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Veteran Governmental Affairs Specialist Joins Kentucky Distillers’ Association


For Immediate Release – Monday, August 22, 2017


Veteran Governmental Affairs Specialist Joins Kentucky Distillers’ Association


FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that Bryan Alvey, a respected governmental affairs specialist with more than 15 years’ experience in legislative advocacy, has joined the organization as Senior Director of Governmental and External Affairs.

Alvey, 45, comes to the KDA from the esteemed Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, where he has been Director of Local Affairs and Policy Development since 2001, as well as Chairman of the KBF Employee Community Service Committee.

A native of Leitchfield in Grayson County, Alvey is a combat veteran who has served the United States Army in three wartime operations. He was stationed in Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm I; at Fort Campbell, Ky., during Noble Eagle III after 9/11; and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Alvey was in charge of Force Protection for Camp Cropper, a forward operating base in Iraq, and served as unit intelligence liaison while there, earning a Bronze Star Medal for his meritorious service. He retired from the military in 2009 while serving as an Artillery Platoon Sergeant.

He is a 1996 graduate of Western Kentucky University with a degree in government and geography, specializing in environmental management, and received his Master’s in Public Administration from American Military University in 2010.

“We are thrilled to add a distinguished leader of Bryan’s caliber to direct our governmental and regulatory affairs programs,” KDA President Eric Gregory said. “His reputation lobbying the Kentucky General Assembly is impeccable, and we are impressed with his passion, authentic personality, tireless work ethic and of course, his service to our country.”

Alvey, who grew up on a family farm, also brings a key agricultural perspective through his years of work with the venerated Kentucky Farm Bureau organization. “There’s probably not a corner of Kentucky that he hasn’t touched,” Gregory said.

“We’re honored to welcome him to our expert team and growing distilling family.”

Alvey will start Sept. 5. His e-mail address will be

Alvey said he looked forward to building upon the KDA’s legislative success and noted that distilling runs in his family. His mother’s family is from Nelson County – the Bourbon Capital of the World – and his grandmother worked for years at Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown.

“This is an incredible opportunity to join a thriving industry that contributes so much to the Commonwealth,” Alvey said. “The KDA has made tremendous strides in the last few years to modernize Kentucky’s archaic alcohol laws, but there’s still much to be done.

“It’s an exciting time to be in the Kentucky Bourbon business, and I’m ready to get to work.”

Alvey will be responsible for managing and directing the KDA’s public affairs initiatives at all levels of government and strengthening Kentucky’s rightful title as the one, true and authentic home for Bourbon and distilled spirits. He will be based at KDA headquarters in Frankfort, Ky.

He and his wife, Sandy, reside in Goshen, Ky., with their daughter, Lena.

Founded in 1880, the KDA is the state’s voice for Bourbon and spirits issues. Its diverse membership produces 95 percent of the world’s Bourbon, from legendary, global brands to emerging micro distilleries that are building the next generation of the timeless craft.

Kentucky Bourbon is one of the Commonwealth’s most historic and treasured industries, a booming $8.5 billion economic engine that generates as many as 17,500 jobs with an annual payroll topping $800 million, and pours $825 million into tax coffers each year.

The KDA this year unveiled a University of Louisville study that shows the industry is in the middle of a $1.2 billion building boom. There are now 52 distilleries in the Commonwealth and 6.8 million barrels of aging Bourbon – both modern records.

The KDA’s famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® also made history last year, with tourists recording a record one million stops at 20 participating distilleries. The booming attraction has increased attendance by 300 percent in the last 10 years.

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Media contact: KDA President Eric Gregory, (502) 875-9351.


The KDA is a non-profit trade association founded in 1880 to promote, protect and elevate Kentucky’s signature

Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Heritage members include Beam Suntory (Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark),

Brown-Forman Corp. (Old Forester and Woodford Reserve), Diageo North America, Four Roses Distillery, Heaven Hill Brands, Michter’s Distillery and Wild Turkey Distillery. Proof members include the Louisville Distilling Company and Willett Distillery.


Craft members include Alltech’s Town Branch Distillery, Bardstown Bourbon Company, Barrel House Distilling Co., Bluegrass Distillers, Boone County Distilling Company, Boundary Oak Distillery, Casey Jones Distillery, Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, Corsair Artisan Distillery, Dueling Grounds Distillery, Hartfield & Co. Distillery, Jeptha Creed Distillery, Kentucky Artisan Distillery, Kentucky Mist Moonshine, Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co., Limestone Branch Distillery, MB Roland Distillery, New Riff Distillery, The Old Pogue Distillery, O.Z. Tyler Distillery, Second Sight Spirits, Silent Brigade Distillery, Wadelyn Ranch Distillery and Wilderness Trail Distillery. The Distilled Spirits Epicenter is the KDA’s official educational distillery.


Member benefits include media relations, international trade development, private sampling events, technical assistance, economic development support, networking, legal defense, marketing strategies, governmental and regulatory advocacy and innovative tourism experiences through the KDA’s Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® adventures. The KDA maintains an open membership policy, champions a strong commitment to the responsible and moderate consumption of spirits, and fights to curb underage drinking and drunk driving. For more information about joining the KDA’s distilling family, contact KDA President Eric Gregory at (502) 875-9351. Visit and to learn more.



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