Barrell Craft Spirits Acquires Historic Kentucky Rickhouse To Meet Demand

, | January 17, 2023

Barrel Craft Spirits recently announced the purchase of a historic rickhouse in Shively, Kentucky, to help serve the increased demand for its American whiskeys.

The newly-acquired rickhouse is five-stories tall, more than 89,000 square feet of space, and can hold more than 17,500 barrels, a statement from BCS explained.

It was last month that Barrel Craft Spirits bought the rickhouse from Angel’s Envy, which had owned it since 2013, for the sum of $2.41 million.

Barrell Craft Spirits New Rickhouse

Barrel Craft Spirits recently announced the purchase of a historic rickhouse in Shively, Kentucky, to help serve the increased demand for its American whiskeys. (image via Barrell Craft Spirits)

The rickhouse was originally built in 1940 as part of a Yellowstone Distillery campus, following the repeal of Prohibition, it has been owned and operated by several companies since then, including Florida Distillers and Glenmore Distilling Company of Owensboro.

“Working with approximately 65 different producers presents logistical challenges for transporting and accessing all of these barrels,” said BCS Founder Joe Beatrice in a prepared statement. “The new facility will help to solve these challenges and allow for increased storage space near our blending facility. We plan to begin moving barrels into the rickhouse later this month.”

Barrel Craft Spirits was founded in 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky, and the brand selects and blends products that explore different distillation methods, barrels and aging environments, and bottles them at cask strength.

For more information on Barrell Craft Spirits, check out www.barrellbourbon.com.

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