Led by Cult Bourbons, Distillers Dream of a ‘Napa-fication’ of Kentucky
The typical distillery was once a utilitarian industrial plant; now it’s a boozy theme park. The recently opened Castle and Key Distillery outside Frankfort, Ky., which took over a defunct distillery site modeled after a medieval castle, sports a botanical trail and a manicured garden. The centerpiece of the new Bardstown Bourbon Company distillery is Bottle & Bond, a minimalist-chic restaurant run by the former chef at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. Upping the ante, SPI Group hired Shigeru Ban, a Pritzker Prize-winning architect, to design the main buildings at Kentucky Owl Park.
The Bardstown Bourbon Company Announces Grain & Barrel’s Participation in Its Collaborative Distilling Program
The Bardstown Bourbon Company announced today that Grain & Barrel Spirits, the maker of pre-prohibition favorite Chicken Cock Whiskey, has joined BBCo’s Collaborative Distilling Program. Grain & Barrel will work together with BBCo to produce custom bourbon and whiskey for the historic Chicken Cock brand, which dates back to 1856. BBCo and Grain & Barrel concluded their first distillation of 616 barrels at the end of August.
BARDSTOWN BOURBON COMPANY JOINS WORLD-FAMOUS KENTUCKY BOURBON TRAIL® TOUR
Newest destination on the commonwealth’s epic bourbon adventure features a full-service culinary experience and vintage whiskey library. Bardstown Bourbon Company in Nelson County is the latest Kentucky Distillers’ Association member to join the Kentucky Bourbon Trail experience, becoming the 14th destination on the world-famous journey that showcases the state’s signature spirit.
Bottle & Bond Kitchen and Bar Officially Opens at the Bardstown Bourbon Company
The Bardstown Bourbon Company, the largest new distillery in America, announced today the opening of Bottle & Bond Kitchen and Bar, the first full-service Kentucky Bourbon Trail restaurant and bar in a distillery. Bottle & Bond showcases gourmet fare from Executive Chef Felix Mosso, formerly with the historic Greenbrier Resort, West Virginia, and more than 200 vintage American whiskeys curated by renowned whiskey author Fred Minnick, including some dating back to the 1800s.
The Bardstown Bourbon Company Installs Second 50-Foot Stainless Steel Vendome Still
The Bardstown Bourbon Company prepares to more than double its capacity to nearly 7 million proof gallons with the installation of its second 50-foot tall, custom made, 36-inch stainless steel Vendome Copper & Brass Works still. Delivered in one piece and hoisted above the 55-foot still tower by crane, the Vendome apparatus was lowered into the center of the building. The new still installation marks the second expansion for BBCo since it began operations in September 2016.
Castle Brands Inc. Joins The Bardstown Bourbon Company’s Collaborative Distilling Program
Castle Brands will work together with The Bardstown Bourbon Company to produce custom bourbon and whiskey for the Jefferson’s Bourbon portfolio. BBCo and Jefferson’s will begin their first distillation this year. “We are so proud to work with the Jefferson’s Bourbon team and help them create some of the finest products in the world,” said David Mandell, CEO of Bardstown Bourbon Company. “Jefferson’s bourbons and whiskeys are not only exceptional, but they are also innovative and extremely creative, which makes them a perfect fit for our Collaborative Distilling Program.
Bardstown Bourbon Company and Copper & Kings American Brandy Company Release “Collabor&tion” Rare Release Bourbon
The Bardstown Bourbon Company and Copper & Kings American Brandy Company announced today the release of “Collabor&tion,” two distinct products made with 10-year-old straight bourbon whiskey – one finished in Copper & Kings’ American Brandy barrels and the other in Muscat Mistelle barrels, for more than 18 months in the Copper & Kings basement maturation cellar. The project is intended to embody the spirit of friendship and partnership, and celebrates great craftsmen working together to produce exceptional products as kindred spirits.
The Bardstown Bourbon Company’s Expansion Makes It One of the Largest Bourbon Distilleries In the World
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.”
The Bardstown Bourbon Company Hires Rising Industry Star as New Executive Director of Distillery Operations
The Bardstown Bourbon Company, (BBCo), the largest new bourbon distillery in America, announced today the hiring of John Hargrove, the former Master Distiller and Distillery Manager, at Sazerac and Barton Brands 1792 in Bardstown, Kentucky. Mr. Hargrove will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the distillery, interfacing with BBCo’s Collaborative Distilling Partners, and working closely with Steve Nally, BBCo’s Master Distiller, in advancing BBCo’s distillery innovation program and the development of BBCo’s brands.
