On the 11th July 2019, Missouri Governor Mike Parsons signed into law a Missouri Bourbon Whiskey regional designation. The new law, House Bill 266, goes into effect on 28th August 2019.
There are three key requirements for distillers to meet if they wanto label their product Missouri bourbon or Missouri bourbon whiskey:
- The product must be “mached, fermented, distilled, aged and bottled” in Missouri.
- The bourbon must be aged in oak barrels manufactured in Missouri.
- All “corn used in the mash must be Missouri grown corn”.
The first two rules come into force on the 28th August 2019, but they have until 1st January 2020 before the third rule comes into force.
The St Louis Today has full details on the story; unfortunately, they region lock so the article isn’t accessible for potential readers in Europe.