BARDSTOWN, Ky. - Governor Steve Beshear joined company officials and local leaders to announce The Bardstown Bourbon Company LLC plans to build a distillery in Bardstown.
The Bardstown Bourbon Company will create 35 jobs and invest $25 million into the project.
"This is another exciting day for one of Kentucky's signature industries," said Gov. Beshear. "The world's thirst for bourbon continues to grow, and The Bardstown Bourbon Company's announcement will help satisfy that demand. I look forward to seeing this distillery up and running and the positive impact it will have here in Nelson County and across the Commonwealth."
The Bardstown Bourbon Company plans to build a 45,000-square-foot distillery on 100 acres in the Nelson County Industrial Park, where it will produce bourbon and other spirits using local ingredients. The company also plans to build a visitor center and warehouses.
"The Bardstown Bourbon Company will be a celebration of the Bardstown community, from the local ingredients we use to produce our product and the team that designs and builds our distillery, to the employees that distill, barrel and store our bourbons," said David Mandell, president and CEO of The Bardstown Bourbon Company. "It was the people and community of Bardstown that attracted us. We are here today because of the exceptionally strong leadership at both the state and local levels, and we want to thank these leaders for their tremendous work."
The distillery will be a destination experience, bringing bourbon enthusiasts as close as possible to the bourbon making process. There also will be a culinary dimension to the distillery and the company plans to partner with restaurants in the community to incorporate local flavors.
The Bardstown Bourbon Company has brought on Steve Nally as its master distiller. Nally has more than 40 years of experience in the industry and is a member of the Bourbon Hall of Fame.
"Simply put, we will make great bourbon," Mandell said. "We will be innovative, and our campus and distillery will present the craft in a very approachable and educational fashion."
Construction on the project is expected to begin this summer, and the facility is expected to be open in 2016. Once operational, The Bardstown Bourbon Company will mark the fifth distillery in Nelson County.