Barton 1792 Opens First New Whiskey Aging Warehouse Since 1963

By Robert Ham / March 9, 2021

Barton 1792 Distillery, said to be the oldest fully operational distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky, recently rolled the first barrels into their new storage space, Warehouse 33. It’s the first new warehouse facility to be constructed at their headquarters since 1963.

Warehouse 33 was constructed using traditional wood floors and wood storage ricks with metal siding and will hold 33,500 barrels of whiskey. It arrives as part of a major financial investment of $25 million by Barton 1792 that includes the construction of two more warehouses this year that will each hold 58,800 barrels. That amounts to a 25% increase in storage capacity as the existing warehouses at the Bardstown facility could only hold 19,600 barrels each.

Barton 1792 warehouse 33

Barton 1792’s Warehouse 33 (image via Barton 1792)

These new warehouses only add to Barton 1792’s already impressive property that sprawls across 196 acres in Bardstown. In addition to their 30 aging warehouses, the distillery boasts a still house, 21 other buildings, and two natural springs. Even during this expansion, the company offers free tours and tastings for visitors, which are subject to the appropriate CDC guidelines and government safety regulations.

Barton 1792 already had much to celebrate with the accolades that were handed down to their whiskies in 2020. The distillery’s signature Full Proof 1792 has won a number of awards such as gold medals at the International Spirits Challenge, the International Whisky Competition, and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. As well, their 1792 Aged Twelve Years took home an impressive double gold from the International Spirits Challenge.

The distiller also recently announced the release of their Thomas S. Moore Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeys, a limited run of Kentucky straight bourbon whiskeys aged five years in new charred American oak barrels and then finished in either port, chardonnay, or Cabernet sauvignon barrels.