The Bardstown Bourbon Company Announces the Appointment of John J. Mack to Its Board of Directors
The Bardstown Bourbon Company, (BBCo), the largest new distillery in America, announced today the appointment of John J. Mack to its Board of Directors. Mr. Mack is the former Chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley, having served in those roles from 2005 to 2011. “The Bardstown Bourbon Company is honored to have John Mack join the Board,” said Peter Loftin, Chairman of BBCo. “John is an extremely accomplished business leader and an experienced board member in both the public and non-profit sectors. We are confident that BBCo will greatly benefit from his judgment, insights, and counsel.”
Bardstown Bourbon Company & Western Spirits Beverage Company Announce Collaborative Distilling Partnership
Western Spirits Beverage Company, the makers of Bird Dog Whiskey, Lexington Bourbon and Calumet Farm Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey, is the first to announce that it has joined BBCo’s Collaborative Distilling Program.
Constellation Brands Acquires a Minority Stake in the Bardstown Bourbon Company
The Bardstown Bourbon Company, the largest new whiskey distillery in the United States, announced today that Constellation Brands acquired a minority stake in the company. This strategic opportunity provides The Bardstown Bourbon Company with a strong platform to develop new brands and create a long-term supply of authentic, Kentucky whiskey, bourbon, and rye.
Bardstown Bourbon Company Brings New Ideas to Historic Bourbon Trail
Get the first behind the scenes look of the Bardstown Bourbon Company as we start production.
The Bardstown Bourbon Company Starts Production with All of Its Current Distilling Capacity Sold
After nearly three years in development, the Bardstown Bourbon Company (BBCo) today achieved another major milestone with the start of commercial production. The Company also 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 BARDSTOWN BOURBON COMPANY INSTALLS 50-FOOT STAINLESS STEEL VENDOME STILL
The largest new distillery in America achieved a major milestone today with the installation of its 50-foot tall, custom made, 36-inch stainless steel Vendome Copper & Brass Works still.
Bardstown Bourbon Company Announces First of Its Kind Collaborative Kentucky Whiskey Craft Distilling Program
The Bardstown Bourbon Company is pleased to announce an innovative Collaborative Whiskey, Bourbon, and Rye Wholesale Distilling Program. Slated to open in Summer 2016, the new distillery will offer wholesale customers the opportunity to create custom, authentic, Kentucky whiskey products and will also provide comprehensive barrel financing.
Bardstown Bourbon Partners With Kentucky Labor Cabinet to Improve Worker Safety
“We look to support the community of Bardstown in everything we do and that starts with ensuring the safety of the men and women building our facility,” said David Mandell, President & CEO of The Bardstown Bourbon Company.
Community Focus on Nelson County With The Bardstown Bourbon Company
Bardstown Bourbon’s own Master Distiller, Steve Nally, talks about bourbon making and his plans for the new distillery with Channel 6 in Bardstown, Kentucky.
The Mahalo Spirits Group & The Bardstown Bourbon Company Announce Partnership to Produce Innovative & Authentic Craft Whiskey Brands via Modern Farm-to-Table Distillery
The new partnership will be led by a team of experienced industry professionals and artisans, including Bourbon Hall of Fame Master Distiller and Bardstown native, Steve Nally, a 40-year veteran of the spirits industry and formerly the Master Distiller of Maker’s Mark, and Alex Bogusky, an expert in brand strategy and consumer insights that was named the creative mind of the decade by Adweek Magazine.
Kentucky Governor Beshear Praises Economic Development in Bardstown
Gov. Steve Beshear praised the Bardstown-Nelson County community as a model for economic progress when he came here Wednesday to celebrate Kentucky and the county being honored by Site Selection magazine. Beshear brought the big silver trophy with him to My Old Kentucky Home State Park and compared it to the NCAA title trophy that University of Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari toured the state with in 2012.
Bardstown distillery on track for 2016 opening
Last summer, we learned that a relatively new company called Bardstown Bourbon Co. LLC was planning a new distillery in its namesake city. The distillery will be located on 100 acres in the Nelson County Industrial Park. Ground work on the site began earlier this year, and president and CEO David Mandell said in a recent interview he’s hopeful that crews can get the foundation finished soon so that other work can take place during the winter months.
Top 10 new American whiskey distilleries
Set to open in 2016, the new US$25m Bardstown Bourbon Company will be run by former Maker’s Mark master distiller and Bourbon Hall of Fame member Steve Nally in its namesake Kentucky town. The 45,000-square-foot distillery will produce Bourbon and other spirits and plans to build a visitor center and warehouses, as well as offer a “culinary dimension” to the distillery, partnering with restaurants in the community to incorporate local flavours.
Bardstown Bourbon Co. to build $25 million distillery in county industrial park
The Bourbon Capitol of the World will soon be home to its fifth Bourbon distillery. Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday morning that The Bardstown Bourbon Co. will build a new $25 million Bourbon distillery in the Nelson County Industrial Park. “The world can’t seem to get enough of our signature product,” Beshear said to a crowd of about 75 people at the announcement at My Old Kentucky Home State Park.