Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Next time you belly up to the bar you might want to refrain from ordering that Jack Daniels & Coke, or Jim Beam, or anything from Heaven Hill, Bulleit or Buffalo Trace distilleries. Each of these whiskey makers are involved in a negligence lawsuit due to the effect their distillation process is having on their local environments.

Baudoinia is a fungus that is currently taking over the city of Louisville, Kentucky. It runs particularly rampant in whiskey aging warehouses full of ethanol. Ethanol is a by product of whiskey production and an ideal breeding agent for Baudoinia.

Baudoinia has seeped into the Louisville air, leaving a coating of the fungus on cars, homes and everything in between.  Removal of the fungus is not cheap, nor is it easy, but the distilleries claim they are not to blame. The verdict is still out on whether or not improved production techniques could prevent the amount of ethanol and Baudoinia released into the local environment.

Baudoinia lawsuits are also currently being filed in Scotland and France where other distilleries are guilty of negligent production waste that is affecting communities.

Baudoinia is the black residue seen on this building near the distilleries in Cognac, France.

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