Grain & Barrel – Collaborative Distilling

The Bardstown Bourbon Company announces Grain & Barrel Spirits’ participation in its program to produce custom bourbon and whiskey for the historic Chicken Cock brand.

A partnership between The Bardstown Bourbon Company (BBCo) and Grain & Barrel Spirits – the maker of pre-prohibition favorite, Chicken Cock Whiskey – has been announced, with the latter joining BBCo’s collaborative distilling program.

The two will work together to produce custom bourbon and whiskey for the historic Chicken Cock brand, dating back to 1856. BBCo and Grain & Barrel concluded their first distillation of 616 barrels at the end of August.

Through the distilling program, the master distiller at Grain & Barrel, Gregg Snyder will collaborate with the Bourbon Hall of Fame master distiller, Steve Nally and BBCo’s first class distilling team to produce high-quality, small-batch whiskey, bourbon and rye for many years to come.

“Joining the Collaborative Distilling Program at BBCo completes the exciting resurrection of Chicken Cock, one of the oldest bourbon brands in the country,” said Matti Anttila, chief executive officer of Grain & Barrel Spirits. “The brand is now officially 100 per cent back home in Kentucky, a mere 80 miles from Paris, where its story began 162 years ago. Working with the world class team at BBCo we are confident that the brand’s best years are ahead of it.”

“We are proud to work with the Grain & Barrel team and become the home for Chicken Cock Whiskey,” said David Mandell, CEO of Bardstown Bourbon Company. “Chicken Cock Whiskey has an incredible history in Kentucky, and we are excited to add to the next chapter in its development.”

Due to the success of its sold-out Collaborative Distilling Program, BBCo recently expanded its three million proof gallon capacity to 6.8 million proof gallons, which started operations in early July this year.

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