A mysterious black gunk caked on open air surfaces across rural towns in Kentucky sparked an investigation which had some surprising findings.
The original theory was pollution from nearby river industrial works but a new discovery point directly to whiskey distillers. A new classification of fungus was discovered called Baudoinia appears to feed on the ethanol waste product,commonly called the “Angel’s Share”, released by distillation into the surrounding air. With an abundance of food this fungus has been growing at an alarming rate causing uncalculated amounts of damage to nearby homes vehicles and businesses. There are however no discernible threats to human or animals as it is widely believed this fungus has been around longer than humans and the fungus by it’s nature would not contaminate any products created here.
What impact this is set to have on the Bourbon Trail tourism or on whiskey production itself remains to be seen but locals have recently filed suit against the distillers. The suit would force distillers to eliminated all ethanol released during the distillation process and the locals maintain this could be easily accomplished using techniques the wine industry already has in place. The disstilers have so far taken the stance that this is a naturally occurring phenomenon and “Warehouse Staining” does occur in other non whiskey related areas.
This case will be a milestone for the environmental impact one of Kentucky’s most important industries.