Thursday, April 28, 2022


Heaven Hill Distillery, has announced plans for a new $135 million distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky.

The state-of-the-art distillery will augment Heaven Hill’s distilling capacity to meet increased global whiskey demand and marks the company’s return to distilling in Bardstown, following a fire in 1996 which destroyed its distillery, seven rickhouses and almost 100,000 barrels of whiskey.

Heaven Hill announces plans for new distillery

After the fire, Heaven Hill’s distilling moved to the historic Bernheim Distillery in Louisville, while bottling, aging of whiskey and other functions continued in the Bardstown area where they remain today.

The new distillery will produce 150,000 barrels of whiskey a year, but will have the capacity to ramp up to 450,000 barrels, over time. Heaven Hill will continue to age bourbon at existing locations and its Bernheim distillery in Louisville will continue to operate at full capacity.

Commenting on the news, Max Shapira, President of Heaven Hill, said: “The people of Bardstown have helped us create and build our brands over all these many years, so it’s a special homecoming to bring distilling back to this community. Our new distillery will honor our long-time Bardstown roots while applying state-of-the-art equipment and processes to produce the highest quality American Whiskey and build upon our meaningful partnership with Bardstown and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”

The new distillery is expected to open in 2024.

Posted by Steve Rush