Mayor Greg Fischer presents Angel’s Envy founder Wes Henderson with a gift. | Photo by Sara Havens

Louisville has one more bourbon-soaked feather to add to its cap: We now boast more stops on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail than any other city in the commonwealth. The detail was mentioned Monday morning by Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA) president Eric Gregory as he welcomed Angel’s Envy Distillery to its family.

Gregory was joined by Mayor Greg Fischer and Angel’s Envy owner and founder Wes Henderson during a press conference held at the downtown distillery. Angel’s Envy, which opened in November, is now the 10th stop on the Bourbon Trail.

“The spectacular Angel’s Envy Distillery represents another unique hometown brand and an immersive bourbon experience that will delight the 24 million tourists who visit Louisville each year,” said Fischer. “We take great pride in our city’s rich bourbon heritage, and adding Angel’s Envy will only strengthen Louisville’s place as the Official Gateway to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail with four world-class distilleries and more to come.”

In fact, Louisville now has 10 current or under construction distillery experiences people can visit — from Peerless to Copper & Kings and everything in between.

Fischer said he believes Louisville is experiencing a renaissance, and a large part of that is due to the bourbon industry. With 24 million visitors to the city each year and $9 billion in current construction projects, he attributes a lot of that to “bourbonism” — a term he invoked four times during the press conference.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail director Adam Johnson, Mayor Greg Fischer, Angel’s Envy’s Wes Henderson and KDA president Eric Gregory | Photo by Sara Havens

“Louisville is one of the big winners of the bourbon boom,” confirmed Gregory.

Gregory and Fischer presented Henderson with a Louisville Stoneware plate and official signage of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

“It’s a huge honor to be alongside the best spirits producers in the world,” said Henderson. “This is a group of people that I’ve admired since my childhood.”

He recalled envisioning this day eight years ago when Angel’s Envy was just an idea. And now, to be a part of the esteemed distilleries on the trail, is exciting and thrilling.

“To be an even bigger part of the history and heritage of Kentucky bourbon is something I take a great deal of pride in,” said Henderson. “It’s a responsibility we will uphold.”

As Insider reported Feb. 10, two reports came out recently confirming bourbon’s boom. In the last two years, the bourbon industry has increased its economic output by $1 billion and added an additional 2,000 jobs to its workforce in Kentucky — bringing the total to $8.5 billion to the state economy each year and generating 17,500 jobs.

Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog (barbelleblog.com) daily. She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."


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