There’s space for about 24,000 more barrels of bourbon in Kentucky as Four Roses opens its newest storage facility, Warehouse Y, in Cox’s Creek, KY.
Warehouse Y is the second of several new warehouses to be built as part of a major expansion project that began in 2015, investing $21 million into the Four Roses location at Cox’s Creek. In addition to Warehouse Y, updates include the new bottling facility completed in 2017 and Warehouse X, completed in 2018.
“We have a lot of exciting changes happening at Four Roses, but one thing that’s not changing is the approach to our warehouses,” says Ryan Ashley, chief operating officer and director of distillery operations at Four Roses. “Unlike some warehouses, ours are all just single-story and are not climate controlled to provide a gentle and undisturbed maturation. It is exciting to open this new warehouse to provide us even more space for aging.”
The new warehouse is 45,043 square feet in size and can accommodate 24,288 barrels. Four Roses is the only distillery using single-story rack warehouses, the company says.
While the newest storage facility is Warehouse Y, Warehouse O was torn down in 1993 and there never was a Warehouse I, in order to avoid labeling confusion with the number 1 or a lowercase letter L.
The opening of the new warehouse comes on the heels of Four Roses recently announcing plans for an expansion of the current visitor center and enhancements to the overall guest experience at the Bourbon distillery located in Lawrenceburg, KY. An official stop along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the new visitor center is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.
This follows recent news from the brand, the launches of 2020 Limited Edition Small Batch, Four Roses Small Batch Select and a craft beer collaboration with Brooklyn Brewery.