LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sep. 19, 2017) — Barrel House Distilling Co. has announced the grand opening of the Elkhorn Tavern, a full cocktail bar located on site at the Lexington Distillery District, 1200 Manchester Street.
Work began on the tavern in July 2016 after the passing of Kentucky Senate Bill 11, which allowed the distillery to serve it’s products as well as others by the drink. The project also included the doubling of the production space at the distillery, new infrastructure, offices and a new, updated gift shop for guests on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail’s Craft Tour.
The name of the tavern originates from the Town Branch of The Elkhorn Creek which runs along the property that was home to the James E. Pepper and Henry Clay distilleries for almost 100 years. It has a rustic, lodge like feel with a wood burning fireplace, taxidermy, copper bar top, leather couches and 2 patios. The tavern is cocktail-focused but also features rotating taps for local beers as well as a selection of wines. The tavern opens at noon Wednesday through Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday.
Peter Wright co-founder of Barrel House Distilling Co. said “This provides a unique opportunity to enjoy a great cocktail in the same location that the spirits are being produced, which is available in only a handful of places in the entire country.”
About Barrel House Distilling Co.
Barrel House was started in 2008 as a craft distillery, and currently ferments, distills and ages a line of spirit brands including: Pure Blue Vodka, Devil John Moonshine, Devil John Dark ‘Shine, Oak Rum, White Oak Rum, RockCastle Bourbon and a yet to be released rye whiskey. It is a proud member of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, The Kentucky Bourbon Trail’s Craft Tour and the Lexington Distillery District. Last year Barrel House welcomed over 16,000 visitors for tour and tastings from all 50 states and 14 countries. It is listed on the National Registry of Historical Places.