Two years after announcing plans for a brand-new, $35-million distillery, Luxco has officially opened the 90-acre property in the heart of Bardstown, Kentucky.
The distillery, named Lux Row Distillers, will produce nationally distributed whiskey brands, including Ezra Brooks, Rebel Yell, David Nicholson and Blood Oath. The distillery has a current production capacity of 20,000 barrels with the ability to increase to 50,000 barrels in the future.
The head distiller at Lux Row Distillers is John Rempe, a 20-year veteran of the spirits industry and creator of Blood Oath Bourbon.
The Lux family commemorated this occasion, joined by Bardstown mayor Dick Heaton and a crowd of community supporters, by cutting the ribbon on the 18,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art distillery. The distillery, which began bourbon production in January, officially opens to the public on April 12, 2018.
“Today marks a great celebration and momentous occasion in the evolution of Luxco. It gives me great pride to be here to cut the ribbon as we embark on this new chapter of distilling our own whiskey for our award-winning brands,” says Donn Lux, chairman and CEO of Luxco. “We further extend our sincerest thanks to the city of Bardstown and the bourbon community for welcoming our family into theirs. We are looking forward to making world-class bourbon here for many years.”
Lux Row Distillers also recently joined the Kentucky Distillers’ Association as a “Heritage” member, the highest level in the non-profit group that unites and leads the state’s signature bourbon and distilled spirits industry.
The distillery’s new address is 1 Lux Row (same location, previously 3050 E. John Rowan Blvd). Lux Row Distillers is now open Wednesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. Tours, offered at the top of every hour, are $12 and include a 45-minute walking tour of the site and an educational tasting seminar in the distillery’s Tasting Room. A retail shopping experience featuring the bourbon brands and other branded merchandise is available in the visitor center. To book a tour, call 502-337-7420 or visit luxrowdistillers.com.