Bourbon Heritage Month

Senator Jim Bunning - KentuckyIn 2007, the US Senate declared September as “National Bourbon Heritage Month.” Bill S. RES. 294, sponsored by Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky, passed the 110th United States Senate by unanimous consent. The bill reinforces the 1964 Act of Congress that declared bourbon “America’s Native Spirit” by celebrating the family heritage, tradition and deep-rooted legacy that the bourbon industry contributes to the United States.

Ever since then, Bourbon fans and distillers have celebrated the month of September as National Bourbon Heritage month, or as we like to say – The Best Month of the Year!

Below is the complete text from the bill.

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110th CONGRESS – 1st Session

S. RES. 294

Designating September 2007 as “National Bourbon Heritage Month”.

August 2, 2007
Mr. Bunning submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to



Designating September 2007 as “National Bourbon Heritage Month”.

Whereas Congress declared bourbon as “America’s Native Spirit” in 1964, making it the only spirit distinctive to the United States;

Whereas the history of bourbon-making is interwoven with the history of the United States, from the first settlers of Kentucky in the 1700s, who began the bourbon-making process, to the 2,000 families and farmers distilling bourbon in Kentucky by the 1800s;

Whereas bourbon has been used as a form of currency;

Whereas generations have continued the heritage and tradition of the bourbon-making process, unchanged from the process used by their ancestors centuries before;

Whereas individual recipes for bourbon call for natural ingredients, utilizing the local Kentucky farming community and leading to continued economic development for the Commonwealth of Kentucky;

Whereas generations of people in the United States have traveled to Kentucky to experience the family heritage, tradition, and deep-rooted legacy that the Commonwealth contributes to the United States;

Whereas each year during September visitors from over 13 countries attend a Kentucky-inspired commemoration to celebrate the history of the Commonwealth, the distilleries, and bourbon;

Whereas people who enjoy bourbon should do so responsibly and in moderation; and

Whereas members of the beverage alcohol industry should continue efforts to promote responsible consumption and to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate—

(1) designates September 2007 as “National Bourbon Heritage Month”;

(2) recognizes bourbon as “America’s Native Spirit” and reinforces its heritage and tradition and its place in the history of the United States; and

(3) recognizes the contributions of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to the culture of the United States.


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