HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT)- The Western Kentucky Distilling Company is celebrating the grand opening of its new $30 million, state-of-the-art distillery in Beaver Dam.
The private event will take place on October 18, and feature music, cocktails and a tour of the new facility. The Western Kentucky Distilling Co. is a bourbon and rye whiskey distillery located in Beaver Damn, Kentucky. The 100% Kentucky-owned distillery opened in 2023 as the first official distillery in Ohio County, with the first barrels being filled in July.
“Well, for us, it’s really important to really dig into that Kentucky owned piece of it,” stated Jacob Call, Chief Operating Officer & master distiller for Western Kentucky Distilling. “We buy all local Kentucky corn. All of our equipment came from Kentucky. So for us, ownership is all from Kentucky and we’re just proud of Kentucky and want to make great bourbon whiskey for the state,” she added.
The team is proud to support the local community and state of Kentucky by purchasing all cooking, fermenting and distilling equipment in Kentucky and plans to use all locally grown Kentucky corn.
Local leaders believe this distillery will be great for the county and also help to boost tourism in the area.
“So people come to us for bluegrass, but people come to Kentucky for the bourbon,” Jody Flener, executive director of Ohio County Tourism Commission. “So having them in our community now is just going to add to the tourism experience here. and these guys are so special. they have a heart for the bourbon and for what they do.”
The distillery produces around 165 barrels of bourbon per day and 50,000 barrels per year.
“Coming off what was a historic year for Kentucky bourbon in 2022, seeing these announced projects and investments become operational and begin production is an incredible step for the commonwealth,” said Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear. “Today’s grand opening marks yet another step forward for Kentucky’s signature bourbon and spirits industry and will continue to provide incredible job opportunities for the Western Kentucky region. Congratulations to Western Kentucky Distilling’s leadership on this exciting next step. ”
“Kentucky’s bourbon industry continues to thrive, and we are thrilled to see Western Kentucky Distilling Co.’s new operation come to fruition,” said Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Lindy Casebier. “This new project will expand one of Kentucky’s most sought-after industries, bringing bourbon and additional revenue to the Western Kentucky region.”
For more information on the Western Kentucky Distilling Co. visit their website at wkydistilling.com.