America’s largest new distillery has begun to produce product.
Under construction since 2014, the Bardstown Bourbon Company (BBCo) has announced the start of its commercial production.
The collaborative distillery offers custom production and financing for craft distillers and brand owners “interested in creating new whiskey products and improving the quality and scale of their current brands,” the company says. The BBCo will also make its own brands of whiskey.
Moreover, the BBCo announced that it’s already preparing to expand, because its collaborative whiskey, bourbon, and rye distilling program is sold out, based on the current capacity of the distillery. The distillery’s 1.5 million proof gallon capacity can be expanded to more than 6 million proof gallons within the current design, by adding additional equipment, which allows BBCo. to take on new customers in the third quarter 2017.
“The Bardstown Bourbon Company is reshaping the American whiskey market,” says David Mandell, President & CEO, in a press release. “The success of our Collaborative Distilling Program demonstrates the massive demand for custom, authentic, Kentucky whiskey products. We’re excited to begin producing bourbon for our customers and our own brands.”
The BBCo distillery plans to open its visitors and events center to the public in early 2017, which will contain one of the largest collections of whiskey in the state of Kentucky, the company says. The state-of-the-art whiskey distillery, located on 100 acres, will also include a transparent educational experience and high-end tours and tastings, event space, and eventually a restaurant and boutique hotel.
To make this all possible, the company assembled an experienced whiskey-distilling team, 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.
“We’ve turned on the whiskey at the Bardstown Bourbon Company,” says Nally