Luxco announced today that the company has finalized plans to build a $35-million distillery near in Nelson County, Kentucky
Luxco has chosen to build the distillery on a 70-acre site (pictured above) off state highway KY-245 in the heart of Bardstown, the Bourbon Capital of the World. The company announced preliminary plans for the distillery in late 2015, and the distillery is expected to be fully operational by late 2017.
Construction on the project will begin in the summer of 2016.
Buzick Construction has been awarded the contract for the project. When finished, the distillery will be approximately 18,000 square feet, have six barrel warehouses and will employ an estimated 34 people.
In addition, the distillery will feature a tasting room and event space and will offer visitors a new stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
“We are looking forward to building the distillery on this scenic property and in such a central location in Bardstown,” says David Bratcher, President and COO of Luxco. “We intend the distillery to be a welcoming stop for those visiting the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and we are excited to bring our bourbon experience and brands to Nelson County.”
The distillery will be built alongside an existing house on the property, which is registered as a National Historic Place and will remain intact.
Architect renderings of the new distillery, created by Joseph & Joseph Architects out of Louisville, are available upon request.
With the growth of Luxco’s bourbon brands, such as Rebel Yell, Blood Oath and Ezra Brooks, the company decided to build this new distillery.
“Building this distillery will allow us to control our own production as well as offer us the ability to experiment with new and innovative mash bills, barrel types and aging techniques,” says Bratcher.
The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved the company for $1.3 million in tax incentives for the project. The Joint City-County Planning Commission also approved rezoning of the land for this project.
Luxco also owns 50 percent interest in the Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon, Kentucky, which produces Yellowstone Kentucky Straight Bourbon.