Bourbon and bureaucracy

Both bourbon and bureaucracy take a long time to produce. You can decide which tastes better as a result. Or maybe a little aged bourbon can help the taste of aged bureaucracy, not that I am suggesting that alcohol makes problems better.

The hopes of distilling Old Pogue spirits in Maysville, Kentucky, the home of that bourbon’s ancestral roots, made it over the first hurdle in the three-step bureaucratic process.

According to a story from the Associated Press, the Maysville Board of Adjustments approved the application for the distillary, based in Bardstown, to to produce bourbon at the Ryan-Pogue House.

The distillery company bought the historic home in 2009.

Two steps remain in the process of approving the opening of a new distillery. A federal permit for producing distilled spirits is required along with a permit and license from Kentucky. The approval process could take a year.

Here is the original Old Pogue Trying to Go Home blog post.

Don’t forget the contest I have running for a chance to win a book on the history of bourbon from The University of Kentucky Press. Here is the link to that blog post.

Remember, enjoy responsibly.


About Kim Kolarik

Exploring bourbon one sip at a time and sharing the experience.© Contact me at I've followed the original bourbon trail from my native Pennsylvania, where the whiskey rebellion erupted to Louisville, Kentucky, my current home. Bourbon is now in a revolution of expansion. I'll be bringing you news, information and tasting notes of bourbon from Kentucky and the emerging craft distillers from around the United States. I am photographer, designer and editor. --Kim D. Kolarik
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