Some Good News To Begin The Weekend

You may remember seeing pictures and video of the collapsed rickhouse at Barton’s 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky. Initially it was only half of the rickhouse and then, before it could be safely shored up, the other half collapsed. However, all that good bourbon is not lost.

The distillery has begun the process of recovering as many intact barrels as possible, repairing the leaking ones, and discarding the ones that can’t be saved. According to, the Sazerac subsidiary is sorting the barrels into three categories:

  1. Barrels that don’t need repair are recorded and removed from the pile to continue aging.
  2. Barrels that are leaky or damaged are moved to a coopering area to be repaired.
  3. Barrels that are beyond repair are dumped into a holding tank and discarded.

The distillery has not released any information on how much has been saved.

The following two videos show the recovery process. The first video was provided by Barton’s 1792 Distillery.

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There is no word whether or not the distillery is going to release the bourbon from the collapsed rickhouse, Warehouse 30, as a special release similar to what their sister company Buffalo Trace did after a tornado took the roof off of Warehouse C. That release, E. H. Taylor Warehouse C Tornado Surviving bourbon, now goes for over $1,000 per bottle on the secondary market.

Gives A New Meaning To Bubbly

Normally when the words “bubbly” and “alcohol” are used in conjunction the product in question is champagne or some other sparkling wine. However, the good folks at Willett Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky might want to offer an alternative.

The picture below is from their Instagram feed. It is a mash tub full of fermenting rye grains. Willett, which is just down the road from the Heaven Hill visitor center and rickhouses, is a small family run distillery making both bourbon and rye. The Complementary Spouse and I toured Willett after attending the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting.

A photo posted by Willett Distillery (@willettdistillery) on Jan 3, 2017 at 4:11pm PST