The Bardstown Bourbon Co. of Bardstown, Kentucky, recently broke ground on its new bottling facility, adjacent to the distillery and recently opened visitors center. The 47,000-square foot development will enable the team to bottle hundreds of thousands of cases of distilled spirits per year and is projected to generate 25 new jobs upon its completion in spring 2021.
“The bottling facility is the natural next step in our evolution,” said Bardstown Bourbon Co. CEO Mark Erwin. “Currently, both our brands and our collaborative distilling partners are bottled by an offsite third party. We’re excited to close the circle and enable a true grain to glass process all in our own space.”
Aside from its own brands, which debuted in 2018, Bardstown Bourbon Co. produces custom whiskey for 27 customers, including some of the most well-known brands in the world. The success of its collaborative distilling program has enabled the distilling team to quadruple capacity since its inception in 2016. It now produces more than seven million proof gallons per year, or more than 300 barrels per day, across 40 different mash bills.
“Our completely unique and inclusive process allows our customers to create custom bourbons alongside us, all while driving education, innovation and experimentation,” said Bardstown Bourbon Co. COO John Hargrove. “To be able to add bottling to our suite of services will be a gamechanger for us and our distilling partners.”
The facility’s aesthetic is a continuation of Bardstown Bourbon Co.’s modern bourbon brand look and feel. The architect is Joseph & Joseph Architects, PLLC of Louisville, Kentucky, and construction is Buzick Construction, Inc. of Bardstown, Kentucky.