Bardstown Bourbon Co. Expands Capabilities with Bottling Facility

Bardstown Bourbon Company bottling center
The new Bardstown Bourbon Co. bottling facility is adjacent to the distillery and Visitors Center.

Bardstown Bourbon Company has announced the opening of a new bottling facility, adjacent to the company’s distillery and Visitors Center.

The 55,000-square-foot facility enables the company to bottle hundreds of thousands of cases of distilled spirits per year, the company says, and generate 25 new jobs for Bardstown residents.

“Our new bottling facility will raise the bar for what we can provide our partners and fill a void within co-manufacturing spirits production,” says Justin Willett, executive director of manufacturing operations for Bardstown Bourbon Company. “We look forward to producing our own top-quality packages while working with customers on projects of all scales throughout the industry.”

The new facility includes a logistics lab, testing abilities, component and label flexibility, sourcing and an on-site blending lab. 

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“Bardstown Bourbon Company’s principal achievement of this remarkable project is the incredible team that has been assembled,” says Chief Operating Officer John Hargrove. “The success of Bardstown Bourbon lies within the great talent and culture that has been established from day one.”

Aside from the distillery’s own brand, which debuted in 2018, Bardstown Bourbon Company produces custom whiskey for more than 30 customers. The success of its collaborative distilling program has enabled the distilling team to quadruple capacity since its inception in 2016, the company says, and now produces more than seven million proof gallons per year — or more than 330 barrels per day — across 50 different mashbills. 

“The bottling facility is the natural next step in our evolution,” says Bardstown Bourbon Company CEO Mark Erwin. “Currently, our brands and our collaborative distilling partners are bottled by an offsite third party. We’re excited to close the circle and enable a true grain-to-glass process all in our own space.”

Designing the facility, Bardstown Bourbon partnered with architect Joseph & Joseph Architects, PLLC of Louisville, KY, and Buzick Construction, Inc. of Bardstown, KY. 

This follows recent news from the brand, the second whiskey collaboration with The Prisoner Wine Co.

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