Oregone wrote:Make them stop!
Well, I think the more likely solution is that Four Roses will just have to make more.
I'm getting information from a lot of directions here lately indicating that there is a bit of a bourbon shortage going on, driven primarily by stronger than expected growth in Europe, Germany and Austria in particular.
Your ability to get your favorite brands won't be affected, unless your favorite brand is a bulk bourbon bottled by a non-distiller. They are the ones really feeling the pinch.
Most of the distilleries now are operating at or near capacity and some are planning major expansions. Beam has announced an expansion at Boston, KY (the Booker Noe plant) that will make it bigger than Buffalo Trace. Maker's Mark is also expanding.
The ominous part of the Beam announcement is that this is their largest expansion since 1970. Since bourbon made today won't be sold until 2010 at the earliest, you really need a crystal ball to feel good about investing a lot in added capacity. The expansions of the late 60s and early 70s were followed by a bourbon crash that gave us the bourbon glut of the 1980s.