It Turns Out the Most Popular Alcoholic Beverage in Kentucky Isn’t Bourbon
This definitely sounds like Bluegrass state blasphemy.
The state of Kentucky and bourbon whiskey go hand in hand. They just fit, like peanut butter and jelly. And there's a reason for that, Kentucky is well known for being the Bourbon Capital of the World, and rightfully so. It's said that the Bluegrass State produces about 95% of the world's bourbon. Kentucky has a rich history with bourbon dating back to the late 1700s. Many settlers that immigrated to the Kentucky region were from Germany, Scotland, and Northern Ireland and they brought with them a wealth of whiskey-distilling knowledge from their homelands. History.com has an in-depth breakdown of Kentucky's bourbon-producing history here if you're interested in learning more.
All things considered, you would think that Kentuckians' favorite alcoholic beverage would be bourbon, but bourbon's popularity actually comes in second to another popular alcoholic beverage.
Bourbon Takes a Seat Behind Beer
Yes, you read that right, the most popular alcoholic beverage in the Bluegrass state isn't bourbon, it's beer. According to a study from Toast, they analyzed the popularity of different drinks in restaurants across the United States. During the study, Toast found that beer reigns supreme, with beer being the most popular alcoholic beverage in all 50 states.
Now it should come as no surprise that Kentucky's next favorite alcoholic beverage behind beer, is whiskey. However, Kentucky came in third in the country behind Kansas and Ohio for whiskey consumption in the study, which is kind of wild.
And while we’re on the topic of Kentucky whiskey, we were surprised to find that diners at restaurants we looked at in Kansas, on average, drank more whiskey than any other state in Q2 2023. Ohio and Kentucky ranked second and third, respectively, for the most whiskey consumed per restaurant location that we observed in Q2 2023.
You can see the full study from Toast, here.
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