Frequently Asked Questions

We are proud to be a partner in the Bardstown community and value the strong relationship we’ve built with community members here since 1935. That’s why it is important to us to be good neighbors. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

Construction is underway and the distillery is planned to come online by the end of 2024.

Initial production is slated for 150,000 barrels per year, and the distillery will have capacity to ramp up to 450,000 barrels over time.

When in operation, this facility may be distilling any of our portfolio of whiskeys at any given time.

Heaven Hill is committed to creating a more environmentally conscious distilled spirits industry and ensuring a thriving environment for future generations. This commitment is illustrated by our 2030 Environmental Sustainability Strategy, with focus areas in reducing carbon emissions, increasing water efficiency, reducing waste, and conserving the resources that support our business.

For this project, that means that we:

  • Have engineered the distillery processes to minimize water use and reuse water where possible;
  • Are preserving existing vegetation where possible and using plants and natural systems to manage stormwater runoff and improve habitat on the property;
  • Are installing a wastewater pretreatment system that will ensure water we release meets City of Bardstown standards and greatly reduces the load on the city’s wastewater treatment plant; and
  • Plan to utilize biogas to create electricity onsite, lessening the distillery’s demand on the city’s electrical grid.

We have no plans for warehouses on this site to age the whiskey we produce. We’ve invested more than $80 million in our storage facilities at Cox’s Creek, Kentucky and have other properties available to us for additional warehouses.

This is an operating distillery first, but a small portion will be available to the public. More details to come as the project progresses.

We have proactively engineered the project to manage traffic on our site via two entrances off KY 245 to prevent vehicles from backing up onto the highway. We’ve also provided room within the site for any needed truck parking, and any visitors would be shuttled to and from the site rather than driving and parking individually.

We have strategically situated the distillery on the site in a way to minimize impact to neighbors. Any loud equipment will be installed indoors with proper sound barriers to minimize sound.

There will be no changes to production at our Louisville facilities. The Bernheim Distillery will continue to operate at full capacity.

When we get closer to opening the new distillery, we will post for any available jobs at our Careers page.