Bill Thomas

Cheers: Bill would let Kentucky bars buy vintage whiskeys

Here's a topic for barroom chats: Are today's whiskeys better than old-time spirits? Kentucky lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a bill that could stir those conversations.

The legislation sent to Gov. Matt Bevin by the state Senate would allow vintage bottles of spirits to be put back into circulation in the state known as the world's bourbon capital.

The measure would allow people who possess unopened, out-of-circulation bottles of spirits to sell them to bars, restaurants or liquor stores.

Supporters see it as another way to boost the booming bourbon tourism industry.

If the bill becomes law, it would tap into pent-up demand among people willing to...