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This Is What the Trade War Looks Like in Bourbon Country

  • Kentucky, where the economy has lagged, is looking for relief
  • State boasts 68 distillers with annual payroll of $1 billion
A Beam Inc. Distillery Ahead Of Earnings Figures

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

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After Europe retaliated with tariffs on Kentucky bourbon in response to President Donald Trump’s trade war, the James E. Pepper distillery in Lexington so far this year has suffered a more than 20% sales decline internationally.