Friday, August 22, 2014


Diageo broke ground yesterday on its new Shelby County, Kentucky distillery, which the company announced will officially be called "The Bulleit Distilling Co" after the distillery's flagship brand. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, and a number of other elected officials and Kentucky dignitaries, joined Diageo executives and Bulleit founder Tom Bulleit to celebrate the milestone.

Back in May, Diageo announced its intention to invest an estimated $115 million to build the new distillery, along with six barrel warehouses. In addition to Bulleit Bourbon, the new facility will distill a number of current and future Diageo bourbon and North American Whiskey brands.
The Bulleit Distillery Co - due to open at the end of 2016
Commenting on the news Bulleit Distilling Co. Founder Tom Bulleit said: "When I walked away from my career as a lawyer to revive my great, great grandfather's high-rye bourbon recipe, people thought I was crazy. Twenty-seven years into this entrepreneurial journey, it's humbling to know this amazing facility right here in Kentucky will bear my family's name. It's an honour I'm not sure I will ever fully be able to describe."

Larry Schwartz, President of Diageo North America, also commented by saying: "We are proud to be breaking ground on the new home of Bulleit Bourbon in this wonderful location in Shelby County. We look forward to becoming a valued member of the community for many years to come."

Diageo aims to have the distillery operational in late 2016, and expects the construction phase to provide a significant number of jobs and anticipates employing approximately 30 people for whiskey production roles.

Source: Diageo