Bardstown Bourbon Co. breaks ground on new bottling facility

Craft distillery continues exponential growth with expansion in capabilities
A rendering of Bardstown Bourbon Co.'s new bottling facility.
A rendering of Bardstown Bourbon Co.’s new bottling facility.

BARDSTOWN, Ky. — The Bardstown Bourbon Company recently broke ground on its new bottling facility, adjacent to the distillery, and recently opened a visitors center. The 47,000 s.f. 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 Company 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 Company 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 mashbills.

“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 Company 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 Company’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.

Bardstown Bourbon Company is located at 1500 Parkway Drive.