Barrell Craft Spirits Buys Historic Rickhouse

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Barrell Craft Spirits has purchased this 1940s rickhouse in Shively, KY.

Barrell Craft Spirits (BCS) has purchased a historic rickhouse in Shively, Kentucky.

The five-story, 89,000-sq.-ft. rickhouse can house more than 17,500 barrels, the company says. It provides BCS with storage space for the company’s line of whiskey and rum.

BCS purchased the rickhouse from Angel’s Envy, which had owned it since 2013, in December 2022 for $2.41 million.

Originally built in 1940 as part of a Yellowstone Distillery campus following the repeal of Prohibition, it has been owned and operated by several companies since then, including Florida Distillers, Glenmore Distilling Company of Owensboro and, most recently, Angel’s Envy.

“Working with approximately 65 different producers presents logistical challenges for transporting and accessing all of these barrels,” says BCS Founder Joe Beatrice. “The new facility will help to solve these challenges and allow for increased storage space near our blending facility. We plan to begin moving barrels into the rickhouse later this month.”


Founded in 2013 in Louisville, BCS selects and blends products that explore different distillation methods, barrels and aging environments, and bottles them at cask strength.

This follows the release of Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023.


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