In 2014, Michter’s Distillery built its own distillery in the Shively area of Louisville, Kentucky. It’s a location company President Joseph Magliocco refers to as M2. Full sprits production and barreling started at this location in August of 2015 with initial capacity of 500,000 proof gallons of whiskey per year. About a year later, they added additional fermentation tanks and expanded capacity to 1,000,000 proof gallons per year.
Increased Production Requires Additional Barrel Warehouse Space
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When you suddenly double your bourbon and rye whiskey production, all that young whiskey has to be stored somewhere until it’s matured. Michter’s has already filled their M2 location to capacity and started to store some barrels offsite. This week, Michter’s Distillery’s affiliate Springwater Kentucky Realty announced it completed the purchase of 145 acres in Springfield, Kentucky, at the heart of the state’s historic Washington County. Springfield is less than an hour drive from Louisville or Lexington and about half an hour from Bardstown, “The Bourbon Capital of the World.”
“We are excited to be expanding Michter’s operations in Springfield and Washington County. This is a wonderful community with warm people and a great heritage. The property offers rich soil and naturally filtered limestone water which are essential to producing the greatest American Whiskey. The picturesque 145 acres with its gentle rolling hills will provide a beautiful setting for our future growth,” said Andrea Wilson, Michter’s Master of Maturation. The first phase of construction, a barrel house for whiskey aging, is scheduled to begin in 2018.
We spoke with Magliocco and he said they are in the initial planning stages right now and added, “We will be working with Cash Moter of Joseph & Joseph as our architect. Cash and his firm have done terrific work for us at our Shively distillery and at Fort Nelson.” The Fort Nelson location, also referred to as M1 is located on Louisville’s historic Whiskey Row. That project is under construction and expected sometime in the Spring of 2018. Once completed, the Fort Nelson facility will be open to the public for tours and tastings.
Magliocco said, “In Springfield we will be farming estate grown grain for our distillation program and aging whiskey. The land is zoned industrial so it could potentially be a location we might look to for additional production capacity including distillation in the future.”
Named in Honor of George Washington
Washington County was established in 1792 and named in honor of George Washington, it was the first county created by the Kentucky State Legislature. The City of Springfield is the county seat. Magliocco said, “We feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to be a part of a community as great as Springfield and Washington County.”
Michter’s Distillery’s brand portfolio includes Kentucky bourbon, rye, and American whiskey.