Graham voters to decide on alcohol sales at distilleries

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GRAHAM, Ky. (WEHT) Not all races will decide who takes office in Frankfort. One election in Muhlenberg County will decide whether to allow alcohol sales at a type of business yet to open in town.

Voters in Graham will decide on allowing alcohol sales on the site of a future distillery.

A former school just off the Western Kentucky Parkway is transforming into the future Bard Distillery.

“We’ve made a lot of tremendous gains in the past few months and gettting closer,” says co-founder Thomas bard. he also says before they can start distilling bourbon here, they need to be able to sell the product they’ll make.

“It allows us to serve them a drink and show them how they can prepare a cocktail with what we have to offer. WIthout this vote, then we can’t do any of that on site,” he says.

Graham voters will decide whether to allow alcohol sales only at any future distillery to be located in town. Sales would still be prohibited outside the distilleries. If approved, the vote would put this community in the same category as outside in and outside Muhlenberg County, where sales can be allowed on distillery grounds, but the town itself can stay dry. Bard says sales should be allowed to help bring tourism dollars, and jobs to the town.

“In between the time that it is ready to go, you have to find someway to generate revenue. One major revenue source in the state of Kentucky is tourism, so if we can get people to come by here, know they can get tastings and tours, and buy our product, that is a huge thing for us,” Bard says.

“I think it’d be a good opportunity because it allows for a bunch of jobs opening and not only that, because it would benefit Muhlenberg County itself,” adds Michael Groves of Graham.

As for the distillery itself, Bard says they’re still several months away from opening and distilling.

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(This story was originally published on May 20, 2019)

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