Saddlestone Distillery in Midway, Woodford County, Kentucky has joined the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA). The craft distillery is the 46th member of the non-profit trade group that unites and leads Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry.
Saddlestone Distillery was founded by Cynthia Bohn who also owns and operates Equus Run Vineyards on the same property in Midway. Bohn started the winery in 1998 on 38 acres amid picturesque horse farms, historic stone fences and the quaint charm of Midway, Kentucky’s first town built by a railroad.
“We look forward to opening our new distillery to the public in the very near future and joining the membership of many wonderful spirits brands,” Bohn said. “The camaraderie and support of the KDA is to be commended.”
Saddlestone Distillery will produce brandy and agave spirits. It received its Class B distiller’s license from the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in July.
What is the Difference Between a Class A and a Class B Distillers License in Kentucky?
A licensee holding a distiller’s license, Class A license, or Class B license shall distill no less than six hundred (600) gallons in one (1) year at the distillery’s licensed premises.
Class A Distillers License – Distillers that produce more than fifty thousand (50,000) gallons of distilled spirits per calendar year at the premises shall obtain a distiller’s license, Class A.
Class B Distillers License – Distillers that produce fifty thousand (50,000) gallons or less of distilled spirits per calendar year at the premises shall obtain a distiller’s license, Class B (craft distillery).
The winery and now distillery property includes a tasting room, offices, event barn/hall, vineyards and a beautiful amphitheater for live concerts. There are guided and self-guided tours and ample opportunities for picnics, fishing and relaxing.
“Cynthia has done an exceptional job establishing Equus Run as a first-class winery and popular destination for visitors,” said Kentucky Distillers’ Association President Eric Gregory. “Her distilling venture is an excellent addition to the KDA, and we look forward to working with the Saddlestone team to champion Kentucky spirits.”
Saddlestone is the KDA’s 26th Craft-level member, aging less than 10,000 barrels a year.
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Midway Kentucky seems to be the latest hotspot for distilling in Kentucky. Midway is located about halfway between Lexington and Frankfort, Kentucky. Nearby distilleries include Woodford Reserve Distillery, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Castle & Key Distillery, Glenns Creek Distilling, James E. Pepper Distillery rickhouses, White Dog Trading & Storage and Bluegrass Distillers which is relocating to Midway from Lexington.
Saddlestone also is now eligible to apply to join the KDA’s Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour®, which the association created in 2012 as the nation’s first and only tourism attraction to showcase the flourishing artisan distilling movement.