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Basketball Fans Turn Into Bourbon Fans

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Updated: 3/22/2013 6:47 pm
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With the NCAA Tournament in Lexington, many hoops fans hit the Bourbon Trail on Friday. 

Kentucky has more bourbon than people.  In the commonwealth there are 4.9 million bourbon barrels, and there are only 4.3 million people. 

Basketball fans packed tours to see all these barrels.  Butler University fan Joel Hahn came to Woodford for his first distillery tour.

"First time in Lexington, so I figured since I was here and I had an extra day to spend, might as well come check it out," said Hahn, who came up from Nashville.

Virginia Summerell came from Greensboro to support Davidson. Her Wildcats lost by one point to Marquette on Thursday.

"We needed to do something to drown our sorrows after yesterday's loss, and this seemed like a good opportunity," said Summerell.

Sold out tours watched the mash ferment, learned about distilling alcohol, and about aging the spirit.

"It's actually a little more complex than I thought," said Hahn.

Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris says he feels proud to show off his product.

"It's a great honor and we're really just so proud of it, because not only are we promoting Woodford Reserve and bourbon, we're promoting the commonwealth of Kentucky," said Morris.

At the end of the tour, people sampled some of Kentucky's finest.

"You can't be in Kentucky, and not try some bourbon," said David Sahimi, a Colorado State fan. 
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