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Blue Run reveals distillery plans

Whiskey producer Blue Run Spirits has revealed the first look of its planned distillery and headquarters in Georgetown, Kentucky.

Blue Run Distillery
Blue Run’s distillery design evokes the journey of the Royal Spring in Georgetown

The new site has been designed by international architect firm Bjarke Ingels Group, and boasts a 35,000-square-foot distillery and a 20,000-square-foot rickhouse.

“We are thrilled to be able to reveal an early look of Bjarke Ingels Group’s design for the new Blue Run Spirits distillery in Georgetown, giving everyone a glimpse at where we are heading in developing a welcoming, unexpected and modern facility with a true focus on sustainability,” said Blue Run Spirits CEO and co-founder Mike Montgomery.

“This will be a game-changing addition to Blue Run’s long-range business plans, allowing us to meet forecasted and unforeseen demand, while also giving our whiskey director Shaylyn Gammon and liquid advisor Jim Rutledge a home base of operations.”

The distillery will break ground in 2023 at the Lanes Run Business Park, and is projected to open in 2025.

The design, called Meander, is meant to evoke the journey of the limestone-rich water of the Royal Spring in Georgetown as it winds its way through the distilling, ageing and blending process to becoming Blue Run’s Bourbons and rye whiskeys.

The Royal Spring in Georgetown, dubbed ‘the Blue Run’ by one of the founders, serves as the company’s namesake.

The opening of the distillery is anticipated to bring at least 45 full-time jobs to the local economy.

Blue Run Spirits has introduced 13 Bourbon and rye whiskey releases since the company launched in October 2020, including a 14-year old Bourbon.

The company sold 21,000 nine-litre cases in 2022, marking a 300% year-on-year increase.

The producer recently announced expanded distribution in New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Washington, Minnesota and Ontario.

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