Bardstown Bourbon Still Is A Monster Of Stainless Steel Beauty

Bardstown Bourbon Still

The Bardstown Bourbon Company today installed a 50-foot tall, custom made, 36-inch stainless steel Vendome Copper & Brass Works still at its new distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky, which is set to begin production in September 2016. Delivered in one piece, and hoisted above the still tower by crane, the apparatus features large, rectangular glass manways, which will enable visitors to watch the whiskey moving through the distilling process. (image via Bardstown Bourbon)

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Kentucky based Bardstown Bourbon Company unveiled recently it is making big progress towards beginning operations this year. The upcoming distillery, which begun construction over a year ago, is hoping after its launch to have a 1.5 million proof gallon annual capacity, courtesy of the new still which was just put in.

Bardstown, which is sharing local distillery construction news with non-distilling producer Luxco these days, had a 50-foot tall, custom made, 36-inch stainless steel Vendome Copper & Brass Works still designed. The Bardstown Bourbon still was delivered in one piece and hoisted above a 50-foot tower on the property by crane before being lowered into the center of the facility.

The company said its still features a unique design,

incorporating large, rectangular glass manways – a shape never before used by Vendome in still manufacturing – that enables visitors to watch the whiskey moving through the distilling process. The use of glass also reflects the transparent nature of the Company’s approach to whiskey making.

“We can’t wait to start the whiskey flowing at the largest new distillery in the country,” said Steve Nally, Bardstown Master Distiller, in a statement. “It’s an exciting time for bourbon and we’re proud to be at the forefront of innovation.”

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Bardstown Bourbon Company, for those unfamiliar with it, is described as “a $25 million destination experience with a first-of-its-kind Napa Valley style campus featuring a state-of-the-art whiskey distillery, unique and transparent educational experience, high-end tours and tastings, integrated visitors center, event space, and eventually a restaurant and boutique hotel.”

Besides producing bourbon for its own label the distillery is also embarking upon a so-called “Collaborative Distilling Program.” This endeavor will offer those interested the chance to “to create custom, authentic, Kentucky whiskey, bourbon and rye.” What is not clear from this is what portion of the initial production capacity will be focused around custom distilling – not that is much of an issue, as Bardstown said it can expand up to six million proof gallons within the current design of the facility.

“The Bardstown Bourbon Company is just a few short months away from becoming a significant addition to the American whiskey landscape,” added David Mandell, President & CEO. “With the development of our own brands, new Collaborative Distilling Program, and unique visitors experience, we will continue to fuel interest, innovation, and growth across the entire whiskey category.”