Bourbon Industry

Bulleit distillery on track to make bourbon by the end of 2016

Since a groundbreaking in August 2014 at the $115 million Bulleit distillery in Shelbyville, one warehouse has been completed and another is nearly finished, Diageo representatives said Tuesday.

Already, 40,000 barrels of Kentucky bourbon are being stored there, according to a news release.

Framing of the distillery, which will hold a 1.8 million proof-gallon still, is almost done, and the still is scheduled to be up and running by the end of 2016.

"The project is really taking shape, and it's exciting to look around and have a true sense of what the site will look like in the end," said Pauline Rooney, vice president of distillation, maturation and engineering for Diageo North America, and chairwoman of the Kentucky Distillers' Association.

The distillery plans to buy corn from local farmers and will sell wet distillers' grains for cattle feed, Diageo said.