2019 Missouri Bourbon Becomes Official Whiskey Style
On August 28th 2019, Missouri House Bill 266 came into effect creating Missouri bourbon as a unique style of whiskey to be exclusively produced in the State of Missouri.
Additionally to meeting federal quality standards of bourbon, Missouri bourbon needs to be mashed, fermented, distilled, and bottled in the State. Basically, the whole manufacturing process need to have taken place in Missouri to deserve to be named after the State of Missouri. This includes as well an unusual new requirement to use oak barrels manufactured in Missouri and the corn to be grown in the State of Missouri.
The more stringent standards for local bourbon production may root in the fact that Missouri is one of the top suppliers for white oak bourbon barrels. The bill was authored by Don Gosen (Copper Mule Distillery), a member of the Missouri Craft distillers guild, and sponsored by Rep. Jeff Porter of Montgomery City. It was signed by Gov. Mike Parson including modifications and suggestions provided by the Craft Distillers Guild and other stakeholders in the law making process.
The new law in Missouri is similar to other US Geographical Indicator definitions such as Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey: whereas Kentucky bourbon is demanding to be aged in the Kentucky for at least one year, Tennessee focuses on the usage of maple charcoal filtration (Lincoln County Process)
In 2019 Distilled Spirits Council of the United States of America report summarized about 29,340 jobs in the spirit industry of Missouri adding $2,902,554,000 to the State GDP, and $4,573,445 to the State Export balance.
Additional to TTB bourbon standards marketing, labeling and selling Indiana Missouri Bourbon must include :