National Bourbon Day

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2024 DateJune 14, 2024
2025 DateJune 14, 2025

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National Bourbon Day History

National Bourbon Day is dedicated to honoring the heritage, craftsmanship, and enjoyment of bourbon whiskey. The day provides an opportunity for bourbon enthusiasts, distilleries, and mixologists alike to share their passion, knowledge, and creativity through tastings, events, and limited edition releases. The day encourages the exploration of various bourbon varieties and appreciation of the beverage's rich history, rooted in the American culture and identity.

Bourbon whiskey, designated as America's native spirit by an Act of Congress in 1964, traces its origins back to the 18th century in the southern United States. Closely tied to the early settlers in Kentucky, bourbon production began with a combination of artisanal techniques passed down through generations and the abundant supply of clear limestone spring water. Bourbon has become one of the most popular spirits globally, known for its distinct flavor that is derived from the charred oak barrels in which it is aged, and the use of at least 51% corn in its production.

This day invites aficionados and novices alike to explore the rich flavors and nuances of bourbon whiskey and discover the unique stories behind each bottle and distillery, further cementing its indispensable role in American history and tradition. National Bourbon Day is celebrated on June 14th each year.

National Bourbon Day facts

  • For a whiskey to classify as bourbon it must be made in the U.S. The mix of grains used to distill bourbon must be within the range of 51-79% Indian corn. Most recipes use about 70% corn, hence the nickname corn whiskey.
  • According to National Bourbon Day, US President Lyndon B. Johnson gave bourbon his presidential stamp in 1964. He signed an Act of Congress that designated bourbon as The Official Spirit of America.
  • Most distillers make their bourbon between 80 and 100 proof which means it contains 40-50% alcohol by volume.

Top things to do for National Bourbon Day

  • Visit your local bar and order some bourbon. They may be hosting trivia or other events to celebrate the day.
  • Check out a collection of new bourbons.
  • Host a poker night and have everyone bring their favorite bourbon drinks.

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