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Bardstown Bourbon unveils plans to double production capacity

DBR Staff Writer Published 08 September 2017

The Bardstown Bourbon Company (BBCo) has unveiled its second expansion in under a year, which will double its distilling capacity.

The company aims to double its capacity to 6 million proof gallons a year, capable of producing about 100,000 barrels per year.

Bardstown Bourbon president and CEO David Mandell said “The Bardstown Bourbon Company’s rapid growth is extremely exciting.

“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.”

Responsibility of the distillery’s expansion has been handed over to Buzick Construction of Bardstown, Kentucky. The construction company had earlier worked with BBCo. It had built the distillery and expanded it to its present three million proof gallon capacity and had also built the two 22.5k barrel warehouses on the property.

With the present rate of production, BBCo says it will build two more 22.5k barrel warehouses per year. In October, the company plans to build its third barrel warehouse.

The planned expansion is expected to be completed by July next year. Presently, the distillery has an annual production capability of about 100,000 barrels and the expansion will provide the needed capacity for its customers for its customers in its Collaborative Distilling Program.

BBCo’s Collaborative Distilling Progam is claimed to be a unique model in the American whiskey market. It is first-of-its-kind service where craft distillers and non-distilling brand owners and existing brand owners are given the opportunity to work along with BBCo’s production team to create their own version of Kentucky whiskey, bourbon and rye products and mature them onsite.

The programme can ensure consistent and high quality production which can be scaled and control future source of their product. Presently, the programme has a limited number of customers and it is restricted to only those companies that qualify under its stringent eligibility criteria.

Bardstown Bourbon master distiller Steve Nally said “We’ve exceeded all expectations.

“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.”

Image: Bardstown Bourbon to expand distillery at its Bardstown, Kentucky facility. Photo: Courtesy of Business Wire.