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Bulleit Distillery Is Finally Open

March 15th, 2017

Bulleit distillery in Shelbyville, KY is now open. (Photo by

Bulleit distillery in Shelbyville, KY is now open.
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By Susannah Skiver Barton

Thirty years after Tom Bulleit started the brand, Bulleit whiskey finally has a home of its own. Bulleit—which has sourced from numerous distilleries to supply its bourbon and rye labels over the years, including Four Roses and MGP—opened its distillery in Shelbyville, Kentucky yesterday with an official ribbon cutting ceremony attended by executives from parent company Diageo, Kentucky state senator Paul Hornback and other local politicians, Kentucky Distillers’ Association president Eric Gregory, and of course, Tom himself.

Construction on the $115 million distillery began in 2014, and it started production in February. It has a current annual capacity of 1.8 million proof gallons, though the ability to expand has been built in to the facility’s modular design. It’s sited on 300 acres with four warehouses, each with a 55,000-barrel capacity. The distillery has an industrial solar array which will power all on-site mobile equipment.

Bulleit distillery isn’t currently open to the public, although the company has stated its hope to “someday open a Visitor Experience and we are exploring the possibilities of that endeavor with the state.” Meanwhile, people can visit the existing Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience, which is part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and located at the former Stitzel-Weller distillery in Louisville.

4 Responses to “Bulleit Distillery Is Finally Open”

  1. Raul Rearman says:

    I love Four Roses !

  2. Paul Grand says:

    And I love Bulleit!

  3. Neil Miritello says:

    What a milestone! Enjoying Bulleit more and more ever since my first taste many years ago at Whiskey Fest NY! Still have my Bulleit pins and logo glasses given out by Tom himself back in the day!
    Bourbon or Rye, it’s all good with Bulleit!

  4. Paul says:

    Beyond Bas Armagnac, Bulleit Bourbon or Rye is one of my favorite Tipples. Amazing Bourbon and quite a value.

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