Rivals Gear Up For Next Round of Tennessee Whiskey War

Oct 30, 2014

State lawmakers are gearing up for the next round of a fight between global liquor giants over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey.

Louisville-based Brown-Forman, which owns Jack Daniel's, supports the law requiring Tennessee whiskey to be made from 51 percent corn, aged in new charred oak barrels, filtered through maple charcoal and bottled at a minimum of 80 proof. George Dickel, which is owned by British liquor conglomerate Diageo, opposes those rules as too restrictive.

A state Senate committee that would take up any challenges to the law next session on Thursday heard from representatives of Jack Daniels and George Dickel, as well as from the owners of a growing number of craft distilleries in the state who have been caught in the middle of the debate.

Groundbreaking For Diageo Distillery Held in Shelby County

Aug 21, 2014
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Executives of the London based liquor conglomerate are expected to offer details Thursday on the timeline for the $115 million project in Shelby County. They're also expected to shed light on what spirits will be produced there.

Diageo calls the project a major investment in Kentucky's bourbon industry. The new facility comes as Kentucky bourbon producers try to keep up with global demand.

Air quality officials in Louisville are warning liquor giant Diageo that it could face fines if it doesn't control the vapors coming from its storage warehouses in southern Louisville. The Air Pollution Control District says the vapors from the liquor storage houses cause a sour alcohol odor and promote the growth of a black mold or fungus that gathers on nearby homes.