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Barton 1792 Distillery spill injures two people

A fermented mash spill at the Sazerac-owned Barton 1792 Distillery in Kentucky on Tuesday (5 March) has injured two people.

The Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky

According to a statement from emergency service Nelson County Emergency Management, crews were on the scene at the incident on the morning of 5 March.

Two unnamed individuals were injured in the incident and taken to Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown with “non-life-threatening injuries”. Both parties have been treated and released, the statement said.

The statement read: “When first responders arrived on scene they found that a mash tank at the distillery had failed. Another tank was punctured and a pipe on a third tank damaged causing the two tanks to leak.

“The leaking fluids flowed into a nearby holding basin. When that basin began to overflow, the liquid then started moving toward a nearby stream.

“Workers constructed berms to protect the stream. A clean up crew contracted by Barton 1792 was on site and additional resources from their company were also responding.”

A Sazerac spokeswoman told The Spirits Business: “We had an incident at Barton 1792 Distillery where the beer well failed. (The beer well is used in the production process to hold the fermented mash before it is distilled.)

“Currently we do not know the cause of the beer well failure and we are working to secure the area.”

The last 12 months has seen Barton 1792 involved in a number of incidents. In July, a warehouse containing thousands of whiskey barrels at the distillery completely collapsed just weeks after part of the building came crashing down.

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