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Kentucky Crafts Beverage Conference at WKCTC June 11

The second Kentucky Crafts Beverage Conference sponsored by the Kentucky Innovation Network will be held at West Kentucky Community and Technical College to discuss how and why to establish a craft distillery in western Kentucky.

The conference, which is again free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, June 11 from 6-8 p.m. in Crounse Hall, Room 101.

Community members will have the opportunity to learn from local experts on why the western part of Kentucky is the safest and easiest places to establish a craft distillery, said Dan Lazarevic, director of the Kentucky Innovations Networks Paducah office.

The City of Paducahs Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal Greg Cherry and Chief Building Inspector Les Fugate will discuss how to safely and legally establish a craft distillery, including the planning, purchasing and building location for a distillery.

Matt Haney, owner of Hillbilly Stills, will focus on styles and features to look for when purchasing a still, as well as explain the extras and add-ons needed based on use and type of distilling.

For more information about the conference, call the Kentucky Innovation Network Office at 270-201-2361 or email

The Kentucky Innovation Network is a network of business leaders and mentors that encourage relationships, grow companies new and existing, and create jobs. The Network, managed in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, consists of 13 offices throughout Kentucky. West Kentucky Community and Technical College is the local partner for the Paducah office.