News Alert: Stoli USA Unveils Plans For Its New Distillery In KentuckyNovember 8, 2017
Stoli Group USA has announced plans for “Kentucky Owl Park,” a destination distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky. The venue, which will be built on a 420-acre site, will feature a distillery with annual capacity of around 1.5 million proof gallons, along with two rickhouses and space for eight more. Kentucky Owl Park will be the home of Stoli Group USA’s newly formed American Whiskey Division, which has been created to bring new whiskies to the market. SND reported in September that Stoli USA had received preliminary approval for the project.
The Kentucky Owl brand will remain a small-production, allocated brand, its founder Dixon Dedman told SND. Dedman will remain Kentucky Owl’s master blender, though Stoli Group USA eventually will hire a master distiller to lead overall whiskey production at the new facility. “Kentucky Owl, given its size, will be a small part of what we’ll produce here,” says Dmitry Efimov, head of the American Whiskey Division. “We plan to create a few brands, and if we come across a good opportunity, we’ll also acquire a brand or two. So there will be much more than Kentucky Owl.”
Efimov added that it’s still too early to disclose brand details. Construction on Kentucky Owl Park will begin early next year, and the distillery is slated to be completed and producing whiskey by 2020. It will be located at Cedar Creek Quarry in Bardstown, within a few miles of Bardstown Bourbon Company, Willett and Barton 1792. The site will also have a restaurant and conference center.
Kentucky Owl will remain a sourced whiskey for the foreseeable future. Dedman said he’ll only begin to use whiskey from the new distillery when it has properly matured, putting that some years down the road. “We’ve been without a home for over 100 years,” Dedman added. “I could not be more excited to have a physical place to share our story with people.”Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.