Michter’s To Build an Urban Distillery
on 08/07/11 at 12:18 pmSpirits
If you like the trend for urban wineries, how about an urban distillery?
Bourbon and rye maker Michter’s has purchased the historic Fort Nelson Building in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, and will spend $7.8 million in renovations.
By spring 2013, the building will be transformed into a small distillery, with public tours and tastings. Single-barrel rye whiskey and small-batch and single-barrel bourbons will be produced at the facility.
Over the years since its 1890 debut, the cast-iron building has housed numerous businesses including a grocery wholesaler, a tobacco exporter and a coffee roaster—but never a distillery.
Most of Louisville’s bourbon distilleries are located in the countryside, about an hour’s drive from the downtown business and tourist district. This will be the first urban Bourbon distillery, walking distance from other attractions like the Louisville Slugger Museum. City officials are hopeful that this will be the first in a series of bourbon-themed attractions along Main Street, where the whiskey business flourished in the 19th century.