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Bulleit Distilling inaugurates new distillery in Kentucky, US

Published 15 March 2017

Bulleit Distilling has opened a new distillery in Shelbyville city, located in the US state of Kentucky.

The project is part of a $130m investment creating approximately 30 full-time jobs.

The company built a 1.8 million proof gallon distillery on Benson Pike in Shelby County.

The 300-acre campus features four barrel warehouses with two more planned for construction. Each warehouse has a 55,000 barrel capacity.

Diageo, the parent company of Bulleit, is investing about $115m in this initial phase of the Shelbyville site and

The company recently invested $18m to develop the Stitzel-Weller visitor center, bottling line and micro distillery, in Louisville.

Bulleit Distilling founder Tom Bulleit said: "We're so proud to open the Bulleit Distilling here in Shelbyville. Seeing this distillery come to life has been a truly surreal experience that couldn't have been achieved without the tireless work of so many men and women.

“We can't wait to share the delicious whiskey that will be produced here for centuries to come."

Diageo North America president Deirdre Mahlan said: "Today marks a huge achievement for Tom Bulleit and everyone at Diageo, as we open an amazing facility that will further establish the legacy of Bulleit here in Kentucky.”

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin said: "It is an honour to join Bulleit Distilling today to celebrate the opening of its new distillery in Shelbyville. Bourbon, in addition to its status as a signature Kentucky product, is an important driver of state's economy and workforce.

“Bulleit, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in conjunction with today's ribbon cutting, continues to add international acclaim to Kentucky's proud spirit-making tradition. I congratulate the company on these achievements and expect they'll see continued strong growth in the coming years."  

Image: Bulleit Distillery ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo: Courtesy of Brian Bohannon/AP Images for Bulleit Distilling Co.