Horse Soldier takes command of Somerset bourbon interest

Horse Soldier Bourbon rode into town this week and won its first battle for the hearts (and palates) of Pulaski County bourbon aficionados.

On Thursday, Horse Soldier Bourbon, the brand made by former Green Berets who went into Afghanistan on horseback following the events of 9-11, was made available to Somerset and elsewhere in Kentucky finally. It was a big occasion locally, since American Freedom Distillery has pledged to produce the bourbon right here in Pulaski County.

And Somerset Mayor Alan Keck, a driving force behind the push to land a bourbon distillery here, had to be excited when he learned that liquor stores that carried the product “sold out in a couple of hours.”

Or as Keck put it, the bourbon went on the shelves Thursday, “and off the shelves.”

Keck wasn’t kidding. Tyler Crouch of Wildcat Beer, Wine and Spirits on U.S. 27 said that Thursday was “pretty crazy” after getting in their shipment of Horse Soldier.

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