Angel’s Envy Plans For A Downtown Louisville Tourism Expansion

By Gary Carter / July 20, 2021

Popular Kentucky whiskey distillery Angel’s Envy is showing off the details of its upcoming $8.2-million expansion to its downtown Louisville tour.

The expansion will add more than 13,000 square feet to the whiskey brand’s home, including a new event space and bar, a larger retail space and several new tasting rooms. It will increase Angel’s Envy’s annual guest capacity by 64,000 and create at least 20 new jobs in Louisville. Construction began in late 2020 and is expected to be finished by spring of next year.

“Since opening the doors to our distillery in 2016, we’ve been so fortunate to see an increased demand from guests hoping to visit us and take part in tours, experiences and classes,” said Angel’s Envy co-founder Wes Henderson in a prepared statement. “This expansion will double the number of fans we’re able to meet and raise a glass of Angel’s Envy with throughout the year. We’re proud to call Louisville our hometown and contribute to its continued growth by creating new jobs for Kentuckians and offering a new reason for people to visit downtown and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail as a whole.”

Angel's Envy tasting room

Rendering of a revamped Angel’s Envy tasting room (image via Angel’s Envy)

Specific additions to the distillery experience will include an additional bar space, five new tasting rooms, an event space and full catering kitchen, and a designated room for Angel’s Envy’s “Bottle Your Own” experience, which, post-expansion, will offer guests the chance to fill their own bottles of Angel’s Envy’s distillery-exclusives.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said that Angel’s Envy is a prime example of how Kentucky’s bourbon industry benefits the Commonwealth by attracting visitors to the state while creating opportunities for Kentuckians.

“This expansion proves we can expect more great things from Angel’s Envy as our state’s economy continues to strengthen,” Beshear said. “Tourism is a crucial component of our vision to build a better Kentucky for all our residents, and this development brings us another step forward in bringing that vision to fruition.”

Henderson said that the Angel’s Envy brand home expansion wouldn’t be possible without the continuous support of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the Kentucky Governor’s Office, Kentucky Tourism, the Louisville Mayor’s Office, Louisville Forward and Louisville Tourism.

It is one of several recent growth projects for Angel’s Envy following news from 2018 that the brand would be constructing three new rickhouses on its property in Henry County.

The Angel’s Envy distillery will remain open to the public throughout the construction process. For more information about the upgrades or the distillery, check out angelsenvy.com/distillery/.