Expansion to six million proof gallons makes it one of the largest
bourbon distilleries in the world
BARDSTOWN, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Bardstown Bourbon Company (“BBCo”) announced today the expansion of
its capacity to allow production of up to six million proof gallons – a
move that will make it one of the largest bourbon distilleries in the
world. With an annual production capability of nearly 100,000 barrels,
BBCo will provide needed capacity for its customers in its Collaborative
Distilling Program, take on a select few additional customers, and meet
the needs for its own brands. BBCo anticipates the expansion will be
complete by July 2018.
“The Bardstown Bourbon Company’s rapid growth is extremely exciting,”
said David Mandell, President & CEO. “We’re truly helping to reshape the
American whiskey market, and the success of our Collaborative Distilling
Program demonstrates the massive demand for custom-made, authentic,
Kentucky whiskey, bourbon and rye.”
BBCo’s Collaborative Distilling Program is a unique model in the
American whiskey market. This first-of-a-kind service provides craft
distillers, non-distilling brand owners, and existing brand owners the
ability to: (1) work side-by-side BBCo’s production team to create their
own authentic and innovative Kentucky whiskey, bourbon, and rye products
and mature them onsite; (2) ensure consistent, high quality
production that can rapidly scale; (3) control the future source for
their product; and (4) provide a production location and environment
that they can celebrate and promote. The program has a very limited
number of customers and is restricted to only those companies that
qualify under its stringent eligibility requirements.
To meet demand for the Company’s Collaborative Distilling Program, BBCo
assembled one of the most experienced whiskey distilling teams in the
industry. The team is led by Bourbon Hall of Fame Master
Distiller, Steve Nally – a 40-year veteran of the spirits industry and
the former Master Distiller of Maker’s Mark, and John Hargrove,
Executive Director of Distillery Operations, formerly Master Distiller
and Distillery Manager, at Sazerac and Barton Brands 1792.
With more than 30 production employees, the team has an average of more
than 15 years of whiskey making experience, working with world-class
distilleries such as, including Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Barton
Brands, and Heaven Hill.
“We’ve exceeded all expectations,” said Master Distiller, Steve Nally.
“Our custom production program has attracted some of the best brands
from across the country and the world, and we are proud to be producing
some of the finest bourbon for them.”
Within months of announcing the Collaborative Distilling Program in
2016, BBCo sold out all of its original 1.5 million proof gallon
capacity. In 2017, the company doubled capacity to three million proof
gallons, which is currently sold out through 2018.
Construction for the distillery expansion will be led by Buzick
Construction of Bardstown, Kentucky. Buzick Construction built the
distillery, expanded it to its current three million proof gallon
capacity, and constructed the two 22.5k barrel warehouses on the
property. At the current production rate, BBCo will build two 22.5k
barrel warehouses per year. The Company plans to start construction on
its third barrel warehouse in October 2017. As part of the expansion to
six million proof gallons, BBCo will install a second 36 inch, custom
Vendome Copper & Brass Works still, another 12.5k gallon cooker, and up
to 16 additional fermenters.
In addition to its Collaborative Distilling Program, BBCo is also
developing a destination experience with a unique Napa Valley style
estate featuring a transparent educational experience, integrated
visitors center, event space, vintage spirits and whiskey library, bar,
and full-scale restaurant. The company also plans to develop a boutique
hotel and convention center on the property. The Company anticipates
announcing an opening date for its visitors’ center in the near future.
BBCo is also in the process of developing its own unique line of
bourbon, whiskey, and rye. The company anticipates having brands ready
for the market starting this year.
ABOUT THE BARDSTOWN BOURBON COMPANY
The Bardstown Bourbon Company is a celebration of the art of making
whiskey. No secrets, mythical stories, or fabricated legends, the
Bardstown Bourbon Company celebrates the craft of making great whiskey
and the Bardstown community that brings bourbon to the world.
The company was founded in 2014 by Peter Loftin, David Mandell, Daniel
Linde, and Garnett Black.
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