It’s no surprise that Bourbon Heritage Month is one of our favorite times of the year, and although this year may look a little different from years past, there is nothing stopping us from celebrating all things Bourbon.

Bourbon Heritage Month 101

The celebration began in 2007, when the US Senate declared September “National Bourbon Heritage Month.” Introduced by Kentucky Republican Senator Jim Bunning – it asks that anyone who appreciates Bourbon to celebrate that love with responsibility and respect throughout September. 

Bill S. RES. 294 solidified the creation, the culture, and the craft of the Bourbon industry as a proud chapter in the storybook of American history and it reinforced a 1964 Act of Congress that declared Bourbon “America’s Native Spirit.”

Fast forward to 2020 and we have even more reason to celebrate, as this September marks Brent Elliott’s fifth anniversary as our master distiller. Although he’s been in his current role for five years, Brent’s career at Four Roses began in 2005, 15 years ago. Since then he’s played an integral role in the growth and continued acclaim of Four Roses. His experience with the brand includes everything from applying his chemistry degree in production, to formulating Four Roses’ 10 distinct Bourbon recipes and hand-selecting barrels for award-winning bottlings.

Bourbon Heritage Month provides us with reason to celebrate from September and beyond. Whether you are a Bourbon enthusiast or a casual Bourbon drinker, National Bourbon Heritage Month can be enjoyed however, whenever or wherever you want. Here are some ideas to get you started.


Information brought to you by our partners the Kentucky Distillers Association and Kentucky Bourbon Trail.