The Spirit of Kentucky: When bourbon makers need a warehouse, they call Tom Blincoe

Photos by Charles BertramDecember 7, 2013 

BARDSTOWN — Kentucky distillers are now filling a million barrels a year, and they need more space to house all those barrels. The man they turn to is Tom Blincoe of Buzick Construction in Bardstown.

In his career, Blincoe and his crews have built about 200 bourbon warehouses in Kentucky and Tennessee. He just finished one at Wild Turkey, he's putting up the second new 50,000-barrel warehouse for Heaven Hill, and he's preparing to build one at Jim Beam and two more at Maker's Mark.

"It's not every day we build a warehouse," said Max Shapira, president of Heaven Hill in Bardstown. "It's all a reflection of the growing demand for bourbon around the world. ... We're living in a boom time for bourbon."

Already this year, Blincoe's company has built space for 200,000 barrels.

"We do all other kinds of construction," the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame inductee said, "but there's nobody left doing warehouses."

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