Heaven’s Door announces distillery in Kentucky

Bob Dylan has unveiled plans to open a Heaven’s Door distillery in Pleasureville, Kentucky  

Heaven’s Door Spirits, founded by Bob Dylan, has announced its plans to open a new distillery in Pleasureville, Kentucky.

The distillery will be located over 160 acres of rolling hills by Six Mile Creek, the property once owned by Squire Boone, the brother of legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone.

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Quietly under development since 2017, the distillery has been producing small batches of bourbon on its custom Vendome still since 2018. The Heaven’s Door Distillery features two separate stillhouses, each in its own towering western horse barn, a Visitor’s Center with tasting rooms and lounges overlooking the valley and Six Mile Creek, an 18th century grist mill, two 18th century cabins and a Moravian barn, all of which have been painstakingly restored. Heaven’s Door Distillery plans to open its doors to the public in September 2023.

“This is a momentous occasion for Heaven’s Door,” said Marc Bushala, co-founder and CEO of Heaven’s Door Spirits. “We selected this location for its remarkable natural beauty and unique ecosystem that has enabled us to make exceptional bourbon and create an unrivaled visitor experience,” added Bushala. “We are committed to the art of craft whiskey and honor the legacy of the many pioneers who have helped make Kentucky bourbon what it is today. We are thrilled to have Heaven’s Door be part of this storied tradition.” 

John Logan Brent, executive judge for Henry County, remarked: “There is no better place on Earth for the Heaven’s Door Distillery than Pleasureville, Kentucky. The entire project was thoughtfully designed, respecting the terrain and supporting the local community. It has been a pleasure to watch this vision unfold over the past five years.”

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Ken Pierce, an industry veteran, was brought on as master distiller to lead the project from design through distillation. Ken began his illustrious career with Barton Brands Distillery, initially working as senior chemist to director of distillation and eventually becoming master distiller. Ken was instrumental in the development of 1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and its limited release expressions.

“I was honored to be chosen as master distiller for the Pleasureville project,” said Pierce, “The Heaven’s Door Distillery has been an incredible project, from inception to production of our first barrels. For me, this is a living legacy of my 40 years in the industry and my passion for making great whiskey.”

Heaven’s Door is proud to lead the way in sustainable distilling, utilizing two underground aquifers to access pristine limestone water for its distilling as well as geothermal heating and cooling of the buildings. Through its dedication to sustainable practices, the distillery cultivates its own heirloom grains and recycles protein-rich mash from the fermentation process as feed for cattle on surrounding farms.

The project will help drive economic growth and opportunities in the county by creating more than 50 jobs and bringing tourism to the area. The distillery also plans to work with local farmers to source ingredients for its spirits, further strengthening its ties to the community.

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