Start-up Patriot Brands plans $5 million distillery in Henry County

A start-up distillery called Patriot Brands plans on building a $5 million distillery and visitors center and history park in Pleasureville, in Henry County, Gov. Matt Bevin announced on Friday.

On Thursday, Patriot Brands was approved for up to $400,000 in various tax incentives by the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority, which said Patriot will create up to 15 jobs. According to the KEDFA report, Patriot plans to build a craft distillery on a 160-acre farm in Henry County and make spirits, primarily bourbon.

Investment costs include $3.9 million for building and improvements, $707,500 for equipment and $444,627 for other start-up costs, according to KEDFA. The jobs would pay an average of $19 an hour including employee benefits. Construction is expected to begin in September and be completed by August 2017.

“The commonwealth has a long, proud history of distilling and it is our pleasure to welcome Patriot Brands to this Kentucky tradition,” Bevin said in a news release. “The economic impact made by our major bourbon and spirits producers is recognized at a national and an international level. Start-ups like Patriot Brands are drivers of product diversity in the marketplace.”

According to the release, Patriot owner Damien Prather plans to build an 8,000-square-foot distillery to be called Six-Mile Creek Distillery, and work with local Amish community members to build a history park to honor patriots of the Revolutionary War, and a grist mill.

The location also will have a bed and breakfast, and tasting venues including an 18th century log cabin and a 300-square-foot tree house.

Prather is a former tax attorney who owns PRA-CON, a Louisville construction company specializing in restaurant development, according to the release.