The family-owned company returns to distilling in Bardstown with the creation of a new American Whiskey Distillery
It has been nine decades since distilled spirits supplier Heaven Hill first operated a distillery in Bardstown, the company is deepening its roots in its home community.
Heaven Hill Distillery has unveiled its plans for a new $135 million distillery, set to open by 2024 in Bardstown. The state-of-the-art distillery will augment Heaven Hill’s distilling capacity in order to meet the increased global whiskey demand, while also making its return to distilling in Bardstown since the 1996 fire. After the fire, in which Heaven Hill lost its onsite distillery, seven rickhouses, and almost 100,000 barrels of whiskey, the company’s distilling moved to the historic Bernheim Distillery in Louisville. Meanwhile bottling, aging of whiskey and other functions continued in the Bardstown area where they remain today.
“The people of Bardstown have helped us create and build our brands over all these many years, so it’s a special homecoming to bring distilling back to this community,” said Max Shapira, president of Heaven Hill. “Our new distillery will honor our long-time Bardstown roots while applying state-of-the-art equipment and processes to produce the highest quality American whiskey and build upon our meaningful partnership with Bardstown and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”
Heaven Hill will build the new distillery on a vacant 61-acre site at 1015 Old Bloomfield Pike, off KY 245. Construction is slated to begin this spring and the distillery will be operational by the end of 2024. Initial production is slated for 10 million proof gallons a year, or 150,000 barrels, and will have capacity to ramp up to producing 30 million proof gallons, or 450,000 barrels, over time. Heaven Hill will continue to age Bourbon at existing locations and the Bernheim distillery in Louisville will continue to operate at full capacity.
“Bourbon making is an old art, but we are applying forward-thinking approaches to ensure we are environmentally conscious and a good neighbor,” said Conor O’Driscoll, Heaven Hill Distillery master distiller. “Heaven Hill’s tradition of distilling with attention to detail, quality and craftsmanship will now be even more accessible as we grow our distilling heritage in Bardstown.”
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