If Kentucky and Tennessee have their own stringent whiskey-making rules, why not other states? Missouri just took that step, Ted Simmons of Whisky Advocate reports.
Under a new law taking effect in August, anything that calls itself Missouri bourbon must meet federal standards and be mashed, distilled, aged and bottled in the Show-Me State. Oh, you’ll also need to use oak barrels made in Missouri and, starting January 1, local corn.
Roll out the barrels
Helping push this legislation was the 35-member Missouri Craft Distillers Guild, which aimed to link agriculture and tourism. Producers such as S.D. Strong Distilling and StilL 360 have already made bourbon following the new rules.
In a win for its forestry industry, the state is now the only place that limits the type of wood for aging whiskey—just Missouri white oak, please. Talk about keeping it in the family.🥃