Unlike Jack Daniel's, no major Kentucky distillery is located in a dry county, but Kentucky has a similarly ambivalent attitude toward the product that puts billions of dollars into its economy, but which many Kentuckians believe to be immoral.
Consequently, only 32 of Kentucky's 120 counties are wet. On the other hand, only 39 are bone dry. The rest, 49 counties, are somewhere in between. They permit some limited sort of alcohol sales but are less than fully wet. Kentucky's 'local option' laws give them a lot of choices.
We break it all down for you, and tell you how to find a drink in Mercer County, in the new issue of The Bourbon Country Reader, which dropped last week. Hint: although the Shakers didn't drink, Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill has a liquor license under a qualified historic site exception.
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