It’s been a busy week at the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. Their ranks have grown by three just in the last week. The association that was founded in 1880 has announced the Bardstown Bourbon Company as the 31st and newest member of the non-profit trade group that unites and leads Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry.
“This is an exciting day for the Kentucky Distillers’ Association and our friends in Bardstown, the Bourbon Capitol of the World,” said association President Eric Gregory. “We’ve been anxiously awaiting the Bardstown Bourbon Company to start distilling and become a member of our hallowed ranks.”
“David Mandell, Steve Nally and the entire BBC team have done an incredible job building this distillery from scratch. They are a welcome and inspired addition to our distilling family and we couldn’t be happier for them and their continued success.”
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The $25 million distillery that sits on 100 acres of farmland started producing its first whiskey September 12, 2016. Through its Collaborative Distilling Program, the company offers customers the opportunity to create custom, authentic Kentucky whiskey products and provides comprehensive barrel financing.
The distillery will also be home to a Napa Valley-style campus featuring a unique and educational experience, high-end tours and tastings, integrated visitors center, event space, and eventually a restaurant and boutique hotel.
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“We are thrilled to officially join the prestigious Kentucky bourbon industry that the KDA works so hard to protect,” said David Mandell, President & CEO. “The KDA has been an integral part in reshaping the regulatory environment that will enable us to prosper and continue to grow.”
Bardstown Bourbon Company joins Kentucky Distillers’ Association as a craft member, but should rise quickly within the association due to their initial 1.5 million proof-gallon capacity and barrel storage on its property for up to 185,000 barrels.
Bardstown Bourbon Company plans to open its visitors experience, café, whiskey library, event center and retail store in spring 2017.