Diageo to build new whiskey distillery in Kentucky

The big plant will produce Bulleit Bourbon and other brands of the spirits company

Sales figures of Bulleit Bourbon currently show double-digit growth. Thus the announcement of spirits company Diageo to build another distillery after the opening of the Bulleit Distillery in Shelbyville last year is probably a logical consequence.

Publications in US media show very positive reactions of representatives of government and whiskey associations on the plans for the distillery, as 30 new full-time jobs are being created here. Over the next three years until the planned start of production in 2021 Diageo will invest $130 million but will in return also enjoy state tax incentives of up to $4 million, the Financial Post reports.

The new distillery will be situated on an approximately 58-acre property in Lebanon, Kentucky, 100 kilometers southeast of Louisville. Warehouses are also being built here. The announced production capacity of 100 million gallons of alcohol annually (3.8 million 9-liter cases) is three times higher than that one of the Shelbyville Bulleit Distillery.

In addition to the Bulleit Bourbon, other brands of the company will also be produced here. There won’t be a visitor center here in Lebanon, but there is one currently being created in Shelbyville for $10 million. It will open next year and complement Diageo's Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at the Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville.