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Prolific Whiskey Shop Justins’ House of Bourbon Raided By State Liquor Authorities in Investigation Spurred by Complaints of Shady Buying and Selling of Rare Booze

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Justins’ House of Bourbon was raided by the Kentucky ABC. (Image: Google Street View)

The Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control Board descended upon popular Louisville spirits outlet Justins’ House of Bourbon for a raid, a state official confirmed, according to Fred Minnick.

According to Minnick, the Kentucky ABC seized an undisclosed amount of bourbon from the shop after receiving complaints alleging improper acquisition, possession, transport and sale of bourbon — particularly rarer, vintage expressions.

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“Under KRS 241.090, Kentucky ABC may inspect any premises where alcoholic beverages are manufactured, sold, stored, or otherwise trafficked in, without first obtaining a search warrant and may confiscate any contraband property,” Kristin Voskuhl, the executive director of communications and public outreach of the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet, which includes the ABC, said, according to Minnick. “We routinely conduct inspections of our licensees to ensure their compliance with all statutes and regulations governing the alcohol industry.”

Per Minnick, Voskuhl said Kentucky ABC seized numerous bottles of bourbon and other items evidencing “suspected improper purchasing and sale of these products.”

Alcohol licenses issued to Justins’ House of Bourbon’s Louisville and Lexington locations remain active, Voskuhl said, according to Minnick.

In June, Justins’ House of Bourbon partnered with blockchain company BAXUS to launch a whiskey authentication and trading program.

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