Diageo bringing bottling line to Stitzel-Weller

jpatton1@herald-leader.comAugust 26, 2014 

Global spirits giant Diageo, which broke ground last week for the Bulleit Distilling Co. in Shelbyville, also is investing an unspecified amount in a new bottling line at the Stitzel-Weller distillery in Louisville, according to a news release.

The line, to start up in late 2014, will bottle "a range of American whiskeys and will have the capabilities to handle a range of new whiskey innovations" in the future, according to the news release.

Diageo North America president Larry Schwartz said last week that the new distillery, which is scheduled to open in late 2016, will make Bulleit bourbon and rye, and possibly other special releases.

Diageo officials are weighing whether to use the Stitzel-Weller stills at the new Bulleit distillery, but a spokesman said it is only one of many options under consideration. Stitzel-Weller, which hasn't been an active distillery since 1992, is legendary in whiskey circles.

The planned bottling line there would be the first time whiskey is bottled at the plant in more than two decades.

Britain-based Diageo is putting the finishing touches on a $2 million tourist and whiskey education center at the Stitzel-Weller site. It is expected to be open to visitors next month.

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