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Bardstown Bourbon Co to double production again

Kentucky’s Bardstown Bourbon Company will double its production capacity following the installation of a second 50-foot-tall still.

Bardstown Bourbon Company in Kentucky is rapidly expanding

The new the still will increase Bardstown’s capacity to almost seven million proof gallons. The site has undergone multiple expansions since it began production in September 2016, and doubled its capacity last year.

The new Vendome Copper & Brass Works still will be connected to Bardstown’s new 7,500-square-foot fermenter building, which houses 16 12,500-gallon fermenters and a second laboratory.

The latest expansion will be completed by July 2018.

According to David Mandell, president and CEO, the work is a “direct result” of growing demand for Bardstown’s Collaborative Distilling Program. The service offers wholesale whiskey, Bourbon and rye, allowing customers to work with Bardstown to launch their own custom spirit brands.

The new 50-foot-tall still being installed

In order to meet the “production and technical demands” of the programme, Bardstown will create a dedicated quality control and lab technician team.

“In a short period of time, we’ve become one of the most technically advanced and flexible whiskey distilleries in the world,” Mandell added.

Bardstown also owns three maturation warehouses on its property, with capacity for more than 22,000 barrels each.

At the current production rate, Bardstown will build more than two-and-a-half barrel warehouses per year. The company will start construction on its fourth warehouse this summer.

Bardstown Bourbon Company is part owned by US drinks group Constellation Brands, which purchased a minority stake in the distillery in 2016.

Former Maker’s Mark master distiller Steve Nally joined Bardstown as master distiller in 2015, while John Hargrove, former master distiller at Sazerac’s Barton 1792 Distillery, joined as executive director of distillery operations in 2017.

Bardstown is currently developing its own portfolio of brands and will announce the opening date for its visitor centre “in the very near future”.

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