Two members of the Kentucky Distillers' Association welcomed to Heritage Level Membership

Bardstown Bourbon Company and Louisville Distilling Company store more than 25,000 barrels each

The Kentucky Distillers' Association (KDA) has 39 members. It is a colorful association from small craft distillers with micro-distilleries to the big players of the Bourbon scene. When a member grows up to store more than 25,000 barrels in its warehouses, it fulfills the qualification for a "Heritage Level Membership", the highest level in the KDA with a stronger leadership role. The KDA follows a hierarchical structure according to the motto "The more in stock, the more important".

1st photo: Rob Samuels, Chairman of KDA’s Board of Directors and Chief Distillery Officer at Maker’s Mark, Bardstown Bourbon Company President & CEO David Mandell , KDA President Eric Gregory (l to r) - 2nd photo: Rob Samuels Chairman of KDA’s Board of Directors and Chief Distillery Officer at Maker’s Mark, Rick Wilson Senior Vice President of External Affairs & Corporate Responsibility for Bacardi, Dee Ford Louisville Distilling Company Brand Home Manager, Conor O’Driscoll Louisville Distilling Company Operations Manager and KDA President Eric Gregory (l to r). (Photos: Kentucky Distillers' Association)

The Heritage Level Members of the Kentucky Distillers' Association

The number of KDA's Heritage Level Membership distilleries now has risen to 11. There are:

  • Beam Suntory (Jim Beam and Maker's Mark)
  • Brown-Forman
  • Diageo North America
  • Four Roses
  • Heaven Hill Brands
  • Lux Row
  • Michter's
  • O.Z. Tyler
  • Wild Turkey
  • Bardtown Bourbon Company
  • Louisville Distilling Company

Bardstown Bourbon Company

The Bardstown Bourbon Company has only been a member of the Kentucky Distillers' Association since 2016 and is experiencing strong expansion. In June this year, a second column still was installed in the new distillery on a 100-acre site in Nelson County, increasing the production capacity to seven million proof gallons, according to a KDA press release. A first-class restaurant and a well-stocked bar complete the distillery's visitor center, which has been part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail since August 2018. The production area can be looked at by restaurant guests through glass walls.

(Photo: Bardstown Bourbon Company)

Louisville Distilling Company

In 2016 as well, the Louisville Distilling Company joined the Kentucky Distillers' Association as a craft level member. Founded in 2011 by Wes Henderson and his father Lincoln, the company is extremely successful with their whiskey Angel's Envy. Situated in a restored impressive warehouse in Louisville, Angel's Envy Distillery has been part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail since February 2017.

(Photo: Louisville Distilling Company)
(Photo: Louisville Distilling Company)