From Bottler to Distiller: Young, Explosively Successful Whiskey Brand Announces Major Step Forward With Plans to Build $50 Million Distillery in Kentucky
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail might be getting another stop on the map as Blue Run Spirits on Monday announced that it will graduate from bottler to distiller.
Blue Run Spirits will build a new distillery in Georgetown, Kentucky, with an investment of nearly $51 million that will create a projected 45 jobs for Kentucky locals. This is pivotal for Kentucky between the tragic flooding, recovering from the pandemic and all-time low employment rates.
“Kentucky has posted record low unemployment rates for four consecutive months, falling from 3.9% in April to 3.8% in May and 3.7% for June and July,” Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said in a news release.
Blue Run’s new home will include a 35,000-square-foot distillery and a 20,000-square-foot rickhouse, which will be the company’s first vertically integrated distilling operation and future headquarters.
Scott County Judge/Executive Joe Covington said he is excited to build on the area’s rich tradition of Kentucky bourbon and bring quality jobs to the community.
“Blue Run Spirits’ proposed facility in Georgetown will have a substantial positive impact on jobs, local business revenue, tourism and raising the profile of Georgetown and Scott County worldwide,” Covington said. “Having the first distillery established in Scott County since prohibition based in Georgetown, the hometown of Elijah Craig and the birthplace of bourbon, is a significant milestone for the entire commonwealth of Kentucky, particularly the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. We can’t thank Blue Run Spirits enough for selecting this location to build the foundation for their very promising future.”
To encourage investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) recently approved a 10-year incentive agreement with Blue Run under the Kentucky Business Investment program. This agreement can provide up to $700,000 in tax incentives based on the company’s investment of $50,976,430 and annual targets of:
- Creation and maintenance of 45 Kentucky-resident, full-time jobs across 10 years; and
- Paying an average hourly wage of $31.92 including benefits across those jobs.
“Our state’s bourbon industry continues to build momentum and reach new heights,” Beshear said. “This investment by Blue Run Spirits is a welcome addition to the Georgetown and Scott County community and the Kentucky bourbon and tourism scene. I want to thank the company’s leadership for their vision to grow in the commonwealth and add to Kentucky’s position as the bourbon capital of the world.”
Even though a distillery was not the goal when the company exploded onto the whiskey scene in late 2020, the unprecedented growth that Blue Run has seen in the last two years has made the expansion not only possible but almost inescapable.
Blue Run Spirits CEO and co-founder Mike Montgomery stated, “The generous support of the commonwealth is making this a reality. We look forward to becoming a dynamic contributor to the economic vibrancy of Scott County and Georgetown and deepening our connection to an area so significant in the rich history and the promising future of bourbon in Kentucky.”
Blue Run Spirits’ investment and planned job creation will help further the recent economic momentum as the state builds back stronger.
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