Bourbon Barrels Crash Down in Kentucky Building Collapse

Marco Green
June 25, 2018

A bourbon distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky saw 9,000 barrels of still-aging drink come crashing down when a building collapsed Friday morning, according to CBS Lexington affiliate WKYT.

Nelson County Emergency Management spokesman Milt Spalding said about 9,000 barrels of aging bourbon were affected.

No one was injured in the collapse.

Despite the collapse of a rickhouse full of bourbon yesterday, the Barton 1792 Distillery will be open for business as usual Saturday. We believe no more than half of the barrels inside are impacted; we are assessing how numerous impacted barrels can be recovered.

The building dates back to 1940, according to Bardstown Fire Chief Billy Mattingly. Barton 1792's normal "summer shutdown", which is when bourbon distilleries shut down for a short time period in the summer for repairs and routine maintenance, began last week.

The collapse of a building in Kentucky sent bourbon barrels barreling to the ground.

Officials were also trying to figure out the age of the warehouse and whether proper checks were carried out on its concrete foundation.

The collapse won't affect normal operations at the distillery.

It could be days or weeks before the company fully assesses damage to the warehouse, built in the 1940s, she said. Representatives from the state's Department for Environmental Protection were dispatched to the scene.

Barton Brands, part of the privately-held Louisiana-based Sazerac Company, produces a wide range of spirits including Kentucky bourbon, gin, vodka, and tequila.

In fact, Mattingly believes that up to 20,000 barrels might actually have collapsed as a result of the sudden mishap, but whatever the exact estimates may be, it is clear that a lot of alcohol has been lost.

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