Bourbon is a pretty big part of the Kentuckian culture. Not only do the locals love it, but apparently, it generates and sustains employment and is a major tourist trap.
Distilling contributes to nearly $2 billion in gross state product each year and has doubled it's importance to the state’s overall economic activity in the last 13 years.
In the last decade, distilling created 4 percent new job growth. At the moment, there are 4.7 million barrels of Bourbon aging in Kentucky-the largest inventory since the 1980’s. That means that there are 400,000 more barrels than people!