Warehouse with Bourbon crashed down in Kentucky

9.000 barrels of Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown affected. (Update 4.7.: Today the other half of the warehouse collapsed as well)

Like a house of cards a warehouse of Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky, collapsed and 9.000 barrels crashed down to the ground. Fortunately nobody was hurt. About one third of those barrels obviously were destroyed according to reports in American media, but nobody can tell yet how many of the other barrels also broke or suffer of leakage. Investigations on cause and damage are still going on.

This is one of 29 warehouses of its kind on the site of Barton Distillery. Each one can hold about 19.000 barrels. Pictures that were published show that one half of the warehouse is still standing while the other half is lying on the ground totally destroyed. The warehouse was built in the 1940s on a proper basement with a wooden structure and aluminum siding. Here in this article of the Courier Journal, Kentucky, you can see pictures of the damage.

You also can read about first consequences of this incident: Hundreds of fishes have died in Withcow Cree, which flows into Beechfork River. If the alcohol that seeps into the soil and the water will cause more problems isn’t known yet. The Sazerac Company that owns Barton 1792 Distillery, announced that the distillery and the visitor center will open on Monday as usual. The distillery started its silent season anyway one week before and stopped production as it does every year in summer.

For more information on the Barton 1792 Distillery visit our distillery database here. You can find a video there we produced after a visit in 2015. It takes you into the distillery and at the end in one of those warehouses.

UPDATE 4.July: Today the other half of the warehouse also crashed down. Meanwhile containment ponds had been dug to keep the spilled whiskey and avoid more environmental damage.