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Kentucky Distillers’ Association Welcomes Augusta Distillery To Its Ranks

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association recently announced that Augusta Distillery in Bracken County is the 48th member of the nonprofit trade group that unites and leads Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry.

Augusta Distillery’s historic 35,000 square foot building was built in 1883 and originally served as a carriage manufacturer. The distillery received its Class B distiller’s license in July and is currently being renovated, where a full service restaurant, event center, gift shop and tasting room are expected to open next fall.

The Augusta Distillery is located in a small Kentucky river town. It is widely known as the hometown of actor George Clooney and dates back to the 18th century. 

Augusta Buckner's Bourbon
Augusta Buckner’s Bourbon (image via Augusta Distillery)

The company’s debut product, the Buckner’s Single Barrel Bourbon, is a limited-edition 13-year-old cask strength release named for Revolutionary War hero Capt. Philip Buckner. 

“Augusta Distillery is excited to be a part of the KDA, whose members represent most of the Bourbon produced in the world. Our hope is to bring the Bourbon expansion to our small historic Augusta community while showcasing our beautiful section of the Ohio river.” said Ryan Edwards, Head of Operations for Augusta Distillery, in a prepared statement.    

KDA President Eric Gregory said Edwards and the Augusta team are a “can’t miss” stop in Northern Kentucky.

“Augusta is one of the most charming towns in Kentucky, and its namesake distillery is building on the community’s deep roots and legacy of hospitality,” he said. “We proudly welcome them to our growing family of Kentucky’s finest distillers.”

The Augusta Distillery is the KDA’s 28th Craft-level member, aging less than 10,000 barrels a year. It’s now home to two KDA member distillers with nearby B. Bird Distillery’s site that dates back to 1797.

Hannah Kanik

Hannah Kanik is a freelance writer from California. Two years ago, she found herself drinking Scottish whisky atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and found her love for whisky and its storytelling side-effects.

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