Barrel House Distilling Co., the first craft spirits distillery in Fayette County, Lexington, Kentucky has announced it is expanding operations and building a second distillery. The new $1.8 million distillery and rickhouses will be built in Cynthiana, Harrison County, Kentucky about 40 minutes North of the existing distillery. Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2024.
Barrel House Founders Jeff Wiseman and Pete Wright started work on their distillery during the winter of 2006 making Barrel House the first distillery Lexington had seen in 50 years. By December 2008, they celebrated the release of their inaugural product, Pure Blue Vodka. Situated in the historic Distillery District in Lexington within one of the original James E. Pepper Distillery barreling houses, Barrel House Distilling Company stands as a beacon of tradition and innovation.
Wiseman and Wright have not only revived the art of distillation in Lexington after five decades but are also set to make history as the first distilling company in Harrison County since the 1970s. Drawing inspiration from the rich legacy of Kentucky distillers, Barrel House Distilling Company is dedicated to preserving and advancing the traditional methods that have defined the region’s spirits for generations.
Looking ahead to the fifth year of operation in Harrison County, Barrel House Distilling Co. plans to augment its investment by an additional $750,000 – $2,000,000, leading to the creation of 8-12 more employees. The company envisions a substantial increase in tourism, with a projected 12,000 visitors annually, resulting in an annual economic impact of $2.7 million.
While Barrel House Distilling Co.’s new facility in Cynthiana will primarily focus on the production of the renowned Barrel House Select Bourbon, a variety of other spirits will be produced. This includes Pure Blue Vodka, Oak Rum, Barrel House Rum, Devil John Moonshine, Dark Shine, Brandy, and King Solomon Rye Whiskey, which will all be crafted at this location alongside the existing site in Lexington.
In an effort to connect with the community, Barrel House Distilling Co. will offer a versatile event space capable of accommodating up to 100 guests, with an option to rent the kitchen for special occasions. Furthermore, the company is proud to announce that both the Kentucky Moonshine Trail and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour will be available at this location, providing an immersive experience for visitors.
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Barrel House Distilling Co. Will Operate in Lexington and Cynthiana
The existing Barrel House Distilling Co in Lexington and companion Elk Horn Tavern, which opened in 2017 will remain and continue operations in Lexington’s Distillery District. The company says it will continue its commitment to the Lexington community. Barrel House is not only expanding its physical footprint but is also reinforcing its commitment to community engagement. The company has already established itself as an active supporter of local initiatives, contributing to non-profits and charities in Harrison County, such as the local food pantry.
The project is anticipated to generate 2-4 full-time positions with an average wage exceeding $20 per hour, complete with comprehensive benefits. Moreover, during the construction phase, the community can expect the creation of 15-20 additional jobs, providing a boost to the local workforce.
Barrel House Distilling Co. invites the community to join in celebrating this momentous occasion Friday, November 17th at 10:00am on Sea Biscuit Way in Cynthiana, Kentucky as they embark on this exciting journey in with a groundbreaking ceremony. The expansion represents a significant investment in the region, promising economic growth, job opportunities, and a thriving hub for spirits enthusiasts.
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