in 2012. The last time the total went over a million was in 1973 when 1,004,877 barrels were produced.

The group's president, Eric Gregory, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that Kentucky's distilleries are experiencing double-digit sales growth and seeing landmark production levels while investing in new facilities.

The group says bourbon production is up more than 120 percent since 1999.