Jim Bunning. Hall of Fame pitcher, Senator, statesman. Whatever. The real reason I mention his name is that in 2007, then-Senator Bunning sponsored a resolution in the Senate that declared September to be National Bourbon Heritage Month. And should you hail from a differing party and not wish to give Senator Bunning his due on this, It passed unanimously, so we should all be able to join hands in thanks to our government for (finally) getting something right.

Because that’s what we need…a federally approved reason to drink a lot of bourbon for 30 days. So if your wives, husbands, parents, children, etc. get on you this month for the amount of money you’re spending on bourbon, or the amount you drink, just tell them you’re an American, dammit!

Go to the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. Buy a bottle of something nice. Drink it. DO YOUR PATRIOTIC DUTY!



1st Session

S. RES. 294



August 2, 2007

Mr. Bunning submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to



Designating September 2007 as National Bourbon Heritage Month.

Whereas Congress declared bourbon as America’s Native Spirit in 1964, making it the only spirit distinctive to the United States;

Whereas the history of bourbon-making is interwoven with the history of the United States, from the first settlers of Kentucky in the 1700s, who began the bourbon-making process, to the 2,000 families and farmers distilling bourbon in Kentucky by the 1800s;

Whereas bourbon has been used as a form of currency;

Whereas generations have continued the heritage and tradition of the bourbon-making process, unchanged from the process used by their ancestors centuries before;

Whereas individual recipes for bourbon call for natural ingredients, utilizing the local Kentucky farming community and leading to continued economic development for the Commonwealth of Kentucky;

Whereas generations of people in the United States have traveled to Kentucky to experience the family heritage, tradition, and deep-rooted legacy that the Commonwealth contributes to the United States;

Whereas each year during September visitors from over 13 countries attend a Kentucky-inspired commemoration to celebrate the history of the Commonwealth, the distilleries, and bourbon;

Whereas people who enjoy bourbon should do so responsibly and in moderation; and

Whereas members of the beverage alcohol industry should continue efforts to promote responsible consumption and to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking: Now, therefore, be it


That the Senate—


designates September 2007 as National Bourbon Heritage Month;


recognizes bourbon as America’s Native Spirit and reinforces its heritage and tradition and its place in the history of the United States; and


recognizes the contributions of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to the culture of the United States.