LOUISVILLE — A recent fire along Louisville's historic Whiskey Row will push back the opening of an Old Forester Distillery to 2017.
Brown-Forman Corp. officials said the buildings being converted into the downtown distillery were spared thanks to the efforts of firefighters. Neighboring buildings sustained heavy damage from the massive fire on July 6.
The Kentucky-based spirits company on Wednesday celebrated the upcoming start of construction of the distillery.
The company originally hoped to complete the $45 million project in fall 2016.
The new facility will allow Brown-Forman to double production of Old Forester, the company's founding brand.
Old Forester sales slumped for decades, but the brand has begun a revival in recent years.
The new distillery also marks the continued comeback of bourbon interests along Whiskey Row.