Although some physicists disagree, senseless tragedies like this make us think the universe really is a giant video game. A recent fire at one of Jim Beam’s 126 barrel warehouses in Kentucky burned up about 45,000 casks of bourbon, the New York Times reports.
Firefighters let the blaze, which may have been sparked by lightning, rage on so ethanol from the spirits wouldn’t pollute a nearby creek. Given that a standard barrel yields 150 to 200 bottles of bourbon, if each bottle has an estimated value of $18*, the fire could have lost the distiller as much as $162 million in revenue. But the warehouse contained younger whiskey, a spokesperson said, so Jim Beam fans are in no danger of running dry.
Oh, and another silver lining…
“It’s about the best-smelling fire I’ve ever been at,” Drew Chandler, emergency management director for Woodford County, told the Times. “It is not as pungent like in a house fire because it is mostly old natural wood and a distilled spirit, so it has a bit of a sweetness to it.” Drew, ever considered being a whiskey judge?🥃
*All dollar figures in USD