The Kentucky Distillers’ Association has welcomed Louisville Distilling Company as its 29th member to the non-profit trade group. The company is best known for its flagship Angel’s Envy brand and its Kentucky straight Bourbon whiskey finished in port wine casks. The company was founded in 2011 by Wes Henderson and his father, the late Lincoln Henderson, former Master Distiller at Brown-Forman.
“Membership in the Kentucky Distillers’ Association is a coveted honor in the distilled spirits world,” said Wes Henderson, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer. “Taking our place amongst some of the most innovative and socially responsible businesses in the industry is a dream come true for our brands, the Louisville Distilling Company and the Henderson family.”
Kyle, Lincoln and Wes Henderson (Left to Right.)
“We are excited to announce the addition of the Louisville Distilling Company to the legendary ranks of our Association, which has promoted and protected our rich history and proud heritage for 136 years,” said Kentucky Distillers’ Association President Eric Gregory.
“The roots of Kentucky Bourbon run deep, back centuries to small, family distilleries that today are global icons. The Louisville Distilling Company and Henderson family have accomplished this feat in just a few short years, a fact that is celebrated through their award-winning whiskeys.
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Louisville Distilling joins the KDA as a “Proof” level member, the same as Willett Distillery, which is reserved for established licensed distilleries that maintain an inventory between 10,000 and 25,000 barrels of Kentucky distilled beverage spirits.
Louisville Distilling is restoring an early 1900s building along Louisville’s famous Whiskey Row. Henderson said they are investing $27 million in the distillery and visitor’s center that will open later this year. The 90,000-square-foot complex runs between Main and Market Streets. The building sat abandoned for nearly 30 years before Louisville Distilling Company purchased it and began the massive restoration.
Louisville Distilling Company and its Angel’s Envy brand were acquired by Bacardi Limited in March of 2015.