FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A pioneer in the Kentucky bourbon industry has died.
The Kentucky Distillers’ Association says its members are deeply saddened by the death of Al Young, who served for decades as an ambassador for the popular Four Roses bourbon.
“Al was an ambassador for Kentucky Bourbon long before the job was even invented,” President Eric Gregory says. “The thing I’ll remember most is that Al was always smiling. Always. You just knew he loved his job, his family and his life. We were lucky to share in his spirit.”
The association says Young was a 2011 inductee into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame, a member of the inaugural class of the Order of the Writ and one of the KDA’s official historians due to his 50+ years of experience and abundance of institutional industry knowledge.