In 2009, Sazerac Company bought Bardstown's Barton 1792 Distillery. Sazerac, which also owns Buffalo Trace in Frankfort, didn't need the additional distilling capacity, and immediately cut Barton's distilling schedule. This led many fans of the distillery's products to worry that Sazerac might not be fully committed to its Bardstown operation.
This may assuage some of those fears.
In a joint statement with the Nelson County Economic Development Agency, Sazerac has announced its purchase of the Warehouse Support Center Building on Withrow Court in the Bardstown Industrial Park. The 300,000 square foot facility, with a capacity of approximately one million cases of spirits, will become the company’s new distribution center for Bardstown. The company is also purchasing eight adjacent acres for trailer staging.
To the Withrow Court facility they are adding cold storage, offices, and IT capabilities. The current finished goods warehouse on the distillery grounds will become part of the expanded bottling operation there. The Barton 1792 Distillery recently increased its processing capacity with additional bottling tanks and bulk storage. It opened a visitors center last year and now offers daily tours.
The Barton 1792 Distillery makes 1792 Ridgement Reserve Bourbon, Very Old Barton Bourbon, and many other whiskey and non-whiskey products.