Angel’s Envy opens new US$27m distillery to publicBy Annie Hayes
Bacardi-owned Bourbon brand Angel’s Envy is to open the doors of its new US$27 million distillery and visitor centre in Louisville, Kentucky to the public.
Located in the former Vermont American and Baer Fabrics Warehouse, the new facility – which has retained many features of the former building – is said to be the first full-production whiskey distillery in downtown Louisville.
From milling grains to on-site bottling, the new brand home houses complete distillery operations – featuring a 35ft column still, pot still and doubler sourced locally from Vendome Copper & Brass Works – as well as a visitor experience centre and gift shop.
The Bourbon brand was created by master distiller Lincoln Henderson, and currently consists of three expressions: Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in Port Wine Barrels, Angel’s Envy Cask Strength and Angel’s Envy Rye finished in hand-selected Caribbean rum casks.
“Opening the Angel’s Envy distillery and visitor’s centre in downtown Louisville was a dream Dad and I had,” said Wes Henderson, co-founder and chief innovation officer, Louisville Distilling Company.
“He would be so proud of what we’ve accomplished in such a short amount of time. My sons and I proudly carry on his legacy. The distillery is a must-see experience.”
The distillery and visitor center will be open for tours every Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10am–5pm, and every Sunday from 1–5pm.
“We are delighted that Angel’s Envy chose downtown Louisville for its new distillery and visitor center,” said Louisville mayor, Greg Fischer.
“It is evident that Angel’s Envy is not only committed to quality craftsmanship, but also the greater Louisville community.”
Bacardi purchased Angel’s Share Brands, its subsidiary the Louisville Distilling Company, and its Angel’s Envy Brand for an undisclosed sum in March 2015.
Online reservations are required. Admission is US$15 per person and includes a tasting.