For anyone who sips, sniffs, and savors bourbons of all ages and classes, a drop wasted is a shame. So, it's hard to comprehend the loss of hundreds of thousands of gallons of perfectly good bourbon in an inferno.
A raging fire at a Jim Beam bourbon-aging warehouse in Kentucky destroyed as many as 45,000 barrels of the delicious brown spirit on Tuesday. According to a report by Bloomberg, that's about 6,750,000 standard-size bottles of the stuff -- all up in smoke. You might say it all became the angels' share.
The blaze, which left firefighters struggling to contain in part because of the huge amount of alcohol, started around 11:30pm. The massive warehouse, located in Versailles, Kentucky, stretched about the area of a football field and stood several stories high. Local authorities said a lightning strike may be to blame, according to a report by CNN. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported.