Diageo Breaks Ground on New $130 Kentucky Bourbon & American Whiskey Distillery [Renderings]

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In December 2018, Diageo announced they would be building a new $130 million distillery in Lebanon, Kentucky. Half a year later they kicked off the project with a ground breaking.

Diageo President North American Supply & Procurement Erik Snyder

Diageo President North American Supply & Procurement Erik Snyder.

The new Diageo Lebanon Distillery and warehousing in Marion County, Kentucky will become neighbors with the likes of Maker’s Mark Distillery, Limestone Branch Distillery, Log Still Distillery (under construction) and Independent Stave’s Kentucky Cooperage. The 144 acre property at 100 Bourbon Drive will include a 72,000 square-foot distillery and dry house, as well as 12 barrel warehouses.

“Today marks a significant moment in Diageo’s continued commitment to the Kentucky spirits industry, as we officially begin construction on the Diageo Lebanon Distillery and become a member of the Marion County community,” said Erik Snyder, president, North America Supply and Procurement for Diageo. “We are appreciative of the county, city, state and community leaders, and the support they have shown in our journey to this day.”

Diageo Lebanon Distillery & Warehousing Renderings

Here are the first publicly available renderings of the new distillery. Below the renderings are photos of the recently completed Bulleit Distilling Company distillery and visitor center. Click any image to enlarge.

What Bourbon Brand Will Be Produced at Diageo’s Lebanon Distillery?

Every distillery does this a little bit different. Some of the larger distilleries will announce the brands up front while other will stretch the mystery out. In the case of the Diageo Lebanon Distillery, mum is the word. This could be an extension of more Bulleit Bourbon although the paint is barely dry on their new distillery and visitor experience in Shelbyville, Kentucky or Diageo could choose to introduce a new bourbon or American whiskey brand to the world out of this location. One thing that you can guarantee is this will be the home to a brand of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey.

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Once open, the Diageo Lebanon Distillery will employ approximately 30 full-time team members. Since 2014, Diageo has invested more than $300 million in Kentucky. This facility will supplement the company’s other Kentucky operations: Stitzel-Weller in Louisville, and The Bulleit Distilling Company and Visitor Experience in Shelbyville, which collectively employ more than 100 additional people.

“Diageo is providing new jobs and business growth and investing in our future workforce,” said Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw. “This investment provides a bright future for, and enhances our community’s economic vitality, and we welcome them.”

“One thing I’ve learned about Diageo doing business in Kentucky is that it is focused on environment and sustainability and cares for every community it builds,” said Tom Lund, president, Marion County Economic Development. “We are excited to have Diageo extend its footprint right here in Lebanon.”

The Diageo Lebanon Distillery is expected to be fully operational in 2021.

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