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Whisky Advocate: Barrell Craft Spirits Boosting Capacity Five-Fold

January 17, 2023

Since opening its doors a decade ago, Barrell Craft Spirits has risen to become Kentucky’s premier independent blender, and its Barrell Vantage label finished at No.-3 on Whisky Advocate’s Top 20 list this year. The business side has expanded accordingly, as revenues have averaged annual growth of 106% from 2018 through 2022, according to founder Joe Beatrice. But that success has led to growing pains.

Barrell sources spirit from some 65 producers around the country to craft its bourbons, ryes, American whiskeys, and rums. With delivery trucks arriving at the company’s Louisville headquarters on a nearly constant basis, the logistical challenges have created a dire need for new space. This year, that problem should be resolved with two major expansion projects. Whisky Advocate has more.

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