The ethanol-fueled fungus known as the whiskey fungus has thrived around distilleries and bakeries for centuries. It has caused complaints from residents who live near Kentucky bourbon distilleries, makers of Canadian whiskey and Caribbean rum.
Now it’s driving a wedge between some residents of Lincoln County, Tennessee, and the famous Jack Daniel’s distillery, founded in 1866 in neighboring Moore County.
Residents have complained for months that a sooty, dark crust has covered houses, cars, road signs, bird feeders, lawn furniture and trees as the fungus spreads uncontrollably, fueled by alcohol vapors emanating from charred oak barrels. where Jack Daniel’s whiskey ages.
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