Friday, March 17, 2017


Diageo has announced the official opening of its new $115m Bulleit Distilling Co. distillery in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

As part of the brands 30th anniversary year celebrations, Governor Matt Bevin and other elected officials joined Bulleit Distilling Co. Founder Tom Bulleit, for the ribbon cutting ceremony and a tour of the new distillery.

The Bulleit Family at the ribbon cutting of the new Bulleit Distilling Co. Distillery

The new distillery which will be the new home of Bulleit Bourbon, will initially produce 1.8 million gallons of spirit annually, but as it was built as a modular distillery, expansion opportunities are already being explored.

The distillery, which has already begun producing Bulleit Bourbon, represents the latest technology in warehousing and distillation, including enhancements that help conserve and reuse resources, resulting in improved efficiency and less impact on the environment.

The 300-acre campus includes four barrel houses (each capable of holding 55,000 barrels), a 52-foot still that was crafted by Vendome Copper and Brass Works in Louisville and the first industrial solar array in Shelby County, which will collect enough energy to run all on-site mobile equipment.

Commenting on the news, Tom Bulleit, said: “We’re so proud to open the Bulleit Distilling Co. here in Shelbyville. Seeing this distillery come to life has been a truly surreal experience that couldn’t have been achieved without the tireless work of so many men and women. We can’t wait to share the delicious whiskey that will be produced here for centuries to come.”

Bulleit Distilling Co. will not initially be open to the public, but guests are invited to learn more about Bulleit and its family of whiskeys by visiting the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Stitzel-Weller, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Posted by Steve Rush