Hard Truth Distilling Co. unveils expansion plans

Hard Truth Distillery

The significant plans have been made to meet increased production demand and will include a new rackhouse, fermenters and blending room

Indiana’s largest ‘destination’ craft distillery, Hard Truth Distilling Co., has announced news of a large-scale expansion that includes several projects.

The first project will be the construction of its second rackhouse, which is set to be twice the size of its current rackhouse. Once completed it will triple the distillery’s storage capacity from 4,000 to 12,000 barrels for its Sweet Mash Rye and other whiskeys.

Hard Truth will also install three new 5,000-gallon fermenters, which will be in addition to its current 2,500-gallon fermenters. This allows for a production increase of more than 800 per cent. In order to keep up with demand, the distillery is transitioning to 24/7 production.

Work began in late June with projected completion within six months.

Hard Truth Distilling Co.

Hard Truth Distilling Co., located in the heart of Indiana’s Brown County artists’ colony, was founded in 2015. The distillery’s portfolio of spirits can now be enjoyed in 16 states and in the Bahamas, and according to Jeff McCabe, Hard Truth co-founder, market expansion is a priority. “We expect to see our brands in 28 states by 2023,” said McCabe.

Hard Truth’s portfolio includes Hard Truth Toasted Coconut Rum, Toasted Coconut Rum Cream, Maple Bourbon Cream and Cinnamon Vodka — which has become the best-selling cinnamon vodka in the US. Whiskey brands in addition to Hard Truth Sweet Mash Rye, include Indiana Straight Rye Whiskey, the Sipes’ family of Bourbon and rye whiskeys, and the Schoonover family of Bourbons.

“A key component of our mission at Hard Truth is offering visitors an opportunity to experience this place and our brands, and by doing so, become part of the Hard Truth family,” said McCabe. “We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished in just eight years, and there’s so much more to come.”

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